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Parkour / Re: Silent Running (Dead Silence or Ninja pro)
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:54:25 PM »
Haha, only a band geek would say this, buuuuuut...

I cannot tell you how many times I've walked right up to people with a roll step. Roll stepping, is, quite literally, rolling your foot, in one smooth motion from your heel, all the way to your big toe, in one fluid motion. If your roll step correctly, when you step off with one foot, the others heel should already he touching the ground. It takes A LOT of practice, and your calves are going to hate you. Bit, the bonus is, you can practice,, every day. I still roll step once in a while to catch myself from taking a nasty spill, or if i feel like being sneaky.

Washington / New to Tacoma
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:17:16 PM »
Hey guys! Just came up from Oregon and was wondering if anyone was from Tacoma or surrounding areas. I'm totally new to the area, and a total nooby for parkour, and it'd be cool to have some locals to train with and get started.

Oregon / Re: Any Mid-Valley Traceurs?
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:53:52 PM »
Great! Thanks man! This'll be a really big help!

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: January 08, 2012, 02:22:32 PM »
... when someone says "Dark-Side" and you think of your off-hand.

... when you can out-run, out jump (in height and distance), and out hurdle you high-school track-team.

... it takes you 10 minutes to climb a set of stairs, and only a few seconds to get to the bottom.

... you carry a camera/video camera with you almost all the time when you're out with your friends in-case you find a random hot-spot.

... you don't see ladders/stairs as a viable means of moving up or down a structure.

Training Journals / Re: Ian's 365 October 12, 2011 - 2012
« on: January 06, 2012, 03:51:13 PM »
Keep it up man. Hyper-extension is a total bitch. Took me almost 2 months of easy work-outs to get my right shoulder back into shape after a tree tried to, you know, rip my arm off.

Patience, practice, and confidence bro. You've got this! ;)

Training Journals / Re: Dallas' 365/52 Journal: Input Welcome
« on: January 06, 2012, 03:48:44 PM »
Day 3

My body is in complete protest of everything I try to do. I'm going to call it a light day today.

10 Push - Ups
10 Sit - Ups
10 Samsons

It's not what I wanted, but I really think if I push it today, I might end up hurting myself, which is exactly what I DON'T want happening. Can't very well practice with a sprain or pulled muscle yeah?

Parkour / Re: Please follow and read the link posted.
« on: January 06, 2012, 02:04:42 PM »
I agree with both parts. Most people do have a "strong" side, by preference or by upbringing, but you should still be at least familiar if not comfortable with moves on both sides. I would rather be 75% proficient with one side and 25% with the other, than 100% with one side and completely incapable of the other.

Agreed. I think that learning to lazy or tic tac (for arguments sake) with your "dark side" is important, maybe even learning how to speed or kong vault. But, at that same time, I'd much rather be MORE proficient with my dominant side than the other, as that's where my comfort zone is, and that's where I will perform most admirably.

And to further the argument, "if" is a pretty big two letter word. If I came into a situation where I needed to use my left side, I would, even if I knew I was terrible with it. But I'd make the best of it, because that's what I needed to do. For now, this newbie is gonna focus on his right side. Once I get everything down fairly good, then maybe I'll start doing some simple stuff on my left side. Until then, It's just another thing to think about training for.

Oregon / Any Mid-Valley Traceurs?
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:50:05 PM »
I live down in Lebanon. Anyone around that's closer than Eugene or Portland? I'd like to get out and jam or train with a few people and get to know some locals before I ship out. That won't be for a few months at least, but still.

Movement / Re: What have I done
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:24:35 PM »
Here is another great roll tutorial from the boys over at 3RUN. Helped me a lot getting back into the swing of things. He shows you two ways on how to do the same roll, in three easy steps.

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And seriously bro, BIGGER PRACTICE SPACE. I know it sounds rough, but if you can find some crappy clothes that you don't mind getting wet and dirty, do it in the front yard, even if the ground is all wet and nasty. It's what I'm going to end up having to do. Does it suck? You bet your ass it sucks. But, I'm also dedicated to making sure I know exactly what I'm doing before I try it on the concrete.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Fear. Overcoming vs. Ignoring
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:06:02 PM »
If you're not at least slightly apprehensive your first time trying something, you didn't didn't think it through.

