Hot New Fitness Trends: Inline Skating, Skateboarding and Cycling

2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for many of us. The coronavirus pandemic brought strict limitations on movement and opportunities as we’ve never seen before. Social distancing is part of our everyday lives now and gyms and sports halls are closed. Therefore, many people are spending as much time outside as possible and looking to find a substitute for their normal workout in order to maintain an active lifestyle. These days, skating is the new healthy trend, together with skateboarding and cycling.

Spend Some Quality Time Outside with Your Inline Skates

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Inline skating is a kind of sport that takes place outdoors, on asphalt walking trails or sidewalks. Like any other sport, it doesn’t come without risks, most of which are related to falling. That’s why it’s important to always wear a helmet, proper clothing and protectors for each joint, especially if agressive inline skates are your choice.

What Are Aggressive Skates Used for?

Aggressive inline skating is a form of inline skating that’s usually held at parks and streets. This form of skating includes performing on ledges and rails and jumping tall heights. Therefore, the aggressive inline skates are designed stronger and tougher than other types of inline skates. They’re fun for hitting obstacles in skate parks, but not all of them are great for skating long distances, however, some of them allow you to mix a bit of recreational and fitness skating with aggressive skating.

Going from one side of the town to the other with regular aggressive skates can be daunting, but not if you have larger wheeled skates. So, you can choose agressive inline skates whenever you’re ready to perform some tricks and make skating on faster and longer distances easier. They are extremely popular with those who love skating and believe in always trying new moves that offer challenge and excitement.

Aggressive style skates concentrate on speed and grinding. They feature aggressive boot, a solid frame and typically 80mm flat wheels. However, some skaters prefer aggressive skates with wheels under 60mm as they create a low centre of gravity which can be quite helpful for performing and landing tricks.

Choosing the right aggressive inline skates is an important task. To have the most enjoyable skating experience, go for a good skate that will give you the comfort, support and protection you need. Pay attention to the skate boots and liners, frames, wheels and bearings. When it comes to durability, you can choose moderate, which means skates designed for new aggressive skaters, medium, or skates designed to take hits from grinding rails and ledges and landing, and highly durable, designed to take everything an experienced skater can put them through.

Get on a Skateboard – It’s Cool and Fun and Never Goes Out of Style

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Skateboarding is one of the most popular action sports in which a rider balances and perform tricks using a skating board. It started back in the 1940s and even though no one really knows who started this sport, many believe that it was created by surfers who were looking for a thrill and excitement when not riding a wave.

With time, the sport was becoming more popular and growing, and today better materials are used, cooler board designs are created and more importantly, boards can withstand stronger shocks and wheels are tougher. There are many different shapes, sizes and designs available, so you can choose a skating board based on your level of experience.

Lots of boards are suitable for beginners and if you’re a first-time skater, it’s a good idea to keep things simple and choose your board by deck width. Wide decks are considered more stable and offer a lot of foot space, which allows equal weight distribution on the skateboard. Choosing a skateboard that’s the right size for you is an important step which can affect the overall skating experience you’ll get. Make sure to pick a skateboard that matches your height and shoe size as they’re some of the essential factors that can provide an ultimate level of enjoyment while skating.

For beginner skateboards, getting a complete skateboard is a great start. This experience level includes those who have never been on a skateboard before and those who have been riding for a couple of weeks or less. Even if you know some of the basics of skateboarding, you can go with a longboard or cruiser to get used to balance and improve your skills. Also, you can select different accessories that may help you learn faster and give a cool look to your board as well.

Discover the World Behind the All-Time Favourite BMX Bikes

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BMX, or officially known as bicycle motocross, originated in the United States at the beginning of the 1970s and was designed as a stepping stone for kids to get into motocross. But the racing got more competitive and subcultures formed around freestyle and street BMX and today it is a sport in its own right. BMX racing is UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and sanctioned and featured in the Olympic Games.

If you’re thinking about getting into it, it’s never too late. However, picking your first bike can be a challenging task, so make sure you choose a trusted BMX store. You don’t have to invest in a pro-model bike, instead, you can select a basic model and upgrade it as your skills improve. Most importantly, your BMX bike needs to suit your riding style and hinder your abilities and performance.

There are a few distinct riding styles in BMX and each one of them has a unique frame geometry, materials and parts to enhance their particular aspect of riding. You can find a BMX store that offers a variety of brands, so you can choose your favourite. Getting a BMX from a renowned brand can make a huge difference in your riding experience as many factors are in play, from their flagship parts to their history and team members as well as reputation.

Furthermore, finding the right size bike is crucial for avoiding discomfort and preventing potential injuries. Make sure you choose a top tube length that will provide enough leg room between the seat and the shoulder bars. The taller you are, the longer the top tube should be. Also, wheel size is important and you should choose it according to your body and the type of riding you enjoy.

Lastly, keep in mind that every BMX is built from specific components, such as brakes, pedals, pegs, handlebars, stem, sprocket, spokes, hubs, tyres and more. All of them have a direct impact on the quality and the style of BMX riding, so choose carefully when buying a new bike or upgrading your old one. And make sure to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when assembling your BMX bike.

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