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Messages - Jim "Monkey" Parker

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Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: September 28, 2009, 07:14:24 PM »
One more week of trips..then freedom!!!

My brother and I have tentative plans to go run the CU gauntlet this Thursday if my neck is healed up. (Botched a back tuck on Saturday)  :'(

I won't have time to jump on the forum beforehand....but lets plan for next week for certain!

Oh noes!!!  :o
That's my birthday night....I think Brenda already has something planned.
Hope you all come up to Lafayette afterwards!!

Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:00:32 PM »
OOh! I always love new playgrounds!!! We'll have to do a tour some night.
I've explored the High School...but found little in the way of dense obstacles.

I'll be at APEX tomorrow...the older guy in the COPK t-shirt...please come say hi!

As for gauntlets...yep..the classic CU Boulder gauntlet is a great training course...big kudos to Ryan for designing it.

My job keeps me busy and away from town for most of September...but I'm planning on upping my training come October. If you want, I can help give rides to/from CU on gauntlet nights.

See you at the jam tomorrow!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: when should i start training
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:32:34 AM »
Hm...without more specifics, it's hard to give you any worthwhile direction.

Best advice is to listen to your what its prepared to do.
Did you injure yourself from trying something your body wasn't prepared to do? (Jumping from too high for example)

Listen to your body and it will tell you when its ready.
You can also train the uninjured parts while your injury heals. (pullups, pushups and upper body if its your leg that hurts, or running, squats, situps and lower body and core if its your upper body)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: why do they?
« on: August 06, 2009, 11:44:07 PM »
good point but i am talking about a good percentage of people who dont even kno wthat what we do has a name, those people who glare when u practice in public

Unfortunately, our society is very adept at putting things, people included, into neat little boxes. When people see something that doesn't fit, many will reject it out of hand as deviant.

Think of it as an opportunity may be just that they aren't sure of what they're seeing.

If they hang around a bit, say hello and ask them if they want to jump around a bit. Maybe you'll get a new convert.

If they're just passing by, give them a big grin to show them how much fun you're having. If nothing else, you might get a smile back.

Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: August 05, 2009, 10:58:02 PM »
Hey Austin,

My wife and I live in Lafayette and we're usually training/teaching down in Boulder.

Come on by one of the Boulder classes...or come to a gauntlet night (restarting for me in October)
Both are great ways to get connected to the local scene!!!

We haven't found much in the way of training hotspots in Lafayette so if you have some suggestions I would love to find a new spot in town!

CO Jams / Re: Weekly Boulder Training? - Post your schedules
« on: January 13, 2009, 09:18:26 PM »

Right now, my weekdays are pretty much full up!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Why traceurs are the sexist athletes alive
« on: January 09, 2009, 09:13:40 AM »
Who are you calling sexist!!?  :o

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: December 24, 2008, 01:20:35 PM »

Thanks so much for your thoughtful response. You are absolutely right in your noticing that I stretch myself too thin. I really like you idea of dedicating smaller chunks of time on specific goals rather than getting lost and overwhelmed trying to do everything at once!!!

I took a look at and will try it out. We actually eat very well for the most part (mostly local, homecooked, vegetarian food)..but I must admit that I have no idea what my caloric intake is...and I don't think I'm super fat fat....I just hang around all the skinny COPK guys all the time and they are my comparison!!

Happy holidays and hope to see you up in our neck of the woods soon!!!


PS: Brenda says holla back  ;D

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: December 23, 2008, 09:36:46 AM »
Ugh..banished to the 6th page!!!

Looking at goals from October:

New goals to work on after trip season:

8 ft broadjump (currently 7'6" on a good day)
Planche and front lever practice every day
Get muscleups back
Reorganise garage so I have a small workout space for rings and other instruments of torture fun
Get six-pack back  Smiley

Broadjump is improving, planche and front lever practice has fallen away, muscleups still suck, but working on them, garage is (slowly) coming together, fat around middle is ever-present  >:(

Weekend classes have been going very to step in and do more instruction this fall which felt good!
Intermediate classes/workouts have been really positive and "learningful" (new word). Lots of new skills and breakthroughs!

I did an eight foot lache a few weeks ago..felt huge and really good to have it almost dialed and feel more like a monkey than ever!!

Weekday training has fallen off....very tired after work and after-school programs. Would like to get back to weekday classes in Denver to motivate me but its sooo easy to just get in the car and head home when it's already dark and I'm bushed.

CATS open gym should be fun to start hitting again this winter....I'm going to have to get someone to give me tips on backflips so I can finally get them nailed this winter.

