braking, skate fitness and streetwise

“Inline skating is much more than just a sport. It is also a great fitness workout where the flow gets you to another level, both mentally AND physically. :) Done in a ZEN way it even has aspects of meditation. Like a downhill in fresh snow. (However, first things first: learning how to push and stride, and braking on skates. )”

 

Lex, founder of Skate•A•Round in 1998 and private skate instructor and personal trainer.

Skateles pagina in het Nederlands

Index Skate•A•Round teacher Amsterdam

 

Press the picture for a private Skate•A•Round tour including mini workshops. (Yes indeed; this is something else than a private class in a park.)
Currently I can teach 2 people inline skating. (Not 4) Picture: Parool newspaper.

By the way: English speaking AMS locals are looking for an inlineskate mate to be taught skating together and therefore split costs.
Send me an app or mail or call me for me to be able to add you to the (small) Whats app group with locals interested sharing a skate-lesson. (1+1 = 2; not more; and plse read this first))

Inline skate instruction and personal training on wheels in Amsterdam: short facts, including the price.

Click on the skate brake picture for reviews about the Private Skate-A-Round lessons in Amsterdam.

I hope to show you my enthusiasm for inline skating and teach you skills and tricks. Let me know your preferred day, spot and what skill(s) you would like to master.

 


Customer: “When I was young, I did skate, but I think I completely forgot about it. ”

Skate-A-Round reply: : “I don’t think so, it is just far in the back of your brain, ready to be put in front again. So no, you have not forgotten what you have learnt in your youth; it is just somewhere hidden in your unconscious. ;) And yes, by rehearsing and learning techniques, together with the joy it brings and having a goal, including a “power of why”, it is a good recipe for getting rid of fear.”

 


Inline skate lessons for children in Amsterdam

Read about the spirit of Skate-A-Round concerning rollerblading lessons for children in Amsterdam.

How many hours you need to complete the basics of inline skating.

Try one session first. It is different per person, however 2 classes could help a lot for basics, as I teach you how to learn without me a lot more. Quite some people tend to think the learning only takes place during the lesson, however this is (fortunately) not the case. :)

Inline skate lessons all year long in Amsterdam under a roof with a view

Rollerblade lesson outdoors, with a view AND dry at the same time.
The advantages of indoor & outdoor skating brought together next to A’dam Tower.

Skate-A-Round have found a solution to keep the tarmac and you (and me) dry. And by still being able to enjoy Amsterdam and the outdoors. And yes, this is an inline skating teaching spot with a view. :)

This skate clinic hotspot is opposite the Amsterdam Central Station. And easily to be reached by the free ferry to Amsterdam-North. It is under the roof of EYE filmmuseum and next to A’dam Tower, “This is Holland”, Shell and the luxurious Overhoeks quartier.

By private inline skate teacher of Skate-A-Round – Brand of Lex and the City

Next to what you see on the picture there is a lawn where we practice all your new abilities statically first.

However it is not always possible. The “buts” you and us have to take into account, is that we cannot reserve this skate spot. This involves a small risk. (And a bit more on Sunday)

And it might be tricky with wind coming from the direction Central Station. (South) If the wind and/or the rain are to hard, it is not possible on one side. Or it is just skateable for 1 person.  Strong wind is not only unconformable, but it might also blow water under the roof. The other is not very dependant on that factor, but cars might (suddenly) be parked.

Finally this bad weather skate location is not suitable for so-called “absolute beginners” the moment it is raining. As they want to have a static surface first (grass in this case). However I could aslo put a yoga math on the wet grass.

However if the tarmac is wet but it is dry, practising on the wet grass is possible. It is up to you if you like that or not; I just offer it. (Your wheels do not turn so it is not harmful for your skates.)

By the way: the whole area around EYE (I mean outdoors) is cool. And suitable for all kind of skaters and skills. I consider it an amazing skate spot! And is even touristic with great views.


Private skate lesson in Amsterdam by the founder of Skate-A-Round

Private inline skate teacher Lex van Buuren at Zaanse Schans, early Spring 2019 | +31655337726

Are you trying your utmost on inline skates in Amsterdam now, but is braking still hard for you? Or have you just bought a pair of inline rskates because the roads are so quiet now and the air so fresh?

