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Overcoming Fear In BMX (Best Tips!)

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Are you interested in learning how to overcome fear in BMX?

Let’s be honest – along with the excitement of BMX comes a fair share of butterflies in the stomach.

Fear is a familiar companion in our daring sessions, whether the fear of a new trick or a gnarly jump or drop.

But here’s the GOOD news: You’re not alone in this!

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We’ve all felt that heart-pounding moment before taking a leap (literally).

That’s why I’m super excited to share this article with you. It’s packed with top-notch tips and strategies to help you overcome those BMX jitters after my 20+ years of riding BMX.

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to push your limits, this guide is your friendly co-pilot in navigating the world of BMX without letting fear hold you back.

Turn those FEARS into FUEL!

This post covers:

Understanding Fear In BMX

Fear is something that we don’t talk about much in BMX. But, interestingly, we are all experiencing it.

But here’s the interesting part – not all fears are created equal.

Types Of Fears

There are those rational fears, like worrying about a tricky maneuver you haven’t quite mastered yet. These fears are our body’s way of saying, “Hey, let’s be careful here!”

Then, there are irrational fears, like those nagging doubts that don’t really have a solid reason behind them. They’re like uninvited guests at a party – they just show up!

Fear Helps You

Believe it or not, fear can actually be our ally.

It keeps us alert and cautious, which is super important in a sport where the right helmet isn’t the only thing keeping us safe.

It’s about finding that SWEET spot where fear doesn’t control us but serves as a reminder to stay safe and smart on the tracks.

Common Fears In BMX Biking

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, fears can sneak up on you.

Fear Of Injury & Heights

First up, let’s talk about the big one: The fear of injury.

It’s like a shadow that follows us on every jump and trick.

And then, there’s the fear of heights – standing at the top of a massive ramp can feel like you’re on top of the world, but with your knees doing a little dance.

Fear Of Failure

And, of course, the fear of failure – messing up a trick we’ve practiced a hundred times.

It’s FRUSTRATING, isn’t it?

But here’s something to remember: every BMX rider out there has faced these fears at some point.

Let’s hear it from the pros themselves to give you a little extra boost.

Did you know that even BMX legends like Mat Hoffman and Dave Mirra had to tackle these fears head-on?

Hoffman once said, “My biggest fear is not crashing, but not to push myself.”

These words remind us that fear isn’t a roadblock; it’s a stepping stone to push our limits.

So, let’s not let fear keep us from enjoying the ride. Instead, let’s SHARE our experiences, support each other, and keep shredding!

The Key To Confidence & Mental Strategies

How do you get confidence in riding BMX?

Getting ready for a ride isn’t just about pumping up your tires (though that’s pretty important, too!).

Proper preparation is like the armor you wear into battle. It’s about making sure you’ve got the right gear and equipment.

Safety Gear & Fitness

I’m talking BMX helmets that fit just right, pads that cushion the falls, and bikes tuned to perfection.

If you’re a beginner, wear safety gear – don’t feel courageous enough to learn new tricks or do big drops if you haven’t 100% mastered them yet.

And the initial learning process should include wearing a helmet and pads.

But hey, let’s not forget our secret weapon: physical fitness. Staying in shape doesn’t just make you look good; it makes you ride better and prevents injuries.

Strong, mobile muscles, ligaments, and good stamina mean you can handle your bike like a pro, and that’s a huge confidence booster.

Gradual Progression

Start SMALL!

Practice in a controlled environment and gradually increase the difficulty level. (Check my list of beginner BMX tricks.)

This will help you build confidence as you become more comfortable with the tricks or stunts you are performing.

One of the biggest mistakes I see new BMX riders make is not to master the basics first. I’m talking about:

Don’t RUSH!

Note: Check out other common beginner BMX mistakes.

Visualization

Visualize yourself successfully executing the trick or stunt before attempting it.

This mental rehearsal can help reduce anxiety and instill a sense of confidence.

All the top athletes use the visualization technique, so I see no reason why it wouldn’t help us – it sure does HELP ME!

Positive Self-Talk

It’s simple: Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations.

Example: Instead of “I can’t do this,” say, “I’m learning this, and I’m getting better every day.”

