When getting back into tricking after a long break, you need to shift your training strategy, goals, and expectations.
1. Your new training strategy
Your new training strategy is this: only do tricks that FEEL good to you. If you really want your gainer flash back, then work prerequisites that don’t hurt or feel awkward. Do things that feel “right”. Trust me, all the cool moves you used to do WILL come back, but you need to ease back into it. There is no better way of easing back into tricking than going out for a session and just doing things that simply FEEL good, and stopping before you exhaust yourself.
2. Your new tricking goal
Your new tricking goal when you are “getting back into tricking” is this: trick to FEEL better. The mobility work, the barefooted’ness, the outdoors, the jumping, the sweating and breathing: its exercise and its fun and its healthy. When you are getting back into tricking your goal should NOT be to land moves you did before, it should be to FEEL better. To FEEL great!
3. Your new tricking expectations
As weeks pass while you ease back into tricking, you should expect this: to FEEL better each session. If you aren’t FEELing better after a few weeks then you need to change something.
Okay so we have a theme
The theme is this, trick to feel better, expect to feel better each subsequent week of tricking, and do tricks that feel good and only do them as long as they continue to feel good. Acclimate your body to minimal, albeit progressive, tricking stresses. Get used to getting tricking back into your routine. It’s very important simply to “show up” and “make time” for tricking, even if you only do a few moves and mainly stretch. Keep doing this for 2-6 months and before you know it you will already be back into tricking! It’ll be worth it, I promise you. There are few things as enviable as healthy tricking!