10 June, 2011

One Day?

5 min warm up
4-2-1 tempo
2x 20 push ups
2x 20 squats to overhead presses
2x 20 inverted rows
2x 20 step ups ( step up onto an elevated surface, balance on one foot, and step down)

1-1-1 tempo
2x 25 straight arm twists(each direction)
4x 30 sec planks
2x 25 oblique crunches( each side)
5 min cool down

Last night I met a few guys heavily involved in the athletic world, specifically broadcasting and international league management for a variety of different sports. Inevitably they asked me what was going on in the roller derby world and wondered if things were continuing to improve. I had no idea how to answer this question, first off because my importance to the roller derby community is next to nothing and secondly because the little bit I am aware of is not really interested in what these men were talking about. Please don't let that come across as anything more than what it is, simply the way the land lies. My friends went on to ask about marketing strategy, broadcast deals, sponsorship, and the concept of roller derby becoming a paid professional sport. I had to laugh a little, not because these things aren't possible, but rather because they had spent the previous hour and a half talking about how this very concept of paying an athlete may destroy the very nature of the competition. It did leave me thinking things over, wondering if it were available to turn the sport full on professional, would it be a good thing or not? I have no answer other than to say that a lot of things would have to change. The top of the list for me, both unsurprisingly and apologetically, would be a broadening of the mentality for which both the training and competition would be conducted. Roller derby would have to decide that it was more interested in being a sport than an activity accompanied by a three ring circus. What is the answer to this quandary? I have no clue and quite frankly don't care. I will continue to work with and assist in the workouts of those who are willing to take a sport seriously, which by the way means more than just skating. I'm just saying!



1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure roller derby is so much a sport accompanied by a three-ring circus any more than many professional sports, what with their fireworks, busty cheerleaders, and timeouts for TV.