Sunday, 22 March 2015

Parkour is a great way of getting in shape and learning more about your body

Now taking part in any sport that involves a lot of cardio will get you in shape fairly quickly, but here I have a fairly new sport that is, in my opinion, the best for getting in shape, Parkour.

Now there is some confusion as to what Parkour is about. Parkour is a sport that was founded in around 2003 and has exploded into the media as one of the fastest growing sports on the planet. This is because it can be whatever you want it to be. If you want it to be competitive, artistic, social, or anything else you want from a sport, Parkour can be that sport for you. It can be either a team or individual sport. By definition, Parkour is the art of movement, which involves moving in an environment in a fluid or explosive way and is very popular with people who want to express themselves with movement!

So here are the benefits of Parkour; it improves your balance, agility, co-ordination and overall knowledge of what your body is capable of dramatically. You become more aware of how you are moving through your environment, which translates well over to any other sports that you participate in and helps you to engage with your external environment, as you'll be on the constant look-out for new spots!

There are many approaches to Parkour, and no single one is the "right" way of doing Parkour. You may want to leap over great gaps, run up walls, show off by flipping from great heights, or merely try to move without stopping. A good start could just be a game of "the floor is lava" or just simply getting in touch with your inner kid and climbing some trees!

Parkour requires great explosive strength as well as a lot of cardio, training consists of fast runs and intense bodyweight exercises, which explains why you don't see many serious parkour practitioners that aren't ripped! You can either train alone or with friends, however you should always remember to never overstep your limits. If there is a move you are not comfortable with, don't do it.

So what do you need to practice parkour? none, all you need is your self, a pair of trainers and a place with plenty of obstacles. Many people hire gymnasiums to make use of the equipment in there, which is fantastic for making obstacles, there are even now specific parkour parks and gyms popping up! 

So how do you get started? youtube is overflowing with videos of people showing off their skills, as well as many videos that teach you how to do all of the moves, as well as some training exercises, these links should help you get started:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DemonDrills/videos?view=1

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3C95A11A609D1317&feature=plcp

http://www.urbanfreeflow.com/category/artfitness

But most importantly, Get out and move!!!!!

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