The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Chris 'Blane' Rowat
Chris 'Blane' Rowat has been in influential character on the Parkour scene for many years now. His blog and videos gained international recognition for their professionalism and precision. He is also a bit of a beast and will happily take out a huge jump continuously until it has been totally mastered. A central part of the PKGen team, Blane teaches all over the world and is a great source of inspiration.
How long have you been a Traceur?
Almost nine years.
What movements are you currently working on?
I've been training a lot of running jumps from my weaker leg, and rail precisions recently.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
I'd say around 60%-70% of my total training time is spent on physical development, depending on what phase of training I'm in.
Favourite conditioning exercise?
Tabata sprints work!
Who or what is your biggest influence?
Hmm, Batman? Bit of a badass with a sound moral compass.
Chicken Pad Thai.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
Anything from the Rocky soundtrack
Disturbed - Deity
Metallica - The Day That Never Comes
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
A lacrosse ball.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
Usually I'll test the landing area, warm up with a few smaller jumps then visualise me making the jump perfectly. After that I'll make an honest decision as to whether I want to do it and when it feels right, I'll usually commit.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Find something you find difficult and repeat it until it's easy.. Then find something else and repeat the process. That simple approach, combined with avoiding injury will take you far.