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It's a struggle for Big Wave Staff to remain physically active during the working week due to sedentary office roles (unless you count moving a mouse feverishly around a desk and making trips to the kitchen to fuel up on coffee as particularly effective ways to burn calories)! Although when the office closes it's a different story?

With the introduction of¬†MYZONE¬ģ¬†belts for all employees, getting active just took on a competitive twist! The team generally go to the gym and play a variety of sports including badminton, rugby and rock climbing. They've even organised an after work running club in preparation for the¬†Michelmores 5K Charity Run¬†on Tuesday 10th¬†June!

However, Client Relationship Manager,¬†Maria Sowden¬†who started working with Big Wave in December 2012, has a slightly more unusual way of earning her MYZONE¬ģ Points - Roller Derby. She belongs to local team¬†The South West Angels of Terror, burning an impressive amount of calories and earning a huge number of effort points which usually place her at the top of the leader board.

What is Roller Derby?

  • The predominately female sport is fast moving, requires a lot of stamina and is very tactical.
  • It's a game played on Quad Roller Skates, with 2 teams of 5 skating anti clockwise around an oval track in a sports centre.
  • Teams are made up of 1 Jammer (they score points by overtaking members of the other team) and 4 blockers (the members who assist their jammer to score points by knocking the opposing teams players out of the way and making a clear path)

The full contact sport may seem rough, but all team members are well equipped with a safety helmet, gum shield, elbow, and wrist and knee pads. It is also required from each and every skater to pass a minimum skills test before they can play. This involves stopping safely, demonstration of agility, taking and receiving hits and illustration of sufficient fitness levels by skating 27 circuits of a sports hall in less than 5 minutes. This may sound like a long time until you realise the average circuit must take no more than 11 seconds to complete!

On average, a 2 hour Roller Derby training session has seen Maria burn up to 1,800 calories and earn 632 MYZONE¬ģ effort points. During a game these figures have increased to over 2,200 calories!

Whatever your chosen sport, MYZONE¬ģ belts are a great way of tracking your exercise activity and are highly effective at pushing your training boundaries.

Check out Maria's Roller Derby team blog here. To sponsor #TeamBigWave on their 5km run please visit our VirginMoney Giving page.

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