Practice will solve it?

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7/1/2014 6:17 AM

Hello, I am a Girl and new to this forum. I used to play World of Warcraft for a year or two but, I then thought it was time to do something involving excersize. Being that i'm on 13 I feel I need to do something fun and something that takes time to master, so I chose BMX. Now I am well aware that women are a lot weaker than men, 30% to be exact, but I try not to let that affect me too much. Now here is the main purpose of this thread, I wanted to know if practice trumps strength. I am willing to put time in to practice as well. Try not to be rude in the comments, I am only 13 and at this time none of us are very stable.
Thanks!

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7/1/2014 6:24 AM

Yes. If you put in the work, you'll have a good result.

I'd recommend trying to get a smaller/lighter bike if possible though. Maybe like a 20.4" top tube or something around there.

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7/1/2014 6:36 AM

Yeah, practice A LOT! Maybe do some pushups/pullups too. Tricks might be difficult for you when you first start, but the longer you ride the more your body adapts to using certain muscles.

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7/1/2014 6:52 AM

blaaaaaaaaa wrote:

Yeah, practice A LOT! Maybe do some pushups/pullups too. Tricks might be difficult for you when you first start, but the ...more

Push ups, pull ups, hitting the gym, and all of that stuff can't hurt. BUT I know of guys that go to the gym almost everyday and they can't even 180 and I can hop higher than they can and I have twig arms. You can't just get strong and expect to be good at BMX. You have to practice the tricks over and over and over again until you are no longer able to do it anymore and then go out the next day and do the exact same thing.

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7/1/2014 7:09 AM

blaaaaaaaaa wrote:

Yeah, practice A LOT! Maybe do some pushups/pullups too. Tricks might be difficult for you when you first start, but the ...more

Stocksy wrote:

Push ups, pull ups, hitting the gym, and all of that stuff can't hurt. BUT I know of guys that go to the gym almost everyday ...more

Sure, learning tricks is having the technique to do them. But after you learn a trick it's easier to get it cleaner and higher if you are stronger.

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7/1/2014 7:37 AM

blaaaaaaaaa wrote:

Sure, learning tricks is having the technique to do them. But after you learn a trick it's easier to get it cleaner and higher ...more

Yes. That is true. But don't let your size or strength stop you from doing tricks. I have a friend who can't hop high at all but he can do most of the tricks that I can do.

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7/1/2014 8:14 AM

Stocksy wrote:

Push ups, pull ups, hitting the gym, and all of that stuff can't hurt. BUT I know of guys that go to the gym almost everyday ...more

blaaaaaaaaa wrote:

Sure, learning tricks is having the technique to do them. But after you learn a trick it's easier to get it cleaner and higher ...more

Stocksy wrote:

Yes. That is true. But don't let your size or strength stop you from doing tricks. I have a friend who can't hop high at all ...more

Will lifting weights help I can honestly lift dumbells that are 10lbs -30 lbs

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7/1/2014 8:25 AM

blaaaaaaaaa wrote:

Sure, learning tricks is having the technique to do them. But after you learn a trick it's easier to get it cleaner and higher ...more

Stocksy wrote:

Yes. That is true. But don't let your size or strength stop you from doing tricks. I have a friend who can't hop high at all ...more

PurpleThumbNugget wrote:

Will lifting weights help I can honestly lift dumbells that are 10lbs -30 lbs

Riding will help you the most. Whenever i feel like i need to workout more than just riding i do things that require me to lift my body weight. Like pushups/pullups.

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7/1/2014 8:53 AM

Haha WoW Xd but yes, practice trumps strength. I started riding at 13 and sucked because i wouldnt ride much. At 16 I got really into it and learned just about everything I can do over the summer because I rode as much as I could didn't work out or anything just a lot of practice and learning technique. Also like Stocksy said get a bike that fits you shorter top tube and light. it's not that hard to get a light bike now.

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7/1/2014 11:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/1/2014 11:05 AM

Yes, practice will always help. It may seem like a slower start, but try to find some locals around your age (remember, 13 year old dudes are stupid) and ride with them. Some dudes will be cool with it. Maybe go to a local skatepark and ask advice from other riders.

Welcome to BMX! It's a fun time, don't let assholes get to you and just do your thing. It's a sport you can take as far as you want. If you like hopping curbs, go nuts. If you like boosting 12 foot quarters, go for it. You are you're only real limit. Well, gravity is too I guess. Physics as well.

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7/1/2014 11:10 AM

Inb4 kiss asses trying to hook up with female rider via internet.

Work out, cop some light tires, practice riding (duh), and do whatever is comfortable for you. Treat it like any other sport.

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7/1/2014 11:13 AM

practice most definitely will trump strength in bmx. its 99% technique when it comes to hops and whatnot. you don't have to be buff to hop bar height. you'll gain the necessary muscles through practice anyway

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