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How it works
Basic stroke is what you would think; right foot push combined with a left pole push, then vice versa, alternating. Your goal should be a long pole push starting beside your foot and extending back 4-5 feet.
Workouts
With a dozen or so stroke combinations, you can exercise most muscle groups and your core. For example, progressing from the basic stroke, you can move to double pole/no leg pushing, which builds abs, pects, delts, triceps and biceps, and the long muscles of the abdomen and back.
Safety
Number one is don't put your pole down in front of your skates-or do it once because then you'll never do it again. As with all skating, knee elbow wrist protection and a helmet. Cars are the major problem so stick to bikepaths or empty roads.
Fun
Besides the all-around aerobic workout, the sport can be a rush and a real benefit for alpine ski training. I plan my routes to start with an uphill or upwind leg, so the return trip includes some exhilirating carving.
    

SKATER'S HEIGHT

SUGGESTED POLE LENGTH

ADVANCED NOVICE
Inches (ft) Cm Cm Cm
74 (6'2") 188 175 170
72 (6'0") 183 170 165
69 (5'9") 175 165 160
67 (5'7") 170 160 155
65 (5'5") 165 155 150
62 (5'2") 157 150 145
60 (5'0") 152 145 140
58 (4'10") 147 140 135
56 (4'8") 142 135 130

Increase your skating speed, guaranteed

Stiletto skating pole

Inline skating pole

Entry level pole; basic grip & strap. Tops out at 165 cm and lighter duty. Recommended for shorter, lighter skaters.

Katana skating pole

Rollerblade skate poles

Deluxe grip with padded strap, lightweight 7057 aluminum. Good for hundreds of miles of skating.

Video: Starting an inline skate Descent from Sandia Crest

 

 

New product rollout coming Spring 2014