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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT ROLL OUT, OUR EXCITING NEW FITNESS SKATING EXERCISE PROGRAM YET?
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WHAT IS DERBY LITE?
DERBY LITE was founded in 2007 when Barbara ‘Queen B’ Dolan missed the friends, fun and exercise she’d found in the competitive roller derby league from which she’d retired a year earlier. She brought together 13 adventurous women, many of them working moms in their 30s and 40s like her, who loved the idea of roller derby but couldn’t make the time commitment or accept the risk of injury. DERBY LITE became the first-ever deliberately-safe and intentionally-fun roller skating workout based on the skills and drills of competitive women’s flat track roller derby, and in just twelve weeks she had over 40 members eager to skate twice a week in her small Chicago suburb.
In 2009, the demand for more classes and differentiated training yielded the formation of DERBY LITE, LLC – a real business with a plan. We offered multi-level classes and national Instructor Certification so even more women could skate for fun & fitness, and some of them could get a paycheck for doing it! Now we have nearly a thousand active members ages 18 to 75 in over a dozen cities nationwide – and growing!
With derby in our roots – and uh, our name – we often heard that our roller derby-inspired classes would be too difficult or dangerous, "I could never do that... I would get hurt" women would say, despite our reassurance that we skated for fun & fitness, not competition. We would explain there was no impact other than when you're falling on purpose for certain drills because it's a such great workout to throw yourself to the floor and get back up again. (No, really.) They'd go on to say how much they loved roller skating when they were younger and what great shape they were in back then, but still, "um, no."
So we decided to take a little step away from our big sister roller derby and a big step toward the mainstream American exerciser. Plus, Queen B couldn’t fall on her knees like she used to, so she needed a class that packed a great workout that’s gentle on the knees into one solid awesome hour.
And Roll Out was born.
Fitness Skating is making its way into the world of other roller sports like jam skating, speed skating and artistic skating. And it's making its way into the traditional (we refer to that as "off-skates") fitness world, too.
We employ cutting edge fitness methodologies like dynamic warm-ups and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to ensure a safe and effective workout.
DERBY LITE Roll Out Program Partners bring our classes to locations nationwide. We offer partnership training, Instructor Certification, program and marketing materials and a proven curricula that ensures women because safe and skillful participants that fall in love with roller skating. (Are you interested?)
In addition to our classes, DERBY LITE Roll Out members also participate in extracurricular activities: We skate together in parades, in the American Cancer Society Walk & Roll (we've raised nearly $200,000) and other charitable events, and participate as a group in fun outdoor fitness activities like mud runs and obstacle courses. D'Lite'rs enjoy regular social outings and find that the friendships formed at class often grow and last far beyond skating.
DERBY LITE doesn't put on bouts. We don't elbow each other in the face or try to knock each other down. We fall - but usually on purpose and get right back up again, because we teach the correct way to fall, so we don’t get hurt and falling and getting back up again fast is great exercise. DERBY LITE Roll Out is the newest, edgiest, most fun way to get fit and be part of an amazing community of women. It's way more than your typical exercise class.
FOUNDER & SECRETARY OF SKATE
Barbara “Queen B” Dolan founded DERBY LITE in November 2007 and gained a partner in
Trina “New York Doll” Bockus in 2009. Together (and with lots of help) they run the business Roller Skating for Fun & Fitness.
Derby Lite is not camera shy. Take a look at some of our lovely ladies-in-skating during some of our most fun events, which obviously includes classes!