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So I have yet to hear rollerblading come up in any exercises or activities. I get that running and perhaps cycling are more popular…but I thought rollerblading might help my situation and I wanted to get the communities thoughts on the matter.
Yup I do realize that rollerblading targets mainly the exterior hip area primarily. But I felt that keeping a steady stride with all 4 wheels really required the inner muscles for the front wheels. The primary driver/que was that I had to push down with my big toe to keep the front wheels stable on the ground. I thought that maybe just with the high frequency, this could help activate and strengthen the inner muscles. Especially if I focus on using those muscles over the others.
How do I know? Well, I’ve had knee problems for about the past 2 years – primarily aggrivated from volleyball and all the jumping. I have a wicked valgas knee issue combined with having a flat foot/arch drop problem that I’ve also been working on. I used to have HORRIBLE HORRIBLE squat form. Pretty embarrasing now that I know better. 😛 I got all the way to having PFS. I’ve come a long way and have decent form when doing squats and deadlifts, etc. But when I get back on the court and am jumping to spike or block, my bad motor control kicks back in and I know my legs aren’t doing what they should.
Also, when I do any kind of isolation strengthening with ham curls and leg extensions, it’s the inner muscles that are really slowing me down. I have to go down to about 35 pounds for each leg with the extensions and only about 10-15 pounds on the curls. This is where my VMO and inner hammies start to have trouble.
I do a ridiculous amount of smashing to just about everywhere on my legs since they have been the primary driver for my pain the past couple of years. I wouldn’t think that they would feel this way in the morning, but it has been getting better.
Rollerblading isn’t going to do anything for you. Do it if you enjoy it, but it isn’t going to do anything for your foot, ankle, or calves. Every rollerblading boot I’ve ever worn keeps the ankle in a fixed position.
Now that it’s starting to get colder, I’ll have to try that out in the gym. 🙂