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 …

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 …

Get Better At Backwards Skating

Backwards skating is hard, right? As a Freshie, trying going backwards for the first time can be nigh on impossibru!  It hurts like hell too, you use muscles you didn’t even know you had! But backwards skating is essential in the derby of today and in my opinion, is super fun too. If you wanna chest block, use your flank, be …

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 …

Knee-hab – Protect your knees with this simple routine

Knees. They are pretty important in Roller Derby as in life and we should do everything we can to protect them. They tend to take quite a battering in our sport – repetitive movements, off-skates training, derby stance, jumping/hopping/leaping and knee falls, both intentional and accidental – can all take a toll. If you already have a propensity for dodgy …

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

[This post is from 2015] 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 …