Friday Inspiration: Danny McAskill, a testament of movement grace, poise, and physical mastery

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Every now and then, somebody comes along that inspires us to believe that the impossible can become possible with passion and discipline. Danny McAskill is one of these persons.

Filmed over the period of a few months in and around Edinburgh, Scotland by Dave Sowerby, this video of Danny MacAskill of Inspired Bicycles features probably the best collection of street riding ever witnessed. This is some of the most technically difficult and imaginative freestyle riding you will ever see. T this video pushes the envelope of what is perceived as possible on a freestyle bike.

Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009

Without a doubt, Danny has demonstrated self-mastery and is a true representative of living and performing in flowstate. But he didn’t start that way – he wasn’t born an expert freestyle bicyclist. I’m confident that if we asked him what his secret was, he would say practice, practice, practice.

Day after day of practicing the basics of any physical skill will lead to movement grace, poise, and physical mastery over time. It isn’t out of reach for anyone. You can start to unbind your flow, and shave away the fear-reactivity that is holding you back from high performance one step at a time every single day. If you want to jump-start your progress by “cleaning the slate” of your movement, then I suggest you invest in the Intu-Flow Mobility Program, which will teach you how to remove the “parking brake” on your performance one step at a time, every day.

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To your health and success,

Fitness Professional

4 Responses

  1. The hopping from rail to rail at about 3:20 is MADNESS. This is awesome – thanks for posting it. :)

  2. Michael

    John, can you comment some more on the ability to “shave away the fear-reactivity that is holding you back from high performance one step at a time every single day.”
    I have started using Intu-Flow but I’m still struggling with this concept.
    I know I hold a great deal of fear in my movements as I’ve suffered with lower back pain for a long time. I have improved my structure with strength training and I have been pain-free for 7 months but I am far from having flow in my movements.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


  3. With me, the fear-reactivity is always there with a new skill to learn. Most recently, I experienced some obvious FR when trying to climb a tree for the first time since I was a child. The difference is that it comes up far less often now that I have been spending focused time “cleaning the slate” with intu-flow and prasara bodyflow yoga. I’m not a natural olympian, but I do pick up physical skills quickly, and I attribute this largely to my practice of CST.

    Something Sonnon teaches is to try one new physical skill every day. Do something that makes you feel like a motor neuron daily. This is good advice because usually the largest hurdle to overcoming a movement challenge is your mind. By committing to do something foreign to you, you subject the fear-reactivity to your decision. It can be anything, a deeper session of Intu-flow, a prasara flow, half court basketball, or climbing a tree. By deliberately facing your fears (conscious or unconscious fears), you work at improving your performance one step at a time.

    Getting to this point was a journey, no doubt. It didn’t happen overnight, at least not for me. And there isn’t a defined moment when I could say “I’ve made huge progress against fear-reactivity. You’ll know it when it happens. But the truth is that FR will never go away, it will always be present at different times and at different levels. Our lives will be in constant balance of battling FR and Flowstate.

    I hope that makes sense, Michael. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Michael

    Thanks for that, John. That does make sense. I do hold back from new movements (that damn sideways neck mobility movement for one!!!) and get stuck in the same routine. I have a personal trainer for my weight training and he drags me out of my comfort zone and I really appreciate it.
    I need to adopt a more “fearless” personal attitude and get dirty with some new mobility moves.
    I really appreciate your blog and advice, John. I was first attracted by your videos because you made them in your own home rather than a gym which seemed cool and somehow more achievable by average people like myself. I like how you want fitness to be as essential, intuitive and elegant as breathing, just another part of a life lived to the full.
    That’s where I’m heading, too.


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