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Winter Training

Snow Muscle-upWinter is coming. Besides more videos of Russians doing triple backflips from the tops of five story buildings, what does this mean for you? It means cold, snow, slippery ice, and heavy coats instead of burning heat and tank tops.

But does this mean your skills have to regress since you can’t train? Of course not. There are plenty of ways to keep up your skills and make progress, even if you live someplace absurdly cold. Continue Reading →

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How to Train When You Can’t Train

Picture these scenarios:

Crack. Suddenly, your ankle is in fiery pain. No training allowed while you recover.

Snap. Your knee shouldn’t be making that sound on landing. No training allowed while you recover.

Twist. Guess you won’t be using that shoulder for a few weeks. No training allowed while you recover.

Injuries, sickness, and general life often get in the way of proper training. But that’s no excuse for not getting better. Parkour has a huge mental component – and you don’t need to be physically active to train your mind. Continue Reading →

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Traceuses You Must Know

Right now, there is no denying that parkour is a male dominated sport. This is changing, as more and more girls see that it’s okay to go train with guys. These 7 traceuses have risen to the top of the growing wave of girl parkour.

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Traceurs You Must Know

Who's who? The parkour world is filled with massively skilled traceurs – so much so, in fact, that it can sometimes be difficult to tell one from the other. There are hundreds, probably thousands of people out there who could be on a list of world-class traceurs. Figuring out who’s who in the parkour community used to be something you would have to do by spending massive amounts of time watching videos. Or, you could have a friend sit down and talk you through all of them.

Today, I am that friend. This is a shortlist of the world’s most skilled and influential traceurs. Continue Reading →

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Should I Do Parkour In Gloves?

The brief answer: No. The real answer: No, but there are exceptions.

These are the reasons why you shouldn’t wear gloves while doing parkour, plus an explanation of why it may sometimes be okay to wear them. Continue Reading →

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How To Become Flexible: A Practical Guide

Becoming Bendy

Flexibility is one of the most underrated physical abilities a traceur can have. There are plenty of videos focusing on a traceur’s upper body strength or ability to do flips, but rare indeed is the video that shows a practitioner doing splits, or even deep stretching.

This doesn’t make sense. As traceurs, aren’t we always trying to push our limits – and isn’t flexibility a way to do that? A useful and impressive way, at that. So why not develop it? Every traceur should be mobile. Even powerlifters and bodybuilders can benefit from it. With that in mind, how does one go about becoming bendy? Continue Reading →

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