Continuing with getting started in strength training for Derby, I’m going to talk a little bit about how I work with a new Derby athlete.
Assuming that all of our assessments check out clean and there’s no major issue (old or recent injuries, major muscle imbalances, etc) to overcome, as those would instantly take priority, there are a few key areas of the body that I need to make sure are up to snuff. When these areas are targeted and strengthened, you’ll immediately become a better Derby athlete and be well on the way to injury-resistant, as well.
These particular “problem areas”, aren’t necessarily the ones most women would think of, but we have a wide variety of methods to target them. In fact, my clients have made a lot of jokes over the years about my “bag of tricks”. Today I’m going to share with you a few of the best, meat and potatoes options.
In my last article I went over WHY strength training for Roller Derby is so important. Now we’re going to get into some of the specifics on the HOW of strength training for Roller Derby.
I met with and started a new client yesterday. Over the course of our initial consultation we talked about the usual stuff; His goals, past experiences, injury history, etc. We also talked a lot about how we do things at Relentless, our philosophies, and our system.
Now, this guy is a martial artist, but what I want to talk about today (the System) will be similar for a derby athlete.
When I talk to Derby athletes about strength training I hear everything from “I’m in the gym all the time” to “I do Zumba!”, but most often I hear from athletes who know they probably should train, but either have no idea how to get started or seem to get injured/nowhere whenever they do.