7 Leg Strengthening Exercises For Total Noobs

As I mentioned in an earlier post, there are a few lovely ladies out there that don’t feel like they are fit or strong enough to even start Fresh Meat training with their local Roller Derby Team.   This makes me sad so I have decided to compile some back-to-basics exercises for girls who have never worked out before in …

Roller Derby Stamina & Endurance – Example Workouts

As promised, in case you were still a bit uninspired to create your own workouts from my last post about stamina and endurance, I’ve cobbled together a few examples. These are workouts are similar to ones I do myself or that I have done in the past. I’ve tried to use ones that require little to no equipment or gym …

Staying Power – How To Improve Stamina & Endurance For Roller Derby

I reckon, just like me, prior to attending your first Roller Derby training session you believed you were “pretty fit”. Then at the end of your first 27 in 5 you found yourself starfished on the floor, on the verge of puking and believing you were about to drop dead. “Wow, I’m really not as fit as I thought!” you breathily mutter …

It’s Getting Hot In Here – How To Warm Up Effectively

I don’t mean get cosy under a blanket next to an open fire, I’m talking about preparing your body for vigorous exercise.   Whether you are just about to do your off-skates work out or take part in a Roller Derby bout, you need to make sure all your body bits are ready for action, otherwise you are going to end …

Core Blimey! – Simple core strengthening exercises

As I mentioned briefly in the last post, your core muscles are extremely important, not just for Derby but for every day life. Strengthening your core is something you should do whether you are an athlete or not because you use your core all the time.     So, what exactly is your core? Your core is the collective term …

Don’t get butt hurt – The most common Fresh Meat injury

I’ve just done a quick straw poll on UK Derby Dialogue, asking what injuries people remember suffering when first starting out in Derby.   The outright winner was definitely the butt. Tail bone or coccyx injuries are super trendy in the Fresh Meat world; if you haven’t got Butt Hurt, you haven’t been trying hard enough!!     Of course I’m …

Good Pain, Bad Pain – How to tell the difference

Roller Derby is different to most sports in the respect that more “alternative” people are attracted to it – “hey, we love fishnets ok?!” These “alternative” people often haven’t grown playing sports or often haven’t partaken in much mainstream exercise. Most likely down to the fact they didn’t “fit in” or were intimidated by the “sporty people” getting sweaty in …

“What is Fresh Meat?” and other questions a newbie needs answering.

Before we get into it, lets start at the beginning.   When you attend your first ever Roller Derby practice, you will most likely be pretty green and your head will be left spinning in bewilderment. There are so many new words and phrases, everyone seems like they’re speaking in a foreign language! Help!   So I’m gonna break down …

Hello! Fresh Meat Tips – cherry popper post

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post on Fresh Meat Tips!   I’m hoping you haven’t stumbled here expecting advice on how to keep your steak and chicken breasts from going mouldy, and instead that you are here to pick up some advice for a Newbie Roller Girl.   First, an introduction…   Who am I?    I …