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Lost motivation
« on: July 02, 2010, 09:28:57 AM »
I have been training since April of last year. I love parkour, I love seeing personal progress, I love this new way of life.

Training is a pain though. The nearest good area is a half hour travel on foot (Since I don't drive, thats all I have). I can do a very intense workout that takes about an hour, maybe hour and a half if I go slow. That being said, 40%-50% of the time I am outside for parkour is filled with boring monotonous travel. That is making training become a chore, rather than a fun activity.

It doesn't help that I train alone. I am a social person, so that would help, but none of my friends want to do parkour. There is also nobody better than me within a reasonable distance. I hear having someone better than you can really help motivate you like a coach. I have looked everywhere for new spots, and there are none.

There is NO WAY I'm giving up parkour, so the question stands, what can I do to get fired up about parkour again?
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 09:31:38 AM »
Obstacles. If you can't find them, make them.

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 09:36:30 AM »
You don't always have to go to the "good" spot. If this spot has multiple different obstacles, then that's great, but I'm sure you could find a few places that are closer to where you live that just have a single obstacle that you can train on, such as a random railing or table or a big wall. You could find some spots like those and then just go to them depending on what you feel like doing.

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010, 10:07:18 AM »
if ur by urself, get a matress and go to your backyard. practice frontflips, backflips, handsprings and stuff like that. practice handstands. practice rolling. go for a run every once and a while. there is always stuff to do :)
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 10:21:01 AM »
Go for a run every once and a while. there is always stuff to do :)

This!

I went for a run around my area the other day and i was so surprised at the amount of places awesome for parkour that i usually pass by every day getting to the so called "good places" :)

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010, 12:32:55 PM »
When I get bored of my 'good spots', I do a run from one place to another, and I go through my run in detail, to see if I can find faster shortcuts. Whenever I do this, I seem to find lots of new areas to train :)
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010, 05:58:58 PM »
You don't always have to go to the "good" spot. If this spot has multiple different obstacles, then that's great, but I'm sure you could find a few places that are closer to where you live that just have a single obstacle that you can train on, such as a random railing or table or a big wall. You could find some spots like those and then just go to them depending on what you feel like doing.

My definition of good spot is any place I can practice any parkour-related movement. Between the spots and me is a large amount one story privately owned houses, a river, three hills, and a heck-ton of roads.

if ur by urself, get a matress and go to your backyard. practice frontflips, backflips, handsprings and stuff like that. practice handstands. practice rolling. go for a run every once and a while. there is always stuff to do :)

If I had a matress to practice on, believe me, I would already be practicing flips and such. Alas, I don't. I already practice handstands a reasonable amount, but handstands alone do not a workout make. I also go barefoot running sometimes.
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010, 07:25:23 AM »
What about taking a break from Parkour? I know it may sound crazy but it helps for me. I will quit Parkour sometimes and just focus purely on conditioning. I find that when I do begin to train Parkour again I can do so many different things and look at things a lot differently since my body has changed. Plus, conditioning is just fun!

There are also other things you could focus on like pure tricking (http://www.trickstutorials.com/index.php?page=content/tricks) (http://www.justtheskills.com/), martial arts, gymnastics, dancing, ect. You never have to quit Parkour, you can simply take a break and practice some other activities.

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2010, 07:48:55 AM »
Maybe this will motivate you, and show you how good you have it.
I live in the country.  First, there is no one around, let alone anyone who wants to do parkour. If i want to practice in life setting, i have to travel at LEAST 40 minutes to small dinky little towns. and what is there, is pathetic. there is no flow to the towns, you can just drill. i have no one to practice with, just me and my ipod.  i can't do nature parkour, because lucky for me, i live in woods so thick you cant even jog through them, you have to trudge.  you CAN continue, try thinking of that half hour walk, as exersize, a warm up.  the fact you are alone, it gives you time to think to yourself, to understand yourself better.  I'm not saying your situation is all fiddles and roses... but its not the worst in the world, just as mine isnt the worst in the world.

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2010, 10:35:35 AM »
Drop it for awhile and then come back. Also, remember why you wanted to do it so badly in the first place. And then what made you really fall in love with it. For me, it looked fun. Then I discovered it was like swinging, except you weren't chained to one spot. The reason I love swinging is because it is like flying. Which of course is one of the best things in the world.
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2010, 12:37:24 PM »
You haven't lost your motivation. You just need to rework it. There is always motivation. Take another look around. Look at                                             things from another perspective. That long commute- make it work for you. Can you do something during that commute that will benefit you?
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2010, 01:22:23 PM »
You haven't lost your motivation. You just need to rework it. There is always motivation. Take another look around. Look at                                             things from another perspective. That long commute- make it work for you. Can you do something during that commute that will benefit you?

