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Parkour - Freerunning

  1. 1. ==== ====Do you want to learn how to do Parkour? Visit ====Parkour, or freerunning, is loosely defined as the art of moving. Parkour involves using ones bodyand objects in the environment to navigate physical obstacles. In essence, a practitioner ofParkour (a traceur), will run, jump, climb or perform other gymnastics type movements to get fromone point to another. Parkour has a particular focus on speed and efficiency. Parkour trainingemphasizes functional strength, conditioning, balance and coordination. A tracuer must be keenlyaware of their surroundings so that they may rapidly navigate a path.David Belles ParkourDavid Belle is the founder of parkour. Trained in gymnastics and martial arts, Belle stronglybelieved in building functional strength. Belle began working with others to train them how to getfrom one point to another and back again using some key basic movements. Belle stressed thatparkour was not for showing off but for being used in critical situations. Parkour is thereforeconsidered a discipline rather than a sport.Parkour TrainingTraining for parkour can be difficult due to lack of publicly available obstacle courses. Generally anurban environment provides plenty of challenges where you can design your own obstacle course.However, practitioners must show respect for public and private property.There are plenty of basic movements that you can use to practice parkour. Good practice willinvolve obstacles that require balance, leaping, landing, swinging, rolling, or vaulting. You shouldtake care to begin with obstacles that are not overly challenging. Trying to jump over buildings onyour first practice session would be quite dangerous. Injuries are prevalent even when you startslow.Prince of Persia WorkoutA staple of Jake Gyllenhaals workout to prepare for his role as Prince Dastan in Prince of Persia:Sands of Time was parkour. He trained directly with David Belle. Jake began by doing gymnasticsroutines. Jake advanced to performing jumps on harder surfaces and even did some of his ownstunts in the movie. Jake credits parkour for helping him to get in phenomenal shape for Prince ofPersia.Functional Strength - What You Can Gain From ParkourParkour relies on functional strength to get from one point to another. Your body must be in peakphysical condition to perform parkour movements. You need to have a combination of strength,stamina, power and speed. Parkour makes for an excellent workout as you are forced to use yourbody in the most efficient and functional way possible.Parkour training is highly challenging, but it is a workout that can really help you get in great shape
  2. 2. without requiring any special equipment. There may be limitations on where you train and how youtrain in the beginning, but it can be a valuable discipline to learn if you have patience.About the Author: Dave provides no-nonsense "best of the best" diet and exercise tips to lose fatand build lean, defined muscle without spending hours in the gym. These are Not Your AverageFitness Tips. Read more of Daves fitness tips for busy people and download a FREE copy of hisFitness in a Flash report to help get a lean, athletic look in no time.http://www.notyouraveragefitnesstips.comArticle Source: ====Do you want to learn how to do Parkour? Visit ====