Tricking with a watch

May 1, 2013 Training

Next time you go trick take a watch with you and try these two things:

1. Set a warmup target.

I like using a stopwatch for my warmups. For tricking or deadlifting, a 30 minute warmup is my standard. If I’m warming up too fast (ready after 6 minutes) I know it’s going to be a good session. But I still slow down and make sure I don’t rush into an accident. Doing this always ends well. And if I’m close to 30 minutes and I still feel like I’m not ready to train, I change my expectations for the session or snort a mixed line of ephedrine and cocaine.

A picture of Jujimufu's Timex Watch

I’ve always been fond of cheap, red Timex Watches with big digits.

2. Force rest intervals

Forcing yourself to rest less than you want by limiting rest periods is not a good idea in most tricking circumstances. Try the opposite by forcing longer rest periods than you feel you need. When you begin to choke
and pant for air and feel dizzy, hit the split button and force yourself to rest for something generous like 2 to 4 minutes. (This amount of time is what I found was best for me personally). The amount of time you rest should
facilitate a very slight feeling of restlessness; You should become just a little impatient with the clock. Your rest period is too long if you start to feel cool or your thinking starts to trail too far away from the training session. Usually this begins happening to me around 5 minutes.

A picture of Jujimufu looking at a stop watch

“Do I have to rest another minute?”

Why I tried this

I realized that when I trick alone, I have a tendency to trick at a fairly ambitious pace, with little rest between tricks. When I started timing my rest sets, I realized that what I thought was a very long time between tricks ended up being only a minute or two.

However, when I do heavy strength exercises, I typically rest 3-4 minutes between sets. Tricking can be as much a max effort activity as deadlifting, why was I only resting a minute on average? So I tried enforcing rest periods with a stop watch and found I liked it a lot.

The benefit of waiting your turn at gatherings

Also, I realized one of the overlooked reasons for enhanced performance at tricking gatherings was that long rest intervals are forced: You do a trick, and then a dozen more people want to do something, so get back in line. somebody is talking to you and distracting you from taking your turn so you miss it. It’s your turn to film. somebody lands a big trick and everybody celebrates for a little while. This can result in a long time between efforts, but this can actually become something positive for performance.

How often do I use a stop watch?

I can’t remember the last strength training session or tricking session where I didn’t use a stop watch: I love it. I love looking at the clock on days I feel it’s taking me too long to get going and realizing I only started warming up 10 minutes prior. That’s a relief. I also love to see whether I’m wussing out of a session too early if only an hour has passed total. I love to have something accounting for my oxygen restoration other than my pitiful guessing. And I love making it back to work late after my lunch hour training. (I noticed that if I didn’t time myself I tended to return too early hehe). I don’t obsessively stare at the watch the entire session, I actually tend to look at it less as the session peaks. Anyway, the stop watch has become such a valuable tool in my training strategy tool box that I never train without it anymore.

A picture of Jujimufu sitting on a bench

Time out.

One comment

  1. Vova says:

    I found most times tricking with stop watch helps me start new moves and work on old things i mastered. Only time i don’t time myself when i get tired is when i’m trying to master a move that took me a long time to get like for example before i got hang of the jack knife i had to be extremely aggressive to land it perfectly.
    Would tricking hardcore without stop watch once in a while be a good idea to get that trick which i just about got?

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