I already kind of try. There is a wallclimb I can do, and a rail that I balance on that takes me about half way there.


I've decided to make an effort to learn a bunch of new moves, and work on moves I haven't really practiced much. I really wish I had a box for vaulting.
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2010, 09:24:05 AM »
im going threw the same thing your doing bud it seems like every time i get on these forums someone already has my problem but i guess you could say im taking a break and im a social person to i know this but i never considered the thought that it would be better to have people with me the only person who does parkour is a joke he has no clue what hes talking about and he tries to teach people wich is the worst he has no passion for the art at all and makes me enraged but i have me to worry about but i know whatcha mean i think ima go to a jam soon to get my passion kicked back up in the sky :)

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2010, 10:14:46 AM »
Try training at your house (can be inside or outside). I'm sure there's plenty of things to do. I personally think my house is a wonderful place to train. I got a mattress for flips, blocks to set up precisions, a ledge of my window to practice cat leaps on, and I have my entire house to  condition in. It's quite fun, just keep your eye open!

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2010, 10:47:01 AM »
sorry if this was already said (i didnt read all the replies)
but why not finding a new way to get there?
i would sometimes go down to this elementary school playground to practice,
i would just jog there, but i found out its alot more interesting to run throught the wods instead of around them.
the jumping over tree branches and such add variety

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2010, 07:40:47 PM »
im going threw the same thing your doing bud it seems like every time i get on these forums someone already has my problem but i guess you could say im taking a break and im a social person to i know this but i never considered the thought that it would be better to have people with me the only person who does parkour is a joke he has no clue what hes talking about and he tries to teach people wich is the worst he has no passion for the art at all and makes me enraged but i have me to worry about but i know whatcha mean i think ima go to a jam soon to get my passion kicked back up in the sky :)

I wish I personally knew someone like Danny Ilabaca, and got to jam with them often. You just know that any noob in Danny's area starting to learn, would have a great teacher and would have an amazing start. Me, (and apparently you too) I had someone show me the basic basics, and like 4 mediocre spots to train. They got me started, but I never got to learn anything from them.

Try training at your house (can be inside or outside). I'm sure there's plenty of things to do. I personally think my house is a wonderful place to train. I got a mattress for flips, blocks to set up precisions, a ledge of my window to practice cat leaps on, and I have my entire house to  condition in. It's quite fun, just keep your eye open!

This will probably end up being the biggest help for me. 10 points to you.
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2010, 05:20:19 AM »
I'm gonna say start trying to condition again. I just started back conditioning again and it has really placed my mind right. As I'm working out I think to myself what movement I will be able to do or what variation of a basic movent can I do once I'm done with this.
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2010, 05:41:04 AM »
Start tricking. You will never be bored because you will suck for at least a year before getting the basics down. Then there's stupid amounts of variations and new tricks and combos to learn. Trust me, plenty to keep you occupied.
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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2010, 06:22:13 PM »
Save up for a bike? will make that walk a lot shorter. And also remember man, if you don't get back to training I'm gonna drag my KB's all the way to Maine and make ya. All kidding aside, a bike is great. This should help to, if you think 40 minutes of walking is bad, I have to drive (at 65/70mph) for an hour and a half to find a place to train using a half a tank of gas to get there and back. Feel better now?

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Re: Lost motivation
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2010, 12:48:30 PM »
Save up for a bike? will make that walk a lot shorter. And also remember man, if you don't get back to training I'm gonna drag my KB's all the way to Maine and make ya. All kidding aside, a bike is great. This should help to, if you think 40 minutes of walking is bad, I have to drive (at 65/70mph) for an hour and a half to find a place to train using a half a tank of gas to get there and back. Feel better now?

Someone else's situation sucking doesn't make mine suck less, soooo not really. I already ride a ripstick. If I walked the distance, it would easily take an hour.

Start tricking. You will never be bored because you will suck for at least a year before getting the basics down. Then there's stupid amounts of variations and new tricks and combos to learn. Trust me, plenty to keep you occupied.
See thats a good idea, but I start with flipping, right? I have been wanting to learn flips for a long time now, but I am lacking in places to try them. I'm too much of a sissy to try my first flip on anything besides pads thick enough to stop me from hurting myself. I have a good tolerance for pain, but a high fear of it.
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