Today I headed to the gym with Bliss Star to get our weights on and build the buff!
A huge part of roller derby is the fact that you really need to be cross-training your body for all over strength. We spend practically all of our derby training sessions on skates – practicing drills, agility and strategies.
The responsibility has to fall on the individual to work on our physical fitness, especially our core and upper body strength outside of training hours.
Dubbs from Sioux City Roller Dames wrote a good article about Cross-training, stating: “Cross-training improves fitness, reduces possibility for injury, it will strengthen your heart, bones, and joints, creates a total body work-out, reduces body fat, but more importantly it conditions different muscle groups and helps develop muscles that are not often used in your regular routine.”
This is something that I haven’t focussed on much in the past – but is something I really want to get motivated to work on now. It helps finding someone that wants to work on these things too, especially to drag your ass off the couch on these cold days!!
Bonnie D’Stroir has started a new Facebook page celebrating these ‘Shiny Happy Faces‘ moments after you’ve flogged your guts out at the gym. A positive encouragement for a job well done and for us all to be proud of how shiny and happy we feel after our workout!
Today we worked on a lot of upper body strength training using free weights and some set weight machines, with some core work at the end. I think I’d like to also start swimming again and mixing up the week with a Pilates or Yoga class for flexibility too. That, combined with 3 training sessions a week, I’m sure to be Superwoman in no time!
What cross-training do you do? Do you like to mix things up a bit, or have a set routine that you follow weekly? I’m interested to hear how other people work on their fitness outside of derby.