Posts Tagged ‘muscles’


Do not Condition and trick on the same day.

March 5, 2008

Conditioning and tricking on the same day is a really bad idea, because your already tired from conditioning you have a much higher chance of injury, as if that isn’t bad enough, as you know you shouldn’t over work your muscles, because, when you exercise muscle is broken down and then heals stronger then before right? but if you break it down too much it won’t be able to heal up again quickly enough. This causes you to build up fatigue and makes your muscles lose strength rather then gain it.

Throwing one or two tricks after warming up properly on a day when you have conditioned won’t kill you, but it isn’t a good idea, and a good thirty minute tricking session on the same day you work out is a really bad idea.

While I’m on this topic, You should keep your tricking sessions short, but more frequent, if you are say, tricking only once a month, but for two hours at a time, this is a really bad idea. You should keep short sessions, and if things aren’t going well or you start to get tired you should take a break.

The way muscle memory works (if you don’t know what muscle memory is, its what lets you do all those things you have practiced or done many times almost without thinking, Look here for more info) if you do something right it is written down in muscle memory, so that you can do that action again, but next time a little better, but if you do it wrong, that gets written down too, so you get better at doing it wrong, not good.

So, what do you do? train for short amounts of time more often, if you train for a long time all at once you will get tired and start making mistakes which will be burned into your muscle memory right along with the times you did it right. This will slow down your progress a lot, and if you train excessively while tired your bound to get an injury, broken bones, strained muscles, and sprains are no fun, and don’t help you progress any farther in tricking!



Types of Muscles, Whats best for tricking?

March 4, 2008

You may not know it, but there are two different types of muscle fibers, Slow and fast twitch.


This from Wikipedia; “There are two broad types of voluntary muscle fibers, slow twitch and fast twitch. Slow twitch fibers contract for long periods of time but with little force while fast twitch fibers contract quickly and powerfully but fatigue very rapidly.”


Naturally you’re going to want a lot of fast twitch muscle fiber for tricking, sending the human body sailing through the air takes a lot of power! So now you may be thinking “how do I get more of this fast twitch muscle fiber stuff?” You don’t sadly.


This also from wikipedia; “Humans are genetically predisposed with a larger percentage of one type of muscle group over another. An individual born with a greater percentage of Type I muscle fibers would theoretically be more suited to endurance events, such as triathlons, distance running, and long cycling events, whereas a human born with a greater percentage of Type II muscle fibers would be more likely to excel at anaerobic events such as a 200 meter dash, or weightlifting. People with high overall musculation and balanced muscle type percentage engage in sports such as rugby or boxing and often engage in other sports to increase their performance in the former”


What a bummer right? Well no worries, you might not go to the Olympics for the high jump or 200 meter dash, but you can learn to trick even if you naturally have a whole ton of slow twitch muscle fiber. What you need to do is capitalize on what fast twitch muscle fiber you do have. You can’t get more of a muscle fiber type but you can exercise it and cause those muscle fibers to grow and become stronger. The key to this is in the way you exercise, specifically the number of repetitions per set of the exercises you do.


Strength 1-5 repetitions

Hypertrophy 6-10 repetitions

Toning 13+ repetitions


Strength training is ideal for increasing the strength of your muscles without increasing there size, and thus, perfect for tricking.


Strength training exercises fast twitch muscle fibers (types A and B, read this) but doesn’t encourage their growth in size as much as Hypertrophy.


Of course just doing 1-5 reps of pushups isn’t going to make it strength training, doing 1-5 bench presses at about 80%-90% of your 1RM (read this Wiki if you want to know more on strength training) is strength training, when strength training you should do about 3-5 sets of whatever exercises you do. To wrap up, here is a little more info on Type 1 slow twitch muscles.


From Wikipedia; “Various exercises require a predominance of certain muscle fiber utilization over another. Aerobic exercise involves long, low levels of exertion in which the muscles are used at well below their maximal contraction strength for long periods of time (the most classic example being the marathon). Aerobic events, which rely primarily on the aerobic (with oxygen) system, use a higher percentage of Type I (or slow-twitch) muscle fibers, consume a mixture of fat, protein and carbohydrates for energy, consume large amounts of oxygen and produce little lactic acid.”


Toning is what trains slow twitch muscle fibers, but if you’re looking to lower you BF% a little don’t be fooled, it isn’t the best way to lose weight, if you do a lot of toning you will cut down your overall muscle mass, and this is bad. Muscles take energy to be maintained (Calories) and every pound of muscle you have on you raises your metabolism. That not only burns Calories, helping you to lose weight, or allowing you to eat your favorite foods without gaining weight, but it also will make you feel more energetic during the course of everyday of your life.


I would also recommend reading these articles:


And watching the video on Conditioning found here


I probably left out a lot, but if you read the articles I linked they should probably explain that which I cannot, as well as the things I forgot.



How much do protein shakes help you ask?

March 1, 2008

A lot, that’s how much.

yesterday i went without my after workout protein shake, ‘someone’ turned on my blender with a spoon in it, and the glass portion exploded, and the blades were ruined, so i decided not to have one till i got a new blender, because the protein mix i have tastes vile unless you mix it with a bunch of other stuff.

Anyway, i did my normal workout, i thought since it wasn’t a really hard workout (just enough for strength training, only about 20-30 minutes) normally after this I’m never really sore, sometimes if I am really enthusiastic about it i get a little bit sore the day after, but not ever enough to stop me from exercising again the next day. But all those times i had a protein shake right afterwards, this time i didn’t, and man oh man am i sore today, i had a hard time just rolling out off bed, and even typing this is making my forearm and shoulder twinge, theres no way I’m working out today, time to rest.

Moral of the story? drink your protein shakes no matter what, even if you can’t make it taste good, it really makes a difference.