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What is skiking?

skiking is all-terrain Nordic Skating

What is skiking?

skiking - also known as Cross Skating - is an endurance and health sports which excercises about 90% of the body's muscle mass while having only a gentle impact on the joints. Skiking is a sport that almost every recreational athletes can perform. The movement is derived from the cross-country skiing skating step. Skiking can absolutely be considered as summer skiing and is a perfect alternative for the cross-country training during the snow-free period.


How about protective equipment?

In general it is advisable to wear always a helmet and gloves. Protectors with collision protection are also recommended for beginners and children. Skillful skikers and cross skaters prefer kevlar coated protectors which skike offers directly in its range.


How is the handling on gravel or grass?

On gravel you should try step by step, going from rough to fine. Concerning higher speeds, gravel is the better choice. But you need more power or a slight slope to properly move forward. The majority of beginners - due to their lack of experience and technique - will fail when it comes to a gravelled climb. At the beginning you should not attempt to ride on grass even if it looks an easy thing. Grass surfaces are soft, uneven and confusing and therefore do not offer good condition for smooth rolling. Skikes small wheels will catch more often easier in deeper holes but they roll (as opposed to roller blade wheels) quite unimpressed over smaller branches and stones.


How fast can I go with skikes? 30-40 km/h like on speed skates?

The tires have a rolling resistance which is almost three times as high as that of speed skates. But also the grip is about three times better. Since skikes have chosen the path of better adhesion, this is also accepted by ambitious cross-skaters as safety feature. Therefore 30 to 40 km/h will only be achieved when sprinting. The permanent pace is at the most at 15 to 25 km/h on the road. Skikes are not Pacemakers but they are pretty much the same like the pace of ski skating. Wenn considering that one with about 200 watts of power reaches about 16 km/h and 300 watts be enough for 21 km/h, you can approximately assess the enormous power delivery of this sports device . On solid off raod terrain the pace drops about 10%, and on heavy soil you have to deduct around 30%.


Where can I learn skiking?

Licensed skike instructors can be found on this website within the Practice section. Those coaches offer introductory, beginner and advanced courses. Skikes and other equipment to hire is usually available at the class. Class schedules are displayed online while inscriptions must be executed directly with the instructors. They offer email, phone lines and other means of contact / registration.

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What is the energy consumption during the Cross-Skating?

They say with Nordic walking the energy consumption is supposed to be 40% higher than for the hiking because of the use of poles. What about this?

Well formulated supposedly. It is because the arms have about 20 % of the muscle mass of the legs, consume up to 20 % more energy. You could - but only if you do not drag the poles listless behind and if you're already athletic. But who is doing Nordic Walking? People who want to make a moderate rehabilitation training (must?) at which they consume energy only moderately over time, so that the fat metabolism is trained. The supposed 40% increase in energy consumption would increase the pulse of around 15 beats what a beginner does not stand.

Skiking increases the energy consumption compared with inline skating cycling, swimming and running. Squash often is indicated as the sport with the highest energy consumption which is maybe just a legend. Concerning Cross-Skating, you can move in a very moderate way with low energy turnover or with full power. By doing so, you will consume 5 to 10%, with some practice even up to 15% more energy per hour than running, because skiking corresponds to the cross-country strain - the sport with the highest oxygen conversion .

But 5 to 15% is not a spectacular superlative and certainly not a great selling point for skikes. It shows, however, that you can cover a very wide range of performance with skikes from rehab athletes to elite athletes . The beginner has indeed rather the problem of motivation. If skiking is fun, he has won against his inner skunk. In the high-performance range the increased energy consumption will become more an issue.


Can I achieve the same training effect as I do with running?

Cross-Skating is an excellent alternative or addition to long-distance running. The energy consumption is higher (10-15%) and after a training session with a higher average heart rate as with running the regeneration is much faster. So, one can set quite exceptional training stimuli without getting in overtraining. Through the active and passive stabilization work, done in the joints, they are almost trained like at the physiotherapist against false loads. You can feel then that the musculoskeletal system already is subjectively stable. Also ball athletes report more stable joints since they have started to use skike.

As abdominal- and back-training Cross Skating is almost not to beat anyway. The pace is (if the technique is mastered) on asphalt around 15-30 % higher than that of equally strong long-distance runners. In light terrain (park paths) one is ideally minimally faster, in moderate to difficult terrain a bit until significantly (15-40 %) slower than a distance runner.



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