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BTLSMUM
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1/11/13 8:34 A

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For fitness tracking, I just entered mine as roller skating. If we did a lot of standing around talking, or hitting drills I would subtract that time from my total practice time.

As for training, agility training is useful. Focus on fast feet and switching directions quickly. I love the agility ladder. :)



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VIXLADYFOX
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1/10/13 1:52 P

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Any suggestions specifically for "Derby" besides staking as much as possible? Have any of you tried the Derby workout DVD's that I've seen on line? I walk and workout but I want to concentrate more on what i need to strengthen for derby.....



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AUTUMNROSE112
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8/31/12 7:15 P

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Hey......I am new to spark and have 2 derby trainings a week but am not sure what to enter them as in the fitness tracker. What do you guys do tracker wise??


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BTLSMUM
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5/23/12 8:09 A

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I am so not one to give advice. LOL Overtraining is what got me injured. I would say, "work smarter, not harder". Perhaps look for ways to reduce the amount of time you train on your gym days? Throwing some kettlebells into your mix, for example, can up your burn and you don't have to work as long. There are some amazing, intense 20 minute HIIT workouts you can do if you look around on the internets. bodyrock.tv is a good resource. That girl is crazy-ripped and strong! I want that body!!

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5/22/12 7:44 P

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I have derby practice 3x per week. I also aim to get at least 1 more recreational skate session in per week, either a street skate or speed/footwork practice.

I hit the gym on average 2x per week where I focus on weight training and plyometrics. I try to focus on moves that work my entire body using my core when I weight train. I do 1-minute rounds of plyometrics between strength moves to get some cardio in and work on my fast-twitch muscle tissue for bouting. I try not to spend more than an hour in the gym per visit.

I also commute by bicycle (at least 8 miles per day, with a few decent hills), and I work a job where I'm on my feet for 8-hours a day and am regularly lifting up to 50#.

I'm at a point right now where I'm struggling with my training. I have been using Spark consistently for almost 3 months now. I have made significant progress and am seeing improvements in strength and agility, but I'm concerned that I might be overtraining. I've been pretty tired and sore almost all of the time lately. I'm trying to keep up this workout schedule but reduce the intensity of my sessions here and there so I don't end up hurting myself. Any advice on this subject is appreciated!


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STORMAGEDDON
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5/14/12 4:54 P

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I am trying to get my body back post-baby as well as get into some serious derby shape. Right now I am skating 10 miles outside two nights a week and I got to league practice that consists of tons of endurance two nights a week. I walk with a girlfriend everyday, I know that doesn't sound like much, but it is something I can do with the baby and it gets me out of the house. We walk in a super hilly park. The three nights I do not have practice I run 3 miles on the treadmill and do the 30 Day Shred or Sweatin to the oldies... don't hate, I love me some Richard Simmons. It makes me smile.

Never give up, never give in, NEVER QUIT TRYING!!!!


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DIXIEHEARTLESS
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7/28/11 11:13 A

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For my off skate workouts I do Zumba! It's great cardio if you get a good instructor! Ok maybe I'm just overly partial to mine because I don't feel any of the other instructors give me as good of a workout :)
I'm starting to add in more walking and biking since I've moved to a new place that has a bike trail across the street.


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FUNSIZESANDY
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6/13/11 8:17 P

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My league practices on Thurs, and there is a conditioning class on Tues I go to. I just found out about another league on Mon nights, so I'm going to try to add there, starting next week, to try to get more hours in on my skates, since I only got started in April. I'm also trying to do a little more in the off-skates department. My goal is to get up in the morning and go for a jog, gradually increasing my time and distance. I am building up my endurance and knocking down my weight. I also feel the need to work on strength training, and I'm thinking about plyometrics for that. There are some good vids on youtube.


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6/10/11 6:34 P

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I would love to hear what more people are doing in this category. One of my main goals is to start & be more consistent with an off-skates program. Currently, I go to 2-3 league practices a week and 1-2 speed practices, so on a good week I'm skating 5 days a week (or about 11 hours), but that doesn't always happen. I do sometimes job with my husband at night, but I don't have a gym membership (had to give it up for derby due to $).


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BTLSMUM
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4/29/11 9:23 A

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I'm so excited! For starters, I had been training at a boxing gym (seriously old-school, ratty, downtown gym) for about 9 months or so and just loved it. I had to stop going because I just couldn't afford it. Even to just take the group sessions was too much $$. So, I've just been skating and doing the Shred DVD on off days. I've squeezed in a couple of runs, but we've had crazy weather so I've been relatively housebound.

A week or so ago, I decided to see what classes our new rec center was offering. They have a Performance Fit class on Thursdays. Our practice schedule is Tues, Thurs, Sun but we have a "Fundamentals" practice on Weds that counts for attendance. It's with a guy who speed skated competitively since he was a child and actually played "professional" derby in the late 80's-early 90's. So, it's really a great opportunity and I go whenever my schedule allows. When I go, I usually skip Thurs practice.

So, I decided to do that this week and check out the class. Admittedly, I was nervous because you never know what you are getting into. The rec center classes I've been to in the past, have been a little vanilla. Lots of middle aged (which I am, LOL) housewives (me again) and older ladies.

This class promised athletic training agility, conditioning, etc. and it delivered! The guy who ran the group was cool. It was me and another guy who had been going to the class for a long time and then two older ladies who modified the stuff *a lot* or just did their own thing. We did some warm ups back and forth across the room (lunges, high knees, etc) We did 8 sets of agility ladder drills at 2 mins each. Then we did varying height box jumps. 7 sets of forward, 7 sideways. Then this continuous up and over jumping 3 sets at 1 min each. The last thing was by far the toughest of the class.

After that we did 2 rotations of 1 min each kettle bell extension, kettle bell swings and then a minute of "fast feet" (the football stance thing).

That was it. They guy said this was a less intense than usual class since we did more plyos and more ladder drills than they normally do. I have a feeling my butt will by double-kicked next time.

I am totally going back! It was so much fun and it was like having a personal training session. All the stuff is totally great training for derby. I worked my footwork like crazy last night on those ladders.

Valerie/Maime


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BETHANY1979
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4/2/11 2:46 P

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Here's the spot where you can share what you're doing on and off skates to reach your weight-loss and fitness goals. Cross training, drills, workout dvds... whatever is working for you - we want to know!


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