By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Low tricks are a problem for most new skaters. Actually, it's a problem for skaters in general. There are several factors that come into play when increasing the power of your pop. These are divided in three:
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Almost all problems with low tricks are a result of not picking your feet up high enough. “Certain foot positioning can give you more pop for your tricks. Ultimately it’s up to you to find the positioning that works best. You can ask for opinons but it will probably come down to your own personal preference” –Experts says.
For example, if you want more pop for your tricks, an advice would be to place your front foot further down below the front bolts than normal, and crouch down lower than normal. Then of course, spring up and bring both of your knees to your chest as you clear the obstacle.
2. ADD SPEED
When we are at rest, our tricks are lower, because we are supporting our full weight on the same point on the ground. When we do a dynamic trick, the speed makes the board take off more easily and we reach greater height.
I think it is not even necessary to say this but to get higher tricks you have to jump higher! Your ability to jump higher comes mostly from the strength in your legs, but having strong core muscles is also important. Having strong legs and core can increase your vertical leap, giving you the ability to jump higher, plain and simple.
Remember that exercising, being fit and flexible will always help to improve your performance. These are some exercises that you can do anywhere to improve the condition of your legs and your core.
Level jumps Plank
Calf raises Back bridge
Squats Hip lift
“The harder the pop, the higher the trick”, Another tip for getting more height on your tricks is popping harder. Keeping this in mind, having a new skateboard will obviously give you much better pop than a used skateboard. This is especially true if you wear down the tail of your skateboard a lot. Try not to do that. If you want that hard of a pop with a fresh deck, try to buy a new skateboard every 90 days or sooner.
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