My name is Erica Madrid and I started Freerunning in 2010. I did gymnastics for 15 years, played piano for 18, did skateboarding for 2 and now I do many other athletic practices (pole fitness, dance, rock climbing, etc.). I currently have a food blog in which I blog about my life as a professional athlete, a food blogger, a musician, and an entertainer (ericanicolemadrid.com).
Document what I do, challenge myself, push the sport, and enjoy my life. I’m always hoping to inspire people to live a life that challenges them, and makes them happy.
This doesn’t mean they have to live the same way I’m living, it’s important for different people to have different goals and aspirations, as long as they’re pushing themselves and doing something they believe in.
I also spend a great deal of time learning about health and nutrition, and enjoy helping people live a healthy lifestyle.
If I had to pick one thing, it would probably be doing tricks I’ve never seen done before. My goal in freerunning is to be as creative as possible, and push myself and the sport as much as I can, so whenever I feel like I’m doing that, I feel pretty good.
I think with any sport, once you get to the professional level, the challenge to just keep pushing the sport, and yourself, is the biggest challenge.
Everything is so much easier once you’ve seen it be done, but the people at the frontline have to see the possibilities in the unknown.
There are so many different ways to feel satisfied in Freerunning: Getting a new trick, making a new video, winning a competition, etc.
I have 24/7 access to one of the best parkour and freerunning facilities in the world, so I practice there when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Outside of that, that’s the best part of my sport, you can do it pretty much anywhere at any time.
Push myself, while knowing the difference between risk and danger. I’m always trying to overcome my fears, push myself to be creative, and pull in as many other artistic movements as possible.
Also living a healthy lifestyle is HUGE! There’s no way my body could keep up with the amount of training I do without proper nutrition and maintenance.
I think just the concept of having 1 shot to try and prove to yourself and others around you that you deserve to be there.
Myself. Not in a conceited way, but I truly believe everyone should be their own biggest fan. You are really the only one who understands all the little things you’ve worked through from in your head to using your body.
Aside from that, obviously my parents (each have inspired me in different ways), and my friends.
“Over thinking, overanalyzing, separates the body from the mind.” -Tool One of the most important things you have to do, to progress at the rate you want, is learn to trust yourself.
“Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory” Is one of my favorites. You have to be willing to push through the tough times in order to get the satisfaction from success.
I just want to keep doing what I’m doing.