Spotted while running in 80 degree weather: Woman in a headband and leotard Rollerblading down A1A in South Florida.
What she a mirage? Did I take a left turn at Xanadu? Who was I going to bump into next? Richard Simmons? I honestly did a double take (maybe it was the leotard). I got to thinking: What ever happened to Rollerblading? Inline skating was HUGE for a period of time. We even refer to inline skating as ‘Rollerblading’ based on the blockbuster inline skate. (It took on the whole Kleenex-Tissue, Coke-Cola thing.) I used to do it for years in the 90s. I have seen guys playing hockey in them fairly recently, but as for the recerational Rollerblader? I must say. I haven’t seen one in a long ass time. Bravo for Olivia (Newton-John) cruising along A1A. It’s not a bad workout at all. You can burn quite a few calories doing it- especially if you’re going at a good clip. Props to her for getting up, shimmying into her leotard on a hot day and heading on out the door.
Rollerblading came along around the same time as the Reebok Slide did. Remember taking Slide classes? Slip on those weird booties over you sneaks and glide back and forth on the gray rolled up Slide (essentially a piece of slippery as ice linoleum) and within minutes you were Bonnie Blair “skating” along. Viola! A lateral low-impact, high intensity aeoribic workout. It never really took off. Truth be told, unless you were Eric Heiden, it was a fairly unnatural movement. But I think that was the point. I certainly got stronger because of it. Other than doing a “grape vine” or using a band, how many lateral strengthening workouts are there? Not many. And lateral AEROBIC ones? I can think of three. Speed skating. Rollerblading. Skate skiing. What else you got? I’m kind of stumped. I used to take Slide classes regularly. I even took Slide, Hoop and Jump! classes. Reebok slide. Hula hoop. Jump Rope. No kidding. It was a sweat fest (even without wearing a leotard I might add). I honestly thought that Apollo Anton Ono would have brought back the Slide. Instead he did the paso doble. Go figure.
I’m waiting for someone to start a Retro-Aerobics Studio. (Hey wait a minute. Maybe I have something here…) That would be a blast. Through it all running has endured. Hang on a minute. Wasn’t “Running”, “Jogging” in the 90s? Ahhh the 90s. Fitness fads at their best.