Here are some things that will increase your time for warming up for tricking and training:
- You gain muscle.
- You grow an inch taller.
- You tricked or trained yesterday.
- Your skill level increases.
- You age one year.
This list looks ridiculous because it’s true. Even if you do everything right , it will still take longer for you to warm up as years pass. No matter what. We could actually use beard growth as the measure of your warm up time. The more facial hair you have as a male, the longer your warm up should be, because the beard is a measure of your age.
When I was 15 years old I didn’t even warm up for tricking. I just did it. How? Because I had never hurt myself tricking, and I was a 150 lb kid who “tried” novice, ugly looking tricks.
Now I’m a 230 lb tank “doing” intermediate level tricks. It takes longer to get all this extra muscle tissue to get primed.
I’m no longer just going in my backyard to try some reckless, shitty looking tricks. Now I do them Clean and Powerful. Clean and Powerful aren’t “on demand” attributes, it takes time for the body to get ready for Clean and Powerful.
I’ve been tricking for 13 years now, my body has all sorts of scar tissue. Now it takes me 40 minutes on average before I can even throw my basic tricks.
These are the facts. Short warm ups are for children and novice. Don’t be ashamed if you are noticing your warmup time increasing, and noticing that you are the last one to start throwing tricks in a group, it’s a badge of honor. Take your time, let the kids rush into it and get hurt.
We old dudes take our time, because we can, because we must, because we have beards.