The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Andy Pearson
Andy Pearson is a long-standing member of the PKGen team and has become well known for his hardcore warmups and web prowess. His habitat ranges from a darkened room with a computer to destroying people at the weekend wakeup class on Sundays in London.
How long have you been a Traceur?
What movements are you currently working on?
Mostly breaking jumps and technical work involving accuracy and quality of movement.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
Usually about 70% of training is conditioning for me. It's not the most fun aspect of training, but I've now embraced it and learnt to love it. The benefits are obvious and really help with body protection, control and overall longevity in training. The only way to last in Parkour is to make sure your body is strong enough to withstand the stress you're going to place on it.
Favourite conditioning exercise?
Ha! Probably QM (Quadrupedie Movement) or Push ups. There are hundreds of different combinations of both exercises and can really work everything.
Who or what is your biggest influence?
Biggest influence...Forrest and Dan Edwardes. They both made me the traceur I am today. Beyond the classes and physical training, they gave me the tools of the trade, frame of mind and mental attitude that has stood me in good stead ever since.
MEAT. I'm on a reduced carb diet at the moment, so the more meat the better for me!
Three current favourite training music tracks?
1. Foster the People - Pumped up Kicks (Butch Clancy Remix) http://youtu.be/49n7jgBplYc
2. Pantera - Kartell
3. D.D. - The Weeknd
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
Errmmm... House Keys?
How do you approach breaking a jump?
I usually try smaller versions of the jump and scale up. I attempt to reduce the 'thinking-time' period because this induces the fear which usually compounds onto itself and increases every moment you wait. If this happens, then I step away, look behind me for 5 seconds and then turn back and try to jump as soon as I can.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Quality and Control. Always aim for the highest quality of movement in whatever you are doing and be in control of everything you do. Remember... Master your Movement!