What Muscles Does Rollerblading Work?


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Rollerblading works the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors and abdominals, according to Todd Maternowski for AZCentral. Rollerblading is also a low-impact workout that primarily works muscles in the lower body.

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Rollerblading works the glutes through repetitions of hip extension and hip abduction, according to Maternowski. These motions develop an outer hip muscle known as the tensor fascia latae. Rollerblading works quadriceps through hip flexion from forward thigh movements and knee extension through the straightening of legs during movement. Rollerblading also works hamstrings through hip extensions and knee flexes. Knee flexion during rollerblading comes primarily through the movement of heel towards the buttocks while skating.

Rollerblading works the inner thigh muscles known as adductors through repetitive inward movement of the inner thigh. It works multiple abdominals in a number of ways. Rollerblading works obliques due to the skater's production of force, balancing of body and spine stabilization. Drawing the stomach in during breathing works an abdominal muscle known as the transverse abdominis. Higher intensity rollerblading helps to develop both the obliques and the transverse abdominis more intensely and with greater force. In addition to developing muscles, rollerblading helps to burn calories. A person of average weight burns up to 311 calories during 30 minutes of rollerblading, according to Maternowski.

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