Jun 092010

Hola, chicas! It’s been two weeks since your last P(D)M assignment–hope you enjoyed the break, because it’s the last one you’ll be getting for awhile. Speaking of that last assignment, how did it go for y’all? Did you fall down a lot? I sure as heck did. I’m happy to report that my transitions are a lot better now, though, and skating backwards doesn’t make me feel like I’m about to plough my way into a gruesome, Final Destination-style demise. Overall, I’d say that assignment was a success for me (and I want to hear all about how it was a success for you in the comment section, ladies). But now it’s time to move on to our next assignment. And it’s one that you should have no trouble doing, no matter what your current skill level or free time (or lack there of) situation is. I present to you:

Assignment 3: The Project (Derby) Mayhem Couch Potato Challenge

I will not judge you for your television/movie viewing choices during this challenge.

It’s no secret that more time on skates = better skater. And ideally, you’re getting lots of extra skate-time in outside of practice. But what are you doing when you’re just slobbing around the house? This week, you’re going to be strapping on your skates and working on your form and footwork while doing household chores and/or watching your crappy summer television programming of choice.

For the purposes of this assignment, please do not wear your skates:

In the shower.

In the tub.

While cooking (especially if said cooking requires sharp objects, stoves, boiling pots of water, etc).

While sleeping. You will become ridiculously entangled in your sheets. Trust me, I know.

Please do wear your skates:

The rest of the time you are in the house.

Seriously. While you’re hanging out at home this week, I want you in skates. If you’re watching TV, do so while practicing standing in your best derby stance, squatting as low as you can for as long as you can, or practicing grapevines or chop steps across your living room floor. Toe stop walk around the house. If you don’t have any downstairs neighbors to worry about, practice jumping or stationary 180s on the nice, soft, stable-feeling carpet. Bonus points: throw in a little living room appropriate dryland-style training — leg lifts, sit ups, mule kicks, etc.

I will almost exclusively be watching episodes of Glee during this assignment. I LOVE YOU, SUE SYLVESTER!

As always, sign up in the comment section. Also, feel free to keep us all updated on how the assignment is going for you, or share any exercises/couch potato drills that you come up with!

Heidi loves to do toe stop walks around the couch, and finds hauling her laundry around while grapevining to be very amusing. SpongeBob Squarepants lives in a pineapple under the sea, and is afraid of Sue Sylvester. He reads every comment that you post, and when you don’t post in the comment section, he cries. Both SpongeBob and Heidi can be reached at blammeration@gmail.com.