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Progression
(FMX Is More than a Best Trick Contest)
By Greg Hartman

Greg Hartman - Professional FMX Rider
  I hear a lot of young guys say that they're going to learn how to flip soon and that they're going to get to a foam pit. In fact, think of all the foam pit videos you see online. All the time I see foam pit videos on Freestylemtx.com of places I didn't know existed. The foam pit is a pretty regular part of a riding spot nowadays and I think a lot of aspiring riders think they'll never get to where they want to be with riding without one.

  Well I'm here to tell ya that a foam pit isn't necessarily what progression is all about. Guess what my first trick was............. It took me a little while to get the courage up to take one foot off! After I had one footers mastered with a look over, (to please the crowd) I went for it all and took both feet off. Although I may not have been fully developed yet, that one was painful more than once and the metal gas tank on my first bike didn't help. Where do you go after a big move like that? I then learned to take a hand off, then both hands, then both feet and one hand, then everything (or a "nothing"), then I clicked my heels, then I put them off the side, then I grabbed my seat and so on, and so on, and so on...... That's the fun part! That's progression! Working your way up and having something new to be excited about learning every time you go ride. Trust me, keep going and the day will come where going to ride means you have to try to better your KOD flips and almost kill yourself every time you ride. All these new tricks look cooler in photos but to be honest all the stress makes me miss those days of one handed no footers!

  Enjoy the fun part! Enjoy doing one handers, and seeing where it takes ya. Foam pits can be a lot of fun and are a great way to learn big tricks safely. In fact if you know someone that has one, enjoy playing around in it and don't let anyone (including me) tell you what to ride or what you should ride. Just make sure you enjoy that essential progression that comes with learning to jump your bike, riding around, and letting go of the thing in the air. Don't start your freestyle life off by stressing about learning how to risk your life doing things that you don't have to do yet. Have fun doing no footers and cans and post em up on FreestyleMtx, I'll be watching!

Greg H

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Bike Setup
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Jumping Ramps
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  Body Positioning
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Freestyle Term Glossary
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 "Sweet Spot"
 "Dead Sailor"
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Basic Tricks:          
 Lookover
 One Hander
 No Hander
 Karate-Kick
 No Footer
 Can Can
 Nothing
 Fender Grab

Advanced Tricks:
 No Footed Can Can
 Saran Wrap
 Stale Fish
 Superman
 Superman S.Grab
 Whip/TableTop
 HeelClicker
 Bar Hop/Shoalin
 Nac Nac

Pro Tricks:
 Cordova
 HartAttack
 Helicopter
 Tsunami / Kiss of Death
 Coffin
 No Handed Landing
 LazyBoy
 McMetz
 SSG One hander
 SSG Indian Air
 Double Grab / D.G. Hart
 Holygrab
 Back Flip

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