5 Exercises To Make You A Better Jammer

So jamming’s hard, right? You’re one person trying to fight through three or four other people who really don’t want to let you past. Also, jammers are often smaller than blockers. Juking and jiving is great but blockers these days are smart and often don’t bite – they hold their ground and try to force you to choose and edge. But …

Preparing For Your First Roller Derby Tournament

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As you may know, I’ve recently returned from a trip to Colorado where I took part in my first ever multi-day, multi-game roller derby tournament. Before going I was nervous – would I have the fitness, stamina and mental energy to survive it? As I’ve never experienced something like it before, how could I know? This feeling was compounded by …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 3: Post-Game

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Welcome to Part 3 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here! Everyone knows its important to work on mental toughness before a game but its importance extends beyond the final whistle. This is especially so if you had a bad game or your team lost but also applies to analysing …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 2: On Game Day

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Welcome to Part 2 of the Game Day Mental Toughness series. This follows on from Part 1 (obvs) where you learnt how ridiculously nervous I used to get before games. So much so I didn’t enjoy them at all. And I really, really wanted to enjoy them! Games are the reason we train so hard, they are the culmination of all …

Game Day Mental Toughness Part 1: Pre-Game

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So you’ve got a roller derby game coming up and you’re starting to feel a bit nervous. Maybe a bit more than nervous. Maybe you’ve been vomiting twice a day for the last week. I get it. True story: Early on in my derby career, I would used to get so nervous before games that I would get stomach pains, cry, argue …

Treble’s Gear Reviews: Deadbolt APEX Knee Pads

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I was recently lucky enough to be asked to review the new Deadbolt Apex Knee Pads. I employed my good friend R2-Dee2 to help me! Here’s what we thought…. What Deadbolt say Always listening to their customers and following their quest to create the perfect knee pad, the Apex pads are slimmer than the previous iteration, the Grand Slam pads to …

The Secret Life of a Crossover

No, not those kinds of crossovers!  If you skate with a league lucky enough to have more than one team, you also probably have crossover skaters: Skaters who play for both the A and B team or the home team and the travel team. Being a crossover has its own unique challenges and benefits that you just don’t encounter when …

10 Ways To Deal With Plateaus

We all know the feeling. Even though you’ve been training your butt off you suddenly hit a wall. It feels like your progress has come to a grinding halt. All the while everyone else seems to be improving at a rapid speed and overtaking you. You feel left behind. Frustrated. Maybe even like you’ve actually gotten worse. You might even imagine …

Reading List: Great Books for Mindset

If you’ve been in the roller derby game for a minute, you’ve probably realised (or been told repeatedly) that at least half of what determines success is mental. Mental toughness, mindset, attitude… all of these things basically mean the same – how you think, what you think about and how you deal with things – and they have an absolutely …

New Year, Nutrition: Plant- Based Sports Nutrition

As it’s the start of a new year, many people are making resolutions (or even better, forming new habits) and most of them revolve around fitness, health or eating habits. And I am one of those people! I’ve started #ExercsiseEveryDay and made a bet with my boyfriend that the first one to drink alcohol this year, loses! And I’ve also been …