Many people seem to think that good riders spend every day throwing 900s, 1080s and double corks. That’s true for upper level pros and some competition riders, but it’s far from the truth for most other pros and local shredders.
We’re not all like Seppe Smits in the video above, as much as most of us wish we could do that 😉
Here’s a simple tip that will help you avoid injuring yourself and also teach you to listen to your body.
Short bursts of progression
It’s all about short bursts of progression to learn new tricks. Most days, the average local shredder might not spin more than a 720 the whole day. They might spin a couple backside 540s, a frontside 720 and a cab 540 and call it a day.
Nothings saying you can’t push yourself to learn new tricks every day, but with all the slamming and mental focus that’s required to learn a new trick, it can be kind of harsh on your body and mind.
So, when I say short bursts of progression, what do I mean? I mean that most of your time on the hill is spent practicing tricks you already know and fine tuning them, and you have a day or two once in awhile where you push yourself to learn something new.
So when should you learn tricks?
I’ve mentioned before that many advanced riders are ‘mental’ riders. Well, there are some days when you’re just ‘feeling it’. It might be that things just feel right or you’re having a particularly good day landing all your tricks in the park or you’re extra motivated that day because you have a filmer with you. These are the days you learn new tricks.
It’s all about picking these days. If things are going well, push yourself to learn something new, but if you’re feeling a little tired or things aren’t going quite right, take it easy or call it a day.
A large, large part of learning new tricks is the risk management side of things. This is why most riders don’t go out and huck themselves into new tricks every day. They test the waters and don’t push things if they aren’t feeling it or things aren’t going well.
Not to mention, it hurts! Even if you avoid injuries, all those little slams take a toll on your body. You can’t be slamming day in and day out. Well you could, but I’d personally rather not be in pain every day.
This is the most important reason to pick your days. Pick the days when your ‘feeling it’, park conditions are good and you’re motivated and focused. Those are the days you want to be pushing yourself to learn something new.