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Tricking as an Exercise!??

April 26, 2008

i was looking at the site stats, and someone searched us with this
“TRICKING AS A EXERCISE?” I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume that they were wondering if they could use tricking as a form of exercise, either to get, or stay fit, or to lose weight.

The short answer is

HELL NO

The long answer is that, although tricking is a great workout, using tricking as a workout isn’t such a great idea. Tricking is very psychically demanding and will have you sweating right through your shirt in now time if you really go at it. However, mostly tricking breaks down your body, because its very high impact it will cause damage to your joints, and has a high chance of causing other injuries like sprains, strains(there more serious then they sound), and even broken bones. Also, having your knees give out before you hit 40 because you “exercised” five days a week with tricking.

Since we can assume you don’t want to permanently impair your ability to walk, and we all we all like our knees and would rather not replace them with metal or plastic replicas, but we also all love tricking, so what are we going to do?

CONDITION

So, what protects your knees, and most of the rest of your body?

Muscle. If you build more muscle, it will protect your body from impacts and various other kinds of damage.

And when do sprains and strains happen?

When muscles are stretched too far. Of course, if your muscles are used to stretching far, and can stretch farther then the average persons, then this is less likely to happen right?

So what do you need to do?

Condition!

Work out and stretch.

You should do about three times as much conditioning (which includes both diet, working out, and stretching) as you do tricking. the reasons are as stated below.

1)You will progress much, much more quickly when you do do a tricking session.

2)You will minimize the damage to your body that is generally caused by tricking, both by being stronger, allowing your body to better resist the impact of throwing 100lbs+ of human through the air and crashing to the ground again. and by giving your body more time to heal up after you beat it up. 😛

3)You will get far, far more fit by actually working out, lifting weights, or by body weight training, than you ever could by just tricking.

4)You will look sexy if you condition.

5)You will greatly reduce the chance of getting injured while you are tricking. if you only do tricking as an exercise, your chance of injury will probably increase over time.

The same may not be entirely true of other sport like activity’s, such as tumbling/gymnastics, or soccer and such, and is certainly not true of martial arts, but what ever psychical activity it is you like to participate in, it will definitely benefit from conditioning.

So in short, you can’t get your exercise from tricking, but if you like tricking, you sure as hell need your exercise, so get moving!

Also see dogen’s video on conditioning here
http://www.dogentricks.com/index.php?s=videotutorials
And this recently sticky’d article on dogentricks.com/forums about beginners weight lifting for tricking.
http://www.dogentricks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13668

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One comment

  1. Cool site, I like the info I used it to help me, thanks.

    Weight Training



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