About becoming parkour

Abandoned Roman Olive Outpost in Morocco

Welcome to becomingparkour.com – Want to find out what it really takes to learn parkour / free running? We are pushing the boundaries of our office-worker existence and want to let others know the true thrills and failures involved while becoming parkour traceurs.

Our Transformation

Three years ago we didn’t do much. We aged from young adults into adults and led sedentary lifestyles. Metabolism was catching up with us and it was time to change. We started to actually follow the good nutritional advice available everywhere. Eventually we stumbled on to P90X; three months later we had transformed from soft engineers to all around fit athletes.  But what to do with our new selves …

Freedom of movement is the destination, now is the journey.

Heather & Tim

We’re looking forward to your comments, or you can contact us at becomingparkour@hotmail.com

 

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    • Hm, I’m the other way.But heres a vert. workout explanation, and if you want a formal one, edit your question asking for one by the books. Hit the weights. Before anything, you have to put some muscle on your legs. Everybody always focuses on the calves, but thats only a small percentage of where your jumping power comes from. Training your glutes and quads are the most important part of the dunk. Do exercises like dead lifts, squats, and leg presses. Have one heavy day and one light day a week, with strict form. Just do 50 calve raises for each leg a day. 25 in the morning and 25 in the evening, and that should take care of your calves. Plyometrics. After a month of just weightlifting with legs, do some plyometric exercises. You can do some weird jumps and awkward moves, but if you want to gain some hops simply, go with the old fashioned jump rope. Buy some 3-10 pound ankle weights, strap them on, and do at least 200 jumps Mon-Fri. Also, do raise jumps. These are when you jump as high as you can with your hands on your head and bringing your knees up to your chest. Do 15 jumps every other day. You can do other exercises after your body gets used to these to shock your body. Stretching. If you stretch every morning after you wake up, prepared to gain some hops FAST. Not many people know this, but stretching helps loosen up your muscles, causing them to avoid injury, cramps,and fatigue. It helps to gain looser muscles to maximize your leap, move them faster, and utilize them to their full ability. Without stretching daily, your only loosing your vertical jump. Abs. They help you with everything physically, including your vert. People always do exercises that have up to 25 reps. Why not treat them like a normal body part that you are trying to get bigger and stronger? When you bench, the only way your going to go heavier is if you add weight. Long story short if you add weight to your ab excercise that WONT cause you back strain, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had an 8 pack in less than half a year, of course if minimal fat and maximal protein and calories. One of the best ab excercises is the ab pull down, which is when you go to a normal pull down machine, hold on to the handles, get on your knees with your body straight,After you have been training for about 3 months, take a week off of any leg related exercises. This will help your legs tremendously. Eat like an animal. If you wont to become one you have to eat like one. If you are between the ages of 13 and 22, you should be having at least 3000 calories a day, and one gram of protein per pound of body weight. Get rest. That’s where you get strong. If you do these kinds of activities then you should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night and no more than 13 hours a night. Supplements are great for you. But not steroids or HGH or anything like that.

    • Hey,I’m only 5’10, so I feel you’re situation. Like you, I’ve always had good ups, I’m currently a collegite high jumper, and I might be jumping for The University Of Michigan next year. But there is a difference between leaping and jumping, usually when you have a leaper, they take off with both feet. Go to youtube and check out Brent petway, he’s a leaper. Then there’s a jumper, which I am, we take off of one foot. If you look at a video of Michael Jordan dunking from the free throw line, he takes off of one foot, and that gives you the ability to soar in the air for a longer time, and if dunking is what you’re looking for, that’s the opportunity you need.alright, improving… There is alot of emphasis on calves for jumping, and although they can help, that’s not where you get your power (they’re also one of the hardest muscles to get to grow, so get them tone, but don’t spend all your time on them). Try this, stand on the ground and jump using only your calves, you might get an inch or two, so the remaining 30+ inches of jump have to come from your thighs and butt, that’s what you need to work on. Since you’re young, I would talk to a trainer about lifting while you’re still doing the majority of you’re growing, you don’t want to hurt anything.The exercises I do in college to help build muscle and explosiveness are some of the ones I’ll tell you.A safe one is the leg press machine, figure out what eighty percent of your max is, and half that. You want to use only one leg at a time for this, which concentrates even growth on both legs, which is good for leaping. Also, do them with an explosive motion, like jumping it has to be quick.Second is squats, I do these, but I only go down about 1/3 depth, you dont squat all the way down to the floor when you jump, so don’t do it when you lift. again, do them quickly, and using light weights (only) rock up onto your toes.Finally are cleans, a type of olympic lift, get a trainer to show you how to do these because you can hurt yourself if you do them wrong. Again, do them as fast as possible, and start with light weight.when you’re done with legs, you can also juice another few inches off of your arms. Find someone who can show you how to do upright rows, which will build lats and back muscles, these give you drive in your arms and help get your momentium going up.Any other questions, let me know.Good luck jumping.

