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 …

Hill Running – Feel Like A Jammer Stuck Behind A Kick Ass Wall

If you’ve just started jamming, you will know that soul-crushing feeling of being trapped behind a terrifying wall of strong-as-bull Vets. No matter how hard you push or juke, you can’t get through. Your legs are burning, your lungs are on fire and you want to cry! I got fed up of feeling like this so started trying to figure …

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 …

Run For Derby: Improve Endurance With Intervals

I like to think that I’m pretty fit, I workout a fair bit and always get plenty sweaty when I do. But then Scrim Night rolls around….. Our team has recently started using a torture tactic warm up where we take turns being the “jammer” fighting through a pack made up of the ENTIRE TEAM. Lets just say it’s tough. …

HIIT those 27 laps hard – Roller Derby Workout Video!

Five minutes.  Doesn’t sound like a long time. That is until you have to skate 27 laps of a roller derby track within that time. Then 5 minutes feels like unending, lung burning torture. I have come to almost enjoy the 27 in 5 since upgrading my skates, getting fitter and FINALLY reaching the target! I was happy at 27 but …

How To Crush Those Crossovers!

Crossovers. They look pretty cool, help you power out of corners and you can’t do your 27 in 5 without them. But, they can also be damn tricky to master. Simply put, a crossover is the transference of body weight from one foot to the other whilst crossing your feet whilst skating in a curve. Its more efficient to skate …

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 …

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 …

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 tattoos, feminism and vegan food, ok! Quite often, may of the people drawn to derby don’t have a background in playing sports or haven’t partaken in much mainstream exercise. This could often be because they didn’t fit in …