4/13/15 – Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Wheel Class

Rule 1
Come ready to roll:

  • Get your body into working condition. Warm up! Before class starts, you should get your body ready to roll. That means you need to get your heart rate up, whether it’s with a few jumping jacks or some jogging. Especially in winter, it is important to get your body ready to go; making sure your body is warm is one of the easiest ways to prevent injury. Get those hamstrings are ready before you bash them into a split.
  • More than just your body, get yourself mentally prepared for class. I know this sounds like homework, but if you come to class with an idea of some things you want to work on that day, straight up, you will get better faster. I make sure to tailor my classes to the individuals present and I always leave a “you call it” time, so come in knowing what you want to work on today.

Rule 2
Be safe, a.k.a. How to do dangerous things safely:

  • A simple but paramount rule: you are in charge of your own safety. I can pluck you out of the air (have done, will do again,) but you must take responsibility for your own safety. There are things that you cannot prepare for, and that is why I am here. But there is a lot you can do to keep yourself safe. Know your limits and respect when you find one.
  • There are many of you and only one of me. There are so many tricks that can be easily spotted by a friend or class peer, so make a buddy, get over the fear, and work with each other. If you don’t know how to spot a trick, wait until after class and ask me. I will happily take a moment, teach you how to spot a trick, and then next time we can spot it together and then you will be able to spot each other by yourselves.

Rule 3
An empty wheel is a sad wheel:
It may not be your size, but big or small, there are lot of things you can work in another wheel. If the wheel is too big to grab the handles, then here are some things you can work on:

With a big wheel:

  • Rocking, feet on boards
  • Rocking, sitting on bar
  • Rocking, hip on bar
  • 2 seater (teeter-totter)
  • push-up forwards/backwards with hands on bar

With a small wheel:

  • Vault
  • Straddle spiral
  • Wheel manipulation
  • Cartwheels (if the wheel is very small, just keep your hand on the handles and careful with your head/face)

…and much, much more! Again, ask me after/before class, and I can give you a few specifics to be working on.

Rule 4
Keep your eyes open, even when you are out of a wheel:

You can learn so much watching each other. Here are a few questions to ask yourself while you watch.

  • “What correction would I give” —see how what I say and what you think are the same/different.
  • “What would make this trick more efficient” — Rest is important, but while you are resting your body, don’t get sucked into phone world. Support your fellow wheelers by cheering them on and I guarantee you will learn a lot by watching other people learn. They are most likely making the same mistakes as you and class will move faster if I don’t have to pull you away from your phone every time before your turn. As always, feel free to ask me questions after someone does a trick.


Rule 5
Have fun:

Wheel is the best! It is one of my favorite things in the world. I want you to enjoy it as much as I do, so when you get stressed/scared talk to me; maybe we leave that trick for a while or maybe we sandwich it between two tricks you love. Don’t get stuck bashing your head against the wall. Make sure the way you are working is working for you.


See you next week wheelers!

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