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Messages - Dick Stapleton

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Frontflip help!!
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:11:04 AM »
Do a bunch of front rolls. Not a parkour roll, gymnastics style. Straight down your back. Keep your entire body straight without letting your hips or shoulders turn. You should come up with your feet together with the same amount of weight on each foot. Practice that for a while, get very comfortable going straight over, and then do that in the air.

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^The only sensible response.

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Movement / Re: Kong Vault takeoff: split or combined?
« on: August 05, 2015, 05:06:02 PM »
Punching is almost definitely easier to use for high kongs but it's also very high impact. I used to prefer them but now I just jump harder out of the split step because I'm too heavy to be punching all the time.

It definitely isn't too late to adjust something. It's never too late. Your main problem is probably not diving enough because of fear. Try spending some time working on dive rolls, handstands, and handstands into forward rolls. If you're competent at those skills then even if you clip your feet and don't make it all the way on your kong you'll be able to bail safely. With that knowledge you'll be more able to fully commit which will prevent you from messing up.


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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Can clearly do a backflip but...
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:01:06 AM »
Do a ton of back handsprings. Do some back flips on the mat. Get somebody to spot you outside for a few, then throw them on your own.

Your back flip looks good you can absolutely land that and it will be easy.

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Movement / Re: Kong Vault takeoff: split or combined?
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:38:47 AM »
Split step/gather step for sure for pretty much every type of kong. It gives you the most power and control without a doubt. You don't need to learn it when you're just learning kongs. For that just use whatever takeoff you feel the most confident and safe with. Once you get comfortable with them learn to split step, though.

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Find harder places to use those things and put them together in various combinations.

Parkour honestly does not have that many different movements. It's all about learning and refining the basics and then applying them to different obstacles. You can start with flips, tricking, or even break dancing if you want to add more style and expand, but aside from that do the basics bigger, better, faster, and in more places.

You can kong but can you double kong? Can you rail precision? Can you plyo out of a rail precision? What about kong precisions?

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: How to tighten up my tucking?
« on: July 05, 2015, 07:35:13 AM »
Hanging knee raises/hanging leg raises help a lot. Also tuck jumps to actually practice the motion.

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Good on you for starting to log your training.

As far as your workout goes add in pull ups and squats.

Improving your rolls is just practice, practice, practice. Here's my favorite tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EemFtE9V0R4

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Any tips on my sideflip?
« on: June 25, 2015, 04:35:18 AM »
I'm a few days late but I can't see the video

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What Vault is this?
« on: June 25, 2015, 04:34:09 AM »
Got a video?

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Powerlifting to parkour
« on: June 15, 2015, 05:20:55 AM »
What's your lifting routine like? If you've been lifting seriously for strength for more than 6 months your lifts should be well above that. There's probably something you can improve to make progress a lot faster there.

Picking up parkour won't ruin your strength training at all and if you train bodyweight properly it will only increase your upper body strength. I did a few months of bodyweight training and my first time ever trying overhead press I put up 135. Within 3-4 months I hit 175 pounds with most of my upper body work still being bodyweight.

Parkour probably won't help your deadlift and squat, but it won't hurt either. Plus a bigger deadlift and squat is always helpful for jumping more and landing better. Keep training those 1-2 times a week if you just want to maintain them and focus more on parkour. If you want to improve them I would get on a program and fill in the gaps with some relatively light parkour.

I spent a few months training parkour and lifting both with a pretty high intensity 3-5 times a week each and made significant improvements in both. If you want to talk about the specifics of that I'd be happy to explain how it's doable, but if you just want to start doing some jumps without getting weaker it will be really simple.

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Movement / Re: Basic Techniques
« on: June 09, 2015, 06:25:32 AM »
Carbs aren't unhealthy, an excess of calories is. Chocolate milk is fine as long as you keep the amount in check.

When I'm cutting weight I still drink a half gallon a day of chocolate milk and since I control my total calories I still lose weight quickly.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: This is a good training idea?
« on: June 09, 2015, 06:22:17 AM »
Getting stronger and losing weight is pretty much always a good idea unless you're underweight.