Altogether feeling positive by my progression..but as always..there is massive room for improvement!  ;)

Colorado / Re: Any tips for a girl starting out in parkour?
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:41:12 AM »
Great tips so far, so I won't wast time repeating them  :D

My wife is a regular at the Boulder classes and there are a few other female regulars up here who are always happy to see new women enter the scene.

There is also a "Girls Only" Jam in the works for some time this spring...keep your eyes peeled here  :)

Colorado / Re: Back!
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:35:41 AM »
Welcome back man!  :D

Where are you going to be setting up shop?

Colorado / Re: Using Snow as a Cushion
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:34:29 AM »
Yeah..just make sure you know the snow depth..and what is under the snow you are using  ;)

I.E: The 2-3 inches we got around Boulder wouldn't do much to cushion a landing and if you flipped into a snowbank covering a hazard you could jack yourself up pretty good.

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: October 06, 2008, 10:49:11 PM »
Trip season is over!!!  ;D

Had a lot of fun this fall..great trips and great kids!!

Been going to Saturday classes every week..nursing the ankle, but focusing on upper body and coaching skills.

As promised...worked planche progression (froggy stance) for 60 sec total time rep: @ 18 sec.

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:37:24 PM »
Ugh...I am a horrible journaller...

Gone but know..gone..he he

Trip season is upon me...(only two weeks left now) and I've been averaging only 48-72 hours at home each week, with the balance spent out in the field with students.

Been on a lot of wonderful trips with kids (rock climbing in Vedawoo was a highlight) and training on the weekends at COPK classes.
Really trying to be thoughtful on student feedback during beginners class and then pushing myself hard during second class.

Unfortunately I sprained my ankle REALLY badly last Saturday...during warmups!  >:(
So that hurt all week and made it so I couldn't race the kindergartners and 1st graders I had on trip this week...just hobble along behind the energy ball of 25 younglings  :)

Glad to be back training though (even though it's only 1 day a week) I feel like I've turned another corner in my Parkour life, punched through a barrier and am ready to take it to the next level!!! I'm having a lot of really good "aha" moments that are showing me how to do things more efficiently and/or properly. And I'm having fun again!!!

New goals to work on after trip season:

8 ft broadjump (currently 7'6" on a good day)
Planche and front lever practice every day
Get muscleups back
Reorganise garage so I have a small workout space for rings and other instruments of torture fun
Get six-pack back  :)


CO Jams / Re: Weekly Boulder Training - Mondays at 4 PM, Wednesdays at 7 PM
« on: September 05, 2008, 04:23:31 PM »

Should be able to make both once trip season is over!!!  ;D

CO Jams / Re: Weekly Boulder Training Sessions and Gauntlets
« on: August 31, 2008, 01:34:31 PM »
My schedule this year...

September: out all the time on trips..home on weekends

Oct-April: done around 4PM every day in Denver....could be in Boulder by 4:30-ish...
Mid April-May: Out again on trips

Tuesday and Thursday: Denver Parkour classes
Wednesday: After-school program w/my school

So, either Monday, Friday, or bail on a Denver class for the gauntlet.

Also..I had an idea for a different type of training:
I just picked up an old guidebook for the Flatirons that just got reprinted.... it has TONS of 3rd and 4th class scramble routes in the Flatirons. Perhaps an evening of trail running and scrambling? Or something to do on Sunday? I'll start scouting the routes and will see if there's some worthy to take others on!!

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 30, 2008, 10:51:49 PM »
Long week work-wise....didn't get off until at least 6PM each night!!

Went for a nice backpack last weekend...5 miles in, beautiful sleep out near this alpine lake, then returned the next day...gorgeous!

Work interfered w/training this week...and will pretty much rule out training during the week this month as trip season goes out.

Today was wonderful though:


Class in boulder...helped coach the beginners, then did fitness testing during intermediate class.
Though I did lower overall than most of the other guys...I think I got some PBs today. certainly felt "on"

After Chipotle, we hit Park Place...relearned a tic tac I did last year, and Ryan helped me with climb-up cats and a good climb-up drill!

Gorgeous weather and fun times!!!  ;D

Colorado / Re: how did you get into parkour?
« on: August 22, 2008, 09:31:35 PM »
was looking at climbing videos online and came across "Russian Climbing" (Dvinsk clan)

did some google searches and found COPK a week or two before Ryan and Matt started the first round of classes

The rest is history as they say

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 21, 2008, 09:12:10 PM »
Rest Day


Back at Gym Riki for class again...going to try and do this every week...great motivation for midweek training.
Highlight of the might: 10 second 1-hand handstand!!! Against the wall..but still felt really cool!!

So..3 hours of Parkour training

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