Roller derby is an intimidating sport. Its players skate around a track at high speeds, knocking each other down and racing to the finish. But it's also a great way to build muscle strength, agility and coordination while burning big-time calories! An hour of roller derby can burn between 400 and 1,000 calories.
"It's not just a workout," says Deborah Monterossa of the O.C. Roller Girls. "It is absolutely a full-blown lifestyle. I think going to the gym can be a lonely experience. You start thinking about yourself too much and how you look. In roller derby, there's so much camaraderie. There's a place for women of every size, and we can teach you how to skate."
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson, also known by her roller name "GYNOmite," goes for a spin with the O.C. Roller Girls, and has a blast!
"That was so, so much fun," Dr. Lisa says. "It takes you back to when you were a kid roller skating up and down your grandma's driveway, and then you get a little bit on your wild side. I was Gynomiting and just feeling it!
"But the best part was the ladies," she continues. "The ladies were fantastic; they were just so much fun and nice. The sportswomanship that they had was great."
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