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So You Think You Want To Be A Bmx Freestyle Athlete?

Author : Alan Biron

Submitted : 2008-10-20 00:00:00    Word Count : 622    Popularity:   185

Tags:   bmx freestyle, xgames, bmx bikes, bmx tricks

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Perhaps you've seen them on the T.V. doing their tricks that look so cool and effortless. Maybe you've seen them at the local skateboarding park. Whatever has brought your attention to the sport, you are awed by it and think that this is going to be your thing. There is only one thing that could stand in your way...MOM.

Right off there are going to be two things that pop into her mind: your safety and the cost. That is of course, if she even has knowledge of the sport. Do your research. Know before you go! Research BMX bikes. Find out which brands are the best, where you can get them and what its going to cost. Next research the safety equipment needed and it's costs. Be prepared to earn your own money to make these purchases. Despite what you may think, parents aren't made of money. Being able to say up front that you plan to work to pay your way to participate in this sport will show them how serious you really are. Not only that but perhaps they will be more willing to help with some of the cost later down the road.

Know the details of the sport. Let me just say here that nothing gets any parent to consider your latest and greatest interest more than having you be knowledgeable and well versed in the subject. Suppose she asks what is involved. Don't just give the, "Well, it's doing tricks on a bike." answer. Talk about how this sport has been around since the 1970s and how it has evolved over the years. Mention the five categories of Freestyle BMX: Street, Vert, Dirt, Park and Flatland. Explain the differences from one to the other. Talk about the different tricks and what they entail. Don't try to smooth over the fact that this is an extreme sport that does pose some risk of serious injuries. Just gently remind mom of other sports or activities that pose risks as well as everyday activities that given the wrong place at the wrong time can be a danger as well. Put her mind at ease and reassure her by letting her know that there are training camps and facilities available to help you learn techniques and skills.

The concern may be that this is just a phase. Perhaps it is. On the chance that it isn't though be sure to talk about the XGames. Research the earnings for some of the stars of the sport. By all means don't forget to mention that the 2008 Olympic games saw the addition of Freestyle BMX to its events.

Now if there was any doubt before, just the mention of the Olympics should give away that this is no slacker sport. You should expect to be physically fit and to work hard at maintaining that fitness. If you are expecting to just get on any old bike and start doing some tricks then I would suspect that you really aren't too serious about it. If you are willing, however, to commit to physical training, studying and practicing then perhaps this is for you. If you are willing to research the sport of Freestyle BMX there is an overload of information on the internet, or go to your local library. Your local bicycle shop may be able to provide information on training or connect you with others interested in or involved in BMX Freestyle tricks.

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