September 8 2015

This Is How I Roll by Ximena Iglesias, SFTL Contributing Writer

Ever considered roller skating your way to fitness?  We have.  Perhaps we’re hoping that disco, roller rinks and everything else 1970s makes a come back!!  Or maybe we are just noticing that students on college campuses around the country are using skates as a way to get around.  Do we spot a trend?    Anyway, as far as those disco 1970s, trust us, those were fun times and polyester is underrated.  As summer turns into fall, and there’s gorgeous, crisp, not too hot and not too freezing weather to enjoy, here’s some thoughts about a novel, confidence building workout from our fitness buff and contributing writer, Ximena Iglesias:

“When I saw two women skating in tandem down A1A in Boca Raton, FL, I was hooked.

I’m told that way back in the 70‘s roller discos were popular. And if you feel you’re an expert and can skate really fast, I would recommend Roller Derby (one of the World’s fastest-growing sports)!  You can skate with ‘quad‘ skates, the ones used in Derby and Roller discos, however those require more balance.

On the balance point, it had been a while since I last picked up a pair of skates and I struggled when I first put them on.  But that’s not something to get discouraged about, because like riding a bike, you will get the hang of it.  And once you know what you are doing, it’s like running.  You’ll build stamina to do more, and watch your confidence grow!

Not going to lie – it isn’t easy at first.  I thought I’d muscle my way through it, but I was wrong -really wrong. Even though I wasn’t wearing quad skates, my quad muscles burned! In order to move forward, you have to remain in a semi-squat, sliding your feet outward. Definitely a workout. For your core too! The arm movement necessary to maintain balance required a stable core. Overall, this turned out to be a really challenging cardio workout – much more than I expected!!


Starting something new can be a scary experience. But the feeling of accomplishment you feel after growing your roller legs is irreplaceable. I promise you’ll be a pro in no time! So, if you’re looking for a throwback sport, skating is for you! Besides, who doesn’t love the 70’s?

Intrigued?  Be sure to check out our interview with star skater, Jenna Downing, tomorrow on The Fit List.  

Ximena Iglesias is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, a fitness buff (and instructor), and a SFTL contributing writer.  

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