If you were a kid in the 90’s and liked being outside, it’s very likely you grew up as an inline skater. Yeah yeah, we all call it rollerblading, but it’s actually named Inline Skating, Rollerblade is just a brand, like Kleenex. And to a kid, what could possibly sound better than wheels on shoes essentially? Imagine the possibilities! You could get places faster, outrun your siblings, side check them into ditches, get pulled via a rope from the back of a bike, jump off stuff, get an injury, and be yelled at by your mom, all in one day.
Needless to say, I grew up as an inline skater and loved it. There were skate parks to hang around even if all you could go was turn in circles, hockey to play, birthday parties at indoor skate rinks, and tons of movies and pop culture references to the awesome-ness of inline skating (anyone else remember Brink?). Aggressive skates became a thing, those hard shell plastics skates turned into softer and more comfortable boots, even off-roading skates were invented. But as suddenly as it appeared, it vanished. Inline skating was no longer cool, and people just stopped doing it. And wearing fanny packs too.
But the weird thing is, inline skating maybe have dropped off, but it never actually stopped being fun. And as a 20-something millennial buzzword, I decided to jump back into my childhood obsession. So I donned a pair of Rollerblade Macroblade 90s and hit the streets. And by streets, I mean paved roads of a neighborhood. As it turns out, skating is just as super fun as I remember it. Yes, it was a little wobbly at first, and took a minute for my muscle memory to come back and remember how to do things, but just like riding a bike I quickly got back into the groove of my 10-year-old self.
And not only is it fun, it’s an awesome workout. Just the right amount of effort without being absolutely miserable and soul sucking (I’m looking at you running). The breeze on your face and whipping through roads almost makes you forget that you’re exercising. Not to mention the fact that it uses a lot of the same muscles as skiing, so as a winter sports fanatic as well, it was basically two birds with one stone. My point is, if you remember inline skating and neon colors fondly, give it another go. I promise you will not be disappointed. And you might even see me out there.