Staying Power – How To Improve Stamina & Endurance For Roller Derby

I reckon, just like me, prior to attending your first Roller Derby training session you believed you were “pretty fit”. Then at the end of your first 27 in 5 you found yourself starfished on the floor, on the verge of puking and believing you were about to drop dead. “Wow, I’m really not as fit as I thought!” you breathily mutter …

It’s Getting Hot In Here – How To Warm Up Effectively

I don’t mean get cosy under a blanket next to an open fire, I’m talking about preparing your body for vigorous exercise. Whether you are just about to do your off-skates work out or take part in a Roller Derby bout, you need to make sure all your body bits are ready for action, otherwise you are going to end up …

Core Blimey! – Simple core strengthening exercises

As I mentioned briefly in the last post, your core muscles are extremely important, not just for Derby but for every day life. Strengthening your core is something you should do whether you are an athlete or not because you use your core all the time.     So, what exactly is your core? Your core is the collective term …

Don’t get butt hurt – The most common Fresh Meat injury

I’ve just done a quick straw poll on UK Derby Dialogue, asking what injuries people remember suffering when first starting out in Derby. The outright winner was definitely the butt. Tail bone or coccyx injuries are super trendy in the Fresh Meat world; if you haven’t got Butt Hurt, you haven’t been trying hard enough!!   Of course I’m kidding. Bum-juries …

Good Pain, Bad Pain – How to tell the difference

Roller Derby is different to most sports in the respect that more ‘alternative’ people are attracted to it – hey, we love tattoos, feminism and vegan food, ok! Quite often, may of the people drawn to derby don’t have a background in playing sports or haven’t partaken in much mainstream exercise. This could often be because they didn’t fit in …