Monthly Archives: January 2016

I Finally Tried CrossFit

I have done many workouts involving elements of CrossFit, and I enjoy constantly moving while doing a strength routine.  Sometimes I would do WODs on my own (WOD stands for workout of the day…) But I have never officially taken … Continue reading

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Jammer Strategy – Before the Whistle Blows

There is so much strategy in roller derby. Blockers have set plays, different positions for different scenarios, and must constantly be communicating in order to be effective.  Jammers are a bit different.  Sure, I communicate with my blockers when I … Continue reading

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​ Core strength, balance, and roller derby

Many derby players I know have a very good lifting routine. They strengthen those quads and shoulders…. But a lot of skaters neglect a very important group of muscles that directly impact their skating ability. Their CORE! This does not … Continue reading

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Keep your Cool – Even When You Get Smoked in the Face

You know what stinks?  Getting hit in the face. You know what stinks even more?  Getting hit in the face more than once during a bout. Blockers and jammers alike have all had bruised lips, black eyes, velcro burn across … Continue reading

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Your Enemy, aka Endurance

I ran a marathon last weekend.  It was nothing crazy – no PR, no insane finish where I collapsed over the finish line… it was the Walt Disney World Marathon, which meant I took lots of pictures (mostly blurry), saw … Continue reading

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Where are your forearms?!

Many jammers have a tendency to use their forearms while jamming.  Even worse, they use their hands without thinking and end up getting all kinds of forearm calls.  I have gone through three forearm phases in my derby career: Phase … Continue reading

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What’s your Plan?

​I have been an athlete for a very long time. Since I started playing soccer in elementary school, I can’t think of a time in my life when I wasn’t working out in some way. Sure, I’ve had injuries and … Continue reading

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Tighten your Toe Stops!

As derby skaters, we’ve all seen it (or been the victim of it). That moment during a bout when someone is on the track and their wheel falls off. Or their toe stop comes off. Or some other piece of … Continue reading

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