It’s tough to get to the gym, right? It’s even tougher to make healthy food choices, mm-hm? That’s the messaging that we’re used to.  That fitness is hard, and requires constant self-denial and monitoring. In an evolutionary sense, fitness is a biological imperative.  Oxford defines it (in the biological sense) … Keep reading

Fuel Your Game: Basic Nutrition for Busy Derby Skaters

It’s that time again: crazy-derby-every-weekend-season!  Most of us are probably bouting this weekend or, at the very least, recovering from last weekend’s bout.  In this whirlwind of activity – between practices, travel time, and pre-bout meetings – sometimes our well-planned athletic nutrition can go awry. I’m here with ten quick … Keep reading

Strong Communities, Stronger Learning

Over the years, I’ve joined a variety of interest-based communities – the StrongFirst community, the NKT Scholar community, the Precision Nutrition community and, of course,  the derby community.  Each of these communities bring something unique to my life and learning. Derby is a prime example of community building in action … Keep reading

New, Improved, and Good Enough

New site!  New blog post!  So many things have happened since November! It’s been an unending winter here in Canada, and the cold, dreary weather, *might* have inspired yours truly to hibernate instead of blogging.  But no more!  It’s spring!  And all of the things are born in springtime, including … Keep reading

Do The Work: My Path to StrongFirst

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Bang Fitness in Toronto to participate in a StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell certification. I am beyond excited.  And a little bit (or rather a huge, massive, heaving bit) scared.  I have trained all year for this weekend.  I have followed a meticulous training schedule (thanks … Keep reading

Rocking the “Big Rocks” of Weight Training

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of Booty Quake (from the other TCRG) and the awesome content she posts on Roller Derby Athletics.  She always has fantastic videos, gives great advice, and really cares about the conditioning of roller derby skaters. Well, since Booty is jet-setting around … Keep reading

Sex and Sports and Fitness, Oh My! (Part One)

A recent article in the Daily Mail caught my eye.  I’m not on the Twitter, so I didn’t see any of it first hand, but 15th seeded French tennis player Marion Bartoli, who won June 6th’s Wimbledon final, was trolled like crazy on Twitter after winning the championship. The trolls … Keep reading

What I Learned At: The CanFitPro Conference 2013

It’s that time of year again.  Last weekend, I attended the Canfitpro International Fitness and Club Business Conference.  It was their 20th anniversary, and it was massive.  Allegedly, there were 15,000 people through the doors for the conference and trade show.  I am inclined to believe it after some of the … Keep reading

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart (or Your Tib/Fib)

Maybe it’s just bad timing.  Maybe it’s just bad luck.  Maybe the stars have aligned in an unfavourable way, but something is up with my derby peeps these days. They all seem to be breaking their bones.  No joke – 3 people that I know personally all had ankle or … Keep reading