    • Hey,I’m only 5’10, so I feel you’re situation. Like you, I’ve always had good ups, I’m currently a collegite high jumper, and I might be jumping for The University Of Michigan next year. But there is a difference between leaping and jumping, usually when you have a leaper, they take off with both feet. Go to youtube and check out Brent petway, he’s a leaper. Then there’s a jumper, which I am, we take off of one foot. If you look at a video of Michael Jordan dunking from the free throw line, he takes off of one foot, and that gives you the ability to soar in the air for a longer time, and if dunking is what you’re looking for, that’s the opportunity you need.alright, improving… There is alot of emphasis on calves for jumping, and although they can help, that’s not where you get your power (they’re also one of the hardest muscles to get to grow, so get them tone, but don’t spend all your time on them). Try this, stand on the ground and jump using only your calves, you might get an inch or two, so the remaining 30+ inches of jump have to come from your thighs and butt, that’s what you need to work on. Since you’re young, I would talk to a trainer about lifting while you’re still doing the majority of you’re growing, you don’t want to hurt anything.The exercises I do in college to help build muscle and explosiveness are some of the ones I’ll tell you.A safe one is the leg press machine, figure out what eighty percent of your max is, and half that. You want to use only one leg at a time for this, which concentrates even growth on both legs, which is good for leaping. Also, do them with an explosive motion, like jumping it has to be quick.Second is squats, I do these, but I only go down about 1/3 depth, you dont squat all the way down to the floor when you jump, so don’t do it when you lift. again, do them quickly, and using light weights (only) rock up onto your toes.Finally are cleans, a type of olympic lift, get a trainer to show you how to do these because you can hurt yourself if you do them wrong. Again, do them as fast as possible, and start with light weight.when you’re done with legs, you can also juice another few inches off of your arms. Find someone who can show you how to do upright rows, which will build lats and back muscles, these give you drive in your arms and help get your momentium going up.Any other questions, let me know.Good luck jumping.

    • Hey,I’m only 5’10, so I feel you’re situation. Like you, I’ve always had good ups, I’m currently a collegite high jumper, and I might be jumping for The University Of Michigan next year. But there is a difference between leaping and jumping, usually when you have a leaper, they take off with both feet. Go to youtube and check out Brent petway, he’s a leaper. Then there’s a jumper, which I am, we take off of one foot. If you look at a video of Michael Jordan dunking from the free throw line, he takes off of one foot, and that gives you the ability to soar in the air for a longer time, and if dunking is what you’re looking for, that’s the opportunity you need.alright, improving… There is alot of emphasis on calves for jumping, and although they can help, that’s not where you get your power (they’re also one of the hardest muscles to get to grow, so get them tone, but don’t spend all your time on them). Try this, stand on the ground and jump using only your calves, you might get an inch or two, so the remaining 30+ inches of jump have to come from your thighs and butt, that’s what you need to work on. Since you’re young, I would talk to a trainer about lifting while you’re still doing the majority of you’re growing, you don’t want to hurt anything.The exercises I do in college to help build muscle and explosiveness are some of the ones I’ll tell you.A safe one is the leg press machine, figure out what eighty percent of your max is, and half that. You want to use only one leg at a time for this, which concentrates even growth on both legs, which is good for leaping. Also, do them with an explosive motion, like jumping it has to be quick.Second is squats, I do these, but I only go down about 1/3 depth, you dont squat all the way down to the floor when you jump, so don’t do it when you lift. again, do them quickly, and using light weights (only) rock up onto your toes.Finally are cleans, a type of olympic lift, get a trainer to show you how to do these because you can hurt yourself if you do them wrong. Again, do them as fast as possible, and start with light weight.when you’re done with legs, you can also juice another few inches off of your arms. Find someone who can show you how to do upright rows, which will build lats and back muscles, these give you drive in your arms and help get your momentium going up.Any other questions, let me know.Good luck jumping.

    • Hey,I’m only 5’10, so I feel you’re situation. Like you, I’ve always had good ups, I’m currently a collegite high jumper, and I might be jumping for The University Of Michigan next year. But there is a difference between leaping and jumping, usually when you have a leaper, they take off with both feet. Go to youtube and check out Brent petway, he’s a leaper. Then there’s a jumper, which I am, we take off of one foot. If you look at a video of Michael Jordan dunking from the free throw line, he takes off of one foot, and that gives you the ability to soar in the air for a longer time, and if dunking is what you’re looking for, that’s the opportunity you need.alright, improving… There is alot of emphasis on calves for jumping, and although they can help, that’s not where you get your power (they’re also one of the hardest muscles to get to grow, so get them tone, but don’t spend all your time on them). Try this, stand on the ground and jump using only your calves, you might get an inch or two, so the remaining 30+ inches of jump have to come from your thighs and butt, that’s what you need to work on. Since you’re young, I would talk to a trainer about lifting while you’re still doing the majority of you’re growing, you don’t want to hurt anything.The exercises I do in college to help build muscle and explosiveness are some of the ones I’ll tell you.A safe one is the leg press machine, figure out what eighty percent of your max is, and half that. You want to use only one leg at a time for this, which concentrates even growth on both legs, which is good for leaping. Also, do them with an explosive motion, like jumping it has to be quick.Second is squats, I do these, but I only go down about 1/3 depth, you dont squat all the way down to the floor when you jump, so don’t do it when you lift. again, do them quickly, and using light weights (only) rock up onto your toes.Finally are cleans, a type of olympic lift, get a trainer to show you how to do these because you can hurt yourself if you do them wrong. Again, do them as fast as possible, and start with light weight.when you’re done with legs, you can also juice another few inches off of your arms. Find someone who can show you how to do upright rows, which will build lats and back muscles, these give you drive in your arms and help get your momentium going up.Any other questions, let me know.Good luck jumping.

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