Outdoor Training: Learn Parkour Faster!
I want to learn parkour quickly but I also have a strong desire not to hurt myself. It may seem counter intuitive but this is where my decision to start training outside the gym started. Calgary is lucky enough to have a parkour gym, a training facility that welcomes both beginner and experienced traceurs. Most parkour moves can be practiced here with skilled instructors, purposed equipment, and padded floors.
So why risk injury by training outside before you’re ready?
The truth is you will learn faster and you are ready. Being human is all the qualification you need to start training outdoors. I’m not proposing that you imitate the spectacular moves you have undoubtedly watched on YouTube, but you can practice within your abilities. Find a grassy park with a picnic table and you’ll have training equipment to learn plenty of parkour moves. Start small; get the feel of what a parkour roll on the grass feels like. As you get comfortable build your way up to jumping off the picnic table and rolling, learning what works for you. People passing by may glance at you, but if you have only practiced on a gym mat you’ll find the real world quickly brings your attention to areas needing improvement.
A gym is a great place to practice new moves and to push the limits of what you are capable of, but out there is where your practice of parkour is destined to be.
(PS – as an added bonus parks don’t charge gym fees)