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Here are some of the things I worked on when I tried to get into parkour in college. These are some foundations that you can start with. Roll on the ground. This is a move that will help carry you forward and get you back on your feet. It also helps to absorb and lessen the impact on your body (and risk of injury) when hitting the ground. Start from a ...


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The first thing I would do is revisit proper form for your parkour workouts. You could be overusing your grip to compensate for weakness in your back or somewhere else. As for lifting, make sure you're split is such that you only lift each muscle group once a week. Before training you should stretch your forearms. There are 4 stretches. Extend one arm ...


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Go jump off of a cliff. No that's not really a joke. Fear is relative, and you might know this. But there is a difference between knowing and "groking". Knowing is intellectual. Once you've done something that you are more afraid of, such as bungee or the high dive, or what have you, the lesser fears shrink even further. It not the dissimilar to "how do I ...


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It sounds like you either injured yourself or have exposed a "weak link" in your body, meaning your wrists/forearms are not strong enough to support your movements. I would suggest going into a rehab "mode" where you focus on strengthening the injured parts of your body, approx 4-6 weeks. Note I would recommend that during this period, you avoid any ...


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Stop with the daily weight lifting? Try to give your body 48-72 hours of restitution between workouts.


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By dropping your chest lower than your butt, your center of gravity stays lower. This makes it easier. Overall you're not jumping higher, just your legs are. When your hands hit, you have to push the ground away to get your chest high enough again to not face-plant.


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Crossfit seeks to increase fitness in many domains simultaneously. This includes training different metabolic pathways and increasing overall strength and agility. Crossfitters would say that an elite marathoner who can not lift an average amount of weight is not really fit. Similarly, an elite weightlifter who has trouble with a 5k is also not fit. ...


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Try a pumice stone. Or, if they're really tough you can use a Dremel with a sandpaper attachment (seriously). Attribution: eHow


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Rotate your exercises. Don't do the same muscle group two days in a row. Your muscles need 48 to 72 hours rest time. "Stop doing the daily lifting?" is exactly right.


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The fear seems to be a pretty ubiquitous experience in gymnastics. I have heard advanced gymnasts refer to it, that momentary hesitation, before performing even relatively simple routines well within their capability. The reason seems clear from an evolutionary perspective. As essentially forward moving upright animals it seems to be moving backwards and ...


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Here's a great article describing your symptoms, how to test and steps to take to correct: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drryan26.htm I think the # 1 point is (from the article) Get the right diagnosis...without that, you don't really know what it is. I would have suggested against using any kind of wrist support, since long term it's not 'fixing' the ...


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Seriously, I had this issue when I used to work as a stock boy at KMart a long time ago. The doctor called it tennis elbow. This had occurred one summer when we had been receiving tons of bikes in boxes. All the boxes were the same size, shape and weight. And I picked them all up and carried them the same way from the truck to the conveyor belt going into ...


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As a fellow traceur, this is one of the vaults I've had most difficulty in achieving. The type of kong vault you are referring to is commonly known as a diving kong. To perform a diving kong it's all a matter of progression, technique and commitment. In order to properly perform a good diving kong, you must take off from a split-step instead of a punch (a ...


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Also look into going to a gymnastics center for some basic classes. There are a lot of gymnastic techniques that are essential for a good traceur, such as rolls, body orientation, proprioceptive/kinesthetic awareness, weight transition, etc. One of the things that is going to help you in your kong along with the center of gravity noted in the other answer ...


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I have a similar problem. I do two things - callus rasp I use a "callus rasp" once a week or so to keep the calluses from growing too large. Look for a one that has some convex curvature, so you grind a specific, small area of your finger / palm. Cuticle Scissors If I've ever let them get way too large, trimming the calluses down with a pair of ...


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Yes, if you have running speed. Doing a dive frontflip is often very beneficial, because you get to land such that your feet are out in front of you as you land. When you have a lot of forward momentum, if you land straight up and down (i.e. perpendicular to the ground), you're going to have way less opportunity for your legs to break the fall before you ...


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Look up beastskills.com, tricktutorials.com and just drilssandskills.com They provide good explanations and progressions. Also, at least in europe, parkour groups are very open and very nice people. Maybe try to contact them first(most have a facebook page,forums or other means to coordinate meetups) and ask if they offer an open training for newbies, or ...


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As Robin Ashe said, Barstarzz is a great group resource in NYC. Their body weight training is extremely beneficial to any one interested in parkour training. In addition to body weight training, rock climbing on a rockwall with safety ropes would be also beneficial, and in time you will move to free climbing..


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If I were to seriously train for parkour, I'd combine sport-specific strength work, sprinting, gymnastics, full-length parkour course runs, and parkour drill work. For strength and conditioning, check out these "before and after" videos. If you're significantly de-trained, consider doing a general strength program first or in parallel. My running work ...


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Alright so what I use when I do parkour or free running are adidas classic samba shoes. They are very soft and after some wearing form to your foot in a good manner. I really like them as they have enough support for my arch yet enough grip for vaults and other moves. I have had 2 pairs and neither have ever ripped, i just out grew them. I would highly ...


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The basic landing has no 90 degree restriction. I have a feeling that this myth started out as one guy just making it up on the fly, and people just ran with it. When doing the basic landing, the most important part is that both feet and hands cushion the fall. Preferably, the first thing to hit the ground, should be the balls of your feet (near the ...


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There's a tool calld a Ped Egg that works well for calluses on both hands and feet.


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Soak you hands in hot water for a few minutes. gently shave the callus off with a shaver. Apply cornhuskers.


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For a low tech solution, use a curb. :) Pavement is rough enough to rub them away, and it's easy enough, every time you're sitting somewhere, waiting for a bus or for your ride, to gently rub away at it bit by bit.


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Having started Parkour a year ago at the age of 30, I think Matt's answer is not very helpful for older people interested in getting into it. Most people I see practising parkour are in their early 20s or younger and they all appear to have started in their teens. My Background My main activities are rock climbing and CrossFit. My experience as a 30 yo ...


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You never overcome fear, you just need to make sure fear doesn't overcome you. Easier said than done. Once someone fails or gets hurt the thought of that moment remains within us, no matter how many successful attempts were made before or after that incident. You ever wonder why Mike Tyson couldn't come back from his lose to Douglas? Most likely because ...



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