The Debrief: PKGen Questions...Sergey Garibian
How long have you been a Traceur?
3-4 years now but only really started training about a year ago.
What Movements are you currently working on?
Currently working on the size of my jump and rail precisions.
What percentage of your training is conditioning?
Probably about 70% at the moment as I condition on my revision breaks. Still not enough though.
Favourite strength and conditioning exercise?
At the moment, it's handstands and headstand leg raises.
Who or what is your biggest influence?
In terms of training, it would probably have to be the Pkgen family. You'll know why if you ever get the privilege to train with them.
Three current favourite training music tracks?
I'm not really a fan of training whilst listening to music as I find it distracting but if I had to choose, it would be 'Disturbed' sort of music (rock).
Item in your bag you couldn't go training without?
That's a hard one. There are a few items but the most important would probably have to be water. Staying hydrated is very important while training.
How do you approach breaking a jump?
I stare at it. Sounds odd but for me it works. I stare and I imagine myself doing it. I picture how the landing would look like and feel, maybe even how the take off should be performed. Then once I feel ready and have accepted the risks and am confident it is within my range of ability, I take a couple of deep breaths (I tend to close my eyes at this stage) to calm me down, and I do it. Personally, I have to have motivation for doing it so that when it comes to doing it, I give it 100%.
If I still have doubts, I do a similar sized jump elsewhere so that I am more confident in it. If I still can't do it, I come back to it in 10 minutes after doing some more jumps.
One piece of advice to Traceurs just starting out:
Don't rush to getting to the HUGE jumps. Work your way up at your own pace and not at the pace of others. Make your foundation strong. Remember that even the most experienced guys were once in your position and through hard work and dedication, were able to get to where they are now. Also, listen to your body. If it says 'stop!' then do so. Other than that, have fun!