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Fitness Through Extreme Sports: Parkour and Freerunning

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.

Author Bio:

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).

14 Comments

  1. Dave Forrester

    August 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Great Post Lukas, especially for such a young guy I will be checking out your site as I really enjoyed reading this!

    Dave

  2. David

    March 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My name is David and im starting to practice parkour at home, i know a professional place to practice but i need money fist. I love Parkour and im doing my Graduation Project on it. Im arguing that it is a sport

  3. RichardAlois

    October 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I find these free running guys fascinating. Check out my free runner pic at London Southbank.

  4. Project Swole

    September 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Freerunning is pretty intense. The videos of people running up the sides of building and flipping through windows Jacki Chan style is pretty impressive. I’ve always wanted to do backflips but figured I was too old and inflexible to even try. Now I have some hope! haha

  5. Lukas Larsson

    September 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the article.

  6. Mandy June

    September 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    This looks awesome! I’ve seen people do it but I never knew what it was called…What a great and fun way to get into shape.

  7. Martin

    September 9, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Great article Lukas! Way to go! I may not understand Parkour X but it was pretty informative.

  8. Lukas Larsson

    September 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Yeah, that may stop you from flipping.
    It’s actually somewhat “old” the front flip tutorial – as in our hyper-ness is a bit weird. May have a new one out soon – exact same content though.

  9. Jarret Morrow

    September 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Doug, I also just checked out the front flip video. Too bad I blew out my knee last week or I would haven’t given it a try. Great stuff again, Lukas.

  10. Lukas Larsson

    September 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    @Jack, Thanks man. :)
    @Dr. Jarret Thanks. And it sure is – you should try it at least once. It’s not everyones cup of tea so to say, but I still say try it once.
    @Douglas Oh wow, could I use that as a testimonial on my site below the flip tutorial? ;) And It’s great to hear that you were able to flip – I love when new people try Parkour.

    • Douglas Robb

      September 9, 2010 at 5:12 am

      Lukas – Go right ahead with the testimonial

      It’s actually too bad that my giant ego wouldn’t allow me to video my attempts at the flip – you could have had a great blooper video

  11. Douglas Robb

    September 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Lukas,

    Just wanted to thank you for the great post.

    I followed the link to your website ParkourX and checked out your how-to videos.

    Little did I know that 20 minutes later I would be doing front flips thanks to your instructional video.

    They might not have looked as good as your flips, but they were pretty good for my first try

    I would love to see some more videos

  12. Jarret Morrow

    September 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Lukas, thanks again for the great post! I haven’t tried parkour yet, but it sounds like an exciting way to get into shape.

  13. Jack

    September 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Great job Lukas getting your first guest post up on a popular blog. Looking forward to seeing more from you in the future.

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