Parkour training is a method of free running or free movement when you use objections to create physical movement through a flow of actions. This form of training is cardio and strength based at the same time. It requires explosive strength, coordination and muscle balancing to prevent injury. Many of the moves are similar to that of gymnasts. Speed and efficiency are the goal of Parkour training which brings a whole new level of fitness to traceurs (a practitioner of Parkour).
You will need:
- Basic Gym Equipment
- Comfortable Fitness Clothing
- Flexible Shoes
- Understand Parkour Moves. Before you start, you should understand the basic moves of Parkour training. These moves include: Muscle Up, RollDrop, Wall Jump, Gap Jump, Landing, Balance, Vault (use hands in a jump), Cat Balance (moving along an object), Swing (dropping from a height), Wall Hop (use a wall as a step to jump over), Underbar (swinging through a gap) and the Dyno (leap grabbing an object to hang from).
- Fitness Training. Before you take to the streets, spend a little time in the gym working on the basic movements. This can be done with cardio for endurance and strength moves that mimic the street moves, jumping rope for jumping and coordination, and wall climbing for upper body strength. Consider working with a gymnastics coach to work on the more dynamic movements.
- Start Small. Start with small moves in an urban setting that's safe. Make sure someone is with you in the event of an injury. Use rails and other narrow beams for balance and Cat Balancing. Use walls and other vertical surfaces for a variety of wall moves. Once you become comfortable with the movements and strength required you can progress to more advanced moves.
- Advance On. Work with a Parkour training coach or join a Parkour group to learn more advanced moves and strengthen your whole body. The stronger and more proficient you are, the less likely you are to get injured.
Urban settings tend to be more beneficial than rural ones because there are many more obstacles to work with creating a more well rounded training routine. Take time to practice the basic movements of Parkour (running, jumping, leaping, etc.) without obstacles to gain better conditioning and balance. Practice all the Parkour training moves for the best workout and results.