Will I get a good bum by Roller Skating?
Roller skating is a fun activity that many pick up just for leisure. However, you can gain more from it than just a fun day out with the family. Skating is an excellent and often overlooked form of cardiovascular exercise and muscle training. It requires core strength and the use of the lower body working to tone and define the muscles there. So, if you are looking to shape and lift your bum, skating may just be the thing for you.
Roller skating is an intense physical activity that requires a certain degree of balance, agility, coordination and endurance. It is also a form of exercise that is just as effective in calorie expenditure and cardiovascular exertion as running. To begin skating, you will need the appropriate gear. You can skate with either the traditional roller skates with four wheels side-by-side on each skate, or with roller blades, where the wheels are in one line. Appropriate gear such as terrain-specific skates, helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves are necessary to avoid injury when skating. Luckily, with Manchester Roller Sports, we have everything available on site for you to use to get you rolling.
Skating is a unique sport because it works an array of muscles in your lower body at the same time. It also works some muscles in the upper body as well. The primary muscles involved in roller skating are the hip abductors, the quadriceps, hamstrings, shins, and calf muscles. Secondary muscles worked are the erector spinae in the back, abdominals and obliques. It works especially well in building muscle in your rear end because the movement targets mostly your hip abduction muscles which are made of the gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus, and gluteus medius. These muscles are also known as your butt muscles.
The Science Behind Skating
The side-to-side motion required to propel yourself forward on skates engages the hip muscles that would not be otherwise engaged in traditional cardiovascular exercises such as running. Skating involves motion from the hip joint in various angles. The hip abduction muscles are the ones that move the legs towards and away from the body. Skating requires you to move in a push-forwards motion. The gluteus maximus and the hamstrings work together to create a push forward momentum. You also use a side-to-side motion that engages the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus.
The Derby Position
The thighs and glutes are also worked from your body’s position and form when skating. As you skate, you need to bend over to maintain balance and increase speed. This position requires the use of your thighs and glutes to support your whole body weight. It is not unlike a squat, where you sit back on your hips, legs shoulder-width apart, with knees bent. This stance is known as the Derby Position. Your lower body is essentially holding your body weight up while trying to maintain balance. The combination of having a body weight squat stance and balancing on wheels, will not only target your gluteus maximus, toning and lifting it, but it also engages the gluteus medius and minimus for more definition.
To Build a Good Butt
Your bum muscles are the gluteal muscles. Because of the constant contraction and exertion on the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus, skating will in fact, help you tone and lift your butt. The size of the bum varies between individuals depending on factors such as bone structure and genetics, but having these muscles well-built and lifted may give you the appearance of a bigger and more aesthetically pleasing bottom.
Tips and Considerations
Skating is a sport that requires practice and safety equipment. The basics of skating such as moving forward, acceleration, turning, and stopping requires a certain degree of skill. Good balance and coordination is necessary. If you have problems in your knees, lower back, hips or ankles, consult your physician before engaging in this sport. Warming up is also essential before skating to reduce the chance of injury. Full body stretching with focus on the lower body muscles will help strengthen and prepare the muscles. Light to moderate aerobic activity five to 10 minutes prior to skating will also lessen the chance of injury.