On training methodology

Craig: Training methodology, I don’t get this, people always want to talk about “I want to know how so-and-so trains, if they keep a journal.” I’m going to guess that you’re not training like you have a schedule, like “From 8:00 to 10:00, I’m doing this. And next week, I’m doing climb-ups.”

Amos: My training has been very different recently, because unfortunately the last three years I’ve been injured. That’s also something not many people know about me. It’s definitely been a rough ride, but like most things in my life, I’m very grateful for where I’m at. I have a working body, I’m so happy with what I have. But my training did change, before that, I would just play a lot. But then if I ever had a project in mind, I was pretty methodical. I’d spend a lot of time working certain lines. So I had two dance injuries, one, I don’t know if I can call one of them dance, it was like goofing off. I was trying to make this girl laugh, and I fell in weird way, and got my foot caught on this wall. I just fell in an odd way, and it hurt my knee, and I ended up sustaining a year-and-a-half injury from it. She didn’t even laugh.

Craig: I hope you learned a very important lesson there.

Amos: I’m not trying to make girls laugh anymore, that’s ridiculous. But let’s see, that lasted about a year-and-a-half, which was definitely devastating, as most people who are listening, and I’m sure you guys have experienced as well. There’s something about being limited, not being able to do parkour the way you want that is just such a heavy thing for parkour people. This is how we express ourselves.

Craig: How we think.

Amos: Yeah. It’s even how we think.

Craig: One podcast guest said, “I used to have ideas, and then tried to act them out, make them become physical reality.” He says, “Now I do things, I do physical reality, and have ideas.” That’s a brilliant way of putting it, I think by moving.

Amos: It’s so intertwined with our lives and who we are as individuals, so even identity issues came about, because I had never sustained an injury that long. In all my parkour experience, I have had one serious injury, and when I say that, it was spraining my foot. 11 years of parkour, one sprained foot. And outside of that, it’s just been such a safe experience, I’ve had very little downtime, steady progression. And then when this happened, it was just heavy to deal with. Because the way that I wanted to move, luckily I have some other passions, like dance and martial arts that are outlets for me, that were saviors for sure.

Amos: Then I had about a week of being 100%, and …

Craig: Didn’t you say there were two injuries.

Amos: It was a golden week, too bad I didn’t film anything. I was going wild, I was having a great time. I was so happy to be back, I almost felt like myself again. And it wasn’t that I re-injured the same spot, my first one was in my left knee, my second was from, I was just doing a lot of contemporary dance, and hurt my right knee. Almost in the same way, it was odd. It was just something out here on the outside, the articular cartilage is what I found, is what I injured. And that took about a year-and-a-half, I’m only now just coming out of that. After tons of physical therapy, and research, I’ve tried lots of crazy stuff. I’ve even gone as far as sticking myself with BPC 157, if you’ve ever heard of that.

Craig: BPC, biphenyl …

Amos: It’s a human, or no, HPC, is that what I said?

Amos: Oh sorry, BPC, body protection something. It’s a substance from your gut, a peptide, it’s not FDA approved, I do not recommend it to anybody. But I found out about it through some other podcasts, and also a friend of mine who is very scientific, and he had used it to heal his back. This is just one example of how far I took it, I saw multiple physical therapists, multiple doctors, I had an MRI, I took it pretty far. And I went so far as sticking myself with a needle with some substance that’s not FDA approved to see if I could get back to 100%. That didn’t work for me, because I actually ran an experiment on my climber’s elbow first.

Amos: I’m not going to knock BPC 157, it just didn’t work for my elbow. And then during that time, I just so happened to be healing up from my knee and coming out of that. So I’m at a point where I’m trying to contain the happiness, and I want to push it, but I’m going to go very slow back into parkour. But I’ve missed it, I haven’t been able to train the way I like to train for a long time now.