We encourage body weight training here at NF, and that’s what parkour is built around! Train with conviction and intelligence: Parkour ’s emphasis on awareness of your environment and circumstances, as well as performance under pressure, requires as much of these qualities as you can muster, then challenges you to dig deep down and find even more.
Train for fun: the playful and spontaneous nature of parkour encourages creativity in a way that I can only liken to improvisational jazz and dancing. You pass or traverse a barrier in whatever way suits you and the moment; there’s no one prescribed method for anything.
Parkour is a lens of efficiency applied to every aspect of your movement through life. At its broadest definition, it implies a low-impact and considerate attitude towards bosses, co-workers, family, friends, driving, consumer purchases, and the environment (natural or man made).
What is the least amount of effort and stuff you need in order to live the most meaningful and happy life you can make for yourself? As with the Nerd Fitness Rebellion, it is an exuberant and responsible celebration of life.
You’ll often hear the terms parkour and “free running” used interchangeably. Parkour is about efficient movement through your environment, using jumps, swings, and vaults.
People who have never done parkour (or any other high-risk physical activity) tend to see only the sensational end results on YouTube, and not the obsessive levels of meticulous and conservative training that underpin the visible final product. Case in point, Emily, one of our coaching clients, started her fitness journey by training with parkour.
Emily shares, “Nobody starts by jumping scary gaps between buildings. Even if you don’t level up to anything that’ll go viral, parkour is still a practice worth undertaking.
Taking five or ten seconds to set and prepare for a standing jump can be easy. But when preparation time is taken away, the pressure to perform makes the same task much harder.
The hardest and most beautiful thing about parkour and other challenging activities is that they unequivocally call shenanigans on us when no one else will. Your mind will know whether you trained a hundred jumps and landings this past week, or whether you slacked off and played Xbox for three hours daily.
If you didn’t, the knot will be so large it’ll threaten to choke you with fear. If you want to perform YouTube or District B13 (pictured below) movie quality parkour, your typical time per basement goes from five seconds to half a second, which is a tenfold increase in difficulty.
Your methods, movements, and relative safety considerations must all adapt when your time changes. Activities like yoga, lacrosse, boxing, swimming, and running (and so on) will keep your body in peak physical condition and ready for anything.
When you can do 4×20, perform each rep a little faster, more explosively, to get in a more plyometric and aerobic workout. “Plyometric” are exercises where muscles exert maximum force, in short intervals of time.
To make these moves more “plyometric,” you can swap regular push-ups for the explosive kind: Body weight exercises may seem really easy, but they provide a base level of strength for more advanced parkour maneuvers.
Download our free worksheet for the Beginner Body weight Workout, for training that can be done in the comfort of your home or a park today! Find some stairs or outdoor steps, and practice jumping with your whole body.
Hundreds of reps of full-body exercises will help strengthen all your minor stabilizers and oblique muscles that you don’t think about. For you to stay safe and minimize the damage and injury from stumbles and falls, you need to be as fit as you can afford to be (in terms of time and willingness).
If you want to flip and vault off monkey bars, be prepared to spend many hours at a gymnastics gym. This trains not only the strength but the reflexes to use those muscle motions in the 0.1 second when you trip on a wall or rail in mid-air and come tumbling down.
Reports of bone breaks, sprains, and concussions are not uncommon with parkour. Respected tracers may not be flashy, could they can also report not breaking any bones in their years of training.
Here’s the rest of the APK parkour tutorial channel, with videos covering this foundation parkour movements (listed in approximate order of increasing difficulty and greatest to least utility): Parkour is a highly personal form of self-expression and choice, and it demands a fine sense of body awareness.
Your body can only be as strong as its weakest muscle when it comes to parkour, so make sure you are well-balanced. A simple google search for parkour or “free-running” plus your town name will generally turn up a group that practices in your area.
If you want to continue your journey with Nerd Fitness, I’ve got three options for you: Option #1) If you’re reading this because you know you need to exercise, but don’t want to get bored in a gym, I hear ya.
On the first line of the description of the game, it says “Don't worry; I'm going to make it filtering enabled and open it back up again.” This means that Uranus is planning to open the place back up again in the near future.
However, with a versatile selection of tools and utilities, you can choose your way of killing other players. This map takes place in woods-like area with multiple temples, obstructions and tall trees.
Enemies who were in radius of the explosion are blinded with a white screen before fading away. This is used for getting away from a fight with ease or blinding your opponent to land hits easily.
While it can't attack quickly compared to the Katina, the Lunar can damage other players with an immense range. This makes a great weapon for catching others on the run or hitting from a faraway distance.
The Heavy Sword attack goes in a circle around the player and it takes 3 to 4 seconds to perform it. This creates some ways to trick your opponents and effective when paired up with Smoke Bomb.
When on a vertical surface, you can “climb” up it by running against the wall and pressing the space bar multiple times. This makes it easy to get up high elevations with ease or providing a faster way of transportation other than running.