Join the 2019 Candy Cane Crew!

Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!! This year, instead of waiting for January to focus on fitness, get ahead of the game by sticking to your goals in December! Set your personal fitness goals and December resolutions (with our help)…

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The Four Point Program to Ace Your Fitness Goals

Roller derby consumes every waking breath for the most hard-core derby devoted; for these athletes, training for derby is job one, and they rarely miss an opportunity to do so. For the rest of us (mere mortals), derby is one of many interests and commitm…

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Join the 2018 Candy Cane Crew!

Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!! This year, instead of waiting for January to focus on fitness, get ahead of the game by sticking to your goals in December! Set your personal fitness goals and December resolutions (with my help…

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Burpees for Birthdays

Every year since starting Roller Derby Athletics, I’ve done burpees on my birthday – one for each year. This year, for the first time, I actually felt like I had to train for the event (LOL… so many candles on that cake! That’s a LOT of burpees…

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Join the 2017 Candy Cane Crew!

Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!! This year, instead of waiting for January to focus on fitness, get ahead of the game by sticking to your goals in December! Set your personal fitness goals and December resolutions (with my help…

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Join the 2016 Candy Cane Crew!

Back for a Fourth Year! Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!! This year, instead of waiting for January to focus on fitness, get ahead of the game by sticking to your goals in December! Set your personal fitness goals and December …

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Sunscreen & Muscles – A Summer Gainz Guide

I can hardly believe it. The summer solstice is behind us, and July is barrelling down the pipe! A massive holiday long weekend is kicking things off, and we North Americans will be up to our teeth in picnics, tiny flags, and fireworks (plus probably jus…

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Go From Benchwarmer to MVP with the 1% Secret

Photo courtesy of my favourite skate shop, Rollergirl.ca! You don’t need to practice every day, or have natural born talent to improve at roller derby quickly. You just need to follow the Secret of 1%. Let me explain. Have a good look at this next st…

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Join the Candy Cane Crew!

Back for a Third Year!Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!!This year, instead of waiting for January to focus on fitness, get ahead of the game by sticking to your goals in December! Set your personal fitness goals and December resolu…

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Pro-scuse me? The Best Systems for 2015

It’s that time of year again. A time for incessant year-in-review posts (OK, secretly I actually love those). A time for “new year, new you” blogs and heinous fitspo imagery. It’s a time for the devilish and often sexist marketing ploys of the f…

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RDA Insider: Roller Derby World Cup

If you caught some of the action from the Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup last weekend, you saw how physically tough the game play was. How does one of the top roller derby teams in the world prepare for a four-day, seven-game tournament? I ca…

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December Fun Fitness Challenge!

Get Jolly Well Motivated... Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!! Last year, after a ton of travel, I really needed some help and motivation of my own to make sure I could get back on track with my fitness and training, and not s…

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Roller Derby Gamechangers

As part of Roller Derby Athletics' sponsorship of the 2014 WFTDA tournaments on wftda.tv, we're sharing these 30 Second #Gamechanger episodes all tournament season long!  A team has 60 seconds for a time out on the track - what can YOU do in 30 seconds t…

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Booty’s Vacation Fitness Tips

On a recent mini holiday for a long weekend, I visited a cool seaside spot and recorded this video for you about how to include fitness on your vacation...   [rda_video video_url="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZkNRq61d9vM?feature=player_detailpage"]  Got so…

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Fresh New Recipes!

Guys.  Seriously. How is it that people can consume Vega smoothie mix? I'm trying. I really am. And it still tastes like dirt mixed with sweetener. Blech. Come ON, vegans! You can do better!!! Background here - I've started, at least temporarily, eatin…

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Re-Learning How to Learn

Life is good. I recently took a personal day from my “real” job for a day on the mountain with my snowboard. Just a few days later, my S.O. and I headed to Mexico for an adventure with wind, wetsuits, and waves. And a week after our return, I tried r…

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Five Tournament Tips for Derby Domination

<*photo courtesy of my favourite skate shop, www.rollergirl.ca ! > It's tournament season for many of us, which means super fun road trips, inside jokes, sweaty gear in dank hotel rooms, and a whole lot to ask of your body. Playing 3 or 4 bouts in…

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Can You Imagine Your Way to a Win?

(Photo courtesy of my favourite skate shop, Rollergirl.ca!) When you step back and take stock of all the things we do to be at our best in roller derby, the list can be surprising. We go to practice and scrimmages. We tweak our gear (bearings, plates, wh…

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The Performance Enhancing Wonder Drug

Have you ever wished you could instantly be better at roller derby (or any sport) without any hard work, patience, ‘roid rage, or inconvenient doping convictions? What if I told you that elite athletes are already widely using a traditional, natural su…

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Resolutions are *so* last year…

Everyone is talking resolutions and big plans for 2014 these days. Hard to open a magazine, the intertrons, or the boob tube without facing someone's list of goals for the 365 days ahead. I was planning to write a resolutions-themed blog post of my own, i…

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Need Some Motivation During the Holidays?

Resolutions are for January, right?  Nope! Not anymore!! I realized that especially after all the travel I've been doing this fall, I really need some help and motivation of my own to make sure I spend December getting stronger and fitter, instead of e…

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Four Steps to Smash Your Fitness Goals

Roller derby consumes every waking breath for the most hard-core derby devoted; for these athletes, training for derby is job one, and they rarely miss an opportunity to do so. For the rest of us (mere mortals), derby is one of many interests and commitme…

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The Derby Advice Grab Bag

With me still recovering from a week away at Rollercon, and also trying to enjoy the lovely summer we're having here, this week's article has turned itself into a lazy-man's blog post. A pot pourri, a grab bag, a jambalaya if you will, of completely rando…

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Bring It! Time Challenge Workout

Some days you need to be truly ready to BRING IT. Today is one of those days. This workout means business! We are going to hit the deck with a whole lot of strength and cardio in this workout. Your upper body, lower body, and core will be feeling it, and…

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Ready For Battle Workout

There are many things in a roller derby bout that we have no control over. Officials, the other team, the floor surface... so it's critical to focus on the things we CAN control. A good attitude, resiliency in the face of challenges, and well-maintained …

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Stop sucking. Start winning.

Derby players are quite possibly the most self-defeating group of people I've ever come across. We play a sport which most of us have been practicing for less than 10 years - sometimes as few as one or two years. So we often lack the facility and ease of…

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Pre-game meal on the road

We're heading to the Eves of Destruction in Victoria BC tomorrow... it's a 9:15am departure for us from Vancouver to the ferry, for a 6pm bout. You have to plan ahead when you're going to play on the road - don't get caught with food you're not used to ea…

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Burpees are for winners

That's right, you heard us... WINNERS! There's nothing quite like 'em. No other exercise we've found can so closely represent that teeth-gnashingly, burn-y, hypoxic feeling we get in our legs towards the end of a 2-minute jam. Do your team a favour and …

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