Roller derby training will get you fit. But if you want some extra things to do in the run up to your first session, here are our suggestions:
- Practice skating. It might seem obvious, but even child skating prodigies might need a refresher if it's been a few decades since you hit the rink. Skate Central has a roller disco where you can strut your stuff (or focus on not falling on your face too much...)
- Squats - 'derby stance', the position you will need to be in most often, is a squat on roller skates. So the more squat practice you get in, the more your thighs and butt will love you and take care of you
- One-legged squats - The same as squats but also adding balance testing into the mix because we're such daredevils
- Planks - Done right, planks help build hella strong core muscles, with in turn will help you balance, fall over less, and give and take hits like a boss. Keep your butt low and remember to breathe.
- Lifting heavy things! Properly, with good form, of course. Check out our sponsor gym Structure Sport and Fitness, who have even designed a roller derby strength programme!
If, for whatever reason, skating isn't for you, you can still be involved in roller derby. From Non Skating Officials to photographers/film makers to events planning, there's a space for you in roller derby. As always, any questions just hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll sort you out. See you on track!