A few years ago I gave Zachary Lewis, a Cleveland Plain Dealer Health and Fitness featured columnist, an inline skating lesson. Zach, a marathon runner and triathlete, writes a weekly column on different fitness related classes and workout experiences available throughout the Cleveland area. When Zach emailed me about putting him through a Mobile Yoga Workout I was thrilled to have the opportunity to present skating to him in a slightly different way from our last lesson. Knowing that Zach is 6’4 and struggles with hamstring flexibility, and remembering our last lesson together where “bend your knees more” was a ongoing mantra, I chose specific off-skate asanas and on-skate skills and drills that would help prepare his hamstrings for skating and improve his skating technique and overall skating experience.
Zach was receptive and open to all suggestions and quickly got the hang of the skills and drills. He experienced instant improvement in his technique by focusing on the rhythm of the stride and connecting the movement with his breath. In our short time together we both were pleasantly surprised by his rapid improvement. While you might be thinking, “Well of course you’re going to say this Kris, you’re the one pushing the workout.” If that is the case, then don’t take it from me, but get the low-down right from the source by reading Zach’s article at http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2010/06/mobile_yoga_fuses_inline_skati.html#mode_smoref_twitt. You can also listen to the radio interview about Zach’s Mobile Yoga Workout experience at http://www.wcpn.org/index.php/WCPN/news/31077
If you haven’t skated in a while or have avoided skating altogether for one reason or another, why not take a different approach? You may be as pleasantly surprised as Zach.