Every roller derby athlete needs excellent foot and ankle strength, in order to get the most out of our skates!
Having stronger muscles in our lower leg will allow us to balance more easily, use our edges more effectively, and have a stronger skating stride. All super important roller derby skills, right?
Today’s #MaintenanceMonday work is a very simple exercise – I should say, deceptively simple. It looks easy, but you might find it really challenging! It works on “proprioception” – basically your body’s awareness of its position in space. It’s what allows you to put your fork into your mouth without watching yourself in a mirror… but it’s also what allows you to walk, balance on one foot, and roller skate.
My two favourite things about this exercise are:
- Super effective.
- Do it anywhere
You can do this while you’re waiting for the bus or the ATM (as long as you don’t mind some weird looks), on your coffee break, in the elevator (added level of difficulty!), while studiously ignoring your toddler’s whining, or (my favourite) during boring conference calls.
Here’s How to Build Ankle Strength:
When to do this: Any time at all! Several times a day!
Sets/Reps: Start with 30 seconds per foot at a time; work your way up to an uninterrupted balance of 60 seconds.
Ideally, spend 3 minutes total, per side, per day initially, to build your strength and balance quickly.
If you are looking for more foot and ankle strengthening, you’ll want to check out one of my all-time most popular posts, the Foot and Ankle PreHab video!
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Did you try this? What did you think?
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xo Booty Quake
PS: You can get all of the #maintenancemonday videos here.