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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Torn hands on steel bars
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:59:05 PM »
I've got a pair tough, fingerless gloves that I'll sometimes wear if I'm training extensively on abrasive surfaces, or if my palms start feeling irritated. Otherwise, I like to say if it hurts a little, slow down or change it. If it hurts a lot, take five. And if it hurts like a mother f***er, limp home.

As for callouses, they're not necessarily bad. I've got them from playing guitar, and they're the body's natural way of toughening the skin. Just got to slow down when the callous arias get irritated, or protect them, so blisters don't form

Movement / Re: Balancing IDEALLY on balls of feet or whole feet?
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:40:16 PM »
On the ball of your feet, you've got one more pivot point. It's more for your body to process, but in theory it should give you more control over your balance. Trick is to get use to walking on the balls of your feet. If on a flat surface you can stand on the ball of one foot, then you can stand on a rail with two.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: You might enjoy this
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:27:45 PM »
I can't even count the number of times my calculation was just a hair off, and I scraped/bruised the hell out of my shin... wait... actually I can. Five times.

Each time... I did a perfect imitation of Peter Griffon falling down.

I was bullied in school and, despite holding my own, not really built for (or interested in) the fight. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I first discovered parkour through a youtube video. From that point on, I had a solution. I didn't play sports, I couldn't follow or understand MMA, but I could run. Running, jumping... that I could understand. I was built for it.

Pics & Vids / Re: My biggest cat leap
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:57:48 PM »
I say it was a fair jump for the distance, given that there's rarely any means of gradually perfecting a leap with gradually wider gaps when dependent on existing city structures. It's like preparing to go to the moon, you can break down the procedures under simulated conditions, but you can't be 100% accurate until you've done the real thing a few times.

I have with out a doubt found a location in the old down town Centerville that is absolutely perfect for training. It's the ruins of the old recycling center that burned down awhile back, which have been cleaned up. What remains is a bi-level foundation floor and railings that are absolutely solid.

What has crossed my mind is submitting a proposition to city hall to save it for a parkour park. I'm not really sure how to present such a project, let alone fund it, but there is relatively little that needs to be done to it. All it really needs is a couple more obstacles, a little landscaping, and maybe a drinking fountain.

If anyone is interested in helping out with it, we can come up with a simple design and presentation and figure it out as we go. As far as the funding... well I'm broke :P, but I think we could pool something together. I've got a few connections locally that may perhaps lead to sponsors, no guarantees though.

I'll have some pictures soon

Iowa / Re: Iowa Forums Intro Thread - Say Hi here first!
« on: September 08, 2012, 01:53:21 PM »
I'm in Centerville Iowa.

I train every Saturday here in town, on the (cleaned up) ruins of the old recycling plant on the "levee". I trained from '08-'11 when I lived in Ottumwa, then after moving back here to Centerville I took about a year off. Just now getting back at it.

Welcome! / Returning
« on: September 08, 2012, 12:51:13 PM »
I've been away from APK for awhile, having been moving around and keeping fairly busy. A year later, I have returned!

To re-introduce myself, I'm a guitarist, heavy metal musician, and frequent blogger. Before I moved to Centerville Iowa, I had trained for a couple years in parkour in Ottumwa. More recently, I've slacked off on training a bit, but I'm getting back in the flow now that I've tracked down some killer locations here in this small town of Centerville.

Well look at Seb Foucan and David Belle...they've been training for going on 30 years and neither of them have shown any signs of slowing down. I think with proper progression and good training and technique and general common sense, you really shouldn't have too many problems.
Let's not forget, in a recent interview David basically said "I'm getting to old for this". He still trains regularly I'm sure, but he has slowed down as far as parkour is considered (most of the stunt work he's been doing recently is mostly just for the money), as he shifts his focus from parkour to things like music.

I digress, everything we do in the modern age has it's negative effects. Part of it is, as mentioned on the first page, a result of our reliance on technology. As you're reading this right now, it could be damaging your eyesight if you don't look away every few minutes. If you've been sitting there for awhile at your computer, you run the risk of carpel tunnel. Living in a house with air conditioning effects your ability to adapt to high temperatures. Have dogs in your house? you could get fleas. Live in an industrial community? The polluted air you breath can kill you in time.

If you so much as take three steps outside, you're causing some damage in some way to your body, but with out a little wear and tear we would never adapt. Old muscle must tear in order for new muscle to grow.If you break a bone, the new bone that fuses the fracture will be stronger. Playing guitar will at first hurt your fingers, then callouses form and your fingers no longer hurt.

If you don't train correctly, then yeah you could die. But if you train wisely, it can only make you stronger. Through parkour, a frail, weak body can become strong and healthy. As we build muscle and develop technique, it becomes better and better for your health.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Height weight ratio
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:47:46 PM »
Here's a couple of different exorcises that could help. Go from cat hang and pull up and over the wall, drop down and repeat. Also do muscle ups on a pull up bar. If he can't do a muscle up without a lot of strain, 10 pull ups and 10 dips are a close equivalent.

fyi I'm 6' and 140lbs, and it's my LACK of weight that's hindering me. (muscle weight that is)

Movement / Re: Vaults For High Obstacles
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:25:54 PM »
Use a tic tac/wall run, then transfer in to a monkey vault

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: To Be and To Last: The song
« on: June 30, 2010, 10:33:54 PM »
It's all good. I've actually managed to completely abandon that page

Missouri / Parkour park in Ottumwa IA
« on: April 23, 2010, 08:02:01 PM »
(Cross-posted here because of the close proximity to the state line),26133.0.html

Iowa / Parkour park in Ottumwa
« on: April 23, 2010, 08:00:14 PM »
I've been pondering the idea ever since the park in Texas was approved, of getting a parkour park here in Ottumwa, Iowa. We've got a good spot to build one here, and it's not too bad of a location; easy to get to, and the traffic isn't bad. I'm going to begin campaigning real soon to get the ball rolling. I've got the connections for several means of raising funds (including a music festival with some of the best rock bands in the state!), and I've already picked a PR guy.

I'm going to run it by here as well as my group on Facebook (Land Flight) before I actually begin, but I'm fairly optimistic about this.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: To Be and To Last: The song
« on: April 23, 2010, 07:44:16 PM »
fyi I believe I took it off Myspace not to long ago... I'm re-working it

IA Jams / Re: Parkour Ottumwa Jam
« on: April 23, 2010, 07:37:46 PM »

Notice: Date Changed

Iowa / Re: Iowa Jam
« on: April 23, 2010, 07:33:32 PM »
Looks like the Ottumwa jam is going to be rained out, so it's going to be pushed to May 1st, 4pm @ Hillcrest Park

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:51:49 PM »
"put that away"

Pics & Vids / my second PK video
« on: March 31, 2010, 05:09:53 PM »
(could have sworn I posted pics from it *shrug*)

Anyway, now that the temperature is finally above freezing, I was able to nab some video the other day.

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: March 29, 2010, 10:01:51 PM »

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