All about Tricking

How to train Tricking

This article is dedicated to those that would like to start training on tricking or those trickers that have recently started tricking.

Clothes

Training with comfortable clothes is vital. Even when all the trickers have different uniforms, sport clothes that allow a big mobility. When training during the hot season, it is recommended to just use shorts and a t-shirt. On the other hand, during the winter, it is recommended to start warming up with long trousers and a jacket, change to shorts and a t-shirt when tricking and then cover up quickly right after the training.

Warming up

Warming up is very important to perform the tricks with no risk of injury. A good warming up includes the following:

  1. Stretching the main muscles (for a maximum of 6 seconds). All muscles can be stretched but it is recommended to do it only on the main muscles. From the inferior part of the body: calf muscle, hamstrings, quadriceps, buttocks and adductor. From the superior part of the body: abdominal, dorsal and pectoral.
  2. Do exercises of rotations and mobility. These rotations must be on the areas that will support the biggest impacts: knees, ankles, wrist and neck.
  3. Do exercises of wide mobility, small jumps or light tricks (cartheel among others).

Surfaces

An important point to take into account is the surface for training on Tricking. We recommend a wide surface, as you may travel more than expected when doing Tricking.

Recommended surfaces

Pylo: This would be the perfect surface. Trickers can develop their abilities to a maximum and have a strong and secure jump knowing that, on landing, the impact will be minimized. The main inconvenient is that pylo is very rare and most countries do not even have it commercialized.

Mat: Several mats can be arranged so that they would create a thin and safe surface. But be careful, as badly arranged mats can derive into slips and falls, injuring the tricker.

Tatami: This surface is accessible and used in a wide range of martial arts. Several tatamis can be arranged to create a larger surface and this can be thicker or thinner depending on the number of tatamis arranged on top of each other.

Grass: In case of not having any of the previous surfaces, it is recommended to train on grass with a medium length. For very difficult or risky tricks, a mat or mattress can be arranged in case of falling.

Sand: This surface is very useful to minimize damage when falling. On the other hand, it absorbs the energy from the jump, so it is preferable to jump into the sand from any other surface.

Other recommended items

Airtrack: This is recommended for learning how to do new tricks, although its main issue is the fact that the tricker gets too used to jump with no boundaries and finds it difficult to then do the tricks on a solid surface. Also, depending on the texture and thickness of the airtrack, it is hard to move easily, so it is basically used to minimize falls.

Elastic bed: Same as the airtrack, it helps trickers understanding and learning new tricks. The main bad thing is that you can only move upwards and falling too close to the edge may end up being very harmful.

Buoy: This is specially helpful to refine the start of a jump.

NOT recommended surfaces

Concrete: Any sort of concrete or soil is not a recommended surface. In case of falling, trickers can get strongly harmed. If a tricker performs a trick on this sort of surface it is generally because they have a wide experience tricking. Anyway, these surfaces are not recommended as they have a long term impact on muscles and bones.

Things to develop

It is very important that you are aware of the fact that Tricking is a discipline where the whole body works. Different things are developed at the same time, although maybe not at the same rhythm:

  • Strength
  • Velocity
  • Power
  • Reflex
  • Flexibility

In order to be able to improve on Tricking it is very important to take care of your body, avoiding injuries when possible. Developing all those qualities at the same time is a good option to keep your body fit and healthy. It is recommended to apply a training routine that allows you to do light training, stretches, mobility exercises, jumps and easy tricks regularly.

Training

The training session can last from one hour to a maximum of two. More than that is not recommended.
The best way is to do it progressively, beginning with simple tricks and slowly begin to increase the difficulty.

Cool down

An excellent recommendation to end the class is jogging between 5 and 10 minutes to remove the accumulated lactic acid in the blood.

Subsequently, stretch as the beginning of the class, but this time 15 seconds to achieve now if inhibiting the muscles.