Short warmups are for children

Here are some things that will increase your time for warming up for tricking and training:

  • You gain muscle.
  • You grow an inch taller.
  • You tricked or trained yesterday.
  • Your skill level increases.
  • You age one year.

This list looks ridiculous because it’s true.  Even if you do everything right , it will still take longer for you to warm up as years pass.  No matter what.  We could actually use beard growth as the measure of your warm up time.  The more facial hair you have as a male, the longer your warm up should be, because the beard is a measure of your age.

Jujimufu, beard, warming up

18 year old Juji has no beard. Can warm up quick. 26 year old Juji has beard. Cannot warm up quick.

When I was 15 years old I didn’t even warm up for tricking.  I just did it.  How?  Because I had never hurt myself tricking, and I was a 150 lb kid who “tried” novice, ugly looking tricks.

Jujimufu, first 540 kick

Here I am after I just turned 15 years old doing my first 540 kick.

Now I’m a 230 lb tank “doing” intermediate level tricks.  It takes longer to get all this extra muscle tissue to get primed.

Jujimufu, ch.720 kick, tricking

Here I am at 27 years old doing my 8531st cheat 720 kick.

I’m no longer just going in my backyard to try some reckless, shitty looking tricks.  Now I do them Clean and Powerful.  Clean and Powerful aren’t “on demand” attributes, it takes time for the body to get ready for Clean and Powerful.  

I’ve been tricking for 13 years now, my body has all sorts of scar tissue.  Now it takes me 40 minutes on average before I can even throw my basic tricks.

These are the facts.  Short warm ups are for children and novice.  Don’t be ashamed if you are noticing your warmup time increasing, and noticing that you are the last one to start throwing tricks in a group, it’s a badge of honor.  Take your time, let the kids rush into it and get hurt.

We old dudes take our time, because we can, because we must, because we have beards.

13 Replies to “Short warmups are for children”

  1. Tats says:

    “We old dudes take our time, because we can, because we must, because we have beards.”

    I can relate! Old geezers need their time. TAKE IT!

  2. Jodadiah says:

    I’m 25 and I absolutely have to warm up for at least 30 minutes. Even for front and back handsprings and tucks! Geez.. these human bodys wither away fast!

    1. Jon Call says:

      Yep. Welcome to the club!

  3. Josiah says:

    So how exactly do you warm up and how do you do a tricking session? I feel like I waste my time if I’m not doing every trick I can do (only about 10 at the moment). But am I supposed to do that? Are you supposed to plan to train for a couple of tricks only and just do prerequisites in the warm up for that trick?

    1. Jon Call says:

      Planning to train a couple tricks only and just do prerequisites for them: that approach will only work if you have fewer goal tricks and fewer tricks in your arsenal in general. I think it’s a great idea to do that sometimes, for people of all experience levels. Not good for “all the time” though.

  4. Niclas says:

    I ain’t got a beard but my minutes are increasing.. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Jon Call says:


  5. Lulu says:

    Before I train weights, I simulate an intense 30min hike on the treadmill to get my legs warm and blood flowing. Would you consider this an appropriate warmup for lifting? I then warmup with weights before tossing around anything heavy but I’m curious to know if the “hike” is actually lowering my lifting potential. I mostly want to get cardio as a warmup so I don’t have to dedicate any specific day to it. Stoked on this site, glad to see a big motherfucker like yourself spreading health wealth and wisdom to anyone interested.

    1. Jujimufu says:

      No it’s not. The appropriate warmup for lifting is to warmup more with the weights. For example, when I deadlift, I warm up with about 8 sets with 3 minutes rest between sets. The trick is to rest more between your warmup sets and do more. But you want to keep your warmup as specific as possible, cardio is a very poor warmup for lifting. I’d recommend always putting it AFTER, not BEFORE weight training.

  6. Ben says:

    “Because we have beards”
    perhaps the most perfect closing line I’ve ever read. Kudos.

  7. Aspen says:

    Perfect area to do what you love to do. And speandirg out to the dinning area is a good use of that space too. I'm pretty sure we spend more creating than we spend eating. Sound like you have made it work for you.

  8.   February 4, 2011HiYou need to take him to a school for downsyndrome children where he would be around other children like himself and you will be surprise of what he will be able to learn.

  9. Devin A. says:

    Hi I’m 24 years old, with a strong 15 year background in tkd, if that matters. I feel fine doing tricks after even a 5 minute warmup of light cardio and kicks. Should I lengthen my time then? Maybe for the purpose of reducing injury instead of warming up my muscles? Lean, mostly flexible, fit body type.

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