Explore the best free running techniques. Free running, which is also called “Parkour”, is a form of movement that works mostly on efficiency and speed. Usually running requires you to get from point A to point B in the quickest, smoothest fashion. However free running doesn’t have a particular path and is also paired with different movements such as flips and spins. Of course, practice makes perfect but until then here are a few steps to take to ensure your moving in the right direction.
- The physical condition of your body is important to take into consideration before starting any new sport. Because running is psychically demanding, make sure your body can endure the consequences of free running.
- One of the original methods of training for free running is picking a point off in the distance and doing whatever it takes to get there. To start, keep a slow pace that your body will be able to contain to make it through the obstacle. As you become more experienced, you can then quicken your pace as your endurance increases, but start with being practical.
- Once you have practiced on your own path for a while, you will start to develop a personal style. As you get used to your surrounding, adding a few tricks and spins should add a little character and entertainment to you run. If having a hard time with coming up with these tricks on your own, you can always check out other runners on youtube!
- Now that you are starting to get used to Parkour, the next step is self-exploration. No one knows what works better for your body then you. Finding new paths to master, and establishing new ways of moving through your obstacles, start to drill the techniques you have created.
- Also training with a few other people is a good way to broaden your free running technique. Observing other people’s technique, and comparing it with your own is a good way to perfect and expand your possibilities. However, if you started this way, make sure that the ideas given are not the only thing you stick too. What’s right for one person may not necessarily be right for everyone. With so many runners, it’s easy to over look the obstacle only looking for the next big trick. This makes the purpose of free running useless.
- Training with a large group is also a possibility, although it’s not a very good one. With a large group of people, it can be easy to be trained more of a heard, then as an individual. Again, what works best for someone else might not be right for you.
- Getting a Free Running coach. This training technique is good for someone who really has no idea what they are doing, or how to condition or prevent injury. Be very careful when picking a coach. A coach who is connected to the community through free outdoor training sessions is your best bet. A coach will help you get started and teach you the essentials necessary to begin parkour and how to stay safe. A good coach should help you discover your own style, not set you down their own path.
This should help you get started down a peaceful and rewarding free running path. Remember to take precautions before setting off on the journey with a good pair of running shoes, plenty of water, and an open piece of mind!