I wouldn't quite agree with that, but I don't completely disagree either. I went out and tried paintballing for the first time and didn't think twice about it. Same with BMXing and surfing. I know what my body is capable of, riding a bike, or a snowboard, so why would I be apprehensive about trying to do something similar along both lines? It didn't mean I was good at either, but I wasn't nervous or scared. I just went out and gave it my best shot.

Onward to the conversation at hand. Fear, I believe is something to be respected. Example: By trade I am a tree-trimmer (pre-apprentice Arborist if you really feel like getting technical), and I am terrified; correction, ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED of heights. Like, deathly afraid don't-you-dare-make-me-go-up-there-or-I'll-crap-my-pants terrified, I and I used to work in heights, up to and in excess of 150-200 feet in the air.

"How is that even remotely possible?" You may ask. Well, when you begin to work in tree's, we have a saying: "Low and Slow" which is what a lot of Traceurs would probably tell you, too. It more or less means "Know what the hell you're doing, when you're doing it, and if it's something new, practice it until you can do it upside down, backwards, behind your back, blindfolded." We NEVER practiced ANYTHING new above 15 feet off the ground. Ever. The highest I ever went before I started actually climbing up into a tree was 40 feet, straight up, and straight back down, until I got comfortable with my gear, and began to trust it. I KNEW my gear wasn't going to fail. It's inanimate. It does nothing more, or less, other than what I tell it to.

After I came to grips with the fact that this rope and harness that I'm wearing is rated for (no shit) 10,000 lbs. of force acted on it all at once? I was pretty okay with clambering on up. But still, to this day, if I get more than say, 30 feet off the ground and standing on a ledge, you'll probably see me holding onto someone/thing for dear life, crying like a little girl. Because I'm still afraid.

Knowing your fears and being able to face them is something that requires respect, both for the person, and the fear. I will probably never completely conquer my fear of heights, without my gear. But, I also know that, and respect it. And when I do have my gear? It gives me a new perspective on my fear, and helps me overcome it, even for that short amount of time.

Gorilla PK / Re: Winter Training
« on: January 05, 2012, 12:41:55 PM »
Shadow boxing, or a punching bag would be pretty good, especially if you want to work your on cardio-vascular/endurance, training. With the shadow boxing, I usually use 1 or 2 lbs. weights along with it, just gripped in my hand. You wouldn't think it affects you that much, but swing those things around for 5-10 minutes, and you'll really start to feel it.

Training Journals / Re: Dallas' 365/52 Journal: Input Welcome
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:41:15 AM »
Thanks bro! *fist bump*

Started a Vlog, on the good ol' Youtube today, so I can track my progress, and get input as well. You can find that here.

Anyways, onto...

Day 2

20 Push - Ups
20 Sit - Ups
15 Pull - Ups
10 "Row Boats" (taking a pilates tension cord, placed in arch of foot, and spread arms as far as possible)
20 Squats
30 Samson Stretches

I'm sticking with this routine. Gonna grab some grub, clean up the house and then get to it after some stretching. My body is sore as hell (especially my legs and pecs), but then again, I haven't worked out like this is almost 2 years. Stands to reason I suppose. I'm also going to try and get some walking in today atleast. Maybe some running, but I'm still coughing pretty good. Hopefully by Monday or Tuesday I'll be feeling better at the latest. Definitely going to get outside and do some ground-to-platform precision jumping, and landing training.

Will update here in a few hours.


Day 2

20 Push - Ups
20 Sit - Ups
15 Pull - Ups
10 "Row Boats" (taking a pilates tension cord, placed in arch of foot, and spread arms as far as possible)
20 Squats
30 Samson Stretches

So I did it. And holy crap was it hard. My entire body was screaming in protest. I'm sore, tired, thirsty, sweaty, and feel fantastic. Managed to do the 5 precision jumps that I did yesterday, but I don't want to try any landing practice today. Those Samson Stretches, squats and precision jumps are really taking it out on my legs, and I don't want to risk them buckling when I come down, even after 3 feet. Also didn't quite manage to get that last pull-up in there. Fell juuuuuust short of getting all the way up. But still, it shows that I'm wearing myself out and down, which is exactly what I want to do.

Will post on the youtube later.

Training Journals / Dallas' 365/52 Journal: Input Welcome
« on: January 04, 2012, 12:02:02 PM »
Well, I figure what better way to start off the new year right? Now, please note, I'm going to be leaving for the Navy here within the next few months, so If a few posts get missed, I'll keep a hard-copy of the journal and update it as soon as I can.

