“Strength is everything!!!”
Let me show you why that’s false.
Simply grab that beefcake friend of yours. You know, the one who would beat you in pull ups and arm wrestling.
Get him to try and outlast you in holding a baby freeze right now.
So who won?
I’m willing to bet my Penny board and 17 pairs of my sneakers that you won.
Simple. You may not be as strong as that friend of yours.
But you have a better sense of balance with your head on the ground.
And your wrists have better endurance for that specific position. They have been conditioned to hold a baby freeze, more so than your friend’s wrists. So i’m saying:
Strength isn’t everything.
While we’re on the same point…
See this guy here:
If you can’t tell already… This guy’s quite a beast with his body weight strength. I mean, he can hold a flag!
But if he were to try 1990s right now, he will probably mess up his wrist real bad.
You see, besides someee bodyweight strength, you need other things in breaking.
Breaking moves have WEIRD, SPECIFIC and COMPLEX demands on your wrists.
Even within similar moves in breaking, there are still differences in what your wrists have to do.
You’ll see what I mean.
A handglide and a jackhammer work differently. They will have different stresses on your wrists.
The jackhammer has a twisting and pushing off motion. The handglide on the other hand (no pun intended) requires you to stiffen up and lock your wrist.
That’s just for starters.
Can you imagine the strain of the rest of the moves..?
So if you want to get the more difficult moves – with MINIMAL risk…
Then at some point, your wrists have to be prepared to meet the demands.
You have to condition your wrists for bboy moves you want to learn.
While it’s true that the fastest way to get a move is to actually try the move itself, you still have to think long-term. You want to practice the move safe.
That’s when you’ve done your homework in getting ready for the new move.
You don’t want to fuck yourself up for the next 3 months, and end up in a cast. That’s just dumb. And you won’t earn anybody’s sympathy.
So, train smart today. Don’t wait till tomorrow. Learn to condition your wrists in just a few minutes now.
Below, I’ll show you how I prepared my wrists for some of the technically demanding moves I learned (TA-DAAA!):
In case you wanted a quick link to the exercises (they open in a new window):
- Exercise #1 – Wrist Raises (0:52)
- Exercise #2 – Wrist Floor Circling (2:06)
- Exercise #2 – “Planche” Lean Over (3:17)
So go ahead, try the exercises before you go for a move you’re not familiar with. Do it consistently for the next 2 weeks of practice. I’m sure the conditioning will do you some good as it did for me.
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