The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Peter McKee
Peter McKee is one of the newer members of the Parkour Generations team having spent much of his training in Coatbridge, Scotland. He is fearless, strong has great technique and is a nice guy too. You'll recognise him by the tattoos down his arms!
How long have you been a Traceur?
I've been learning about parkour and training for 8 years.
What movements are you currently working on?
I'm currently spending a lot of time on hand balancing but I enjoy natural movement where the route is instinctive.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
40% of my training is conditioning
30% is stretching
30% is Parkour
Favourite conditioning exercise?
My favourite conditioning exercise has to be handstand press or attempting planche pressups!
Who or what is your biggest influence?
Stephane Vigroux, after suffering my first injury I watched videos of his training after his injury and that's what made me come back from it and become stronger!
Three current favourite training music tracks?
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
First aid kit.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
I visualise and I break down the movement. Once I see I can do it in my head, I ask why I still can't jump or commit...the answer is usually doubt in my ability or the obstacle...
can I make that distance?
will that tree hold my weight?
Once I answer these questions I should be able to jump! but if I can't...
I need a way out - what will I do if something prevents me from making it? I then find a way to recover from falling short or overshooting, all the possibilities if I fail.. will I be able to recover myself without risk of injury? If yes then I jump.. if no, then I go back to the older questions, can you make it, how certain are you? are you sure that surface is good to land on?
.... it's a battle we all have in our heads I guess.. that's as best as I can explain it!
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out?
Go at your own pace and practice every day, one step at a time. A strong desire to improve is good, find something that inspires you or motivates you!