The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Kristian McPhee
Kristian McPhee has been around the London scene for some time now and regularly impresses with his strength and technique.
How long have you been a Traceur?
About 7 Years - A Jump Britain child
What movements are you currently working on?
Foot placement, rail strides, running jumps. Moving into more technical training as the weather brightens!
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
Currently Olympic lifting/squatting 5-6 times a week and Parkour twice a week (Weightlifting competition coming up). So almost 80% really but I can lift less time than I take to train parkour. As the summer arrives it'll move to a parkour dominance over conditioning.
Favourite conditioning exercise?
Weighted Back Squat = Jump Size and landing absorption level up!
Who or what is your biggest influence?
I'm influenced by so many different people and different things. When I first started Parkour I was heavily influenced by an underground ninja called Elliot Kim Sing. But there are so many and so much!
MEAT AND VEG!
Three current favourite training music tracks?
Don't listen to music when doing Parkour but when lifting DISTURBED - Down with the sickness/Meaning of Life/Voices >:D
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
My Hockey ball! Sneaky bit of myofascial release is always handy
How do you approach breaking a jump?
Drill similar jumps until its second nature. When I break a jump I should be able to do within 2/3 approaches without adrenaline shakes! Parkour shouldn't be ridiculously stressful.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Make sure your body can keep up with your technical ability and make sure your technical ability can keep up with your body. There is no point being strong if you can't use! Conversely the other way round is a one way trip to injuries!