Sticking to only bodyweight is silly if you have access to weights. Pull ups, dips, squats, and deadlifts should be the main exercises you do for parkour. There are plenty of variations and other exercises, but if he doesn't have you doing those things with a plan for progression it's probably not a great program.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Going offline while flipping
« on: June 03, 2015, 03:47:30 AM »
Standing is harder but you can do either. I would suggest not trying them standing until you can land them running somewhat consistently. Even then be prepared to land on your butt a lot.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Going offline while flipping
« on: June 01, 2015, 10:41:30 AM »
Practice, practice, practice. I don't know about other people, but I can only see during side flips and even then it's only enough to realize what's around me. I have to feel it instead. It's the whole idea of "air awareness" that you'll hear about a lot. I didn't understand it until I got some, but you can just tell where you are and where the ground is. You'll not only know when you're going to land, you'll mostly be able to tell when you're going to bail too which will allow you to react accordingly.

I noticed it the best when I was relaxed. When you're afraid you just blank out until you contact the ground. When you're relaxed and pay attention to how your body feels you start to develop a sense for it. Then you just drill it over and over again until it gets easy to land.

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Training Journals / Re: Training Log COMMENTS AND CRITICS WELCOME
« on: May 31, 2015, 09:18:11 PM »
That doesn't disprove it, though. Quite simply you have more weight. That means everything you do involves more force. Landing, jumping, running. Everything. You cannot take the same falls you would be able to if you were at a healthy weight. Just because you haven't been injured doesn't mean you aren't more likely to be. More likely does not mean guaranteed.

For a decreased risk of injury and improved health and movement losing weight is probably the most important thing you can focus on right now. You don't seem to want to admit that and I'm not here to berate you, but you will be extremely glad if you do it. It's holding you back way more than you think.

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Yeah that's the same one that was mentioned during the jam.

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Generally you want flexible shoes with not much padding and with good grip. Feiyues are popular and I like them a lot. There are several popular shoes like ollo sapiens, tigers, and a few others that you can look into. Just search this forum or google and this has been discussed a million times so you can find a ton of answers.

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Training Journals / Re: Training Log COMMENTS AND CRITICS WELCOME
« on: May 29, 2015, 07:22:48 AM »
Not caring about what people on the internet think is an important life skill. Especially when it's anonymous there's no reason to care.

That being said I'd like to give you some advice. You seem sincere and I think you've got what it takes. Your current workout routine isn't really going to do too much for you though. Check out this link http://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness/wiki/training_guide and read everything there. And I mean thoroughly. It might take you a while to get through all the information and you may need to read it again a few times. Read the links, too. It will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about getting started exercising and the basics of diet and weight loss.

I don't mean this as an attack on you, but you need to be honest with yourself. You're 300 pounds with a BMI of 36.5. A BMI of around 18-25 is considered healthy, and over 30 is obese. You say you're 300 pounds but move well for your size. Adding that modifier (for my size) does you no good. You should want to move well for anyone, not just for someone who is overweight. You can't move as well as possible, you aren't in as good health as possible, and you're more likely to get injured. The great news is that you've gotten started and you're working on fixing it. Honestly I think your best bet is to prioritize weight loss and strength increases for now. That will make the biggest possible impact on your health and movement.

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I started messing around when I was 19 but didn't get serious until I was 20. It is not even close to too late to start. I'm now the president of the parkour club at my college and plenty of people come train with us who have never tried it before. They do fine.

Will you like it or not? I don't know. Honestly it's not hard to become moderately proficient if you just put in the work. Learning the basic vaults, wall run, jump, and roll aren't that difficult and most people get to the point of being capable of doing all the basic techniques within a few months if they actually train. Progressing passed that point is where it becomes much more difficult.

Some people think parkour is enough to get you in shape. It will do you a lot of good, but I personally think you should have a strength and conditioning routine as well. You can't just rely on something to get you in shape. Get yourself in shape.

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