Take a private skate lesson, keeping distance during the Corona crisis period. And we plan a time the park is quiet and therefore safe and more fun. Everyday I have got 1 spot for 1 person in the morning. Seven days a week, and choice out of 7 parks in AMS. And 7 braking skills to choose from.

Finally, learn how to brake well during an inline skate workshop! And/or become streetwise on your skates.

Reserve a private inline skating lesson with Skate-A-Round in Amsterdam Vondelpark or Oosterpark. (Or one of those other AMS parcs with good tarmac.)

I have been a private inline skate teacher with +20 years of (L)experience. (and IISA certified)
Meaning I teach from absolute beginners until people who would like te learn to skate backwards through the cones. (and everything in between.)
Het Parool newspaper has recently interviewed me (May 2020); The article is to be found on my skate teacher page, written in dutch.)

 

Learn how to fall on inline skates. (And get rid of your fear.) 

Free online skate advice on the Skate-A-Round Facebook fanpage Subjects: braking , streetwise skating, freestyle and speed-skating.

Become a fan of Skate-A-Round skating instructor Amsterdam on Facebook:


Vondelpark Amsterdam: inline skating hotspot :)

Seven (other) hotspots for roller blading lessons in Amsterdam with Skate-A-Round

The Vondelpark is traditionally the number 1 hotspot for inline skating. 
However, the Oosterpark has become the new place to be for freeskaters and rollerskaters.

The Vondelpark has a bigger loop: 3.3 km. (Oosterpark 1.35 km) We’d start from the/in front of the terrace of Tennisclub Kattenlaan and a skate shop with rental skates + protection is around the corner.

Oosterpark has the newest surface. It is not even finished yet for the full 100%, but that is no problem for the skate workshop. And it is trendy among groups like dance rollerbladers and freestyle skaters. Oosterpark in the afternoon is normally too crowdy. However if the weather is “sporty” (not warm) it will be OK. We could decide in the morning.


Other great locations in Amsterdam with smooth asphalt where Skate-A-Round can teach you rollerblading:

Heel Stop on inline skates | By private inline skate trainer Lex van Buuren | Short “how to break on skates video” of 12 seconds

This brief video on how to brake on inline skates with the heel stopper has been taken by Monika in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam on the 3rd of June 2019. During the special Friday Night Skate brake lesson.

The emphasis during an inline skate workshop could be on the heelstop. And on fear reduction. Discover the 5 steps to reach your goal. You will not find these 5 steps on any Youtube braking videoclip. It is a result of teaching how to brake on skates for more than 20 years. (And of the out of the box personality of your Amsterdam private skate teacher.) Easy does it.

I use the metaphor “bury your heel-stopper into the tarmac”.


Other braking techniques to master over Skate-A-Round AMS:


Improve your skate stroke: push & glide 


Become
streetwise on your inline skates in the city

Skate teacher in the city | Streetwise on early Sunday morning in AMS.

Freestyle skating skills to master with Skate-A-Round


About skate teacher Lex van Buuren from skate school Skate-A-Round

Lex van Buuren in the press as a skate teacher in Groningen – Friday Fun Skate 2011

Your roller skate teacher Lex van Buuren is:



About the inline skating rental & the time of the lesson in Amsterdam | 1 person (or couple) a day

Bring your own skates and protection! (If you don’t have your own skates you can rent them with for example “Skatedokter”.).

What is your prefered time and day?
Are you prepared to start early in order to create an even safer environment ? (Safety during the Corona Crisis plays an important role.)

Make sure you reserve by using the What’s app button here on the right. 

I am available in case I do not have something else planned or when the spot has not being taken yet by another skater.
It is pretty cool I think to start very early. (It is quite out of the box and I like that. And it highly improves safety.)

In case of rain or wet surface we cancel the rollerblade lesson 1-2 hours before the start.

Protection is mandatory. Including a skate or bike helmet. Participation at your own risk.



Are you an absolute beginner on inline skates?

Skate courier as well in Coronavirus time. (Click the picture 4 more info.)

Then you need my help even more. ;)
Then we start with position, posture.
It is the basis for good moves.
The grass will help us to do us so 1st, before we start to go on the tarmac.



How much does the inline skate workshop cost?

