Parkour and Freerunning are sports that involve going from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. In Parkour no aerials or flips are used, while Freerunning involves flips. This post will outline how to get started.
These sports can be practiced without purchasing one single item, and are a great solution for those who can’t afford other forms of exercise, or prefer something simple while still providing a thrill. To practice one of these sports the only required gear is a pair of shorts or sports pants, a T-Shirt, and some form of runners of sneakers.
You don’t have to be in tip-top shape to start one of these sports. These sports will get you into the shape required to do more advanced maneuvers such as flips, provided you follow a somewhat decent diet. Everyone regardless of fitness level starts Parkour at the same spot – unsure where to start, and how to start. Below, I will outline how to start Parkour or Freerunning.
How to Start Parkour or Freerunning?
The very first thing you should do is look at a few tutorials on how to roll. Rolling is the single most important move in Parkour, and should not be overlooked. Without rolling you will be injured, and unable to do certain moves. You can then practice the maneuver on a mattress or something soft. I find that grass is soft enough for new moves, and should work for most people. You should practice this roll many times until you are sure that you know the move, and are confident that it will work after jumping off something high. if you have yet to try your roll on grass, now is the time to do so.
Here Is a Basic Guide of the Parkour Roll:
- Place both hands in a triangle
- Turn your head to the opposite shoulder then the one you will be rolling over
- Once your rolling shoulder contacts the ground, collapse the arm on the same side
- Roll diagonally across your back, trying to squeeze into a small ball
- Quit squeezing, and continue rolling onto your feet.
The next step is to look for more basic guides on moves like the monkey vault, lazy vault, two-handed side vault, and kong vault. Another very useful move to know is the “precision” or a two-footed jump.
Good luck with Parkour and Freerunning, and remember – no one starts with flips. This sport takes much practice and dedication, and is not easily done. This sport, along with a decent diet will get you into incredible shape, and keep you in it if you continue to practice the sport. Freerunning is what I would call a highly addictive sport, and I have yet to meet someone who has quit it.
This is a guest post by Lukas Larsson of ParkourX. Lukas is a 15-year-old free runner and traceur (term for one who practices Parkour).