Everybody thinks skating is some relaxed, easy pastime for kids. I used to be one of these ignorant people. Until I discovered the joy and pain that is: Roller Fit.
Roller Fit is a delightful combination of roller skating and fitness, created by a pretty small and pretty impressive woman called Stacey in 2011.
It’s now reached five locations in Sydney, and its popularity looks as if it’s still growing quickly.
Having roller-bladed at least six times as a child, I figured I had sports on wheels covered. I confidently walked into one of the Roller Fit locations and smugly declared I didn’t need wrist-guards, thank you very much though.
I put on my skates and realised very quickly that I had made a huge mistake.
After rectifying this situation I rolled onto the skating rink and began a completely novel form of exercise.
The class starts with laps of the rink, and I do not exaggerate when I say I looked at the clock after five minutes and wondered if it may be close to finishing. It was like combining a jog with squats. It hurt.
Thinking these laps were pretty much the gist of the class, I was sceptical when we started doing real squats on our roller skates. It turned out that I was not as good at squats when wearing eight wheels under my feet.
Despite what it sounds like, the squats and all the other exercises were actually kind of fun.