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Injuries - Discussion / Dip pain.
« on: July 16, 2009, 12:13:13 PM »
I have a bad pain directly in the center of my chest from doing weighted dips.  At first I thought I was just sore, but now the pain is worse and comes earlier into my sets.  It lasts for a couple of days.  Unweighted dips and pushups dont hurt, but I can feel a little tightness.  I haven't added much weight, and I didn't experience any pain prior.  I do the dips on parallel bars and watch myself in the mirror to make sure I keep my elbows in.

Parkour And Freerunning / D30
« on: May 16, 2009, 10:00:13 PM »

I saw this stuff on TV the other day and I know it's been touched upon in other threads, but it's now becoming commercially available.  It's a protective sort of material that molds to any body part.  Its soft and flexible until it impacts something, then it becomes instantly hard.  For instance, if you place a pad of this stuff on your knee, its only a quarter inch thick  and fits perfectly. It isn't heavy or bulky and won't impede movement. If you slam your knee into something while training, it becomes stiff and hard, protecting your knee from damage.

I know that most people are against training with any sort of real protective equipment, but I thought this could be really useful if you already have an injury and need to prevent further damage.   What do you think?

I apologize if this post should go somewhere else like Safety or Consumer whores.  Feel free to move it.

Pics & Vids / The Ideal Parkour Vid?
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:35:49 PM »
I was out training today when a girl I know was jogging past.  She stopped for a few seconds and asked what I was doing.  She was in a hurry to get back to her jog (and absolutely gorgeous), and I was out of breath and admittedly a little bit embarrassed because I just failed a cat leap.  Long story short, I don't think I made a good impression for either Parkour or myself with the clumsy definition I gave her (which I do not care to repeat here).

Luckily, I have her friended on Facebook.


What I need is a link to a video that would best portray what Parkour is to a person who has never witnessed it.  It should be short and well-composed, with minimal goofing around.  I don't really do tricks, so let's try to keep those out. David Belle videos may be a bit extreme and give the wrong impression, awesome as he is.  Any suggestions?

I apologize if this has been asked before.. I don't really know what to put in the search bar for it.

Movement / Low kongs
« on: April 12, 2009, 07:13:42 PM »
Any tips for doing kongs over low (maybe 2 feet high) and long (4+ feet) objects such as a bench with no backrest?  Is this even a practical movement worth learning?  I've seen it in videos here and there, and was just wondering.  I'm 6'5'' and could use some advice on keeping it low.


Movement / turn lache
« on: August 09, 2008, 11:09:58 PM »
i dont really know what its called.
i want to run at a bar/branch/etc and grab with both hands, swing, let go and do a 180, then grab (on the same bar) and swing in the other direction.

its a gymnastic maneuver i guess.  i can do it but its pretty hideous and puts a lot of strain on my arms. any advice on anything for this technique would help, because i dont really know where to start, and im scared of re-injuring my previously dislocated shoulder through trial and error. suggestions on gaining momentum for the swing, how to lead into the 180, what to focus on, preventing major strain, or just a complete walkthrough would be greatly appreciated.

ps if i find a video where someone does it so you can get a clearer picture ill post asap.

Movement / Cat Balance Efficiency
« on: June 22, 2008, 10:09:23 AM »
Sorry if this has been asked before, but I did a few searches and didn't find a good answer.

When is cat balancing practical?  The only time I ever use it is for inclined balances and conditioning.  The only other thing I could think to use it for is for crawling on a rail under a low cieling.  Otherwise, a bipedal balance is faster and easier for me.  Are there any other instances where cat balancing is more efficient?

Parkour And Freerunning / how do you explain parkour?
« on: June 13, 2008, 08:06:00 PM »
The other day my friend and I went for a run through our small downtown central square.  Avoiding the more congested areas, we ran through a back alley and jumped onto a concrete wall.  The wall was next to a small driveway, which an elderly lady pulled into with a nasty look on her face.  She interrogated us, and mentioned that someone had broken into the building connected to said wall only a week or two ago.  The building was an apartment complex, which the lady apparently owned.  When she asked what we were doing, the only thing I could manage to say was, "It's a type of new sport." 
She replied with, "a sport where you jump around on other people's property?  That's too dangerous, even on your own property."  Neither my friend or I have ever been great speakers (we're terrible with women), and I found myself dumbfounded.  Luckily, the woman was only passing by, and had to be somewhere.  We left, no problem, but...

For future reference, I want to be able to represent my newfound discipline in an informative and positive light.  How can I explain it, briefly, to someone who starts out seeing it with a cynical view, such as an elderly person or a police officer?

Movement / Slowing down a roll?
« on: June 09, 2008, 02:14:42 PM »
Often when I roll the back of my pelvis hits the ground harder than it should.  It doesn't hurt but then again, I haven't tried it on concrete. I've read that this can happen because I'm rolling to fast, causing my legs to get untucked and my body being less round.  Is this the cause of my hips hitting?If so, how do i slow down my roll?

Also, sometimes instead of rolling from my shoulder to opposite hip, I roll from my shoulder to the middle of my lower back/pelvis.

I use the roll where my right arm moves back toward my left foot and I go over my right shoulder.  Any feedback would be appreciated for either problem.

Parkour And Freerunning / Learning Methods?
« on: June 07, 2008, 09:33:49 PM »
Almost every tutorial and piece of advice posted on this site seems to include the disclaimer, “ease into it,” “take baby steps,” “progress slowly,” etc, or risk injury.  But let’s face it, for most people, parkour isn’t a lifelong sport.  Eventually, my muscles and joints won’t be able to take it anymore, and I will be unable to develop my skills any further.

So how slow do you expect me to take it?

My best friend is a naturally gifted athlete, and is fearless on a level I am unable to comprehend.  He was raised on the “No pain, no gain” and “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” philosophies (his father is a US Marine). Together, we have been doing parkour for about a month.  In comparison to my friend, I take things pretty slowly.  I build up my technique until I am confident that I can perform whatever move I am practicing without risk of injury.  My friend is the opposite, preferring to go full blast into the maneuver on his first attempt and get it over with.  He learns the maneuver in a couple minutes, and I learn it in a couple days or weeks.

Obviously, my friend is progressing much faster than me.  I am, by no means, in competition with him, but it is disheartening when we go through a run and he has to stop and wait for me to find a slower, easier, alternate route, because I haven’t perfected my technique.  Even if he gets injured, he will be fully healed long before I catch up to his skill level.


Is there a truly “proper” learning method to parkour?  Should developing traceurs stick to training slow and safe?  Or should they live by the Nike slogan and “Just do it!”  (After all, who hasn’t attempted a drop they probably weren’t prepared for and gained knowledge from it?)
Is there an appropriate balance between my friends fearless strategy and my cautious learning process?  Or does it just vary between each person?

All contributions welcome, just don’t flame my friend or me.

Movement / Landing/Rolling on off-camber slopes?
« on: June 07, 2008, 10:11:43 AM »
after watching the advanced roll techniques vid on apk, i went out and tried it.  jumping from ~6 feet onto flat ground felt clean and smooth.  then i tried off my back deck onto some soft grass from ~8 feet.  the landing is slanted downhill from me.  when i landed, the slant threw everything off.  my knees slammed into the ground before i could recoil and my ankle tweaked.  i re-attempted it with the same results.

any advice for landing/rolling on off camber slopes?

if it helps, im 6'5'' (yah, really tall) and lean

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