This is my first experience with this sport. So I went searching for ideas on how to best train her. What in your opinion should I do for her workouts? I saw your page & thought you could help me. I train very aggressively, but am concerned with this sport in particular because of all the beatings you guys take, I don't want to do anything that would hamper her ability to give 110% during practise.
I would greatly appreciate your input!
Thanks for your time.
First I would point you in the direction of a blog I used to write (maybe you have already seen it) at
Which has a fair bit of information focused particularly on physical preparation for roller derby athletes.
I would tend to focus on:
A) developing the strength of the hamstrings and glutes
B) developing the neck and wrists for injury prevention
c) trying to make sure that the athlete is recovering enough between strength training and the derby specific work.
I think that for the majority of derby athletes general strength development is sorely lacking and to address this I would personally use mostly compound barbell lifts (back squat, deadlift, overhead press, bench press) and then introduce modified Olympic type lifts or simple jumps as the athlete gets stronger. In season I would usually limit conditioning so as to not over-stress recovery.
What city are you based out of Patricia? What kinds of training do you generally use? Knowing what you are proficient with could help me give you better answers.