Thursday, March 29, 2012

Derby Lite Is Adding A Second Beginner Session!

If you missed out on signing up for this fun fitness class, don't despair, now you're getting a second chance to get in on all the fun this spring!  A 10 week Beginner session will start on Saturday, April 14th & run on Saturdays from 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm at the Serra Mesa Rec. Center.  Online registration is now open! Visit: and enter code 06-041412.  Don't wait too long to sign up.  If you miss out on this one there won't be another Beginner class offered until the fall.  That's too long to wait!

Need skates & protective gear?  You can order that from us once you are registered.  We have skate packages available for rent or purchase.  Rentals are just $60 and purchase options are offered at special prices just for Derby Lite members! We deliver everything to you at your first class.  Questions? Email us at 

If you're new to Derby Lite and missed our Get In Gear event, you can still get a taste of derby skating!  There's a great event happening this Saturday at Skateworld in Linda Vista.  It's a 2-hour "Be a Derby Chick for a Day" event hosted by the Millionaire Girls Movement. This workshop is a single day event that will give you the opportunity to give derby a go!  Spaces are still available for $30 and you will get a fabulous Derby Lite sports sack filled with goodies from local businesses.  Stop by the Derby Lite booth, find out more about Derby Lite, and meet me, Velvet Klaw, your Derby Lite: San Diego Instructor!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Our First Derby Lite Class Filled Up In One Week!

What a great response we've had so far from ladies who want to get in on all the action of fitness skating!  Registration was only open one week and the first session was full!  If you were planning to sign up, but missed getting in, sign up for the waiting list.  A spot may open up and, if we get enough ladies who are interested, we may open up a second beginner class.  You just have to let us know that you want to join us by sending an email to-  We don't want you to miss out on all the fun we will be having this spring!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Derby Lite: San Diego Debuts April 3rd - Register Now!!

It's true! We are proud to be bringing a new kind of fitness class to the West Coast! You won't want to miss being a part of this fun new way to have fun and get fit!  Registration is now open!  Space is limited, so don't delay!  Visit: and enter code 06-040312.  You will be prompted through the registration process.  If you couldn't make it to our "Get In Gear" event last month, you can still sign up for the Spring Session. Here are some FAQs to get you familiar with our program and be sure to check out the video!

What does each class look like?
Our current members include women from 18-66 years old; students, professionals and stay-at-home moms. We do 10- 15 minutes of off-skates dynamic warm-ups, 60-70 minutes of skating and 10-15 minutes of off-skates strength training and cool down stretching. This is a high intensity workout. Beginner classes are 90 minutes long.

I haven’t been on skates since 8th grade, can I do this?
Absolutely! No skating experience is required, however we strongly recommend that if you have not skated in years or ever, that you go to a local roller rink to make sure that you are comfortable with roller skating for fitness, understanding that Derby Lite is not strictly a “how to skate” class. So, if you are comfortable on skates, can participate in 20 minutes of mid-intensity cardio exercise, and can fall down and get back up on your own, you can do Derby Lite. (We teach you the right way to fall.) Ladies are encouraged to use knowledge of their fitness ability and their own body to pace themselves. We expect beginning skaters to progress at their own comfort level and ability.

Am I going to get elbowed in the face? Knocked on my ass?
In Derby Lite we do not engage in full contact or deliberate impact. Instead we use positional blocking (literally positioning yourself in order to block or assist other skaters) and modified contact (we do touch each other while skating, using each other for stability, whipping, leaning or lightly bumping). We never intentionally hit or cause other skaters to fall down. Beginner & intermediate skaters will learn the skills & drills involved with game play, including positional blocking, but will not actually play the game.

Is skating good exercise?
Skating is fantastic exercise! It strengthens your bones, your muscles and your heart. The average person will burn 6-8 calories per minute while skating (according to ACE FitnessMatters, Volume 1, Number 4, 1995), so that would equate to 540-960 calories burned per Derby Lite practice. And it might be higher based on some of the plyometric and higher intensity drills that we do.

What do I need to get started with Derby Lite?
You need to complete your registration with Derby Lite on our website. We require full protective gear (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard) and quad speed skates. Derby Lite helps all its ladies get into the proper skates & gear upon completing your registration with us. You can get skates through us, or take the information we provide and get them someplace else.

I’m having a problem with the online registration process, what should I do?
Send an email to and provide information on the problem(s) you are having.