Nordic Blading - preparation for the cross-country season

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The ski and cross-country season is approaching. For the very impatient, Nordic Blading is now available: this is inline skating with sticks in cross-country freestyle. The body is holistically loaded and well trained. Nordic Walking has meanwhile taken a firm place in the fitness programs of all sports organizers. Nordic Blading proves that intensive walking is capable of development: cross-country skiing with inliners.

What is Nordic Blading?

Anyone who believes that Nordic Blading is still a young trend sport is wrong. At least the roller skate principle has been known for over 200 years. As early as 1760, the Belgian John Josef Merlin made wheels under his skates and called them "patins á roues alignedées" roller skates with castors in a row In 1863, the American James Leonard Plimpton produced roller skates with four wooden wheels, two in front and two in the back the rubber goods factory Bäumcher & Co. tire roller skates with two successive tires on the market.

Finally, the American Scott Olson, a hockey player, made roller skates with the wheels in a row: the inline skates were born. He called them "Rollerblades" and got rich, and inline skates or rollerblades have become an integral part of fitness.

Joint-friendly yes, but risk of injury

Experienced riders can reach 20 to 30 km / h quickly, especially when going downhill faster. Broken bones and bruises are the most common injuries, but older people in the thigh area, but also wrists, forearms, lower legs, head and face are affected. In addition to a protective equipment such as helmet, knee and wrist guards, it is in any case useful to learn Nordic Skating under the guidance of a coach.

Because it is not easy to coordinate the arm and leg movements at the pace, to practice braking techniques and to maintain balance, not to bend the feet inwards and to keep enough distance to the other riders. But thanks to the poles it is even easier for some to learn to skate than without a pole. Nordic Blading trains all types of endurance training, interval training, long distance training, speed, and strength. The use of the arm demands more muscle than "normal" skating.

The training should, explains the sports physician Dr. med. Klaus Gerlach, 40 percent more effective than pure skating. In addition to the leg muscles and the entire upper body is trained including the back and stomach, all in all, it takes about 90 percent of skeletal muscle. Properly trained people work approx. 600 Kcal per hour. Shock-free motion protects the joints and the combination of arm and leg movement trains the coordinative abilities.

Technology as in cross-country skiing

The Nordic Blading technique is similar to the execution of cross-country skiing with symmetrical and asymmetrical runs. One moves e.g. forward with the double-decker push, that means rolling slowly, prevent upper body a bit, raise arms at shoulder height and put forward on the ground then push off vigorously. You have to lead the arms backwards and raise the upper body again.

In the two-to-one technique, the arm movement is started every other step, for example whenever the right leg is in front. When rolling on the left leg, the upper body straightens up again and the arms swing backwards. In the one-to-one technique, a faster variant, each leg bump is combined with the arm movement. The sticks made of carbon are similar to the cross-country poles, but are equipped with a combi tip made of metal and rubber, or with special Nordic Blading tips to provide optimum grip on asphalt. The optimal length is calculated using the following formula: height (in cm) x 0.9 + 2.5 cm.

Skike as a variant of Nordic Blading

A variant of Nordic Blading is Skiking. A skike has in contrast to inline skates only two wheels, which are respectively in front of and behind the foot. The air-filled wheels have a diameter of 15 cm and possess, which is the special, at the rear wheel a brake system, which is served with the calf.

Skikes can be used with normal gym, jogging or trekking shoes. Velcro fasteners fix the foot. With 4 cm of ground clearance and a wheelbase of up to 47 cm even driving on uneven roads is no problem. In particular, the brakes give extra security and the Skiking is easy to learn even for beginners.

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