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 …

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 …

Fresh Meat Pain – Oh my god my back!

Does your lower back ache like mad after about 20 mins of skating? Is it screaming by the end of your 27-in-5? Back pain is really common in derby, especially when you are just starting out. Derby position is new to most people and keeping low,low, low whilst doing your laps is not something we generally do in normal life! …

Hey workout mojo, where’d you go?

I haven’t been to the gym for what seems like ages. I got one pathetic workout in whilst I was away. It had been so long that I had major inner-thigh DOMS for days after!   It isn’t entirely my fault and I have been doing active activities like snowboarding and roller derby-ing but I can still really feel that …

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, …

Squats For People Who Can’t Squat (like me)

Squats are the bane of my gym-life. No matter how much I stretch I cannot bend the various joints at the correct angle to get a true parallel squat. You can keep telling me how good deep squats are for me, how I need to stand with my feet hip width apart, put the weight into my heels, break at …

Workout Quickies – Recreate Skates With Ankle Weights!

As you may have gathered from the title, this one’s about recreating the feeling of having skates on your feet by using ankle weights! I’ve been thinking about trying this for a while but was spurred on to give it a try after finding my new skates SO WEIRD and different from my football boots. I figured, if I want …

Ballet Inspired Roller Derby Foot Strengthening Tips

After and article I saw about how ballet dancers customise their pointe shoes, I was inspired to find out how Ballerinas strengthen their feet and ankles to go up on pointe. Ballet dancer’s strength, athleticism and ability to put up with pain is astonishing! I don’t think us roller girls have to put up with quite as much pain but …

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 …

I Like Big Butts And I Cannot Lie – Create A Killer Derby Booty

Butts are awesome. I love bums in all shapes and sizes. Apparently so does Ginger Snap and The Internet.  You can often hear a spectator saying “Dat ass” when watching roller derby. But having junk in the trunk is not only good for filling out booty shorts, a strong money maker helps protect you from injuries and makes you powerful and …