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 the …

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 I …

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 …

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 …