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Old 2007-02-26, 05:48 AM   #1
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Calling all you "pro" riders Kris, Shaun, Jeff, Ryan ect.

Hey guys I am doing a Project for health class and need to do an interview of someone on my topic (I obviously chose unicycling) and I would like to ask a few questions

1.) What are some of the health benifits of Unicycling, and long term effects?

2.) How long have you been riding, and what got you started?

3.) how much time do you put into practicing each day and what keeps you intersted and wanting to ride?


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Old 2007-02-26, 06:41 AM   #2
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Hey guys I am doing a Project for health class and need to do an interview of someone on my topic (I obviously chose unicycling) and I would like to ask a few questions

1.) What are some of the health benifits of Unicycling, and long term effects?

2.) How long have you been riding, and what got you started?

3.) how much time do you put into practicing each day and what keeps you intersted and wanting to ride?


Thanks for your help you guys,

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I am not sure about first question but I can answer other questions.

2) I have been riding for 11 years. I started to ride unicycle because my friend rides unicycle around my house, also some Japanese people experience of ride unicycle in physical education class include me. Probably, unicycle is one of the good exercises for people.

3) When I was in the unicycle team in Japan, I usually practiced 3 or 4 days a week, 3 hours a day.
what keeps me interested and wanting to ride??
Well, I saw other unicyclists rutine in the competiton, then someone create new tricks or new coreography, that's makes me keep riding unicycle.

Hope my comment help your helth project!!
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Old 2007-02-26, 06:51 AM   #3
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Hey guys I am doing a Project for health class and need to do an interview of someone on my topic (I obviously chose unicycling) and I would like to ask a few questions

1.) What are some of the health benifits of Unicycling, and long term effects?

2.) How long have you been riding, and what got you started?

3.) how much time do you put into practicing each day and what keeps you intersted and wanting to ride?


Thanks for your help you guys,

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1) I'm getting better exercise than on a bike as i'm always pedalling. Also better balance and motor co-ordination.

2) 4yrs now and what got me started was the fact that when i was bike riding. I was mostly riding with the front wheel up. Hence the reason why i love unicycling more.

3) 2-4 hours a day if i'm not working. What keeps me going is the fact there's no limit to what you can learn and that there are always to learn. Like right now i'm learning barefoot wheelwalking and stopping with my barefeet . The fact that i learned how to skate mount on a unicycle also surprises me and my friends to this day.

Hoped this also helped you my friend.
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Old 2007-02-26, 12:14 PM   #4
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Old 2007-02-26, 12:18 PM   #5
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Old 2007-02-26, 08:56 PM   #6
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Why do you need help from people paied to unicycle? Any normal ridder can help you

Edit: not sure all the guys in the title are pro
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Old 2007-02-27, 12:55 AM   #7
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Lol I think he just needs people that are really into unicycling, if you want to get technical Spencer is pro, Forrest is pro, I could be considered it... What defines a pro rider...Someone once told me it was you had to be sponsored and or been payed to ride...Well Spencer and I are sponsored, got paid to ride at six flags, Forrest is Sponsored, gets paid to do demos at Fairs...So really anyone who has been riding for a couple years or more that is really into the sport can help him out...But one of the best to help ya would be Kris, hes been riding since he was 12 and still one of the top. He could tell ya the most about health benifits...
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Old 2007-02-27, 03:10 AM   #8
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Lol I think he just needs people that are really into unicycling, if you want to get technical Spencer is pro, Forrest is pro, I could be considered it... What defines a pro rider...Someone once told me it was you had to be sponsored and or been payed to ride...Well Spencer and I are sponsored, got paid to ride at six flags, Forrest is Sponsored, gets paid to do demos at Fairs...So really anyone who has been riding for a couple years or more that is really into the sport can help him out...But one of the best to help ya would be Kris, hes been riding since he was 12 and still one of the top. He could tell ya the most about health benifits...
The reason I put "pro" into quotes was because I am using the term loosley to defone anyone who is a leader in their area of riding or is sponsored/ gets paid to ride places or do demos. so anyone who can answer my questions is welcome to reply.... I put "Calling all you "pro" riders Kris, Shaun, Jeff, Ryan ect." because I am especially looking forward to hearing from them, as they are the ones who most of the outside community knows about.
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Old 2007-02-27, 04:30 AM   #9
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1) Being that most of my unicycling is anaerobic (trials and intense DH muni) I don't feel that I get any health benefits from riding. As for long term effects, I find my knees are slowly deteriorating... I think it's time to see a doctor

2) I've been riding for over four years now. I started riding when I discovered that my roomie had been storing a unicycle in our garage... he never rode it much. Curiosity got me on the uni, and the fun kept me riding.

