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 …

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 …

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 …