The World Freerunning and Parkour Federation Know Obstacles shoe is one of the most widely hyped parkour shoes on the market. Its tagline of, “The best shoe you will ever destroy” caters exactly to the tough-on-shoes traceur segment. The $39.99 KOs are hailed as light, grippy, flexible, durable and cheap. Does it live up to its reputation? Read on to find out.
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One of the best things about parkour is that virtually no equipment is needed to train. Heck, you could even train naked. <— NOTE: NOT A GOOD IDEA AT ALL
That said, there is some gear that will make your training easier.
Hey there, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of parkour :) And I’ve decided that I want to start. Can you tell me some specific things to do/practice? I’m in fairly good shape, I play soccer. I’m REALLY small though, does that matter? Thank you! =)
Hi, I am really interested in parkour. Im 14 and in fairly good shape, and i was wondering what I could do to train/improve and my house/parks.
UPDATE: This tutorial has been superseded in favor of the much more comprehensive, much better written:
So please, go read that one instead of this.
Flexibility is a lot of fun and pretty easy to develop. But sometimes, it can be confusing to actually start learning how to stretch. This should clear some things up.
Rolls are hard to learn. The exact angle the shoulder needs to be tilted, the way your hands need to hit in order to smoothly transition to your shoulder, what to do with your legs, that damnable hipbone that seems to have an unhealthy love for the floor… There are all sorts of problems people have when rolling. Striking the spine on the ground is one of the most common. It’s flipping PAINFUL, too. There’s a simple way to fix this:
Yes, I’m serious.
Pull-ups build up the muscles in your back. Those muscles will act as a pad when you’re rolling. They compress when landed on, lengthening the time it takes for the kinetic energy from landing to transfer from your body to the ground. Net effect: No pain. Since bone can’t compress, that energy is transferred instantly. Net effect: “OW OW OW OW”
As a bonus, pull-ups also increase your arm strength, which will let you take more weight on your hands, which means less weight gets loaded on your back. Win!
Now, go do some pull-ups!
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