Most people who get into BMX sports dream of when they will become professionals and spin on ramps, among other tricks. If your goal is to get deeper into riding BMX, some of the things you should know about the sport include:
BMX is not for kids only
When the word BMX is mentioned, most people automatically think of kiddie bicycles they used to ride when they were young. The reality is that there are high powered BMX bicycles used by professional cyclists.
Protective attire is a must
When you watch professional BMX cyclists spinning and performing tricks, you can be tempted to think it is an easy exercise that does not require much protection. You should never skip on protective attire, including helmets and knee braces. These will cushion you against injuries when you fall.
Workouts are a must
For you to do the stunts and tricks that BMX riders perform, you need to be fit. There is no way you will climb up the ramp on your bike and spin about if your body is stiff. There should be some level of flexibility and agility that you can only perfect if you do regular workouts. Some of the exercises that can help include squats, dead lifts, lunges and pilates.
It is a social and competitive sport
One of the things that defines BMX riding is the fact that you will belong to a social group. The riders train together and motivate each other. If you have just started riding, you should look up BMX riders in your region and register to be a member of the team.
You need a mentor
Starting out as a rider can be challenging. There are so many things to learn; from the tricks to the basics of what makes one a professional rider. That is why you should consider getting a mentor or trainer who will guide you step by step on what it takes to become a professional. A mentor is also important for those days when you fall and start feeling like BMX riding is not for you. The mentor will motivate you and encourage you to keep moving.
Your equipment should be well maintained
If you are a rider, you should always ensure all your equipment are well maintained for your own security, and that of other people around you. Keep checking your bike for any loose parts that need to be repaired. Your ramp should also be well maintained, and you should always have a professional look at it, especially after it has been exposed to extreme weather.
Most riders often get engrossed with the obsession of winning and mastering tricks, that they forget to have fun in the process. Learning the rules of the game can be challenging and time consuming. For some people, it can even get a little frustrating. However, you should not spend too much time worrying about how to become a champion while you forget the essence of the sport which is to have fun.
The jumps and spins will not be perfected immediately. It will take some practise before you can comfortably do a stunt. Practising may involve some falls in between, but that does not mean you should give up. Keep pressing on and watching as many riders as possible. In no time, you will be a pro.