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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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Against The Three Point Landing

This video is just brilliant.

Hollywood’s ridiculous land-on-one-knee-for-maximum-coolness has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time. When I went to watch The Avengers the other day, Thor’s three-point landing irritated me so much.

From the Avengers

I AM THOR! MY PATELLA IS MADE OF ASGARDIAN IRON!

Iron Man can get away with it because… Well, because he’s in a metal suit. His knees are gonna be fine.

Iron Man

I AM IRON MAN! MY PATELLA IS COVERED BY A GOLD TITANIUM ALLOY!

The thing that really gets me is that Levi Meeuwenberg was Captain America’s parkour stunt double – you’d think that maybe they would have consulted someone who actually does landings like that. But nope, they just went for the maximum cool factor.

Although in all seriousness, Levi probably wasn’t involved at all in that scene. Or this scene.

From the Avengers

I AM BLACK WIDOW! MY PATELLA IS COVERED BY...well, skin-tight leather.

One last clip that annoys me more than usual:

From Tron Legacy

lol I'm just a computer program, don't need no stinking patella

Anis Cheurfa played Rinzler. Anis Cheurfa is a tricker. Specifically, he’s a really really good tricker. He knows how to land. Did the director, who specifically sought him out to play Rinzler, consult him on the practicality of this landing? No.

If you will allow me to briefly go on about what happened the one time I used a three point landing…

I was playing laser tag. It was dark in the room. I was getting shot from three different directions. So I ran towards the nearest railing and speed vaulted it, thinking to land a foot or two lower.

It was about 4.5 feet lower.

The miscalculation of the height, plus the weight of my gun and backpack forced me to one knee and – gasp – I did a three point landing.

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And you know what: that really hurt. I hobbled to the nearest cover and sat there massaging my knee before getting back up and hobbling back to the game.

Let’s wrap up with a good landing, courtesy of Alexander “BAIT” Bayturin.

And that’s how it’s done.

–Alan

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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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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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Roll Tutorials

These are a few of the best roll tutorials on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

I learned mainly from Ryan’s. Grabbing your foot like he demonstrates is a really good method for getting over the shoulder problem. The other common problems – hitting the hip bone, banging your knee, etc. – are really personal things that only you can figure out perfectly. Although the tutorial from UrbanCurrent can help with a lot of those problems.

When you first try rolls on concrete, either put down a mat or wear a thick sweatshirt. It will save your back a lot of pain, but you’ll still get the benefit of feeling where you need work.

Have fun, be safe, keep training.

 

–Alan

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A Brief Tutorial on Practical Flexibility

UPDATE: This tutorial has been superseded in favor of the much more comprehensive, much better written:

How To Become Flexible: A Practical Guide

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.

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