I’m on a huge transitional path at the moment. I have put on some weight over the last year or two and instead of admitting defeat, I have been running and exercising around 4 – 5 times a week. As well as cardo and doing exercises with some Youtube videos, I also wanted to try and do some sports that are fun and are maybe something you tried as a kid but not continued into adulthood.
The first sport I wanted to try was skateboarding. My brother used to do this loads when he was a teen and he even bought me a kids skateboard for Christmas one year. I had always had a fear about skateboarding and falling so when I had the chance to have a lesson, I thought, ‘face the fear and have a go.’
Slick Willies collaborates regularly with Skates and Ladders a company that teaches people of all ages how to skateboard. Their lessons are hosted in London which is great for me so I decided to visit Slick Willies first to explore their store before we headed to our lesson.
I wasn’t sure what the ages of the other people attending would be but there was a good variety. The teacher showed us some basics like kicking off and putting both feet on the board, how to steer and how to even do a few tricks. It was fun to do but I did fall pretty bad at one point but luckily I had some knee and elbow pads on and a helmet so it didn’t hurt at all.
I was pretty anxiety after falling but the instructor was really helpful and took time showing me how to do each of the movements. I did start to get the hang of it at the end and I know with some practice I will get better at it over time.
I think if you are like me and feel a little worried about getting on a skateboard, it’s great to face your fear and do something that challenges you. I’m pleased I had my lesson and I definitely want to have a go again and learn more moves to overcome my fear of falling off.
If you fancy having a go at skateboarding, visit Skates and Ladders’ website here.