Creating Body Balance – Even Up Your Non-Derby Side

Skating left all the damn time is, no surprise, going to cause muscle imbalances in your body and also make you much better at doing derby skills with one leg or in one direction than the other.   Most people’s plow stops are better on their right foot and most people find transitioning to the left (towards the inside of …

7 Things You Can Do On Skates That Will Make You A Better Roller Derby Player

1. Outdoor Skating If you are used to skating on nothing but flat, flat sports court, the smoothest looking pavement will feel like skating over a violently undulating beast thats trying to kill you. There are all sorts of potential hazards – stones, drains, sudden surface changes, random bulges – which are all great for building your stability, core and …

Balance To Build Bullet Proof Ankles For Roller Derby

Ankles and roller derby: a deadly combination.  In my short time playing roller derby I have personally witnessed three broken ankles,  countless ankle sprains, hyper-plantar-flexioned (possible made-up word) my right ankle a few times and most recently sprained my left one too. When you mix wheels, bendy body parts and  bashing the crap out of each other together, the probability of …

Cross-training for Derby – 5 Fun Things To Help You Become A Badass

This post has been inspired by the training session we had today, which involved doing Hula Hoop on skates! It was really fun and I was surprisingly not terrible at it. It got me to thinking about fun off-skates activities that would be beneficial for Derby…..     1. Hula Hooping – On or off skates, this retro fitness craze is …

Balancing Act – Help To Master T-Stops (and other things)

I took my best friend to see her very first Roller Derby bout a few months ago; it was Tiger Bay vs Crime City. Not a bad bout to start with eh! Well, she fell in love (obviously) but didn’t think she’d ever be able to actually play herself. Fast forward a couple of months and she’s joined her local …