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Need a little help starting out...
« on: April 29, 2008, 04:31:37 PM »
Im extremely new to Parkour.  In fact I've only gone out and tried it out twice.  But I'm really interested in it and would like to get better.  My problem is I need a workout routine that I can do on a regular basis to strengthen the muscles I need.  I usually only do general lifts to keep healthy and I follow no routine at the moment; I'm not in peak physical condition, but I can do pretty much any exercise you think would help me.  So a workout schedule, routine, or any other kind of help would be great.

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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 05:52:46 PM »
Hey man, core strength is key to your training.

Go to www.urbanfreeflow.com and search around for their ab workouts.

I've been using them alot, it has definitely helped me get more fit.

Also, regular parkour outings, trying everything, repetition and all, really helps build up the correct muscles. Just make sure you are doing the movements correctly.

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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 08:56:04 PM »
And if you find nothing of interest at urbanfreeflow, just check out some other traceur's or traceuess' workouts. I am sure you could find one at your level. I hope you find somethinthat will work for you. Core strengthening is definitely a plus =)
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008, 11:19:03 PM »
Thank you, ill be sure and check them out.  And i've started to arrange going out and practicing more often.  Thx for your advice.

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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2008, 03:24:48 AM »
Good work. Progression =D lol. Just don't get lazy on yourself...lol. Make yourself train =)
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008, 09:32:35 PM »
http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=9469.0

Also, go to the mainpage of APK and check out the exercises, WODs, etc.
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2008, 09:34:01 PM »
Lol, kinda what I said, but it's all good. Repitition isn't a bad thing ;D
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008, 09:46:10 PM »
Lol, kinda what I said, but it's all good. Repitition isn't a bad thing ;D

Except you didn't say anything that I said AT ALL. It's ok if you and I say different things but don't lie about it.

And if you find nothing of interest at urbanfreeflow, just check out some other traceur's or traceuess' workouts. I am sure you could find one at your level. I hope you find somethinthat will work for you. Core strengthening is definitely a plus =)

Good work. Progression =D lol. Just don't get lazy on yourself...lol. Make yourself train =)
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008, 09:49:43 PM »
I am pretty sure you just showed me that I said to check other traceurs or treceuss' Workouts... Geez don't have to get angry... :-\
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008, 07:06:20 AM »
I'm gonna have to agree with Rainer, he did say "kinda" : /
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2008, 09:06:45 AM »
It really doesn't matter, I just don't like when people get so angry about nothing at all. I was just pointing out that I sorta said what you just did. But let's just drop it because this isn't a place to argue or make enemies...
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2008, 07:29:08 PM »
I am pretty sure you just showed me that I said to check other traceurs or treceuss' Workouts... Geez don't have to get angry... :-\

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It really doesn't matter, I just don't like when people get so angry about nothing at all. I was just pointing out that I sorta said what you just did. But let's just drop it because this isn't a place to argue or make enemies...

Does it look like I said anything about checking out other people's workouts?

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=9469.0

Also, go to the mainpage of APK and check out the exercises, WODs, etc.

Sigh.. you guys are needing some reading comprehension help.  :)
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2008, 11:14:27 AM »
Steve, you're acting a bit too high and mighty for my taste, and being a moderator, you shouldn't be the one with such an obvious tone (even for the internet) of degradation for others. Rainer offered to drop it with no harsh feelings, yet you kept up with it. It's obvious we have "reading comprehension," so don't make us appear less than yourself. Also, the smile was completely unnecessary.
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2008, 06:33:53 PM »
When I see incorrect information I call people on it. While this is obviously a very, very, very trivial matter I don't appreciate people attempting to criticize me for calling you and him out on his mistake.

And yes, this is apparently a reading comprehension issue. Yes, I have brain farts at times too; I'm not perfect. But at least admit to your mistake instead of digging yourself a bigger hole. This will help out IMMENSELY not just on the internet but in real life.
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2008, 10:35:37 AM »
Regardless of who is right in this issue, I can't help but to wonder what impression we're leaving on the new guy who posted this thread.

"Choose your battles" comes to mind. Seriously, let's get back on topic and help the guy out, that's if he/she isn't already turned off
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2008, 11:46:13 AM »
People, we are getting a little off topic but I still appreciate the help and am not turned off to parkour at all.  I did check out those workouts on urbanfreeflow and found them very helpful in breaking down every aspect of fitness, however im still a little fuzy on how often to workout certain muscles and what workouts would work best for them, or what muscles are more important to work for this sport.  Any feedback would be great. 

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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2008, 12:08:20 PM »
What are your objectives?

That's a very important question because it will define what you need to do to accomplish them.

Also, as your training progresses, your objectives will become more clear, more defined, and you will add even more objectives.

Check out my training log. My training is geared towards a bit of Strength, a bit of Cardio, and a LOT of endurance. I also have very specific objectives, such as

- Jump 8 feet in a standing long jump
- Get my first muslce-up
- Bench 225 lbs 10 times
- Run 8 miles
- Do a 400 m sprint in under 1 minute

In my log you will see that I address all these objectives accordingly.

If you know your objectives already, point them out. You'll find everyone here will be more than happy to help
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2008, 09:13:22 PM »
Ok, ive thought about your advice, and I think ive thought of some objectives for me to try:

-Do 20 Pull-ups
-Do 50 Dips
-Run 6 miles at 7mph
-Do 100 m dashes in 1 min
-Bench 250 lbs at 8 reps
-Eat only 1500 calories a day

Let me know if these are good goals to have, and any suggestions on others that would be beneficial for Parkour

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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2008, 08:44:38 AM »
1. How tall and how heavy are you?

1500 calories for a growing teenager (if that's what you are) is probably too few. You won't gain much strength or endurance and you'll be tired all the time and feel like crap.

2. Benching 250 is pretty ambitious although not related at all to your other upper body goals like 20 pullups and 50 dips. The former is more or less strength compared to the latter as conditioning... just so you know that. And benching doesn't really help you do anything else either so.. yeah.. not very useful.

3. Any particular reason it's 6 miles and at 7 mph? An ~8:30 mile isn't that hard to do if you wanted to decrease that.. it just seems pretty arbitrary.

4. And the 100m sprints aren't clear at all. In one minute? Maybe 400m?
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Re: Need a little help starting out...
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2008, 10:46:32 AM »
Adding to Steve's advice

Where are you now with respect to these goals? And, in what timeframe to you expect to accomplish them?

Based on that, you will know whether they are good goals. If you want to do 20 pull ups in 1 set in a couple of weeks, it is only realistic if you are currently at 15 or so. So timelines are important in goal setting.

Steve, I think it was in one of your articles I read good goals should be

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time based
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