28 February, 2012

The Base

Derby season is continuing to gain momentum as we move forward and with it the excitement in the air is building. What to do with all of this nervous energy? I say make it work for you. This is the best point in the season for us to focus on the things that will set us up for success the rest of the year. The first thing to focus on is going to be endurance because it takes the longest to build properly. The point of this phase of training is to set a base or jumping off point for the rest of the things necessary to crush it the rest of the year. A few details: 1. This is the phase where we focus on fundamentals IN EVERYTHING (skating form, hitting form, lifting form, and cardio conditioning) 2. This is the phase that can be the most boring so keep that in mind going in because it is absolutely necessary.

Now to the meat of it. The reasoning behind approaching endurance training first is both biological and psychological. Putting in the time up front will certainly build a toughness that will come in very handy as the season begins to try to grind you down, not to mention help you avoid injury. Rather than continue rambling, here is your workout. Fell free to ask any questions you may have



5 min. warm up
3x 20 chest presses on ball
3x 50 skier squats
3x 20 over head presses
3x 20 back flys
4x plank to failure
20 min cardio (preferably running, miserable as it may be)
5 min cool down

08 February, 2012


Of the thoughts that I have been swimming in over the past week one word keeps coming to the forefront: Cunning. By definition, it means to be dextrous or crafty with the use of resources in attaining an end. If I had to guess as too my current obsession with this word, it would probably be because I appear to be lacking my sense of cunning right now. If you'll indulge me I am just going to break down my thoughts for a bit. Things are intense, but that is nothing new. Dancing on a razors edge between chaos and control is what we were made for. The skills that are inherent to us may dull from time to time but will come right back to a shining hone with just a little well placed effort and a righting of our heads. The most important part of cunning is a clear objective; an end or desired result in mind. So what are we really after? This is the first, and probably the most important question to answer. Everything else is based on this so make sure you are clear. Then for the planning. Simple is usually best, flexible enough and easy to execute. Lastly, take action and take it swiftly.

What am I trying to say here? If and when you don't feel at the top of your game or you are finding yourself getting out maneuvered by others politics, get fucking resourceful or get out of the way. Roller derby is a sport after all (even though it is fun like a hobby) and should be respected as such. Step one of reaching a proper peak performance on time is developing your cunning before you need it. Now go to work.


5 min warm up
4x 8 push ups with rotation
4x 8 overhead presses
4x 8 inverted rows
4x 8 jump squats
2x 20 quadruped
2x 25 neg crunches
5 min cool down