Why aren’t you progressing?
You have been trying out your newly learnt windmills over and over again. You’ve already suffered countless blackened bruises on your lower back and hip area.
And I bet you’re stuck on getting past your first windmill round.
Why else would you be here?
You are frustrated and tearing your hair in anger.
After all these sacrifices, injuries and training….
You still have nothing to show for?
3 Common Windmill Mistakes You Make For Your First Round
The thing is,
Learning windmills (or any other powermoves) requires you to be able to recognize, spot mistakes, and then correct them.
That’s the hallmark of great deliberate practice, and it’s one that separates the pros from the amateurs.
How do you know which mistakes are you making?
One way is to get an experienced bboy to spot your mistakes and correct it for you as you try it over and over again.
This must be a person that understands both the mechanics and physics of windmills. (Not those armchair bboys who can’t break but think themselves sufficient to give powermove advice)
Close guidance from such a bboy will guarantee the fastest improvement you’ve ever seen.
Of course, many times, there’s not even such a bboy around in your area or city. Especially if you come from a growing scene. There aren’t many bboys ahead of you who can teach you. Worse still, you are one of the first to have picked up the dance in your area.
Even if there is, what he probably wants to do is to practice and improve his own skills. Not become your nanny or your coach.
(Which by the way is perfectly fine. Who doesn’t want to improve themselves?)
I totally understand.
What I’ve done here is to create a video highlighting the THREE MOST COMMON MISTAKES you are making in your windmills… and how to spot and correct them.
Watch it here:
Windmill Mistake #1: Not Using Both Of Your Legs
The first mistake most beginners make while learning windmills is that they don’t use both of their legs.
As a beginner, you must understand 2 this:
- Your non-master leg governs height.
- Your master leg governs speed.
What do I mean by master leg and non-master leg?
If you freeze or collapse with your right hand, then your non-master leg is your left and your master leg is your right (and vice versa.)
Here’s a positive demonstration of what I mean by using both of your legs:
Here’s the positive demonstration in slow-mo:
You can see in the gif that I was using my left leg to swing while I was on my back to gain enough height so that I can make it through to the next round using my right leg whipping downwards.
Now I will show you a negative demonstration, no height, with speed.
The negative demonstration:
The negative demonstration slow-moed:
You can see that I wasn’t using my non-master leg (left leg) to gain height.
I wasn’t swinging my left leg while I was on my back. I turned over and I tried to use my right leg to swing through and I flopped.
We are going to use one specific exercise to address this issue, so that you know how to use your non-master leg to gain height eventually.
10 – 15 reps x 3 sets
Exercise #1 (Advanced):
5 – 8 reps x 3 sets
Mistake #2: Not Leaning Back
The second mistake beginners make when learning a windmill is: not leaning back.
When you lean back, you will be able to go through the next round easier and you’ll catch your freeze easier or you can transit into other power easier.
If you do not lean back, your hip hits the ground and your lower back is always scraping the floor.
Basically, you’ll flop.
Here’s the positive demonstration of what I mean:
Two main things to take note is:
- Your head must be down, and your hips/lower back must be up.
- Your hands must also be ready to stab, that you can catch yourself for the next round, or go into a freeze or go into other power transitions.
The negative demonstration:
You can see on the negative demonstration is that the head is obviously up, and my lower back is down. The hands are not ready. A lot of beginners, in the attempt to pull themselves to lean back grab onto the back of their thighs and pull it in.
That’s not a good thing to do.
Your hands must always be ready to catch yourself for the next round, go into a freeze or transit yourself into a new power.
Exercise #2 (Static):
Hold 10 – 20 seconds x 3 – 5 sets
Exercise #2 (Dynamic):
7 – 10 reps x 3 sets
Mistake #3: Not Rolling Over
The third mistake that beginner bboys do while learning a windmill is that they don’t know how to rollover into the next round.
Basically, what I mean is that you can’t roll over your shoulders into your stab.
There is no positive or negative demonstration here. All you need to do is to acclimatize yourself to rolling so you can go into your next round, using this exercise.
Exercise #3 (with momentum):
3 – 7 reps x 3 sets
Exercise #3 (without momentum):
3 – 7 reps x 3 sets
Now, after watching the video, I don’t want you to just nod your head in approval and do NOTHING about it.
The good thing only happens to people who watch, consume information and actively take action to implement.
So, tell me.
- Which one of these mistakes have you been making
- What are your plans for correcting your mistakes
Catch you in the comments — and I’ll see how you fare.