3) Some days I only ride to and from work, a total of about 10 minutes. I try to "session" a few days a week, usually 1-2 hours of riding. There's always a new trick I want to learn, or a new trials line I want to perfect, so there's never an end to my inspiration... although when my interest wanes my fellow riders are always there to get me back in the game.
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Old 2007-02-27, 01:25 PM   #10
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1) Being that most of my unicycling is anaerobic (trials and intense DH muni) I don't feel that I get any health benefits from riding. As for long term effects, I find my knees are slowly deteriorating... I think it's time to see a doctor
Even though it may not benefit your cardio systems, it's still an awesome workout for the legs and core muscles, right?
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Old 2007-02-27, 10:47 PM   #11
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Lol I think he just needs people that are really into unicycling, if you want to get technical Spencer is pro, Forrest is pro, I could be considered it... What defines a pro rider...Someone once told me it was you had to be sponsored and or been payed to ride...Well Spencer and I are sponsored, got paid to ride at six flags, Forrest is Sponsored, gets paid to do demos at Fairs...So really anyone who has been riding for a couple years or more that is really into the sport can help him out...But one of the best to help ya would be Kris, hes been riding since he was 12 and still one of the top. He could tell ya the most about health benifits...
yeah if a friend gives me £1 to prove I can ride, that will make me pro!
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I know im not a pro rider, or sponsored by any uni company's, but I have been riding for 4 years now, and can answer these questions.

1. Just learning to ride was excericize already. Learning the correct ways to balance and having to make all the tiny adjustments really helped the tiny muscles in my core and I guess you can say it really trained my inner ear.

Getting into trials really helped my endurance and toned my leg muscles. They didn't get any bigger, but they have improved. I used to have troubles doing trials for long periods, my legs would get tired, and I would start to breath rather heavily. Now my legs dont become tired anymore, and my breathing has become more controlled while doing any activity.

I have also gained a better reaction time, not just while unicycling, but for everything I do now.

Now that I ride a coker, I have burned up to 2500-3k calories on some of my ride, so it will keep me thin and get rid of excess body fat. I try to ride at a high cadence for at least 20mins in my ride to workout my heart and to gain better breathing and a lower bpm.

2. Ive been riding for 4 years. I have always wanted to ride, but never was able to get a uni or have a chance to ride one until my friend got his uni. I got my uni shortly after on my birthday.

We learned some freestyle stuff, just the basics. Mainly just used them to ride point a to b. I ended up taking a break because my uni broke, and I had no money to repair it. Finally got it fixed, got into it again, and found about trials, and for the past year, I have really been into unicycling now.

3. My riding is very sporadic until it gets into spring, then I try to do weekly rides that will last about 5 hours.

Other than that, I just ride whenever, sometimes for a few mins, sometimes for a few hours. I just get out there whenever I can.

What keeps me riding is my love for the sport. I dont care if I am doing a 50 mile ride through the country side, a sweaty trials ride, riding with my friends and just goofing off, or just riding to get somewhere faster. As long as I can ride, I am good.
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Being sponsored doesn't prove diddily squat.

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Old 2007-02-27, 11:13 PM   #14
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Even though it may not benefit your cardio systems, it's still an awesome workout for the legs and core muscles, right?
I'm def. sore after some rides... but I don't feel that it's a "proper" workout. I'm only training the muscles used for unicycling, and even then I'm only training them through the range of motion one experiences while unicycling. It's unicycle-specific training... and specific to the riding that I do.

I feel I get better workouts in the gym, where I work my muscles in a wider range of motion and with better control over the resistances I experience.
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Old 2007-02-28, 12:13 AM   #15
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Being sponsored doesn't prove diddily squat.

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never said it did, I put that in as something that makes people on the outside world think of "pro", you know hat I mean?
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