...The Complete Pump Guide
Things every pumper must know:
- Wear light shoes that are tight and comfortable
- Keep baggy clothing to a minimum. Extra long pant legs can catch underfoot
and either deaden your step so the machine doesn't sense it, or cause you to
fall over and look funny. :)
- If possible, have someone else hold onto your extra tokens as a big fat
pocketful can cause a rash or bruise if you get really into the game. The
jingly sound is also distracting.
- make sure everything else on your person is secure. Being a lightweight
helps a lot!
- Drink plenty of water
- If you're going to play a lot of sets, make sure you've gotten plenty of
sodium an hour or so before playing. Why? Sodium is essential to perspiration.
If you don't sweat, you can't dissipate heat as well and you'll get tired and
sore a lot easier.
- Drink plenty of water
- Prepare a few days in advance when possible by eating plenty of fiber,
protein, and carbohydrates. Fats should be minimized, and you should try to
stretch and exercise a bit each day. This is good policy even when you're not
planning to play.
- A few hours before you play, eat a light meal of mostly water,
carbohydrates, and fiber. Try to do several push-ups, pull-ups, and stretches
as well. The more energy you have, the better.
- Don't consume caffeine or carbonated beverages right before, during, or
right after playing Pump!
- Don't play Pump if you're injured in any way that might complicate your
playing the game! This isn't like any other arcade game; Pump is very
physically intensive. Be prepared to put out a lot of effort.
What to do:
- Move with the music. By this, I mean, change your footing with the flow of
the music and the progression of the steps. This will help you keep your
balance and significantly improve your speed.
- Step on the beat and look ahead when possible to plan your next move. This
short-term memorization and planning is a skill that develops when you play
the game. It is quite possibly the most important skill, so try doubling your
step speed and eventually keeping it that way!
- Learn to interpret each coming step not as an arrow on the screen, but as
a physical motion to complete.
- Feel free to move your upper body to improve your balance.
- If you get lost, look toward the bottom of the screen and find a place to
get back in the groove.
- Warn bystanders to keep back if you're going to do a potentially dangerous
trick, such as a bar kick.
- Stay on the balls of your feet if possible all the time. If you get sore
feet or calves from this, try walking around on the balls of your feet as
often as possible in your everyday life. This is one other essential skill for
play beyond level five songs.
- Play against someone who's better at the game than you are if possible.
This way, you'll get to do probably three songs or maybe more. Pump is always
more fun when you play with somebody.
- Laugh at yourself once in a while. This isn't brain surgery, it's supposed
to be fun!
- Try new things. Spins, handstands, etc. Whenever you try a trick like
this, make sure you have it planned out well in your mind. Some things require
more preparation and off-stage practice than others.