19 May, 2012


Have you ever heard the saying that timing is everything? I'm relatively sure that this is the truth and depending on where you a are at, it is either the best news or the worst. I remember as an athlete many situations that were made or broken by their timing and this is as true for roller derby. As a jammer, you have to be able to read a pack, time your strides, and make it through. Same for blockers who have to time their hits to coincide with the jammer coming through the pack. My issues with timing have always been somewhat extensive as it is not just how to execute your fundamentals, but when. If you come off the line with the rabidity of a pit bull only to find that you needed to allow the play to develop a little further you will no doubt meet frustration. The same goes for coming out lazy only to find the pack pulling away from you. One way to improve is to mentally prepare by visualizing different scenarios and how you will act appropriately. The key here is to have this done well in advance of game day so that you don't miss your opportunity by having to think about it while failing to act. Another way to prepare is to mix up the tempo of your workout so that your body is ready for whatever. Whatever you do make sure you remember the importance of timing.



5 min warm up
3x 12 alt db chest press
3x 12 upright rows
3x 12 jump squats
3x 12 back flys
2x 25 jackknifes
2x 25 straight leg crunches
5 min cool down

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