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Consumer Whores / questions on cameras
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:45:23 PM »
ok so here's the deal I need a videocamera that can take videos, and stills. It needs to be 300 or under, and has to work well in low light areas. I dont need HD and want it will be used for training vids. Are there any suggestions on what I can get or any opinions on the cameras that I have found? (looked in previous threads and didnt see anything that answered my question, or the camera wasnt availible anymore.)

Canon FS200- http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=2544&modelid=17999

Everio S- http://camcorder.jvc.com/product.jsp?productId=PRD1209000&pathId=161

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Injuries - Discussion / pains in calfs when doing flips
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:00:04 PM »
Hey guys whenever I go to the gymnastics gym and practice flips I get this dull pain  in my calfs, but mostly my right calf. It feels like when you land flat footed really hard on concrete and the shock goes up into your calfs and stays there for at least a half hour. It makes it hard to flip because running or landing on it hurts not alot but enough that makes you want to just stop for the night. When I am flipping I land on the balls of my feet and not flat footed. I am on a springboard floor with an extra padded mat where I am landing. Any questions or ideas on what is going on or how to stop it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Chris

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Parkour And Freerunning / More freerunning, less parkour
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:43:20 PM »
Recently I have noticed that there are far more freerunners then there are traucers. Now before I go on I just want to say that I am not wining or complaining about freerunning. I like freerunning very much and this is just an observation :). When I was going to jam at the hotspot and at the gym I noticed that out of around 20-27 people about 20-22 were freerunners. Almost all of them said that they were freerunners and did very little parkour. I said that's great for them and keep training hard (they were pretty good too). I personally lean more towards the traucer side in me and go more for efficiency rather than flair. Though don't get me wrong im working on my front and side flip as we speak but mostly for the occasional flip or two. I was just wondering if its like this around anybody else's community? I know flips are fun an all, but I always thought and wanted there to be more to parkour and freerunning then just flips. I guess I just don't understand the hype about flipping, and it all depends on the person and what they want to get from all of this. Lastly can anybody explain the difference between tricking and freerunning other than you move forward in freerunning and you don't in tricking?

and again im not ragging on freerunning just an observation and a few questions.

thanks

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Colorado / csu gymnastics and parkour combined
« on: August 19, 2009, 01:35:34 PM »
I will be taking over the csu gymnastics club as president and one of my friends will be an officer as well. I am planning on combining gymnastics club and the parkour club making them one club. It will be a special gymnastics/parkour club where we train inside and outside of the gym. If anybody has any ideas of things I can do for the club I would like to hear them. Parkour will be an official club at colorado state university YAY!

P.S. In no way will I be teaching gymnastics or parkour, I am just there so everybody can use the gym and the campus to their hearts content. I am still learning and am in no position to teach, I can only give advice.

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I will be taking over the csu gymnastics club as president and one of my friends will be an officer as well. I am planning on combining gymnastics club and the parkour club making them one club. It will be a special gymnastics/parkour club where we train inside and outside of the gym. If anybody has any ideas of things I can do for the club I would like to hear them. Parkour will be an official club at colorado state university YAY!

P.S. In no way will I be teaching gymnastics or parkour, I am just there so everybody can use the gym and the campus to their hearts content. I am still learning and am in no position to teach, I can only give advice.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Moving from the gym to the outside
« on: August 04, 2009, 08:41:38 PM »
Hey I need some advice from others about my situation on flips. I learned how to do front and side flips in the gym and I can now land both with ease. My problem is that I know the spring board floors double your jump or something around that and I need to be able to do these outside on hard surfaces. I am worried of doing the technique but have a bad jump due to the lack of spring board and completely wiping out my legs/butt/neck.What is a way to trasition from the gym to the grass and how did you do it?

