AlphaSquirrel wrote: Parkour saved me physically. I went from scrawny 40 pound kid to ninja-like 900 pound hulk in like 3 months practice.
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Barbie wrote:Parkour is definitely cool. It's a really functional form of exercise that makes you better at moving around in other aspects of life. I would go so far as to call it meditative because you need complete awareness of your body and of your environment all the time. If your mind drifts for even a second, you can find yourself laying flat on your back wondering what happened. It's really rewarding to master your mind, body, and environment in this way.
The only problem I have with it is the high chance of injury. As I said in the Tricking thread, there's no way to progress risk-free into a back tuck. If you decide half way through that it's too hard, you don't have the option to stop and try again later. I went to a Parkour/Tricking workshop once, and it was amazing to see people who could move with that kind of precision, but many of them had various joints taped up and all of them had their share of scars.
notallama wrote:that doesn't sound like a very good group. the group i go with tries to /avoid/ injuries.
notallama wrote:the most dangerous thing in parkour is probably rolls. (or jumping from too high, but that one is more obvious) if you do it wrong on a sidewalk, you could hurt your back, which would suck.
ZLVT wrote:Parkour originated (apparently) as a martial art based on escaping as efficiently as possible. There are professionals who teach, and groups who go out and train regularly. They plot a path and follow it. Just jumping off houses is a quick way to die.
ZLVT wrote:assuming one were completely out of shape, what would need to be done exercise-wise in order to bring one to the level required to begin parkour?
Fossa (a few days ago) wrote:I'm contemplating heading out to a meet this weekend to try and get started. If I end up going I'll be sure to post impressions/results/coroner's report.
Fossa wrote:Glad you found a program you like, but it doesn't have to be based out of a gym for it to be a "real program".
Fossa wrote:If I put my hand under my arm and attempt to "brace" the muscles used to lower it to my side I feel it contract. Its the inner most edge of my pectoral.
Fossa wrote:As for conditioning, you should really work dips into the equation in addition to pushups if not replacing them outright. Much better at strengthening the chest and back muscles used to muscle up out of a cat grab or the ones used in a dash vault.
It's sort of a requirement, and fifty is because I'm in the beginner's class. The intermediate class does a hundred. We're encouraged to kip, though--anything to make it easier, frankly, is cool by them. They're cautious, I think, because some dude really got hurt/ hospitalized when they first started.Fossa wrote:Your goal is fifty pull ups? You sir, are going to have the worlds most amazing under bar.
I think that stuff is covered in the QM runs we do. We don't have a dip bar, and push-ups are requisite, so yeah. Eventually, we'll be expected to be able to do hand-stand push-ups.As for conditioning, you should really work dips into the equation in addition to pushups if not replacing them outright. Much better at strengthening the chest and back muscles used to muscle up out of a cat grab or the ones used in a dash vault.
Right now, we're being asked to practice every possible kind: face up, face down, reciprocating, pacing, sideways, backwards, cat- and bear-style, and in every practical combination. Once you hit intermediate, I think there's more personal choice going on, but it's somewhat discouraged, on account of their whole-body ethic. They really don't want you to have any weaknesses, and I doubt they've left out some kind of critical or superior exercise. Then again, without a dip bar, maybe they're just compensating for the equipment that's there.Out of curiosity, what style of QM do you use typically?
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