The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Alex Winslow
This week's Debrief focuses on one of our DAP athletes - Alex Winslow. Normally based in Sheffield, UK, Alex is currently touring around the world.
How long have you been a Traceur?
I've been training for about 5 years 8 months
What movements are you currently working on?
There are no movements I specifically concentrate on but my favorite stuff is just linking fast powerful runs together with subtle little awkward technical stuff mixed in.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
Probably about 5-10% of my training is conditioning. It's 100% though when waiting for injuries to recover.
Favourite conditioning exercise?
Who or what is your biggest influence?
My friends and my Mum influence me most, but it depends where I am in the world and how I'm feeling.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
I don't listen to music when I'm training just when I'm conditioning and stuff, so probably Kendrick Lamar - Hii power, Masta Killa - No said date and Earl - Dat ass.
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
I don't tend to take anything out with me training.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
Looking at it for ages isn't going to make it smaller or less scary, most of the time I think prepping stuff is cheating and kind of defeats the point of knowing what your body can do.
So usually I'll look at something I know I can do, same as most people I can stand there for a bit if its real scary but I always think why would I be stood there if I didn't know I could do it?
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Have fun with movement. Really experiment with things and develop your own style. First get the fundamentals down then start putting together runs and doing jumps you want to do not something you've seen in a video.
Don't neglect movements you don't like and your scared of, you'll find those things will start to become your favourite things to practice because you will progress quickly at them once you really commit to it.
Most injuries I've found occur when you don't fully commit to a jump, don't go half arsed at something or change your technique because you find it scary thats when you start making things dangerous for yourself.