The Beginner's Guide to Tricking

Parkour has been steadily gaining traction. It’s one of the most exciting new sports to watch and one of the most adrenaline-packed past-times to practice. You only need to watch the likes of Ryan Doyle and Jason Paul to see that parkour tricking is nothing less than mastery of human movement.

If you’re just getting started and wanting to learn how to trick then this short guide is for you. Let’s take a look at everything a beginner should know about parkour tricking

What Is Tricking?

Tricking is different from parkour and free-running. It doesn’t require any obstacles and is quite similar to tumbling in gymnastics.

Tricking combines movements from martial arts, tumbling, breakdancing, gymnastics and free-running to create a stylistic display of athleticism on flat ground.

How to Trick

The first thing you need to do before you start learning how to trick is to get in shape. Tricking is demanding. Demanding. Your cardiovascular fitness needs to be at a good level. The treadmill can be a great place to start, but it will be beneficial to take up activities that place a higher demand on your cardiovascular fitness such as boxing or swimming. As well as your lungs, you're going to need muscles. You need a good amount of strength to be able to have full control over your body. You'll need to be balanced and well-coordinated too.

Calisthenics is the way to go when it comes to strength training for tricking. There's little point in bodybuilding because you'll lose the agility to need. Training with just your body weight will allow you to be more familiar with your body's limitations and help you stretch them. Don't forget to make sure you're always making progress in your training. Keep aiming for faster times, longer distances, and more reps.

Choosing the Right Apparel

Before you take your body out to start tricking it's important to make sure you're wearing the right clothes. Your clothes should be loose so they don't restrict your movement, but it's important to be protected from unnecessary scrapes and cuts where possible.

Loose-fitting joggers and hoodies are the best way to cover all of your body without impeding your movement in any way. You only have to watch a few tricking competitions to realize that loose-fitting urban wear is the way to go.

As for your footwear, you want a lightweight, flat-soled shoe. Don't worry about fancy designs or expensive brands. Just find a comfortable shoe that doesn't have an arch in the middle. You want something as close to being barefoot as possible but still offers protection and grip. What Tricks Should You Learn

It's difficult to say what tricks a beginner should be aiming to perform because it will depend on your pre-existing athletic ability. You might already have a background in gymnastics or breakdancing. As a starting point, here are 8 tricks that every trickster should be aiming to master:

  • Cartwheel

  • Skip Hook

  • Tornado

  • B-Twist

  • Front Tuck

  • Back Tuck

  • Gainer

  • Raiz

Once you're familiar with these movements you can start to branch out into more complex tricking moves.

Check out our favorite trickers: Jacobie Burton, Ethan Turner, Levi Borrego

Are You Ready to Master Tricking?

If you've been wondering "what is tricking?" then this guide should get you started. Tricking is a fun sport to learn and a sure way to impress spectators. It's important to start easy to make sure your body gets used to the new demands you'll be placing on it.

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