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My left knee seems to continually dislocate whenever I sit Indian style or cross legged style. Now its starting to do the same thing when I roll. Truthfully im not even sure if this is a dislocate, what happens is if im sitting Indian/cross legged style and try to part my legs and straiten them out I hear a suddle pop and then im in extreme pain and am unable to move my leg anymore. The only way to get my leg to move is to have somebody grab my leg and straiten it out and I will hear a loud pop and I can move again which causes the pain to at least double for the moment. The pain will be there for at least another half hour but severely less than before. Same with the roll, when I start to get up the knee goes into the extreme pain and I fall back down cause I cant get my leg to extend. I have looked at the knee when it is in the "dislocate" stage and the knee cap is still in place from what I can tell.

So first of all What the hell is this?!?!?

Second of all what can I do to help prevent this?

Thanks

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Parkour And Freerunning / kids these days...
« on: July 11, 2009, 09:17:54 AM »
What the hell is wrong with kids these days?? They are disrespectful, lazy, and only look out for themselves. Do people even know how to raise kids these days?? I am 23 and I know that im not very old but me and my sister were raised to be thoughtful, kind, and respectful. Whatever happened to the traditional way of raising kids that showed results?

The reason I bring this up is because at my work I was helping one of my customers who had back problems load up concrete bags and he had 2 perfectly healthy kids to do this for him. The reason I know this is that he asked them to help load up the bags and their response was "yea sure, we'll get right on it." and just sat in the car talking on the phone. If I said something like that my dads foot would be soo far up my ass i would be eating shoe leather for a week. So it ended up me telling the customer to go sit in the car and I can get the concrete. There was 30 bags of the 100 lbs concrete and he insisted that he help out but I pulled the im a weightlifter and this gives me extra training excuse. He tried to give me a tip of 20 bucks and I refused because it is my job to help and even if it wasnt I would have still helped him.

Even though those were not my kids if they were I would be dragging them out of the car by the ear. They showed complete disrespect to their own father and that is wrong. This isnt even the first time, I see this type of stuff everywhere I go kids/teenagers disrespecting their parents and others whether they are older than the person or not. That is why I believe a good ass whipping is in order lol. Even one of my cousins is like this, completely disrespectful to me and his grandmother. When he gets a FREE present from her anytime he complains that "oh this thing sucks". WHAT?!?! Boy you are very close to an ass kicking so watch what you say. He insulted the car I drive saying its a piece of crap when I spent so long saving this car. It is a 2002 outback and I bought it when it was brand new in 2002. Just cause his parents spent money they dont have on things they cannot afford makes my car a piece of crap?? I am really done with kids/teenagers with no respect or disipline. What are your thoughts on this?

p.s. those of you that were raised like me then I give you and your parents props and keep up the good work.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Z day is coming...
« on: June 08, 2009, 06:31:01 PM »
Everybody better be prepared, make sure you can fire a gun and vault at the same time. ;)
I thought this was really funny when I saw it on tv and just wanted to give everybody a reminder, we train for several reasons, whether those reasons happen or not. Have fun ;D
http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/07/avon-teams-with-resident-evils-umbrella-corp-for-face-cream/

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Consumer Whores / anybody work for five ten or K-Swiss?
« on: May 07, 2009, 06:14:10 PM »
Hey, at the grand opening of APEX movement in denver colorado there were giant five ten posters hanging on the walls. I was wondering if Five ten or K-Swiss might sell these types of posters/banners? I would love to get one of them. Thanks in advance

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CO Jams / FORT COLLINS tuesday/thursday training!!!!!!!!!!
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:01:51 PM »
Hey everybody, we at the gymnastics gym were deciding weither to keep training inside the gym or outside for the summer. This last saturday made me realize that I was getting too used to the gym and my basics were beginning to suffer severly. Techniques that I was able to do very well have declined, such as my climb ups, underbars, and precisions. So I have decided to train outside this summer to get back what I lost and gain something new. Every tuesday and thursday I will be training outside. The areas will vary but will most likely stick to csu campus and Fort Park. On Tuesdays we will be meeting up at CSU from 4 to 6:30 and on Thursday at fort park from 4 to 6:30. We can and will change locations if someone desires to do so every once in a while.

