What to Expect Throughout Your Training

It's easy to get caught up in the Parkour community and get lost with the many guides available. From simple to advanced movements, more often than not you will spend a lot of time practicing.

This isn't a bad thing at all, since all sports require dedication, but you shouldn't let that dedication turn you into a machine at the cost of having fun.

If you find yourself getting less and less excited about participating, then change it! Don't get caught up in the grind and forget why you started in the first place.  It's all about finding that balance and shifting when necessary.
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Why Barefoot Training is Essential

One of the most common questions when starting Parkour is: what shoes should I buy? This is especially common from parents enrolling their children in a Parkour program.

Shoes are thought to protect our feet from the outside world. With a sport that relies so heavily on the feet, shoes seem like an essential tool. But are they?
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Will Gymnastics Make You A Better Traceur?


There are a lot of people who start out Parkour without any foundation in other sports. Starting without a solid foundation works fine, but it leads to a longer “break-in” period. But, what if you're coming from a base such as gymnastics?
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How to Get Your Friends to Train Parkour


Parkour is an amazing sport, but it’s even better with friends. Unfortunately,  a lot of rookie traceurs end up training alone. Worse yet, every time you bring the topic up with your friends they roll their eyes. It’s frustrating when your best friends just shrug their shoulders. So what's the problem here and why is everyone being so standoffish when it comes to getting involved in this game? You don’t need to train with others, but who doesn’t like comrades in the foxhole?
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How to Prevent Hand Gashes

Parkour is a sport that uses every part of the body, but especially the hands. You use your hands to grab objects, support your body, and break your falls. If you are like most people, it isn't going to take long for you to develop calluses.
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Rafe Kelley Teaches Parkour

A while ago, we brought you the highlights of a Reddit AMA with Rilla Hops. Today, we are continuing that article series with another AMA, this time with with Rafe Kelley done around the same time. Keep in mind these are not direct quotes and are edited for readability.  
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Little-Known Tricks to Maximize Your Movement

How good are you at running? Do you know good running technique when you see it? If you can’t answer either of those questions, you are not getting the most out of your movement – and it’s hurting your Parkour skills.
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The Zen of Muscle Memory in Parkour

The brain is a wonderful thing, and no matter what occupation or challenge you have, the adage of try and try until you succeed comes to mind.
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Parkour Camp: Keeping Kids Resilient

 

Nowadays kids are a lot less mobile and tend to engage in more stationary activities. While these activities do have certain benefits in terms of your child’s athletic development, there are serious downsides to constantly engaging in activities that require them to be alone and not exercising. Kids need physical activity. They need to release energy, build healthy habits, and develop their personalities with other children to fully reach their potential as strong adults later in life.Read More

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Parkour Movements and Terms: The Complete Guide

It’s hard to define a sport such as Parkour. Some argue it is not at all a sport. Some say it’s meant to be an experience, not discussed or categorized.

Regardless, to expose Parkour to others and teach others we must use terminology. Here is the glossary of Parkour movements and terms.

This is not an exercise in precision but more an aid in understanding and communication. Study this guide, and use it as a framework to develop your skills and stay on track. This is not meant to be studied like a high school exam. Rather, this is a guide that you should be going back to over and over.
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