So! Here goes...

Day 1

Still fighting the tale end of a cold, and I haven't been doing a whole lot of serious working out for over a year, so I'm going to be taking a fairly light.

1/2 APK Warm-Up

20 Push - Ups
20 Sit - Ups
10 Pull - Ups
2x60 (60 each side) Samson Stretches

I chose to start my work-out regiment on solely the APK Warm-Up routine. It's simple, I can do it almost anywhere, and It's fairly adaptable to someone who hasn't been working out on a regular basis (cough cough ::) ).

Also, planning on doing some vaulting or drop training. The sand filter for our septic system is extremely sturdy, and sits about 2 1/2 - 3 feet off the ground, so that's perfect for it. Also, the wall separating us and our neighbors is about 8 feet tall, so it's just tall enough for me to touch the ground while I'm standing next to it. I think I'll use that for shimmying and gripping practice, and dropping from a wall.  I learned how to roll properly in Taekwondo earlier in my child hood and could use some practice in that as well, but with the limited space, and soaking wet ground, I'll have to wait until I have the house to myself for a bit, or tough it out when I'm feeling a bit better and roll around in the mud.


Hot damn! I dunno if it's just cause I'm sick or what, but even that little bit of a work-out kicked my ass pretty good.

At the end of everything I managed:

Day 1

20 Push - Ups
20 Sit - Ups
15 Pull - Ups
10 "Row Boats" (taking a pilates tension cord, placed in arch of foot, and spread arms as far as possible)
20 Squats
30 Samson Stretches

I did 5 standing jumps from the ground onto the sand filter, which serves as my jumping platform, and spent about 15 minutes practicing my drops. No vaulting today, but I think I'm going to wait on the running until I get this cold taken care of. I also think that what I accomplished is going to be my daily regiment for week one, adding 5 to everything for week two, and so on and so forth until I get to around 45 or 50.

Diet / Re: Fast Metabolism: Dietary Advice?
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:17:00 PM »
Haha. Like running and cardio, mostly. We have some free weights, but I don't really hit those. If I need to work out my arms, or my back I usually do some pull-ups, push-ups or sit-ups/crunches.

Healthy meals: Usually 3-4 meals a day, with snacks in between if I get hungry. Meals are usually chicken, beef, salads, or a mixture there of, usually with a veggie for side. Im trying to stay away from the processed stuff, but Ramen is plentiful, and I'm a busy guy, so usually a packet or two of that during the day worms it's way in while I'm on the go.

Diet / Fast Metabolism: Dietary Advice?
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:59:11 AM »
A little about myself before I post:

I am a 22 year old male, and weigh 135 lbs. While my family is all fairly skinny, and known to have over active metabolisms while we are still fairly young, I'd still like to try and put on a little weight and get my body fat levels up to a "healthy" level. As it stands, at the moment I have little to none. Now, I HAVE had my weight up to around 155 lbs. in the past, when I was working a full-time job as an Arborist (tree-trimmer for those who are unfamiliar with the term). This however, was like doing the APK warm-up once an hour, for 6-8 hours a day.

Since I've been laid off and found a new job, my weight has dropped dramatically, even though I still eat healthy diverse meals, and work out once or twice a week. My question is this: Is there a certain type of food or diet regiment I should look into to start gaining a little more weight to be back in the "healthy" range, or should I just keep at what I'm doing and hope for the best?

FAQ / Re: Parkour Music
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:41:17 AM »
I haven't started practicing any tricks, or movements yet (still trying to get in shape with the APK warm-up before I start training), but a few musical genre's I listen to a lot working out are:

Dubstep/Brostep: Now, I know it's an "overplayed" genre, but a lot of the really intense drops and heavy/aggressive bass/synth leads can be very motivating.
Acid Jazz/Psy-trance/Goa-trance: For stretching, cool down, and light meditation after work outs.
Drum and Bass/Punk: For burn-outs, sprints, and any other "fast paced" work out regiment.
Metal/Hard Rock: Again, very aggressive and motivating, especially for max-out bench/leg press', or max-strength intensive workouts.

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:38:39 AM »
Hey! Name's Dallas, and I'm from Lebanon, Oregon.

Haven't started any Parkour/Free-Running yet, but it's something I've always been interested in. Going into the Navy soon and needed a good work-out regiment, and stumbled on this site! Killing two birds with one stone huh?

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