Do you have fond memories of middle school parties at the
roller rink, but likely haven't laced up your skates since? Bored
with your fitness routine? There's a growing fitness trend that
just might be the perfect fit.
With the motto of "roller skating for fun and fitness for
women old enough to know better," Derby Lite was created by
retired roller derby player Barbara Dolan. Fondly known as "Queen
B" in the rink, Dolan says women build strength, endurance,
balance, agility and flexibility while also building confidence,
making friends and reducing stress.
Derby Lite's weekly workouts are a high-energy 90 minutes
filled with basic skills, skating drills, upper body exercise and
stretching. With women ranging from 18 to 65, there
are beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions that create
results for every participant.
At 53, Sharon Halperin, aka "Novakaine," has been
taking classes at Derby Lite for almost two years. "Derby Lite is
empowering and makes you feel strong, like you can do anything. It
helped get me out of my old boring exercise routine and learn
something new with a great group of women," she
"Plus, when people find out you do it, they are
Stacey Stern, aka "Hell Vetica," started classes last
fall and has lost nearly 40 pounds, thanks to Derby Lite, combined
with changes to her diet.
"It's an awesome form of exercise and it doesn't even feel
like I am exercising because it's so much fun," says Stern. "I
cannot imagine my life without it now. It's the one thing that had
always been missing and I didn't realize it was missing
According to Dolan, Derby Lite classes strengthen your
bones, muscles and heart while releasing endorphins that make it
good for your mind and spirit, too. In each class, women burn
between 500 and 1,500 calories.
"It definitely will turn women into superheroes if they
aren't already. It changes bodies and changes lives," Dolan
Added bonus: "You will have a new wardrobe of fishnet
stockings, booty shorts and knee-high socks," she
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