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Offline Ryan Wells

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Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:50:21 AM »
I have 0 experience in gymnastics etc but wanna at least try to become an expert at both parkour and free running, I've seen vids of people doing insane tricks, and would love to be able to do them, I workout often if that matters, including yoga, plyo, strength training and cardio etc.  But am I bit too old to become as good as them?

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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 11:16:32 AM »
Ive been told at that age that it will take some work, but your definitely not to old to become an expert. If you work your butt off and start taking alot of courses, you could get there. Good luck and have fun :)

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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 04:00:54 PM »
It depends who you are aiming for.  Theres very few people in the world who can be as good as Ryan Doyle, Joey Adrian, etc.  But I laugh when people in their 20's ask if its too old to start training ;D I am 26, and I dont think I would have been any more skilled when I was 18 or 19 had I done the same amount of training that I have now.
And working out regurlarly can only help, never hinder your skills.  I do shoulder workouts 3-4 times a week.  Imagine trying to do a muscle up with hardly any upper body strength? ;D
But it sounds like youre a good candidate to start PK training, maybe incorporate PK aswel as your workouts?  Get out there and get training :)  And like the French say, "repitizione" is the key to success!
Good luck :)

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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 11:35:26 PM »
Well, as long as you don't push yourself.
Mastering parkour is like mastering any other skill in life.
There are master chefs out there who didn't step into a kitchen until after 30.
It all just depends on how much work you put into it.
Put in the time and the effort and you'll see the results, no matter how old you are.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2012, 11:54:22 AM »
Sounds like me around June last year, but anything is possible once you put your mind to it. I'm going on 23 in November!!
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2012, 09:11:01 AM »
hey man no it's never too late to start. I know guys who are over 40 trying out the benefits of parkour. Don't feel as if it's too late to start, the parkour community has definitely increased in size in the past several years and youngsters are coming in like wildfire
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 11:37:49 AM »
To become an expert one must merely put 1000 hours of work into a specific area of study, so says the board of scientist who came up with that number.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 03:48:02 PM »
im 26, and still train -____- not an expert but i can hold my own. I know a few others on this board are 25+ and even 30+ that still train regularly
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2012, 02:51:00 PM »
How old is David Belle? ;D Exactly :)

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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 04:41:24 AM »
How old is David Belle? ;D Exactly :)

39. Other people in the former Yamakasi are over 40 and they are indeed in an amazing shape. Especially guys like Chau.  :P

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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2012, 06:46:14 AM »
21 is the perfect age to start. Your body is fully developed and your hormonal levels are at maturity.

Meet Iordan Iovtchev, who is almost TWICE your age and he was in the London 2012 Men's Gymnastics olympics! http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24/meet-the-oldest-gymnast-at-the-olympics-iordan-iovtchev/


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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2012, 08:46:15 AM »
21 is the perfect age to start. Your body is fully developed and your hormonal levels are at maturity.
I'd have to disagree about the physical maturity of males, I'm still filling out my muscle mass and I'm 22. I can't grow in height but my size has just exploded in the last six months. As far as hormonal values, testosterone can be tricky, too much you get Mike Tyson, not enough you get Ghandi. Considering his regime, he should have plenty of everything going right now.

As far as clarity to start, no time is perfect but when you're ready.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2012, 04:01:09 PM »
I am 22.

I started when I was 17-18 and I weighed 300+ lbs and was a worthless sack of shit.

Now I sit at just under 200, train pk/fr/bboy/tricking, compete in jiu-jitsu and starting to compete in bodybuilding, and worked as a gymnastics coach while I was getting my bachelors degree. Currently in the Army and going to medical school through them to become a doctor and plan to get another teaching job with gymnastics soon. I will also be opening a gym in the future.

If you had told me where I'd be in a few years I would have laughed at you.

Nothing is too late to start. 21 is nowhere near old.

Do it.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2012, 03:25:42 PM »
^^^ What he said!

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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2012, 06:27:18 PM »
I am 22.

I started when I was 17-18 and I weighed 300+ lbs and was a worthless sack of shit.

Now I sit at just under 200, train pk/fr/bboy/tricking, compete in jiu-jitsu and starting to compete in bodybuilding, and worked as a gymnastics coach while I was getting my bachelors degree. Currently in the Army and going to medical school through them to become a doctor and plan to get another teaching job with gymnastics soon. I will also be opening a gym in the future.

If you had told me where I'd be in a few years I would have laughed at you.

Nothing is too late to start. 21 is nowhere near old.

Do it.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2012, 08:39:28 PM »
Who knows bruh! But don't try to copy others PK style and stunts, be yourown personality with your PK.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2012, 07:57:14 AM »
I'd have to disagree about the physical maturity of males, I'm still filling out my muscle mass and I'm 22. .

Okay, if your body is not physically mature yet by age 21, even better. That means you are younger than you thought. Either way, it supports my claim that the 20s are a great time to start.

Plus, I coach kids in gymnastics and by "maturity" I also mean mentally. Kids are really bad at listening to directions and have little concept of what they are doing or control over their bodies. Adults learn way faster. I've taught 20 year olds to do standing back tucks on the floor in just a few hours. Kids... it takes weeks, months, years depending on how fast their body is developing.


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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2012, 08:25:46 AM »
Plus, I coach kids in gymnastics and by "maturity" I also mean mentally.
I disagree with this statement as well, I have alot of trouble with the mental maturity you speak of, on the account of a few disabilities I have. My point being I know you're speaking generally, but the assumption that age is all we have in common is grossly cumbersome. The fact is by that logic our current education system is at it's peak performance, when we know full well it's not.

Also, I'm not attempting to undermine you in anyway, I'm just pointing out the holes in your logic.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2012, 05:02:03 AM »
Yep Kyle has come a long way. If you ever meet him in person and he wants to bear hug you just remember to roll out the way :P.

On this maturity thing, Brett Robert is in his 30s as well as Chris Seaton and I'm always hearing how they are leveling up. I think a good dose of "shut up and train" is in order. If you really want to start you will nothing will stop you not even age.
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Re: Is 21 too old to become an expert at parkour and free running?
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2012, 12:22:07 AM »
So in a word.....Nope!