How To Start Parkour In The Winter

“Dress in layers” … the most common advice for winter activities. People living in cold climates may be brainwashed: ask them what to wear and the first thing they say is “layers”. So what is good advice for parkour training in the snow? Is it layers? Read on.

Winter Dash Parkour Vaults

Winter Dash Vault – Rotary Park Calgary, Alberta

Prepare before you leave by eating a high energy snack that lasts; when your body is cold it uses more energy than normal to keep muscles warm. A handful of almonds or mixed nuts is a good choice. Also take water and force yourself to drink when taking breaks, you lose water while breathing and sweating but the cold fools your body’s thirst reflex. Do static stretching before you leave; if you want to stretch a tight muscle, do it from the warmth of your house before venturing into the cold.

We suggest wearing shoes for parkour. Parkour footwear for summer free running will be better than boots; boots may be waterproof and warm but restrict your foot’s range of motion. To keep your toes warm try merino wool socks. Merino wool is thin enough for your sneakers and keeps its heat retaining properties even when wet.

Summer Dash Parkour Vault

Summer Dash Vault – Rotary Park Calgary, Alberta

I hate to repeat it, but dress in layers. You will be exercising outside and will generate heat. Long underwear and sweats will be fine as long as you keep moving. You do need to move, so avoid restrictive clothing. A waterproof outer layer like track pants and a wind breaker should keep you dry in the snow; a light touque will keep your head warm and is easy to remove if you get too hot. Gloves will keep your hands warm and you’ll be better able to grip icy or snowy surfaces.

A last word of advice: if you get too hot, stop and remove a layer of clothing. Sweating will leave you damp and cold once you stop exercising. When you do stop, take the time to warm up again as cold muscles invite injury.

Parkour training in winter is definitely different than summer, but if you follow these tips you can learn parkour all year round!


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4 responses »

  1. Casie says:

    I seriously would love to do this once I have lost a significant amount of weight. I saw the assassin creed parkour video and it’s amazing that people can actually do some of those things. I guess it just takes practice.

    • Keep up the hard work like you’ve done so far this year and you’ll get there. It took me about 2 years to lose 40lbs, you’re doing awesome. If you want to try parkour we’ll be behind you the whole way. It’s fun and fitness at the same time!

      • Casie says:

        That sounds good! I wanna do things like that guy did in the AC video. Parkour seems like a great way to be so active and it works so many muscles and it just seems like it takes a lot of energy. I am impressed.

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