Just curious what kind of training routines you guys are following? Currently, I'm doing a Westside/Oly Lift hybrid program and cycling....lots of it.
I know the Westside isn't doing very much for my quads but my hamstrings are a lot weaker than my quads so hopefully bringing them up will allow my quads to get bigger and better.
michelle, I know what you mean about clubs only having enough pads to cover 1/2 or less of the boards. Last year I forgot to bring my helmet to one of our practices (retard) and so I was skating pretty conservatively most of the day and hang out at the back of the pack, well towards the end of our skate they had me take a pull and something happened where I tripped up and tapped blades with the guy behind me and luckily it wasn't me that went down but he went down and went head first into the boards where there was no padding (I'm not saying it was good it was him that went down, but better him than me because he had a helmet). He was fine but seeing that and not having a helmet that day freaked the hell outta me.
Also, trying to pivot and leaning too far forward isn't fun, it usually results in you hitting the boards back first which isn't fun at all.