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Upper Body Conditioning for Parkour

Handstand Variations

Upper body strength is important.

With a powerful upper body, a traceur can climb faster, roll easier, vault farther, lever, handstand, flag, planche, play on bars like a combination of a monkey and a gymnast, walk on his hands… The possibilities are endless.

Upper body strength is awesome. This is an established fact. So how can it be developed? You could go in a gym and mess around with all of their fancy isolation machines and get a crappy workout that will have no practical effect on your training. Or you can do some of these bodyweight exercises and get a great upper-body workout with nothing more than yourself, a few square feet of flat space, and possibly a pull-up bar. Continue Reading →

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