Are you interested in parkour? Congratulations on taking the first step to a challenging and rewarding activity that can help improve your strength, endurance and confidence.
Parkour is best approached as a beginner with caution, respect, patience. Don’t worry, though! You can become a competent and safe parkour ace with the right mindset, guidance, practice, and support.
What is Parkour?
Parkour is an activity that requires only the use of your body to move through a space. It does not require any equipment or tools. Parkour is a way for people to move from one place to another in the most creative and efficient way possible. This can be done using techniques like jumping, vaulting and climbing, rolling and balancing.
Parkour was developed in France in 1980s. It has since been a sport, discipline, and art form all over the world. Parkour is often associated to thrill seekers and daredevils. However, it is a disciplined and structured practice that emphasizes safety and control.
Parkour can offer many benefits for your mental and physical well-being.
Parkour can help you improve your balance, strength, agility, and body control. You’ll be able to build muscles throughout your body by learning and practicing parkour techniques. Parkour is a continuous movement sport that involves high-intensity, short bursts of activity. This will help you improve your cardiorespiratory endurance.
Parkour can also help boost confidence, self-esteem, mental resilience, and self-esteem. You’ll be able to push yourself and overcome obstacles and challenge your fears, doubts and insecurities. You will learn to trust your abilities, your instincts, and yourself.
Third, parkour can help to connect you with others who share your passions for creativity, movement, and self-expression. Parkour communities are supportive, inclusive, collaborative, and provide a positive and inspiring social network.
How do I get started with Parkour?
Here are some tips for those who want to start parkour.
Find a community
Joining a local gym or community is a great way to get started in parkour. Parkour communities often meet in parks, urban areas, or gyms to practice safely and collaborate with others. A parkour gym, also known by the terms “parkour center” and “movement facility”, is a space that is dedicated to parkour instruction and training.
Learn and Research
Do your research before you start training. Learn about the history, philosophy, as well as the techniques of parkour. You can watch tutorial videos, read articles, or attend workshops or seminars led by parkour athletes. You should be able to comprehend the principles and the limitations of parkour.
Talk to a Coach or Trainer
A qualified and certified trainer or coach in parkour is recommended for beginners. They will be able to guide you safely and effectively through the process. A coach or trainer can help assess your fitness level and identify your goals. They can also design a training program that is tailored to your abilities and needs.
Start slowly and progress slowly
Parkour is a challenging and demanding activity that requires skill development. It is important to begin slowly with the basics of running, jumping and landing as a beginner. Before you attempt more complicated techniques, build your strength, balance and control.
Warm up and stretch
Warm up your joints and muscles before you start training. A proper warm-up will help to reduce injury risks and prepare you for parkour.
Use good technique and form
Proper technique and form are essential for safety and efficiency in parkour. You should practice good technique right from the beginning. Don’t rush to learn advanced techniques. Focus on your body posture, movement, and posture and work with precision and control to execute each movement.
Gradually increase your intensity and volume
You can increase the intensity, volume, or complexity of your training as you go along. To increase your motivation and skill, you can add more challenge to your training techniques. Remember to train safely and responsibly and to listen to your body.
Essential Parkour Techniques for Beginners
Now that you have an understanding of the basics of parkour, let’s get into the essential techniques every beginner should know.
Jumping is one the most important movements in parkour. It requires strength, coordination, explosion, as well as coordination. Jumping safely involves pushing off with your legs and extending your arms. Begin by learning how to do a standing jump. Next, learn how to do a precision jump, long jump, and depth jump.
Rolling is an important technique in parkour because it allows you absorb the impact of a jump, fall, and transfer momentum smoothly. Rolling is as simple as tucking your head to your chest, putting your weight evenly on the ground, and rounding your back. Begin by practicing your forward roll. Next, move on to your side roll, backward roll, and diagonal rolls.