EUR 72,50 including VAT (BTW) per private lesson for 1 person (or couple). (about 1 hour and a half.

It  is important to plan a relexed time in the park. Meaning: during quiet hours in the parks.

Reduction EUR 15,- per inline skate workshop as a whole for students, seniors 65+.


Connect with private inline skate teacher Lex van Buuren of skateschool Skate-A-Round

Lex organises a day skate trip to Texel every year. (since 2001)
+31 6 55 33 77 26 (What’s app as well) | info@lexandthecity.nl | The new Facebook page of skateschool Skate-Round

Skate fitness instructor in AMS with total body workout.

Local private guide on inline skates as well | For international inline skate groups

As Lex is a local private guide in Amsterdam as well, he can also guide you or your group through the city of AMS. Or in the countryside; like in Waterland or along river Amstel . We can even include a skate lesson while moving from A to B. (“skate lexercises“)

A great way to get to know Amsterdam, learn new skate tricks, socialize and work out. So join and follow the local tourist guide on inline skates.

Lex has been volunteer for Friday Night Skate as well for 22 years now, giving him a rich knowledge of skate tracks, procedures to follow in town and dealing with roads and traffic. Next to that he started his own private skate service for groups: Skate-A-Round. Meaning tours, travel and lessons. (since 1998)

For international groups there are 3 options: an exchange with the locals in the form of a tour (or weekend) together in the countryside for example, a guided tour by Skate-A-Round and just giving maps.
Maps: I got my own and they are to be found on the web in several places.
I give you one skate track map “the park tour of Amsterdam from my own library which I like very much. Or this skateroute; to Amsterdam beach (Zandvoort, the boulevard)

Skate-A-Round has been organizing international skate weekends and/or skatedays in Amsterdam for Planet Roller from Paris, Skatefresh from London, Rodats from Barcelona (chk beneath) and Madrid Patina. Always in close co-operation with partner Friday Night Skate Amsterdam.

Plse be in time. Organizers, like you and me (?), need time to prepare. To think. To fantasise.

Rodats from Barcelona, publishing the skate day and skate track with us, Skate-A-Round: (enjoy) | May 2019.

Skatefresh from London, announcing a fully booked skate-trip to Amsterdam. (July 2017)

I am honoured Asha has asked us 3 times to be the local skate guide in AMS for her international skate travel groups and fans in the Netherlands.)


After the roller skating lessons and practising yourself, you are ready for a skate tour.

An inline skate tour is a great way to practice your technique, get to know new people, catching up with old friends, enjoying the countryside (or city), work on your fitness and even do some networking.

This video shows an example of an inline skate tour in the countryside of East Amsterdam. It is the Sunday Morning Skate; organized by Willem from Amsterdam and Gerard from Haarlem. I have made this 10 seconds video with 10 inline skaters by going in front and than get my camera.

Friday Night Skate Amsterdam in the Eastern Docklands: an appealing perspective after your rollerblading brake & streetwise lesson. Picture (C) Lex van Buuren from Lex and the City and Skate-A-Round. June 2019.


The Skate Lessons in “Het Oosterpark” are part of
“the Eastern Lexperiences”.

Oosterpark in Amsterdam-Oost; picture by Lex and the City

Tours with storytelling in Amsterdam East:

 

IJburg: great combination of superb tarmac (great surface for inline skating) and… Amsterdam beach.

(Do not count in the surface on the beach here… that is not fair. ;))

Want to learn something special? Breaking on inline skates 2.0? Introducing the heel stop one foot.

After having learned braking on inline skates the standard way, it is time for some Lextension.
The “Heel stop 1 foot” is a (L)exercise where you uniquely break on your stopper.
Your left skate is in the air.

This video has been made by Monika Guranova. (a student from skate teacher Amsterdam, Lex van Buuren.)

Wrapping up this skate lessons page with something else: learn how to carve on inline skates | Youtube clip

We wrap up this page about private roller blading lessons in Amsterdam with a trigger. 
Carving on inline skates is what Lex adores to do.
And he loves to teach it too.
To you for example. :)

This brief video has been made by Sven Lippert.

Other Lex and the City services in English.

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2 reacties

  1. Lex is a perfect skate teacher. All round with a lot of patience and good skills to feel more safe for yourself and getting yourself on a higher level.

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