The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Paolo Cipolla
How long have you been a Traceur?
I started training in 2009 after watching Jump London documentary.
What movements are you currently working on?
At the moment I want to feel comfortable with every basic movement, I’m training both sides of everything I can do. I’m also doing lots of conditioning to increase the length and height of my jumps.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
60% of my training is conditioning.
Favourite strength and conditioning exercise?
I really love QM (Quadrupedal movements), everything that involves handstands and of course muscle ups!
Who or what is your biggest influence?
Laurent Piemontesi, William Belle,Yann, Blane, Forrest, Dan Edwardes, Stephane Vigroux, Sebastien Foucan are the people that inspired me more.
“Pallotte cace e ove (balls with italian cheese and eggs)” and “lasagna” :)
Three current favourite training music tracks?
I don’t like to listen to music while I’m training as I find it distracting, I prefer to hear the sounds of movements, I love listening to myself while I’m moving.
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
Water, even if here in Italy we have lots of fountains to drink from :P I always need to stay hydrated!
How do you approach breaking a jump?
I always try to visualize the jump in all its parts, to imagine all the steps to it. If I can see my body doing it then I inhale, exhale, inhale and then jump. If I don’t see it I usually work on similar ones until I’m ready or try to figure out what I’m missing to do it.
Where do you see Parkour in ten years time?
Parkour will be for everyone, not just for a few people. More and more people will discover the true benefits of it in their lives.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
- Make up your own mind about Parkour: watch documentaries, read articles, travel, meet other people as much as you can.
- Make sure you’re progressing gradually so your body can follow your mind and your mind can follow your body.