Vaulting is a technique where you use your hands and/or feet as support to cross an obstacle. A vault is when you aim for a flat surface and place your foot or hand on it. Then, lift your body above the obstacle. Begin with your lazy vault and then move on to your speed vault, kong vault and dash vault.
Climbing involves using your hands and feet for climbing. Climbing is a skill that requires you to use your legs as support and push with your arms. Begin by learning how to climb a wall. Next, learn how to monkey climb, cat climb, and climb ups.
Parkour: Common Mistakes to Avoid
Parkour is a learning process and mistakes are normal for beginners. Some mistakes can prove to be dangerous and hinder your progress. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid:
Avoid the Warm-Up & Cool-Down
Avoiding the warm-up or cool-down can increase injury risk and slow down your recovery. Warm up and cool down properly should be done at least 10-15 minutes prior to and after every training session.
Too many people rush to learn advanced techniques too soon
It’s tempting to impress others or show off advanced techniques but it can be dangerous and counterproductive to learn the basics before you master them. Before you attempt more difficult movements, make sure to build a solid foundation of strength, balance and control.
Neglecting Technique and Good Form
For safe and efficient parkour, good form and technique is essential. Focus on each movement with precision, control and avoid hurried or sloppy movements. You should pay attention to your body, posture, and movement. A coach or an experienced athlete can provide feedback and guidance.
Practice in unsafe or inappropriate environments
Parkour can be dangerous and illegal if it is done in an unsafe or incongruous environment, such as on private property or in crowded places. Respect your surroundings and comply with all local laws regarding parkour.
Parkour Equipment Essentials
Parkour is not like other sports and doesn’t require a lot of equipment. These are the essential pieces of gear that you will need to get started in parkour.
Proper shoes are essential for parkour. They can provide support, grip, and protection for your feet. Shoes should have a flexible and flat sole, good traction, and a snug fit. Avoid running shoes, basketball shoes, and shoes with high heels.
Comfortable and flexible clothing will allow you to move freely in parkour. You should look for clothing that is breathable, flexible, and doesn’t restrict your movements. Avoid clothing that is too loose, baggy, or it could catch on obstacles or slow down your movement.
First Aid Kit
Parkour can cause injuries and accidents so it is important to always have a first aid kit. You will need to have items such as antiseptic wipes and bandages.
Although parkour does not require much equipment, some practitioners prefer to use safety equipment such as gloves or wrist guards to protect themselves against injury or abrasions. Parkour isn’t about using equipment, but rather developing your body’s natural abilities.
Parkour Safety Tips For Beginners
Parkour can be an exciting and thrilling activity. However, it can also be dangerous and risky when not done safely and responsibly. Here are some safety tips to help beginners.
Use safe and appropriate surfaces
Parkour should only be practiced on safe surfaces that are appropriate for the movements being performed. Avoid practicing on uneven, slippery, or unstable surfaces. These surfaces can cause damage to your clothing and shoes. Avoid practicing on surfaces that are too high or close to dangerous or hazardous areas.
Start small and work your way up
Begin with the basics and work your way up to more advanced moves. Do not rush to master the movements and obstacles you are currently learning. Keep moving in small steps and celebrate each step.
Train with a partner or group
Training with a partner, group, or other person can help you stay accountable, motivated, and safe. A partner or group can offer support, guidance, feedback, and support. They can also help you spot one another in the event of a fall.
Be aware of your surroundings
Always be aware of your surroundings, and any potential hazards such as people, animals, and vehicles. Avoid practicing in busy areas or trespassing upon private property.
Listen to your body and take a break when you need it
Listen to your body and take a break when necessary. You should take a break if you feel discomfort, pain, or fatigue. Don’t force yourself into anything. Rest and recovery are crucial for injury prevention and progress.
Parkour is a rewarding and challenging activity that can help you improve your social, physical, and mental skills. Parkour is best approached as a beginner with respect, patience, and caution. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started. Keep in mind to train safely, responsibly, and progressively, and to keep having fun while pushing your limits!
Are you ready to take up parkour?