Oh, I love roller derby! I started skating in Richmond when they first put together a team, but finally had to come to terms that with owning two businesses (one like a full time job, one like a part time job), only having my 3yo in part-time preschool and trying to be a good mom and wife, I just didn't have the time. Moreover, I'm a web designer, so if I broke my hand, I'd kind of be SOL! But I do miss the girls and the skating! I adore skating. =)
I've been skating with Ohio Rollergirls since we started in April 2005! Yes, lots of squats, really any exercise that makes your thighs burn! Our speed coach has some truly horrific exercises he has us do - calls it "static skating" I'm not even sure I can describe it. A bad one that our coaches have us do is bear crawls - worse if you have skates on - toe stops and hands on the floor doing laps around the rink. We also do plyometrics that focus on explosiveness.
It seems like that if you learned to use the banks you could really gain some speed around the corners (unlike flat track where the speed portions are the straight aways). Kind of like Nascar drivers on banked race car tracks...
Is the pace of the match different? I suspect it would be faster, but that's based on a theory based on my high school physics class... and it's been awhile!
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I've skated LA Derby Dolls' and the Firebirds tracks. At first it's tricky, you feel like you're skating drunk. But once you figure out how to skate with the angles of the track, rather than tryign to fight against them (and you get over the fear of falling off the track) it's not a whole lot more dificult. Plus you can get goign really fast, which TOTALLY makes you feel like a rock star! :)
Not overly clear? This year was San Diego's first full season, and we've played it all flat track at the local rink. We own a banked track and are in the process of making it safe and skate-able, which should be finished by this weekend. (WAHOO!)
LA Derby Dolls are just banked track, but there is a seperate flat track league in LA too. SD is planning on rocking BOTH banked and flat track derby!
Hello all! I skate with the San Diego Derby Dolls, and here's my 2 (or 3) cents on it:
I say first start with skating ... I know it seems obvious, but spend as much time on 8 wheels as you can manage - at the rink, on the streets, in the kitchen washing your dishes. When / if you get started in derby, already being comfortable in your skates will put you leaps and abounds ahead. Other than that, work on are cardio endurance, leg / core strength and balance. Also work on your flexibility, you are much less likely to pull a muscle or sprain something if your body is able to roll with the hits and falls that are going to come.
Derby is an intense, high impact sport. You can definitely start skating with little to no experience (I couldn’t even stand up on skates when I started) and a fitness level that is less than ideal; but know that in any league, you will have to push yourself to get to a level where you are not putting yourself and others at risk. That in itself can be a great motivator to get into better and better shape each month. And most leagues are great supporting their newer skaters and getting them where they need to be. One of the great things about derby is that in so many cities, you see women discovering that they are more athletic and powerful than they had realized before.
If you’re interested, look up your local derby team and ask them what they are looking for in their tryouts. And go to a game or two to support your local derby gals!
SPEED! That's one of my weakest areas. I'm thinking a leg day where I mix squats, sprints and something like mountain climbers would probably be good. Maybe stair running... Damn, I hate stair running...
oh yes, i am so glad you started this thread. i am seriously interested in joining our derby team here in the ville, but want to know how to get in shape first so i don't embarrass myself! earlier today, my friend said that for any sport in general, running is a great way to start building endurance. but yeah the strength training is probably key too. shoo!
Oh, I wish I could join a roller derby team!! We live too far from the city...I know I'd love it.
I'm thinking any exercise that works the legs, like lunges and squats. You have to have seriously strong legs to make it in roller derby! So, biking, hiking, anything that adds to the strength of your legs, go for it!
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