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Colorado / For the Foco crew
« on: April 22, 2009, 09:53:15 PM »
Hey everybody in the foco area I am starting to ramp up my training and was wondering if anybody could help me out by being a workout partner. I dont know about you but I find working out much easier, funner and most importantly safer with a partner, and it makes me more motivated to train. I am going to be doing things that would make me feel safer with a partner such as using heavier weights and riskier techniques. This can and will include weightlifting, running, and technique training. If anybody feels up to it reply to this or personal message me, and we can work out a schedule/exercises. Also as being a partner I can help you with your heavy lifting or technique training(as best I can). Anybody who can help out, it would be greatly appreciated.  ;D

Thanks
Chris

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Parkour And Freerunning / parkour house
« on: March 30, 2009, 11:46:16 PM »
ok so a while back I recieved an email that displayed houses specially built for an athlete or somebody who is in good shape. Now some of these houses were pretty amazing, with some showing the only way to get up to the second floor is to climb a rope. Another house you had to boulder across a wall to get to the bathroom, or had to swim against a current to get to the sauna/shower. One I thought that was pretty cool was that there was a bar on the ground and in order to open the door to the game room you must lift the bar (deadlift it) to open the door. This bar could be set at different weights and could be changed to a pullup or squat.

If these types of houses are possible then why not a parkour/freerunning house. Hell instead of going outside to train some days call the girls and boys over for a jam. If you could have a house specifically designed so if you want to get anywhere you must complete some technique or even exercise what and where would they be? You can make up anything for any room multiple times, and also think about if you have guests i.e. dont make an area extremely hard unless you dont want them getting in that area, or have a trick way to get passed the area. The ideas must be related to parkour/freerunning in some way, shape, or form. Lets get some good ideas in and maybe when we are all rich we can build this house/mansion.

Ill start it off, to get into the living room to watch tv or play a game there would be a 8 to 10 ft wall that you need to wall run to get to. There will be a little slot in the wall to hold food/drink while performing the technique.

PS all i can say is if you were drunk in any of these houses we would be hurting the next morning :-Sarcasm

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Injuries - Discussion / lower back and calf pain
« on: March 02, 2009, 09:59:53 PM »
ok so here's the deal, every time I go down into a kneeling/martial arts type of position and i stand up from that position(no matter how long im there) there is a sharp pain in my right and sometimes left calf, and i mean this can really sting sometimes. I mean its there when i stretch with my weight on my legs, kneel down to work on my bike, etc. Also for some reason i always have problems with leg raises and static leg raises. What i mean is that whenever i do these workouts im suppost to feel it in my abs but every time i keep feeling it in my lower back and doing if for even 10 seconds will make my lower back start to hurt quite a bit. Im wondering if it is because my lower back is weak?

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Training Journals / Chris Parker training log
« on: February 23, 2009, 03:45:18 PM »
Standard
Height 6'0"
weight 170
age 22

