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Movement / Random idea/question/whatever
« on: April 25, 2008, 04:58:55 AM »
For a while now, I have been wondering if it is possible to from the regular pushup stance, to push up explosively enough to come to a standing position? I know it is it you stagger your feet, or straddle them, but I have no clue if it is possible from a regular pushup...Also, if it is, does anyone know what it would be called?


I have never in any videos seen the back of the dame...Why? It must have SOMETHING. lol...anyone know any pictures of it?


Parkour And Freerunning / My Opinion on repetition in training"
« on: March 28, 2008, 07:03:38 AM »
Okay, I made this thread just because I want to talk a bit about my opinion on training, mostly to get it out and see what people think about it.

The entire time I have been training myself in parkour (about 2-3 years, on and off due to winter, my crazy life...ect) I have felt something against the idea of always and constantly drilling movements into infinity, thats not to say that I don't accept them as effective or at times necessary, I am just saying, that for some reason, that idea feels wrong to me. I have always felt the the best way to train, and even to an extent to condition yourself is simply to play. Yes, I agree some drilling is necessary to learn the basic skills, and get a base line of conditioning, but after that, I feel like most training (theres always room for supplemental conditioning and drilling) should simply be just going out, and for lack of a better word, playing in your environment, ideally with friends to push each other to be just that little bit more creative. I also feel like this conditions you very effectively (assuming you as always, don't do anything that your not ready for...playing or not, doing that 10 foot drop 6 times is bad.)

This isn't to say that I am throwing out the vast majorities opinion on training, I am just saying that for me, playing is the only thing that feel right when I train. I am just curious if anyone else feels that way, or what they think.

I hope what I am saying makes some sense, I find it hard to accurately describe my opinions at times.


Edited by Thread Title Police "Just want to talk about this..." doesn't tell anyone what the thread is about. "My Opinion on repetition in training" does. Please use descriptive titles.

Pics & Vids / cool training video I found
« on: March 10, 2008, 12:07:18 PM »
Searching the annals of youtube, I found this...Liked it, figured I would share it.

Injuries - Discussion / Does anyone else have this weird hand pain?
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:23:44 PM »
About a month ago, I started having pain in my left at the base of my palm, specifically where the bone of my thumb connects to my wrist...It is odd because I can't think of anything that could have possibly injured it. Though the pain is not severe, it is taking forever to go away. I am just wondering if anyone else has this pain, and knows what is causing it? It's quite baffling to me...


Tricking / Tucking
« on: March 03, 2008, 09:33:17 AM »
Is the method of tucking different for front flips, side flips and back flips? If so, how so? Because every tutorial simply says tuck, it doesn't make sense to me how the same tucking motion for a frontflip, would also throw you sideways in a front flips, and back in a backflip.


Parkour And Freerunning / Random question...
« on: February 06, 2008, 02:28:55 PM »
If I was to say I follow the ideals of the Yamakasi, what would I say I practice? Just wondering, because I am not sure what term to use when talking to other people.


Diet / Diet of the Week?
« on: January 24, 2008, 06:15:13 AM »
I know alot of people use the WoD, with great results...So, I was thinking, what if this idea was applied to something that most people have even more trouble with; a healthy diet?

I, and I assume others have almost no idea of how to create a well formed dietary plan. Even worse, I have no idea what foods to buy, in what ammounts.

So, why doesn't someone (I would do it, but as I said, I know little to nothing about nutrition.) Make up a weekly shopping list of all the food we need for a week, and a list of what meals to eat each day...This could be followed as strictly or loosely as anyone chooses. This would at least give people a good starting point as to what a good diet looks like. This could also be a great way to get people to try new and healthy meals. Also, if there was a shopping list, it would make it alot easier for people to avoid even buying junk food (as they would be following a list).

I realise everyone has different dietary needs, but I am sure it would be possible to come up with something flexible enough to work for almost everyone with a little adjustment (portion size, including healthy snacks...ect).

If someone was to organize something like this (I would love to help in any way I can) I think it would best include information, given on a weekly or bi weekly basis, such as this:

1. Shopping list - A list of all the food they will be required to buy to make the meals detailed in the weeks diet plan. This should contain other information such as approximate price, and possible variations...ect

2. A week long plan of what meals the person will make with said food.

3. A quick guide on how to make the meals, or a link to the recipie.

4. Some possible variations if they require more food, or can't eat something due to a alergy or some such reason.

Other things that might be good to take into consideration would be time it takes to prepare the meals, how long they keep...ect.

This is just a thought I have had for a while, that I wanted to throw out incase anyone with more nutritional knowledge than me would like to put something like this together. Tell me what you all think.


Pics & Vids / So much potential...If they don't kill themselves.
« on: December 24, 2007, 10:35:22 AM »

This video shows the progression of Team Parlous...They look like they have some gymnastics background...But if what they say about their experience at the time of the videos, they obviously never bothered to learn the basics...This comes out with their sloppy, though impressive stunts. Or maybe I am 
just full of myself...Anyways, check it out.


