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Double Header - February 21


The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls will partner with the Experience Pink Project to help shine a light on breast cancer awareness and prevention.


On Saturday, Feb 21st at 6 p.m. The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls will play in a double header event at Rivertwon Sports in Grandville, MI.  First, the Grand Raggidy Attack will take on the Border City Brawlers from Windsor, ON.  For the main event, the Grand Raggidy All Stars will face off against the Traverse City Toxic Cherries.  This will mark the first time that the Toxic Cherries and the All Stars have met and both teams are anxious to draw first blood.  


For this event, Grand Raggidy will be partnering with the Experience Pink Project to help draw awarenessto breast cancer prevention.  In addition to the hard hitting derby action, The Bomb Squad will be auctioning off a homemade quilt.  The proceeds of which will help pay for screening, such as mammograms for those who otherwise could not afford to get them.  Additional fundraisers will also be held throughout the night.  


Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Discounts for kids, students & seniors are available.  Advanced tickets can also be purchased at


Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m.  So don’t be late.  You won’t want miss a minute of the fun.



WHO: Grand Raggidy Roller Girls

WHAT: A roller derby game played to raise awareness for breast cancer.

WHEN: Saturday Feb 21st at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418


January 2015 MVM Award – Stu Orr


Congratulations to Stu Orr, January’s Most Valuable Member!


Stu owns Iron Orr Gym in Grand Rapids. Not only does he work with many of the Grand Raggidy All Stars and Attack! players on strength training, but he also heads up game day coordination for our team. Stu does everything on game day from ordering chairs to cleaning up spills to helping with vendor set-up. We couldn’t hold a successful home game without him.


This is the second time in less than a year that Stu has won GRRG’s MVM Award. Back in March 2014, I interviewed him about his background in fitness, his gym, and his involvement with Grand Raggidy. Here’s the transcript from our interview:


Giddy Up Anya: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and Iron Orr Gym? How did you get started in the sports and fitness field?


Stu Orr: I was hit by the “iron bug” when I was a skinny 14 year old punk lifting weights in my parents’ basement. I found weightlifting to be the perfect outlet for me, and it was the one activity/sport where I didn’t have to rely on a teammate. I fell in love with the discipline and physical exertion.


At 16 years old, I ran away from home for a week to hit up Quad’s Gym in Chicago and meet the legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan. Out of high school, I dove headfirst into studying anything and everything relative to the profession. I attended as many strength and conditioning clinics as I could, often sleeping in my car because I couldn’t afford a hotel room. I started my first strength coaching business in 1997 out of my small studio apartment, which contained no furniture, yet was stocked with strength equipment. My “bed” was a sleeping bag in the middle of my squat rack. Since then, I have not looked back and have no regrets. I should add that the secondary “driving force” to running my own business is the simple fact that I enjoy being my own boss. I don’t have to answer to ANYONE. That is the genesis and backbone of Iron Orr. A non-corporate gym with a DIY attitude.


How did you initially get involved with roller derby and Grand Raggidy?


I offered to train some of the team in the spring of 2010. At first we had 6-8 participating, which quickly filtered down to Mangler, Lucy and Pain sticking it out for the long haul. Last year and more recently I added: Ringo, Rue, Tac, Snickers, Bashin, Enz, Daisies, Steel, Goremez and Edge on occasion.


What exercises do you recommend roller derby players do off-skates? Do you see any common problems/injuries or areas where personal training would be particularly beneficial for the skaters?


I always recommend a total body, balanced, strength-training program (to include the head and neck musculature) with the goal of reducing the likelihood of an injury or the severity of an injury if one occurs. This can be accomplished with barbells, dumbbells, machines, rocks, logs, sleds, etc. It’s not the tool that’s important; it’s how you use the tool. Always strive to add reps or a little resistance to strengthen up for the long haul.


Additionally, hard interval work should be performed specific to the sport of derby. I highly recommend the Fall 2011 issue of fiveonfive magazine, which gives a solid explanation of intervals. Another very important part of your program should include work with a speed coach to make you a faster, more efficient skater.


What does a typical day look like for you as a trainer and business owner?


For years I managed/owned a 10,000 square foot gym, working 80-90 hours a week unclogging toilets, cleaning showers, sweeping, mopping, maintaining equipment, coaching, organizing and presenting for corporations, sales, etc. It was literally a daily sprint. There were many occasions when I would [be forced to] workout from 10pm-1am. Iron Orr Gym is a much more condensed version of those days. We are now semi-private, and the vast majority [of our business] is one-on-one sessions. Much less stress and much less overhead!


A big thanks to Stu Orr for all of the hard work he does for our team! We really appreciate his support!


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