Lateral Power For Roller Derby

Lateral power: In roller derby, we need it. Whether you’re a jammer who needs to be able to juke from lane to lane in a heartbeat, a blocker who needs to drive a jammer off track or an offensive player who needs to make a hole, we all need to be able to move ourselves – and others – laterally. …

How To Start Crosstraining For Roller Derby

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Starting your off-skates training for roller derby can be daunting if you’ve never done much structured exercise before. A gym might seem too intimidating (or expensive) and fitness classes can feel too generic. And if you’re new to exercise it can be difficult to know what you should be doing, how often and when! To get you started, below are …

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 the …

Fresh Meat Pain – How the eff do I get lower??

If you’re a freshie, I bet the most heard phrase at training is “get lower!”. Coaches like to tell people to “get lower” all the time, especially during fresh meat when they’re trying to teach a room full of Bambi-on-rollerskaters how to skate safely. But what exactly is low? In derby stance, low means; knees bent, butt down, chest up …

Workout Quickies – Agility Dots Workout!

Agility We could all probably do with a bit more of it in our derby lives; to hippity hop your way up the inside line, to turn on a dime to bridge a jammer back and a million other scenarios. Luckily, agility workouts can be mega easy to do, don’t require much space and minimal equipment. In fact, keeping your workout …

Don’t Shoulder The Blame – Protecting Your Shoulders For Roller Derby

If you are just starting the contact portion of your minimum skills (hell yeah!) or are still relatively new to derby, you will most likely be using your shoulders a lot to hit. Here are a just a few of the hits you might learn that utilise your shoulder: The Shoulder Check – When next to an opposing blocker/jammer, you squat …