Powerbocking: How To Be Like Superman In One Easy Step!

Posted on August 14th, 2013 at 7:20 pm by


It is perhaps the dream of our inner child to be able to able to act like a superhero.  Harking back to the days of your youth, you may recall playing games with your friends in which you all vary the roles of Superman, Batman and Iron Man accordingly while battling with your friends in your parents’ back garden.

Childhood is that rare and fleeting period of our lives when the breadth of our imagination is coupled with the continued development of our physicality.  As such, it is not without surprise that adventurous children find excitement in playing and pretending to be something larger and stronger than they are; hence the psychology of play acting the roles of  a variety of superheroes.

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Adulthood Descends

We all want to be tougher, better, faster and stronger than our own physical capabilities and yet when we reach adulthood and full physical maturity we often begin to feel limited be our own mortality thereby causing feelings of nostalgia for our childhood to creep in.  One such outlet that allows us, as adults, to recapture the glory and fun of childhood is through sport and to a lesser extent exercise – indeed, exercise is a largely monotonous endeavour which  places a greater emphasis on health than fun.

The Psychology of Sport

The psychological impact of sport is predicated upon instilling a great sense of freedom upon the participant.  Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest football player that the world has ever seen, has noted how he feels completely free when he is running down the wing with the ball and has been quoted as saying of his exploits on the field, ‘It is imperative to amuse oneself, to be happy. That is what children do and I do the same thing.’

The Psychology of Exercise

It is worth noting that adults rarely cite the pursuit of exercise as being fun, indeed visits to the gym can become somewhat gruelling and boring whilst the fact that so many people try to alleviate the boredom of running by listening to music suggests that people generally seem to see exercise as necessary, mundane activities to assist weight loss as opposed to having fun.

Powerbocking: Exercise and Fun…Funercise

Thankfully, the sport of powerbocking manages to combine both fun and exercise – funercise, if you will – and it is becoming an increasingly popular means with which people opt to get in shape and have fun at the same time.

Moreover, powerbocking enables the participant to embrace their inner child and behave somewhat like Superman in real life as powerbocking enables the participant to run at speeds of up to 20 mph and jump over seven-foot high thanks to powerbocking stilts that are designed with reinforced springs that adapt to the natural movements of the body.

The History of Powerbocking

Powerbocking was invented in 1999 by a German gentleman called Alexander Böck – his surname is no mere coincidence as the term powerbocking was derived from the name Böck.

Mr. Böck is said to have conducted extensive research into the running and jumping movements of kangaroos and wanted to design a product that enabled the wearer to mimic the movements of kangaroos.

Bock was so impressed with the speed and jumping ability of kangaroos that he sought to replicate these movements in a human via the use of an expertly engineered stilt and so powerbocking stilts were born.

The Health and Happiness Benefits of Powerbocking

Research has shown that people who took up powerbocking as a means of exercise lost an average of between six pounds in weight after five weeks of powerbocking.  In addition to weight loss, powerbocking also helps to strengthen ankle, thigh and stomach muscles as well as helping to shed fat from the belly and improve core strength.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of powerbocking however is the fact that it is tremendous fun and that it doesn’t actually feel like exercise at all.  Once you have strapped your powerbocking stilts on then you’ll be able to stride around your local park with an extra bounce in your step as onlookers wonder whether you are actually a real life superhero or not.  An elaborate costume choice is optional – or you may like to dress up as a kangaroo.

About the Author

Emily Starr is a freelance writer and a long-time snowboarder who has recently taken up powerbocking.  If you are interested in pursuing powerbocking then she recommends consulting with an online enthusiast for more information.

Image by Josef Ženčák (http://www.skakaciboty.cz) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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