The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Andy Day
How long have you been a Traceur?
I started training in 2003 but never consistently. I could do some basic moves and also learned a few flips. In 2006 I discovered rock climbing and realised that I was much better suited to it than parkour so that soon became my focus. These days buildering feels much more interesting and rewarding, maybe because it is superniche. I have the privilege of training with some infinitely strong and incredibly talented traceurs and to be able to show them up with some basic climbing skills is always entertaining. ;)
What movements are you currently working on?
I'm considering attempting 'The 300' - 300 muscle ups in 2 and a half hours. The only time I've attempted something similar was when I was photographing the '1000 muscle up challenge' a few years ago. I joined in by doing 300 muscle ups in 8.5 hours and gave myself tricep tendonitis. I've since become much stronger and I'm intrigued to see if I have the power and focus to do it. Other than that, I'm about to start focusing on some finger strengthening and much more core strength.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
Favourite strength and conditioning exercise?
One arm lock offs.
Who is your biggest influence?
Paleo. When possible/practical/affordable.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
'Growl's Garden' by Chris Clark
'Palindrome' by Capac
'8 Frame' by The Books
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
Bottle of water. Boring but essential.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
I listen to the traffic. Background noise makes me zone in. Generally though I am breaking climbs as opposed to jumps and the management of fear when climbing is quite different to that of jumping. The process of climbing becomes a physical meditation that allows you to control the emotions whereas with parkour you have little to do but stand and stare and build yourself up. There are pros and cons to both.
Where do you see Parkour in ten years time?
From a safe, comfortable distance. :)
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Freerunners train to perform for others. Traceurs train to be warriors for themselves. Make your choice.