Why do you train.

I had never written in detail my reasons to train as I feel they change all the time. But I’ve learned after writing this the foundation of it stands solid.

Questions taken from Those Guys Collective

  1. If you were to describe your training with the two fundamental aspects of it, which would it be? Describe them.

Have fun, requiring me to constantly learn, which increases the time I spend doing it.

Exposing myself to challenge. There’s always something I must give up when I focus on a task. Going outside my comfort zone keeps me away from my echo chamber.

  1. What are you looking for with your training?

     Discomfort. Quality engagement which leads to discovery.

  1. Is progress important for you? What means “progress” for you?

Progress means to increase the complexity of a situation. No progress and I wallow in the shallow.

  1. Are there things from outside that influence your training? (PK or not PK)

Exposing myself to challenge refers to anything else in my life where I am in a state of discomfort, reinforcing this pattern…. Dance, climbing, making contact with strangers…

  1. What did influence you the most on your Parkour-Journey?

My training buddies and teachers. Weight training. Meeting Ido Portal and training his method. Freezing outdoors for a night in the snow with friends in sneakers.

  1. What big changes occurred in your training, if there were any?

Lifting made me more powerful and confident.
Meeting Ido Portal opened a deeper appreciation of my desire to move.
For over a year and a half, I had post concussive symptoms.
The conversations and training I had with people I met during my travels in Europe.

  1. What’s your motivation to train and were does it come from?

It’s fun and it’s my chosen craft for aiming as high as I can to do what I could once not do.

  1. Did your attitude towards training or you motivation change during your journey? (What did change? What were the causes?)

The beginning was about exploration- my capabilities, the environment, having fun with friends and pushing our limits.

The following years became more about– how do I become better…  than? I didn’t question this thoroughly enough…  it was an ambiguous time where I had a lot more external motivations than before. I had an image of what I wanted to become without the tools to get there.­

I got hit in the head and had post-concussive symptoms that persisted. I stubbornly struggled for awhile until I gave up on Parkour. In hindsight, I subconsciously gave up on the parkour I had become attached to that was no longer serving me well.

Learning is what matters. My spirit is in preference to win together because the more we progress together, the more opportunities there are for fun.

  1. Do you want to convey a certain image of Parkour/the spirit?

We’re all individuals who share the purpose to better ourselves. Although, let’s not be delusional… we’re not snowflakes.

  1. How do you approach your training?

Currently (while traveling throughout Europe), sporadically. However when I have a set purpose, I aim to complete it with planning.

  1. What are the deciding factors whether you stop at a location and train there or not?

The feels.

  1. How do ideas for runs and moves come to your mind?

If there is a general theme I’ve been working on, I’ll use that as my basis. But if the area I’m in has something else that draws me to it, I’ll work on that. Often times, I’m drawn to what I’m afraid of doing but can see that it is possible. When I am with others, sometimes they can see things that are possible for me that I hadn’t even considered. I like those people a lot.

  1. What’s “creativity” for you?

I had a conversation with my friend, Raffi about being creative. Can we be creative in a negative state of mind? I don’t believe so but I am up for discussion on it. Creativity starts for me at the edge of what we can control and what we cannot.

  1. What role does creativity play in your training?

It’s necessary for my growth as a practitioner. But there are times when I am committed to a process and it’s not necessary at all.  I view creativity as the other to order.

  1. How is the creative process in your training like?

The more substantial my creative outcome is, the more solid is my foundational work. The more easy it is for me to draw from simple elements = the more quickly I can build on them.

  1. What’s important to you when it comes to dealing with challenges?

No stress.

  1. What’s your opinion on competition and comparing in general?

If I do it, I do it sparingly. I don’t find comparing or competition to teach me as much as it may have in the past. I feel there’s still something left for me to learn from but I’m not drawn to it at this time. I try to view it as a tool like any other.

  1. Why do you film?

So I can watch myself move. I would like to film with more intention in the future so I can make something cool and pretty. Maybe to an MF doom song or something.

  1. What role do opinions, comments and feedback in general have for you?

They’re tools. I’m aware that I’m often drawn to what is the most relevant to me at the time and seek it more often than probably necessary for my desired outcome.

  1. Do you feel like a part of the Parkour-Community?

No, I can’t do a backflip.

One Reply to “Why do you train.”

  1. kats says:

    But backflips are freerunning! 😛

    Keep training, Mandy! Great to see that the concussion didn’t stop you.

    Liked by 1 person

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