It looks extreme, urban, underground, gritty and inaccessible. Appearances can be misleading.
Parkour is one of the disciplines that everyone should add to their active diet.
At its essence, it’s the art of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using the abilities of the human body.
You were born to seek thrills, but society may have edged that out of you. It’s time to unleash your inner thrill-seeker. It takes time, but the learning curve is fast and the goal is the exhilaration when you finally land that high altitude jump or propel yourself up over a wall that you thought humans should never be able to reach. Today is the start of your journey towards standing on top of the world.
Parkour is about reconnecting with our bodies and minds and realising that we are infinitely more physically capable than we allow ourselves to be. Society sits us down from the moment we start school. We forget the most basic things – how to climb, do handstands, land on our feet.
The most beautiful thing about learning Parkour is that we re-calibrate our and sharpen our sense of spatial awareness and judgement. We become better at assessing distance and heights.
Grown ups possess more fear than is legitimate. We worry about dying, hurting ourselves, embarrassment and a million other things.
The experts always suggest taking a class with trained instructors to learn the basics. Getting hurt or pushing yourself too hard to begin with, is a surefire way of making sure that you’ll quit before you ever learn to vault.
A search on Facebook can find you FREE training groups. Women only training groups are also great for starters. Parkour classes can be expensive. There is a moral balance between paying for an instructor who can help you progress safely and quickly, versus the fact that Parkour is often practised in urban settings where everyday objects are completely free to access.
As with climbing, men tend to use brute strength rather than technique, which is why a course is highly recommended.
Youtube is also great for tutorials, but without someone to assess your form, you run the risk of sustaining injuries or ingraining bad habits that hold you back later on.
You should start building up a core level of fitness separate from your Parkour training. This includes cardio, strength and flexibility.