Within this final part with Lynn Jung segment, she tells us how she gets over mental barriers, her future goals, and what is it like being a role model within the parkour community.
The Turning Point – how my training has changed over the years
I used to set myself goals and work 24/7 to achieve those goals. It’s a very effective method but not necessarily a healthy one. My whole life was centred around parkour to the extent where I’d feel guilty taking a day off or taking the time to go for coffee with a friend or even to take the time out to do different physical activities. Looking back I can say that I was restless although very happy as well. Working that hard for my dreams was very fulfilling and I am thankful for that drive I have and the opportunities that opened up because of my work ethics.
But then – as a result of overtraining – I broke my shin which meant that I couldn’t train at all and I had to find other things to fill my days with. At first, it was pretty hard and when you lose the one thing you are so passionate about – even just for a time period – it does rob you of your identity a bit. If I could go back in time and prevent the injury, I most definitely would but on the other hand, it taught me lessons I probably needed to learn and I’m now training in a way that is a lot more sustainable long term. I listen to my body more, allow my body more rest and I enjoy stepping away from parkour sometimes and focus on other things like lifting, swimming, running, and cycling. I don’t just want to be a freerunner. I want to be able to move well in different areas and not feel lost if an injury will keep me from jumping for a bit.
I still set myself goals of course but I changed the way I approach those goals.
10 Year Video?
A 10 years of training video would be very nice. I cannot give away too much but Storm might be planning something for the near future. Guess we’ll have to wait and see…
Being a Role Model – What was it like when people started to recognise you?
I find it awkward thinking of myself as a role model but at the same time of course I want to be just that. The thought that I might be the reason why someone started parkour is amazing and of course, I am happy whenever I get messages from people, especially girls, saying that they started or keep going because of me. I don’t do what I do to inspire other people, I do it because it’s my passion and I find it fulfilling, but if let’s say sharing my strength training on my social media helps getting rid of the stigmas around a muscular female body, it means that there is value in what I do and of course that also motivates me to keep going.
Being recognised at events and gatherings is both flattering and awkward. I’d say I’m more of an introvert and dislike being the centre of attention. To be honest I don’t remember the first time someone recognised me. It’s nice if people take the time to let you know that they enjoy following your training and like what you do. I definitely appreciate it but it also always makes me feel a tiny bit uncomfortable and I don’t think that will ever change.
People used to think I was Katie and they’d come up to me and I’d have to explain that they’ve got the wrong person but some people were convinced I was Katie. That was also very uncomfortable at the time but in hindsight, I find it quite amusing.
I used to coach quite a lot when I lived in Austria. I was working together with the Austrian sport union on various projects aiming at increasing female participation in male dominant sports and with young kids and teenagers from somewhat unfortunate backgrounds. I enjoyed it a lot but stopped coaching after I moved to the UK. I wanted to focus on my career as an athlete and also getting insurance in the UK is tricky if you don’t have a UK coaching qualification. I still coach at events sometimes and do workshops which I enjoy doing and I always walk away from those events feeling accomplished so it’s definitely something I want to do every time an opportunity arises.
I am currently doing my PT qualification – although at a very slow pace – and I am very much looking forward to working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer in the future.
Getting over Mental Barriers in Parkour
People have different ways of working through mental barriers and it’s an individual process. What works for one person might not work for another but one thing that should help everyone when working through mental barriers is to rationalise fear. What is it that you are afraid of? Usually, the answer is falling and getting injured. How likely is that to happen? This depends on the challenge and your skill level. How can I save myself if I bail? What is the safest way out and what is the worst-case scenario? These are all questions that can help people break mental barriers.
Talking about how to break mental barriers sometimes makes me feel like a fraud. Ever since my injury I’ve struggled with exactly this. I all too often step away from challenges I know I can physically do but I just cannot work up to them mentally or half commit to a challenge which usually ends in another injury. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle but also my biggest training motivation at the moment. It will take time and consistency but it’s one of the most interesting bits of parkour training.
Do you think you’ll still be in parkour five years down the line?
I really hope so. I am 31 and in a lot of ways, my body feels better now than it did 10 years ago. Physically I am probably at my strongest and I have a better understanding of my body now than I did when I started parkour. But obviously I am aware that recovery time will only increase from now, old injuries will flare up and I know I will need to put in a lot more work to stay supple if that makes sense. I very much live in the present though. I find that thinking ahead too much stresses me out and gets me worried about the future. So I don’t. I might move away from parkour at some point or maybe not but I am pretty certain I will always stick with movement if my body allows it.
I have a list of things I want to tick off this or next year. So right now my training focus is working up to those specific challenges. Another thing I’ve been trying to improve at is line building. I am not the most creative and it’s something I want to work on more. It’s super enjoyable and satisfying once I find a line that feels interesting and flows well. I also want to get all my flips back because they can come in handy sometimes and I haven’t focused on flips at all since my injury. Flips usually are high impact and if the landings are slightly off, the body takes a hit.
Apart from parkour goals, I also want to finish my PT qualification and start working with clients next year. Other than that, I’m not actually sure. I’m quite happy where I am right now in life. So I don’t want to think too much about where I want to go. For now, I just keep going in the same direction.
The Challenge book
Whenever I come across a challenge I want to do in the future, I write it down in my challenge book It’s just a small notebook with a list of challenges that I want to tick off in the future. Most of those challenges are in the UK, some are in Europe and I even have some in America. That way I don’t forget about the challenges and besides that, it is also very satisfying to take a pen and physically tick off a challenge once completed.
I also have a training diary for my lifting but instead of challenges for the future I write down my sets, reps and loads so it is easy to track progress or sometimes regress. I pretty much have notebooks for anything in life; training, nutrition, admin… It helps me be organised and stay on top of things.
A Mini Thank You
That was the final segment with Lynn Jung, we hope you enjoyed finding out about this talented athlete! And I want to say thank you to Lynn for taking the time to do the interview with me, and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.
For other parts please see below:
- Part 1: http://www.worldofparkour.com/?p=1873
- Part 2: http://www.worldofparkour.com/?p=1896
- Part 3: http://www.worldofparkour.com/?p=1903
To Follow Lynn:
- Facebook: @lynnjungathlete
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- Twitter: @LynnLjung
- Website: https://www.lynnjung.net/
- Youtube: Lynn Jung
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