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Why do parkour?

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What Is parkour?

Parkour is a physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the
environment. Parkour Defined >


 

Safety

Safety is the number one priority.

Staying safe in parkour is very different from other activities. There are clear threats and little to no safety equipment. The trick to training safely is maintaining control through awareness and good decision making. Know your environment. Know your abilities. Know when to say no.

 

  • A proper warmup & cooldown is critical to sustainability. Neglecting these invites overuse injuries and sudden injuries alike. Start with the APK warmup
  • Check all surfaces and structures for reliability & hazards. Don’t let slippery, wobbly, crumbling structures or glass become an unpleasant surprise.
  • Everybody progresses differently. Don't think that you can or should do something just because someone else did it.
  • Break any intimidating move into intermediate steps that you can perform comfortably to work towards that move.
  • ALWAYS remember that YOU decide whether to try something. Others can give you encouragement, but the choice to move is yours.

 


Where to Train

Photo courtesy of SR2 - Pablo Durana

 

 

Outside

Go outside! Whether it's the town square, a park, a college campus, the woods, or just a rail or wall, there are many public places that work well for training.

Photo courtesy of SR2 - Pablo Durana

 

 

Nature

"Training in a natural environment is necessary for a well-rounded movement athlete" - APK Workout of the Day 8/29/12

 

 

Photo courtesy of SR2 - Pablo Durana

 

Parkour gyms

Parkour gyms are popping up all around the country. They are great places to get specific instruction and connect with others who are interested in parkour too!



 

Where to Avoid Training

Avoid private property, construction sites, monuments, any sign of 'no trespassing', etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of SR2 - Pablo Durana

 

Be RESPECTFUL

Do not damage anything you are training on. If you see trash, pick it up, don't add to it.

If someone asks you to leave, don't argue. It's okay to explain that you are training the discipline of parkour (naturally people will be curious when watching you run up a wall) but be respectful of others, especially security, doing their job too.


 

Who to Train With

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Jams:

You aren't the only one who likes to do parkour! All over the country there are people exploring and training this discipline. Instead of tournaments, meets, or games we have 'jams'. Most major cities (and colleges) organize events that bring traceurs together in one place where we explore new training spots, share ideas, and train with each other. These may occur on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis depending on the size of the 'jam'.

Solo:

Parkour is a personal discipline - it's about finding your own way to overcome obstacles. Therefore, it is important to train on your own. Walking along railings, practicing precisions on sidewalks, doing vaults over benches and handrails are all great ways to have your own training session.

Open gyms and classes:

Most parkour gyms (see above) have open gym sessions where you can practice your skills and meet others who are interested in doing parkour too. Some places offer classes that will help you progress in a controlled environment (with a certified instructor) . Classes are also a great way to meet others who are just starting out!

Photo courtesy of SR2 - Pablo Durana

 

Basic Movements

Start with these skills focusing on control rather than power and intensity at first. Form and quality of movement is most important!

  1. Jumping, Landing, and Precisions
  2. Shoulder Roll
  3. Safety Vault, Lazy Vault, Monkey Plant
  4. Wall-Climb, Tic-Tac, Cat-Leap, Underbar
  5. Combination Training

There is a great deal more to learn. Be sure that you can perform these skills with ease before progressing to more advanced movements.




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Words of Wisdom:

There is a secret way to become good at Parkour fairly quickly: consistent, hard work. The only way to improve is to practice, and practice diligently. Parkour can be a great way to attain and maintain fitness, have fun, challenge yourself, and push your limits. Parkour can also be dangerous so take it slow and use common sense. Have fun, train hard! - Mark Toorock

This page is the hard work of a team lead by Melanie Hunt with Chris "Spyder" Wachtman, Mitch "Skinny" Andrejka, and Raul Piscoya. We're always working to improve, please send any suggestions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it