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Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: January 09, 2009, 06:15:33 PM »
...when you write a letter to the creators of 'Assassins Creed' explaining to them that, although 'Desmond' was very good at muscle-ups (he never seemed to get tired), he could have incorporated more creativity into his movements to better fit his environment and suggested some moves.

Socialize / Re: Traceur Psychological Study
« on: January 04, 2009, 03:46:14 PM »
Ben Spark
2 years

Consumer Whores / Re: 5.10 Freerunner "Alien Glow"
« on: January 03, 2009, 01:30:56 PM »
When I finally wear down my freerunners, I might look into getting the Daescents.

Do they grip on smooth flooring, like hardwood?


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: changes in parkour
« on: December 18, 2008, 06:12:59 PM »
This is a response to the 'To condition or not to condition'.  I may post a response to the original topic later.

In my opinion, the best way to improve in something is to practice it.  Over and over and over and over.  I'm sure you've all heard the quote: "A good traceur practices until he gets a move right, a great traceur practices until he can't get it wrong."  I think high reps (think hundreds) on simple movements is key.  Not only will this put you in good shape (if you're striving for perfect technique) but it has a key advantage over plain conditioning: muscle memory.  This A. improves confidence since you've done a move thousands of times, B. improves the specific muscles you use to execute the move, and C. cements proper technique into your head.

That being said, if it works for me, why does it have to work for you?  Weight training, conditioning, tag, and reps are all perfectly valid choices.  There's not one body type for parkour, no more than there's a right path to choose.  So why should there be a routine that works for everyone?

Socialize / Re: This guy takes "always training" to a whole new level
« on: December 16, 2008, 04:46:57 PM »
Too bad the guy he grabbed the drink from wasn't a traceur.

I thought the funniest part was when he used the orange as a shotput and the owner cracked him over the head!

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: December 12, 2008, 06:16:10 PM »
When your friends get kicked out of a store for running up the down escalator...
but you got kicked out for cat balancing the hand rail.

I just watched that video
I had no idea that i  was doing that much damage to myself.
The jump he took at the end is like an everyday thing for me and when they slowed it down i saw how devastating it was to his body.
NO MORE big jumps for me unless im running for my life.
I tried to applaud you more than once, but the website disagreed, so one applaud and three smiley faces is the best I can do.
 :) :D ;D

whats the benefit of ariakes vs. 5.10's shoes
If you look in Consumer Whores, you'll find lots and lots of threads about this.

Okay, you're probably going to get a lot of replies like Zach's.  Just so you know, he's right: damage with high drops is unavoidable unless you build up slowly over years.

Some questions: How long have you been tracing?  Have you ever trained with someone really good?  Do you train on a regular basis?

Some answers: Shoes will mask the pain of drops, good technique will fix it.  If you're tearing up your back when you role, you're doing something wrong (try practicing on smaller drops, it might be a momentum thing).

Please train safely.

Consumer Whores / Re: 5.10 Freerunner "Alien Glow"
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:13:51 PM »
I haven't tried the AGs, but I own a pair of daescents and agree with you that the only place you would ever notice marking would be light colored painted walls.

Consumer Whores / Re: 5.10 Freerunner "Alien Glow"
« on: December 02, 2008, 05:14:00 PM »

 Honestly the marking isn't a big deal at all.

I have to disagree.  If they don't mark at all, then don't worry about it, but if property owners and, more importantly, cops see you marking public or private property, they might not be so understanding.

Pics & Vids / Re: Porn.
« on: November 27, 2008, 07:18:27 PM »
I'm gonna kong you gently,
I'm gonna cat you sweetly,
I'm gonna vault you, discreetly.

--Tenacious D

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: November 23, 2008, 07:25:43 PM »
...when you kong the short wall around an ice rink...and then remember you have skates on...

Socialize / Re: head on collison with a bike messanger?
« on: November 18, 2008, 07:01:23 PM »
I had a close call with a biker a while ago.  I was konging a ramp and didn't look before I konged.  As soon as my feet plant on the ground a biker comes by so close I could feel them brushing against my skin.  The ramp was concrete and if I had been three inches more forwards, we would have had quite a nasty collision.

Socialize / Re: Inspirational Quotes/Proverbs
« on: November 16, 2008, 07:00:43 PM »
"I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all." --Three Days Grace

"You'll regret 100% of the risks you don't take" --unknown

"Pain is mandatory.  Suffering is optional" --DPS (my swim coach didn't invent it, he just says it)

"99% right is still 100% wrong." --DPS

"If you're pushing yourself so hard that you can feel your body shutting down, your lungs collapsing, your muscles spasming, your heart hammering, then push yourself a little bit harder and afterwards, sleep with a smile on your face."  --DPS

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: November 16, 2008, 10:10:14 AM »
When people ask about your scrapes, you tell them you're into "extreme exfoliation" and watch the look on their face...

Movement / Re: cats
« on: November 15, 2008, 05:58:19 PM »
That's a problem I have with cats.  I'm afraid my hands will slip and I'll fall backwards (which has happened).  It's not that big a deal, I just have to concentrate on getting my feet up and my hands on the edge and I'm okay.

Movement / Re: Kong vault....
« on: November 15, 2008, 05:55:24 PM »
Thanks for the advice TB.  I would think a good way to train hips up and arcing in general would be to kong something at ground level.  Check Knox's link at 0:28 to see what I mean.

Movement / Re: Kong vault....
« on: November 15, 2008, 09:11:03 AM »
Therefore at the moment it is important that your hands reach as far as possible across the object you are trying to vault before you put them down. Basically once you put your hands down your body is going to go down, so keep them up as long as possible.

This is me konging an 8 foot picnic table.  My hips don't come up at all and my hands come just past half way, but did do it.
I know my form is abstract, but if it works for me, is it alright?  Or will it need to be corrected for longer kongs?

Movement / Re: Rolling On Concrete
« on: November 14, 2008, 01:03:46 PM »
Well i would just like to add. perhaps a nice think sweatshirt would be a nice precaution for your first attempts. Its an idea i had but im no where near ready with my rolls to step onto asphalt or concrete. 

When I just started trying to learn on concrete, I thought the same thing.  A sweatshirt would make it easier with padding and whatnot.  Right?

Well, when I actually got to learning, I noticed that the sweatshirt provided minimal padding and I ended up ditching it and just using a T-shirt.  It allowed for a better 'feel' of the ground.  In my opinion, a sweatshirt is more for the confidence.

Movement / Re: Rolling On Concrete
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:09:32 PM »
I had the same experience.  I could take a running jump of about 10 feet onto grass no problem.  But concrete was impossible.  After the third hour of tutorial videos, I realized that I didn't have any abnormal bone or something.  My form was just plain horrible, and the grass had allowed for it.  After I corrected my form, I had concrete down within the hour.
Re-evaluate your form and maybe try something softer before concrete (wood, thin carpet, etc.)

Real quick, I have to say that if your roll isn't good enough on concrete, you shouldn't be using it for 10 foot running jumps, even onto grass. Bad technique means it's not redirecting the momentum properly. Improper momentum means injury and impact. I wouldn't do anything that you wouldn't do on concrete.

A misunderstanding.  What I meant to say was that it felt like no problem.  The grass allowed for sloppy technique.

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