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Dunc1n

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Skating at 40, no spring 😩
« on: October 29, 2019, 10:31:34 AM »
Hi guys,

Just started skating again at 40 after a 25 year break.
I'm getting back into the swing of things again, basic boardslides, grinds etc, but the main thing I've lost is my Ollie height, and hangtime! I just have no spring or pop anymore.
This might be one of those things that cannot be helped due to my age, but does anyone have any tips or exercises to improve pop and hangtime?
I was once able to kickflip, catch the board with my back foot, then stomp the landing, all in a fluid, almost weightless motion. But now my pop is short and I land like someone throwing a ball of play-doh onto the floor  :'(  ;D
Any tips would be appreciated guys

Thanks
Dunc1n

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Re: Skating at 40, no spring 😩
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 09:44:57 AM »
Stem cells.  A lot of stem cells. 

Inject into knees, ankles, glutes and hammies.  Donít stop until you can taste the stem cells in the back of your throat.  How you get them is your business.  This is all I can tell you.

Dunc1n

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Re: Skating at 40, no spring 😩
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 12:06:41 PM »
What wonderful advice!
Thanks mate!!

I hope your next shit is a hedgehog

ramplocal

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Re: Skating at 40, no spring 😩
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2019, 03:48:31 AM »
I am also 40 and had problems getting pop back, still not back to what i had before but it gets better. Just keep skating, your muscles you use will come back. The fluid movements you mentioned take practice, build up your muscle memory. I am not sure if you lift ot workout but i noticed that when i did squats and deadlifts it def helped w pop, at least for me.

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Re: Skating at 40, no spring 😩
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2019, 09:00:59 AM »
Ride a bike. Often and far.

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Re: Skating at 40, no spring 😩
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2019, 12:21:17 PM »
I'm 43 and recently got back into it after a more than 25 years.  I basically quit during the big slump at the end of the 80s.  Back then seeing a kickflip was still fairly rare, and I never quite mastered it myself.  I mostly skated small backyard halfpipes, and driveway quaterpipes.

When I started skating, my body remembered how to Ollie, at least sort of.  Unfortunately my legs seemed very weak and my technique was poor.  I'd get tired quickly and then couldn't even pop much at all.

Ollies and pop tricks are quite physically demanding, especially when done in a nice controlled manner.  I've spend the last few months working hard to strengthen my legs and clean up my ollies.  Even if I don't skate a full session, I try to do at least a couple dozen ollies a day just to get stronger and improve my technique.

My ollies are getting better all the time, and I'm now starting to work on some other tricks like pop shoves.  As long as you don't have any medical or joint issues, I do believe that it is possible to get back a fairly decent ollie and pop tricks.

It really just takes time, practice, and maybe some extra exercises to speed up the process.  I mean many people don't do kickflips for a year or more after starting to skate.  It just takes that long to build up the muscles and coordination to do such things.

My advice would be to just keep skating.  Make sure to do plenty of ollies.  If you also want to add in some leg strengthening exercises, then do it.  Mostly just go out, have fun, and keep skating.  It will takes months at least in order to really improve and get your legs back.  So don't look back a day, or even a week.  Look back several months to see if you are getting better.

No amount of practice can make a trick possible today, if your muscles just plain aren't strong enough.  It just takes time to build the strength.  Beginners build that strength naturally as they learn to skate.  Restarters have to accept that their body physically cannot do what their brain remembers doing, at least not yet.