Roller Derby is great fun but also a fantastic way of keeping fit! Ever wondered how many calories you could burn during training or at a bout?
Over the last few months SWAT skater Vampira has been monitoring her heart rate at training with a nifty gadget supplied by her employers, Big Wave Media. Big Wave specialize in marketing for sports centres across the UK and being in the Sports and Fitness industry they decided to encourage their staff to get fit by supplying them with MYZONE Belts.
Each week they set a challenge to see who can do the most exercise and earn the most MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs) (Points are calculated for every minute of physical activity a user spends in 5 effort zones based on personal maximum heart rate. In a nutshell, the higher the intensity, the higher the number of MEPs earned.)
Nothing like a bit of healthy competition to get you running around the office instead of sending an email!
So how has Vamps been getting on compared to her colleagues?!
Training on average 3 times per week Vampy wore her belt for the first time during one of Violentinas sessions:
It was a tough cardio session involving lots of HIIT workouts and drills, I couldn’t wait to upload my results at work the day after training as I knew I’d worked hard.
When I saw the stats I couldn’t believe it! My heart rate peaked at 193bpm and I burnt 1597 calories in 2 hours! It set me up well in the leaderboard with 466 MEP’s compared to 200-300 earnt by my colleagues!
I’m quite geeky and looking at the activity graph I could see the times where I’d really pushed it during jamming – there were lots of red spikes! I made sure I put myself up for jamming more each session to keep the points up.
Its paid off in other ways, as I was put in to jam for the very first time at the Silence of the Slams bout against Grin N Barum on the opener of the new SW:UK Roller Derby league.
I was really interested to see how many points I could get during a proper bout so under my boutfit I wore my trusty belt! Wearing it for the warm up and the bout the results are in. 632 MEPs and 2185 calories! I knew those Grin N Barum girls had given me a run for my money.
As you can see, not only is Derby a great way to spend your Saturday afternoons, it’s also a great form of exercise to build strength, stamina and physical fitness and next time you attempt that pesky 27/5, if you don’t quite make it at least you can guarantee, if you put your all into it, you just smashed a shed load of calories.
So even without a MYZONE belt, remember to constantly push yourself harder than your previous training session and you’ll be seeing the results on and off the track in no time!