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Urban Movement Interview - Mandy Trichell

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Mandy Trichell
Director, Urban Movement
A.D.A.P.T. (Parkour) Level 1, MovNat Level 2, NASM CPT

Q: How long have you been practicing Parkour / Art du Deplacement?
A: Almost 4 years. 

Q: How did you get started?
A: I was introduced to parkour and the Houston community through Dakao Do.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I am influenced most by those I train with and learn from - people like Cameron Pratto, Wes Hamner, Desmund Mitchell, and Domonique Goff. I also find much inspiration, however, from other leaders/practitioners of the gobal parkour family - Blane, Chau Belle, Dan Edwardes, Shirley Darlington, Annty Marais, Fizz Hood, Isis Ribas...

Q: How often do you train?
A: I train parkour 3 - 5 hours a week, and do other workouts 3 - 4 hours a week. 

Q: How do you deal with the fear experienced while training?
A: Progression. I'm cautious, probably more so than many practitioners. When it comes to a new skill, I start low and go slow. When I become comfortable with one aspect of that technique or skill, then I add a little more, until I'm comfortable with that...repeat until technique is mastered (which, by the way, it never will be because there's always some small way to make it better). 

Q: What do you do when you're not out training (or thinking about) parkour?
A: I'm a mother of 3 (ages 15, 13, and 11), I co-direct Urban Movement, and I'm a personal trainer. I also love writing, live music, camping, and sleeping, which I don't get nearly enough of :)

Q: What foods can you not live without?
A: Chocolate :). And eggs, which are the most naturally, nutritionally complete food that exists. They're easy, they're tasty, and they help with keeping my protein intake where I want it. I try to eat real foods, meaning veggies, fruit, nuts, eggs, fish and seafood. I haven't eaten other types of meat in over 20 years, although I don't necessarily think that's right for everyone.

Q: What kind of shoes do you train in?
A: Inov8 f-lite 195s, although I'm becoming more comfortable with occasional barefoot training.

Q: How do you explain parkour to people who don't know much about it?
A: My short answer is usually that parkour is the most efficient way to get from point A to point B without having to go around an obstacle. If I have the opportunity to explain further, I will go through a list of general skills that we train, i.e. balance, crawling, climbing, vaulting, jumping, etc.

Q: Parting words for the new practitioner?
A: Be okay with messing up and making mistakes. Embarrass yourself. And know that the way to become proficient at this discipline (or any discipline) is through repitition.

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