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February 24, 2008 6:55 PM   Subscribe

So, I'm taking up powerbocking. As an athletic 31yo male (obsessive biker, reasonable runner, maintenance lifter) with a good sense of balance, how would you current users rate the learning curve? Assuming I put in one or two nights a week over the next six months, might I learn enough to get fluent (if not a little flashy) in time for a certain outdoor event in August? Thoughts, anecdotes, tips, and the like are welcome. (Bonus points to Angelenos who can tell me about nice indoor padded spaces where I can go to practice...)
posted by mykescipark to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have been hopping around on a pair of AirKicks but after reading your post, and the reference on wikipedia, I think I might graduate to these. The AirKicks are generally marketed to kids but they do have an adult pair if you met the weight requirements. They might be a good starting point if you want to give them a shot. They could improve your balance and agility and save you from breaking your neck after one of those 9 foot leaps you will take in August.
posted by bkeene12 at 7:28 PM on February 24, 2008

Here is the link to the adult pair....
posted by bkeene12 at 7:30 PM on February 24, 2008

Response by poster: I've already bought my Powerisers, but those AirKicks do look like an interesting halfway point for other readers. Thanks for the info!
posted by mykescipark at 8:10 PM on February 24, 2008

If it's the outdoor event I'm thinking of, you might want to get some time in working on unpredictable surfaces.
posted by jjg at 11:49 PM on February 24, 2008

Look into these as well. I've not used them myself, but I have seen a guy on the St Kilda Esplanade doing what appeared to be three metre strides on them.
posted by flabdablet at 3:26 AM on February 25, 2008

Like anything else, I think it's about putting in the time and learning muscle memory (and building new stabilizer muscles). I see no reason why you couldn't get competent on them by August.

I find that when I'm learning something, putting in an evening practice, followed by fitfull dreaming, followed by a morning refresher, is the best way to learn new skills.
posted by gjc at 6:06 AM on February 25, 2008

Now I just want to know what this certain outdoor event is.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 3:18 PM on February 25, 2008

Response by poster: Now I just want to know what this certain outdoor event is.

It's a cliché.
posted by mykescipark at 9:57 PM on February 25, 2008

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