Wisconsin / Marquette Jam
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:16:27 AM »
I am going to try to host a jam in Marquette Michigan (about three hours drive from green bay) this summer. Would anyone in Wisconsin be interested, since it turns out most people in Wisconsin are a shorter drive from here then most of the lower peninsula of Michigan. lol.


Michigan / Marquette Jam
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:05:38 AM »
Hey, I want to host a Jam in Marquette. There is a strip of volcanic rock the better part of a mile I want to share with whoever comes. Would anyone be interested in doing a Jam in Marquette this summer sometime?


Parkour And Freerunning / 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« on: December 14, 2007, 08:21:58 AM »
Everyone of use has thought of something you can do in your spar time to train, walking along curbs, tensing the muscles in your hands for isometircs, opening doors with your fingertips...ect. So, I figure, why not make a big list for people looking for things they can do when their not training to improve themselves, even in a small way. So, post any little things you have found you can do in your day to day activities that helps you imrpove your skills in parkour.

1. Walking along curbs (Huge help for balance)
2. Iron Claw Hand Isometrics (ask for a picture if you don't know what I am talking about.
3. Taking steps two or three at a time (find it makes climbing stairs faster, and a bit of a leg exersize).
4. Opening doors with one or two fingertips (strengthens fingers)
5. Using your left hand instead of your right hand  , or vice versa(developes dexterity in your non dominate hand.)

Parkour And Freerunning / Does anyone have any Sports Acro resourses?
« on: November 14, 2007, 05:38:00 PM »
Me and my cousin are getting into it, but we can't find anything as far as resources...Any help would be much appreciated.


Training Journals / Matthews Log
« on: September 09, 2007, 03:14:33 PM »
I figure I should start one now...As a personal motivator. I will update it regularly, if I find it helps me.

Right now my goals are:
One arm chinup with each arm (both sup, and pro)
Dipping my bodyweight
Muscle up
Dragon Flag
L-seat, V-seat and Manna
Solid Handstand
Handstand pushup, and clapping handstand pushup.
Handstand press.
Back Lever
Front Lever
Good pike
Splits (center and side)

I have a long way to go...But I can feel my progress, so it's all good.

I weigh 160 pounds, and am around 5'10'' (give or take a inch)

So far I am doing triples of weighted chins at 30-35 pounds,
Triples of dips at 20 pounds (may hold off for a while and do normals to build up shoulders first)
Working with my L-seat sporadically...
Working on my handstand sporadically as well...
Working on most other strength skills off and on as
stretching nearly every day for a half hour or more.

Right now my short term goals are chinning more and working myself into more and more consistent work out routines.

I know this log is a mess..But it's more for me then anyone, and I don't need it to be pretty.


Pics & Vids / Contemplating a drop
« on: August 23, 2007, 12:11:38 PM »
My girlfriend took this picture of me being stupid and doing a decent sized drop...Stupidity aside, I think the picture turned out very cool.


Injuries - Discussion / Shoulderblade/middle upper back pain.
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:26:36 AM »
For the last week or two, I have had a really weird pain in my back. At times it only feels like I slept on it funny or something, other times it has me grunting in pain every time I twitch.

The pain is weird because, it doesn't hurt to flex any of the muscles in my back, it just hurts when I stretch it, or move my arm/shoulder blade funny. But moving my shoulder blade doesn't hurt it.

I can't really think of what I could have done to strain it...the only things I do that are really mean to my shoulders are dips, skin the cats and pull ups...the only one I can think of of those that uses the area that hurts in pull ups...But I don't do very many.

Anyone else have this kind of pain...Here is a picture of where it hurts when I stretch it/move funny.


Arizona / going to be in arizona at the end of the month
« on: August 06, 2007, 09:25:47 PM »

I am gonna be in phoenix at the end of the month, and was wondering if anyone wanted to train with me one day?

If anyone is interested, PM me and we can work something out.


Socialize / You know you've done to much Parkour when...
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:45:20 PM »
1. You see commercials and wonder what you could do on the stuff in the background (god this bugs me)

2. You have dreams of training with Foucan or Belle...Man those suck...When you wake up.



Injuries - Discussion / Anyone else have a sore thumb?
« on: July 31, 2007, 07:49:44 AM »
For the last few months I have had pain in the joint and muscles surrounding the second joint on my right hand (the hand I favor). I think it is a injury of some form...But for the life of me, I can't figure out 
what I am doing to it in order to correct it or avoid the movement until it fully heals.

Does anyone else have that problem who could tell me how I am hurting it?


Michigan / Is there anyone in upper michigan?
« on: July 17, 2007, 09:59:04 PM »
Is there anyone close to Marquette? If not, who is the nearest to me? For future reference as I get my license in a few months, and interested in training with someone new.


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