Roller Skating for...Women Old Enough to Know Better
This originally was a comment to Roadskater's article A Simple Introduction to High Intensity Interval Training for Cardiovascular Fitness, but I got so excited about it, it deserves to appear on the main page.
I tried the 'more' link in the sidebar and found exciting stuff I would not have otherwise, such as this:
Jan. 3-March 26. "Roller Skating for Fun and Fitness for Women Old Enough to Know Better." (great title, BTW).
The purpose of the program: "Women build strength, endurance, balance, cardio, agility and flexibility, while also building confidence, friendships and a sense of community. You practice skills and drills related to competitive roller derby without the contact or impact of that sport".
If I weren't a skater, that would get my attention, specifically the Roller-Derby fitness on a non-confrontational level. I have given a lot of thought to a non-contact Roller/Ice Hockey or Roller Derby but realized that anybody interested in that would be too shy to sign up in the first place.
"Derby Lite is a fun but rigorous workout that requires participants to be able to take part in a mid-intensity cardio drill for 20 minutes without stopping and to be able to fall and get up without assistance (we teach you how to fall properly). Two-hour weekly work-outs include: dynamic warm-ups, free skate time, learn-to-skate skills training, high intensity skating drills, upper body strength exercises and cool-down stretching"
Well, I fall plenty without any assistance!
Here's the direct link to the program. It's a well-presented webpage - pretty and simple with juicy terminology to whet your appetite for something fun and sustainable, while whipping you into shape. Ladies, if you live near this program, just go try it. They even provide a "Try Before You Buy" session, for all you commitment phobes.
I'm not a fan of the term 'Lite' but who am I to judge someone who's actually doing something to bring the joy of skating to the cross-section of our society that probably needs it the most?! I appreciate that 'Lite' may be a safe, familiar term for ladies who don't even allow themselves a 20 minute walk each day.
But what a great idea! I would certainly have tried this if I'd seen it before the Team in Training A2A ad in 1999. There are a lot of women past 30 who would love to be able to just balance on skates while looking even vaguely graceful, but most of them don't dare try, or don't get past their driveway. I have witnessed 'boot-camp' type private trainers lunge-marching their paying cadets around the third of a mile track at my local park. This the point at which I try to lure them into skating by forcing my legs into a 45 degree bend, stifling my breathing and trying to look like I'm in control. Of course by the time I'm far away from them on the opposite side of the football field and hidden by the bleachers I'm skating like a wooden doll with my quads in agony. But the Derby Lite program looks like it provides a safe enclosure to be a total goofball until you can balance and eventually reap the cardio and saddle-bag benefits of skating.