Join roller derby, they said. It will be a great workout, they said. It’ll be fun and challenging, they said. They weren’t kidding! Roller derby is an amazing workout that is the most fun and biggest challenge ever!
The thing is, when you really get into a sport, you realize quickly that you can only be your best athlete if you cross-train. So we find ourselves playing derby for fun and fitness… then exercising outside of derby so that you can get better at derby. We develop workouts to
get better at the thing that used to be our workout. Because roller derby is bigger than what we thought it would be. It’s not just something we do. It’s part of who we are.
For me, I started derby when I was already a gym rat. I actually worried that playing this fun sport might take me away from my regular intense workouts. I was the girl who skipped happy hour to lift weights. I was determined to fit into tiny sized pants by running away from my thunder thighs. What could be more important than the pursuit of hotness?! I’d seen the Nike ads and I wanted to look just. Like. That.
Derby changed my workouts. Not the intensity of the training– but the purpose. I stopped caring so much about how my body looked, and started to focus on what my body could DO. My team needs me to be strong, explosive, agile, and unstoppable. So that’s what I train to do. I train to move and I train to act. When I can make the stop, protect my point, or clear a hole for my jammer, I see the pay off. And you know what? That’s pretty hot.
Workout, bring me your worst. I will destroy you. Maybe you will destroy me. But we’re going down together, and we’re doing it for roller derby.