Parkour/ Free Running/ Urban Acrobatics

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    Jan 16, 2016 8:30 AM GMT
    I started getting into this 2 years ago while I was stationed in Hawaii. Wanted to try something new, so why not try parkour ? Almost the same thing as gymnastics It's a great way to keep in shape! Anyone else into this or has done this before ? What is your style ? What do you like about it ?

  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 16, 2016 2:54 PM GMT
    Parkour-lover over here! icon_biggrin.gif Got into it about a year ago. A friend (who happens to be a topnotch gymnast as well as parkour fanatic) showed me a simple reverse kong on a public bench. Right then and there i knew parkour was the way. I used to do vaulting alot, nothing major. Just a bit of drilling here and there to get the technique okay. Im hoping i can get fit enough to do good combinations in time but for now im doing almost nothing cause of an ankle injuryicon_cry.gif Anyway, my goal is to be a little more fluid and natural in my movements over time. Technique (for me) is good for starting and getting the hang of things (hence my love of drilling) but in the long-run i wanna get less 'purist' and go with my natural flow. Works way better for me, in general as well as in Pkicon_wink.gif
  • Fireworkz

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    Jan 16, 2016 9:30 PM GMT
    I used to do gymnastics a few years ago and had an interest in Parkour but i don't think my knees can handle all that jumping.
    I'd be interested in conditioning my body to take that level of impact if you know of any techniques.
  • galant506

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    Jan 16, 2016 9:39 PM GMT
    Avalancher saidI started getting into this 2 years ago while I was stationed in Hawaii. Wanted to try something new, so why not try parkour ? Almost the same thing as gymnastics, but it also incorporates many other things as well like cardio, flexibility, endurance, etc. you get my point lol. I'm sure gymnastics can incorporate the same thing, but hey the main thing is that it's a great way to keep in shape! Anyone else into this or has done this before ? What is your style ? What do you like about it ?



    I think you need to research gymnastics a bit more before suggesting it doesn't incorporate much cardio flexibility and endurance.

    I'm particularly confused about the flexibility part.

    Gymnastics probably spend more time just stretching than the entire amount of time anyone does parkour.

    Doesn't look like almost the same at all to me. Show me people doing parkour moves that have almost the same level of flexibility?

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  • leanandclean

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    Jan 17, 2016 12:55 AM GMT
    Gymnasts are the best.
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    Jan 17, 2016 1:16 AM GMT
    Thanks for the feed back galant506, however you noticed I said "almost". I never said it "is" the same thing as gymnastics. Other than the obvious stretching before doing that but some moves require for you to have a small amount of flexibility kongs, double kongs, butterfly twist, laches, the list can go on since people make new things almost everyday. This isn't about which one is better or anything like that it's more like who has done it, does it interest you, and so forth. Yes I give it to you I did say but... And thank you for that I corrected it now.
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    Jan 17, 2016 5:58 AM GMT
    I love watching Parkour. When I was a teen, I would twirl over a fence by throwing one leg up, twirling until the other leg flew over and I landed in the next door neighbor's yard. Stretching was important to me because I wanted to be a gymnast but lacked guidance. I found jumping high hurdles to be alot of fun. It made me focus on timing of movement, always using the same leg to fly over the hurdle. I remember having to let my mind relax and not actually think of what my body parts had to do. That way, I always flew over no problem. Only when I thought of elevating my leg while running toward the hurdles, did I experience fear. Then one time I cracked the hurdle in half.

    As an older guy, who has occasional knee pain from my knee getting jammed into the car window roller when my dad had a seizure driving, please remember to stretch alot and don't overdo anything because if you injure any body area, when you're older that same area will annoy you.

    Happy Parkouring.
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    Jan 18, 2016 1:23 AM GMT
    Love watching and mostly learning, specially watching the teenager[not being a pedophileicon_eek.gif]are far more advance than me. I admit I'm jealous of them because they start at an early age, however that doesn't stop me from doing it. They actually help you and show you how they do the move and show you step by step until you eventually pick it up.
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    Jan 18, 2016 1:52 AM GMT
    Avalancher saidI started getting into this 2 years ago while I was stationed in Hawaii. Wanted to try something new, so why not try parkour ? Almost the same thing as gymnastics It's a great way to keep in shape! Anyone else into this or has done this before ? What is your style ? What do you like about it ?

    If by "stationed" you mean military, then you likely had some exposure to obstacle courses for individuals. They long predated Parkour. but with many similarities. A big advantage is they don't expose you to falls onto concrete, but rather dirt, sand, mulch or water.

    And very varied, where you're jumping, climbing ropes, running zig-zag courses, crawling, crossing rope bridges and balancing along logs, all kinds of challenges for time against the clock. I loved them, felt they gave me a better and more complete real-world workout than many of the prescribed group exercises we would perform. And it better represented the varied conditions under which a soldier would need to operate.

    Other guys would think me eccentric, when I would go over to a course and run it on my own, whereas they only did so when the training required it. Not something you had to do outside of things like Basic, or specific combat skills training programs. Some guys likely only did it once during their entire service, while I was running the course every chance I got.

    So I can see the attraction of Parkour, although it appears somewhat more risky and more prone to producing serious injuries than even our military stuff presented.
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    Jan 19, 2016 10:50 AM GMT
    True to a point though I believe those are the people that take it to the extreme. To me I tend to somehow use it to even day use or survival really lol. I did love doing the obstacle course while j was there, sadly it was usually down because they had to do some maintenance that never really happened lol, but that never stopped me to going through it, just risky really lol.