For the eighth episode of #AskErin, we have this question from XileDSlash Gaming:
How do you think people should balance going hard and preventing injury?
#AskErin is a series where bboys and bgirls around the world can, well, ask Erin anything about breaking itself! Simply #AskErin your question in the comments below and we’ll put up a video response for you.
There are 2 key things. Click ‘play’ on this video to watch my answer:
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You need to:
1. Have the right technique and right foundation for the move you want to learn.
If you can’t do a handstand properly, and you’re trying to do a 1990s, 2000s, or a rollback to airfreeze…
Big moves like these.
You’re going to get hurt. Simple as that.
2. Listen to your body
If you have the right foundation, then you have to ask yourself:
How good is your body?
And by that, I mean the well-being. Are you tired from your week? For e.g I’m sore.
Listen! Listen to your muscles. Listen to your body. If you’re really tired and can’t go on, rest.
That’s how you balance it out.
There’s a difference between your body telling you to stop because it hurts and it’s sore… vs just being plain lazy.
If I want to practice haloes – I’d do my haloes, my baby freeze positioning… I’d train it until my neck and shoulders are sore. Then I’d stop doing it.
It’s the same thing learning windmills, flares, barrelmills… If your groin hurts, you should stop. That means you’ve gone hard enough. It’s time for your body to take a break.