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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)


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7 responses »

  1. […] prefer training outside; the gym seems crowded and the younger kids fly everywhere oblivious to their environment. Outside […]

    • Rokia says:

      i like the guru’s answersome gyms have faimtcliesie and a friend just googled parkour gym and was found our gymremeber that flips arnt parkourit you just want to show off then start freerunningparkour is about freedom of movement in an urban enviroment, or any enviroment. Its also about dedication a bit. If you say that you do parkour , i think you dont really do it as soon as you start. when you start to use parkour around the place, like to actually get over obsticals more quickly (dont do it for no reason in a city if your not that good, it makes you look like a tryhard), than you can truly call yourself a tracour

  2. Open says:

    The calming aepsct (for me) is the repetition that goes into perfecting your movement. You zone in and end up doing so much of the same thing, progressing towards cleaner movement.You don’t need any special equipment, all you need is shoes (kinda) and clothing that will let you move freely. The movements I’ll mention can be found at the site on the bottom. They’re considered basic, but you build on these for everything you do:Quadrupedal movement (quadrupedie)- It’s a general work out, but it also does a lot for your coordination. There are a lot of variations, some on rails if you want to work on balance. Get used to the fact that you can move with two hands.Cat grabs/traverses (hang shimmy) and climb ups- QM will do more for your triceps, quads, and abs, these will mainly work your forearms and biceps. Should get you used to climbing objects. Try climbing trees and moving on them as well.Precison jumps- It’s mainly your quads, but also works on your landing technique, balance, and strength to distance judgement capabilities. Find a spot with a good sized gap, something you can do, and repeat them.Balance- learning to move on narrow surfaces is essential for parkour. Practice it, get good at it.Vaults- these require the use of at least one hand, the shifting of your bodyweight, the leg power to get initial air, the coordination to judge distances and body position, and the arm power to carry through. There are many vaults out there, so take them one at a time. You might get them easily, you might not.Finding a spot for all this may be tricky. Look at playgrounds, and keep your eye open for places that may make your movement through them difficult. Don’t forget to look in forests, if you have any.

  3. Robert says:

    There are some great sporting or mecnahics style gloves with good grip and dexterity available in local stores like WalMart and HomeDepot. These are often in the $4-$20 range depending on the style you choose. You could also get some online for great prices as well. A new site with some $0.99 work gloves is . On that site, I’d recommend trying the foam coated nitrile that has good grip, breathability, and dexterity. If you want cut resistance, there are some good coated Kevlar gloves as well at below market prices. There are other sites as well with good products for what you need. Ken Armstrong

  4. Dennis says:

    well if you are going to a gymnastics gym. then that would prbaobly be the best place. You can practice a lot if the place you go to has lots of those big block things. They’re squishy so if you mess up, no harm done. Other than that, children’s playgrounds. Those are huge in the parkour world if you live in the suburbs. Try the trees as well, I’ve seen traceurs utilize the trees in weird ways. just use your imagination and think of things to do with what you have.

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