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 don’t know many people who look forward to doing the 27 in 5. There are a few crazy people out there who enjoy trying to …

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 when your legs cross over as you stride around the track. You use both your feet to ‘push’ and ‘pull’ on the floor to propel …