Goals
20 pullups-13 current 15 current
1 muscle up-0 current
deadlift body weight-current daily is 150
Hold a frog stance/planche progression for 10>15>20>30 sec
25 dips body weight-10 current 15 current
be able to do a handstand without the wall for 10>15>25>30 seconds
able to do 50 pushups-25 current32 current
able to do 10 one handed pushups-4 current
able to front flip and back flip on level ground(longer term goals)-can do front flip into foam pit, no backflip yet. can do front flip bout 1 ft below ground level
able to walk on a rail 20 seconds or more-10 seconds current 14 seconds
able to do a precision jump between 2 rails
get over fear of heights(long term)-getting better as of 3/11/09
get a stronger core(not sure what goals I should be looking for here??)
Double kong outside of the gym-regular kong outside of gym current
able to wall run cleanly-get up fast, legs lag behind current
Eat Heathier(working on it)
Run a 6 minute mile-7:10 current
10 pistols each leg with no support-3 current per leg with good form- have support
Ok so those are my goals and just a little information would be that I have kyphosis(spelling?) which is the curving of the spine at the top. Since I really did not work out before this my lower back is exteremly weak so starting dead lift and power clean will probable be very low. So for right now my main goal would be to get my back stronger and be able to handle the lifting of my own body weight. In terms of running... LOATH ENTIRELY. I hate running but knowing its good for you I will do it as much as possible. Most days I will ride my bike to school which is about 3 to 5 miles from my appt. and I go as fast as I can, on the highest gear non stop. I will be working out MON WED FRI mid to heavy intensity. On tues/Thurs I will be going to a gymnastics gym to practice parkour moves and work on my flips front and back; this will be an hour and a half long. And on sat/sun I will be parkouring at least 3 hrs each day. Now this is just to see if that will be too much intensity for a week IE over training, but if I need to then I will lower the intensity on workout days. We'll see this week what happens.
   In terms of injurys I already mentioned a bad back, and I also have carpal tunnel, and weak knees. Diet will not be posted on here for a few weeks but will be posted later on. I will be working on handstands and balance everyday due to balance and strength being my two worst weaknesses. As for my rest days I will be using tuesdays and thursdays as my rest days due to the gymnastics is not till 8:30 pm to 10:00pm so I have the entire day to rest and the gym stuff is not really hard on my body per say. So thats my info and I'll be starting tonight. Any questions just ask.
Chris
P.S.
Changed up some of my goals and refinded a few.

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Ok so I just so happen to find a book that I believe can be related to almost any aspect of life, but very recently parkour. This book happens to be The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Now I know this book was written with martial arts (specificly kenjutsu) in mind but I have heard of businesses running off of this book, so I thought why not parkour? When I was re-reading the book I kept seeing things that relate to martal arts(of course) but I also found tons of aspects that can be related to parkour. A part that I remember is that he said "one's skills are only as great as the time put into training for those said skill. This should be given careful thought and thorugh reflection". As I keep reading I will continue to post more saying. But what this thread is really about is my wondering what other traceurs/tracesses(spelling?) or martial artists think of this book relating to their specific art or discipline. What do you think of this book and do you agree or disagree with me on this matter?
P.S. Anybody who hasnt read this book go read it as soon as possible not just for martial arts/Parkour aspects but for aspects of life in general.

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Injuries - Discussion / carpal tunnel syndrome
« on: February 14, 2009, 01:13:27 AM »
ok so I have cts somewhat... Well to say based on the symptoms my left pinky and ring fingers go numb to the point of total loss of feeling. But on the other side I do not have any pain in that hand/wrist at all, and I heard that is a common thing with cts. So I have it but without all the symptoms and I wear a wrist brace and it helps with the numbness, but when I take it off the numbness comes back very quickly. My question is that should I get the "minor" surgery to help get rid of this annoying numbness, or will that surgury possibly affect my ability to train in parkour? Also if i do the surgury how long will it take me to heal and will my hand ever be the same again ???.
Thanks in advance

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Diet / High Fructose Corn Syrup... ITS EVERYWHERE
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:41:50 PM »
Holy crap it is everywhere!!! I just finished shopping and since living on my own am trying to get into good eating habits. While looking at products I keep seeing about 80-85% of the products on the shelf (that I was looking for) had HFCS and I keep hearing that is horrible for you. So I took a little longer to shop today to find products that do not have it nor anything with tons of sugars (or anything that ends in ose). A question that I do have is that I was looking for grape jelly and no matter what brand I looked at (might have missed one) they all had HFCS. Does anybody know of a brand that makes health grape or strawberry jelly?
Chris

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Diet / which tea is better?
« on: January 21, 2009, 08:26:05 PM »
Green tea or plain ol brown tea? I love limptons tea in the bags. Ill brew one up and it'll last me a few days, but is green tea better for you? Also what is your take on v8 low sodium?? good to use it or not?

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