(Don’t set unrealistic goals – you must BELIEVE what you’re saying.)

Remind yourself of your skills, capabilities, and previous successes in BMX.

Repeat these positive thoughts during your practice sessions to reinforce a confident mindset.

Pro tip: Always ask yourself where your attention is. Is it focused on the “bad” stuff or on the “good” stuff?

Be aware and know what you’re thinking about!

Learn From Mistakes

Ever heard the saying, “You never really lose; you either win or learn?”

It’s about embracing our falls and failures as stepping stones to greatness in BMX biking.

Because let’s face it, we’ve all had our share of OOPS moments.

Learning from our mistakes is like collecting gems from an adventurous journey. Each fall, each slip-up is a lesson in disguise.

It’s about asking, “What can I do better next time?” rather than just dusting off and moving on.

Pro tip: Film yourself and analyze your clips (mistakes) for faster progress. You can even write things down!

And remember, having a GROWTH mindset is key.

That means seeing every challenge as an opportunity to grow. It’s about saying, “I haven’t mastered this trick yet,” instead of, “I can’t do this trick.”

Our abilities aren’t fixed; they can always be developed with practice and patience.

Seek Support & Mentorship

The power of community, support, and mentorship in BMX biking shouldn’t be neglected.

The BMX community is like a big, SUPPORTIVE family.

Whether you’re facing fears, learning new tricks, or just looking for some good old encouragement, there’s always someone ready to lend a hand or share a piece of advice.

It’s this togetherness that makes overcoming fears a bit easier and a lot more fun.

Mentors/Coaches

Now, let’s talk about mentors and coaches.

These are the experienced folks who have been where you are now.

They’re like the wise wizards of BMX – full of knowledge, tips, and sometimes, magic tricks (okay, maybe not magic tricks, but you get the idea!).

A good mentor or coach can guide you, give you reassurance, and help you see things differently.

Local BMX Crews & Online Groups

And don’t forget about local BMX crews and online groups!

Joining a crew or engaging in online communities can open up a whole new world of support and friendship.

Practical Tips & Exercises

Ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into some practical tips and exercises to conquer those BMX fears?

Exercise

Let’s start with specific exercises tailored to beat those common BMX fears.

For instance, if heights make your heart race, start with smaller ramps and gradually work your way up.

It’s like leveling up in a video game, but way cooler because it’s real life!

Practice

Regular practice routines are the bread and butter of mastering BMX.

Set aside time each week for specific drills that target your weak spots. It’s like going to the gym for your BMX skills – consistency is key!

Whether it’s balance exercises, bunny hops, or just flowing around to build confidence and style, every bit of practice counts.

Pre-Ride Ritual

And here’s a golden nugget of advice for those ride-time jitters: Develop your own pre-ride rituals.

Maybe it’s a specific warm-up routine (that’s me!), a favorite playlist to pump you up, or a mantra that gets you in the zone.

Find what works for you and make it a part of your riding routine.

Conclusion: Master Fear In BMX!

As we roll to the finish line of our journey through overcoming fear in BMX, let’s take a quick pit stop and recap the awesome tricks (of the mental kind!) we’ve picked up along the way.

Fear in BMX is as common as dirt on our tires, so it’s totally okay if you feel it.

Approach it with the right preparation: Gear up, stay fit, visualize, positive self-talk!

When it comes to fear, our minds need their own kind of workout.

And don’t forget, mistakes aren’t setbacks but invaluable lessons.

Plus, let’s not forget the incredible support and wisdom we can find in our BMX community, mentors, and coaches. They’re like the trusty toolkit that keeps our BMX journey smooth.

Hey, you can ALWAYS send me a message or hit me up on Instagram – I’m here to help you.

Remember that overcoming fear isn’t just a possibility; it’s a thrilling part of the BMX adventure with the right approach.

Each tip and exercise I’ve shared is a stepping stone to help you ride more confidently and, most importantly, joyfully.

Keep shredding, keep smiling, and let the good times roll! 🤘

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Rok has been riding BMX for 20+ years, and when he's not having a session, he binges on videos, new product drops and works on creating the best content (sharing tips, tricks & more to make riding bikes easier for you) for The BMX Dude.