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Support Center => FAQ => Topic started by: houseman on June 20, 2007, 11:05:35 AM

Title: is my height a problem?
Post by: houseman on June 20, 2007, 11:05:35 AM
im kinda small and find it hard to reach high places, what could i do to improve my jumping skills?
Title: Re: is my height a problem?
Post by: rugbyanton on June 20, 2007, 12:11:17 PM
Next time you have questions you should put it under the parkour post.

But to help you with your problem you should just practise doing leg excersizes. Like burpees, broad jumps, star jumps, and side jumps. Work on your hamstring muscles alot it will help out.

You should also work on doing wall jumps to reach them hard to reach areas.
Title: Re: is my height a problem?
Post by: 7th__Samurai on June 20, 2007, 06:20:18 PM
Actually the hamstrings are not the only muscle that contributes to jump strength, it has a lot to do with the posterior chain, which is a group of muscles responsible for force in a jump or sprint. It is primarily composed of the calves, the hamstrings, the glutes and the spinal erectors.

Here is an excellent article on the posterior chain written by Steven L, It not only explains what the posterior chain is and what it does but also what exercises give power to the posterior.

http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/939/222/ (http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/939/222/)
Title: Re: is my height a problem?
Post by: houseman on June 21, 2007, 01:22:38 AM
cheers
Title: Re: is my height a problem?
Post by: fr33runner on August 19, 2007, 11:02:26 PM
Try to train your Tick-Tacks and Wallruns a bit more. It will help you reach some of the harder areas while strengthening your leg muscles. Plus you would get to train your top-outs and Climb-ups while you are at it!
Title: Re: is my height a problem?
Post by: Matthew Lee Willis on August 22, 2007, 06:24:29 AM
We have a guy here in texas...he has got to be lets say...4' 10''.  He tries harder then all of us here and he rocks.  He can not do what the tall people are doing but hey, he is getting closer to where we are...which is a great way for him to see his progression.