Roller Skating


Cardiorespiratory: Aerobic

Fitness Benefits



Muscular Strength

Muscular Endurance

Body Fat Recution

Fitness Requirements



Muscular Strength

Muscular Endurance


Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip adductors and hip

abductors (gluteal muscles, tensor fasciae latae). Assistance muscles: erector spinae, abdominals and obliques

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Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.054 Calories

per minute per pound of body weight!!

Roller skating is a great activity which can be effective in improving

cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular endurance. It requires relatively good

balance and coordination. Roller skating can be done with either traditional

roller skates which have two sets of side-by-side wheels on each skate, or the

newer in-line skates which have wheels lined up one behind the other, or

"in-line". It is necessary to learn the basics of skating including

turning and stopping and to wear protective gear to avoid possible injury.

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Roller Skating Warnings

Remember to consult a physician before engaging in this activity if you

have had problems in the past with your knees, lower back, hips/pelvis, or


Roller Skating Risks

Muscle strains of groin or calf

Ankle, knee, shoulder, lower

back, elbow or wrist sprains from falls or collisions

Bruises, cuts, or lacerations

from falling

Roller Skating Equipment required

Skates: different wheels for

different terrains, single wheel or double; serious skaters usually purchase

boots and wheels separately; in-line skates, commonly referred to as

rollerblades, are very popular today

Protective gear includes

helmets, knee and elbow pads and gloves

Roller Skating Applicable substitutions

Ice skating

Nordic (cross country) skiing


Roller Skating Reference sources, organizations and publications

International In-Line Skating


U.S. Amateur Confederation of

Roller Skating

Where to find a roller rink near you.

US Roller Sports

Roller Derby

Gotham Girls

LA Derby

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