So, you wear booties over your shoes and step (carefully) onto the board. It's very slick. Then you slide back and forth.
|It's scarily slick. Be careful.|
I looked at it, and I did not think, "Oh, this looks easy." I thought, "This thing is going to kill me."
When I got on, my skating muscle memory kept trying to get an edge. Even though I was consciously sending messages to my leg, knee, and ankle muscles, I kept unconsciously falling back into skating techniques with my feet.
Rapuzel the Cruel had to hold my hands, even though I had deep knee bend and was nicely balanced. Maybe someone with quicker reflexes (mine are old) could have adapted quickly; I couldn't.
Still, I guess it's a nice muscle and stride builder for certain kinds of skating when no ice is available.
Rapunzel the Cruel delights in upping the challenge to my muscles and joints, I think I'll see this again.
Here's what it looks like when you know what you're doing. This is basic stroking:
Here's a speedskater working on his crossover technique. NOT sliding on the board takes a lot of control of upper body and lower leg strength.
This is me:
|My destination is good knee health!|