Weight Training Leg Exercises for Inline Skating

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With winter soon coming to an end, for many of you it's almost time to get out your inline skates, rollerblades and lace them up! I really enjoy inline skating when it warms up and during the summer months. So over the next few blog entries I will be discussing this sport in various ways.

Besides doing a little cardiovascular exercise before lacing your blades up for the first time, here are 3 weight training leg exercises that will help you strengthen your legs for inline skating: leg press, leg extensions and standing calf raise. 

Here are some tips. Try to do the leg press on a vertical machine and avoid the horizontal leg press in my opinion it is a waste of time. It is not as effective and I've seen studies that have proven this point. Also, you do not necessarily have to do really heavy weights. Lighter weights are fine. Just focus on doing each movement slowly with 3 to 4 sets of 12 to 16 reps is fine.

If you have time you could add some other leg exercises such as lunges or glute exercises too.

By weight training your legs several months in advance, you should feel little or no soreness the first time you go inline skating.

Posted on: Tuesday February 28, 2006

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