31 January, 2012

Under The Gun

The first month of the year has already sped by. It's crazy to think that it is already February but it is. This also means that roller derby is beginning to hit it's stride for the season and girls will be fighting more and more to find their niche on a team; to preform at their very best. For my end, this has been a hell of a start to a year and it is showing no signs of letting up (Thank God!). In short, this is the part of the year where the pressure, be it subtle or overt, is definitely mounting and as well it should be. The bright side to dealing with chaos early in the year is that a person is able to develop a certain grace under fire that will no doubt pay dividends later on. Let me take a second and digress. For many of you , regular practices have only recently gotten started back up. Roller derby has some fresh meat and most players are freshly falling back in love with the reasons they skate. Generally speaking, life on the track is good, but...are you making the gains that you should be as a player and are you approaching this season with the outlook of beginning to climb toward your peak performance? My single biggest gripe with roller derby (in my experience at least) is that there is very little forethought put forth in planning out a season as far as how and when to be at your peak performance at the most crucial of times. This is a matter that I have often talked about and has seemed to fall on deaf ears based on looking at performances that I have witnessed. Rather than bitch about it, or preach it to people who don't care to hear, I will share it openly for everyone in the coming days, as well as the theory behind the madness for anyone who would care to implement this in their workouts. Today I will leave it at this: you cannot overestimate the importance of this single element when it comes to the point that you are under the gun with the game on the line. The best prepared will win.


5 min warm up
3x 15 single arm stab ball chest presses
3x 15 squat jumps
3x 15 step up to single arm overhead press
3x 15 inverted rows
90 sec plank
30 sec floor bridge
25 reg crunches
5 min cool down

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