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Diet / Re: Protein shake
« on: April 12, 2009, 02:21:59 PM »
Sorry sat, I wasn't saying muscle milk sucks, I just metioned it because his mom obviously dosn't know alot about protien shakes and muscle milk is almost always found right next to the whey.

Diet / Re: Protein shake
« on: April 11, 2009, 05:30:25 PM »
-In a nutshell, protien is what your body uses to build and repair itself. So after you workout, your body will rebuild itself bigger and faster with protien than it would without. But excess protien becomes fat. So yea they're great when mixed with exercise.
-Get WHEY protien. not muscle milk.
-personally, I perfer vanilla shakes because i like the way that they mix with stuff better.
articles, and a thread

Movement / Re: Feet vs Sneakers
« on: April 11, 2009, 03:22:58 PM »
Yea, there are articles all over the web about the advantages of barefoot running, like for your joints and things. So yea it's good for your body and yea, you're likely to get your feet cut up. For just running, barefeet would be good occasionally, but for doing parkour or during intense training, I would suggest shoes.
Michael Warburton has written a couple articles on the subject(the sportssci one is more on the negatives while the UFF one focuses on the plus side).

Warburton's articles:

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: does anyone else visualize
« on: April 11, 2009, 03:00:31 PM »
Yea, I imagine being a super monkey. But then when i try it, I remember that there's gravity.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: YMCA Healthy Kids Day Workshop
« on: April 10, 2009, 04:39:40 PM »
Thats awesome! But parkour games that don't take alot of time might be difficult. I'm not sure what you have as far as percision trainers, but you could just get some wooden beams, like 4in.x4in. and not even a yard long, then spread them out and have the people try percision jumps on them.
The only other idea i have is to utilize one of those tables to demonstrate, or allow people to, try vaulting(maybe don't let the kids without parent consent). Or, since the table is only a couple feet high, you could do the same with basic rolls.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Epic of parkour
« on: April 08, 2009, 03:23:30 PM »
Same here. It's a great poem, but it's either me or you need it to rhyme a bit more.
I disagree, I think it's better to rhyme a little less. I, personally, like free verse poetry better.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Trying to Convince the Principal
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:40:27 PM »
I'd also try to make a contract or somthing saying that they aren't responsible for injuries or damages.

Movement / Re: Front handspring
« on: April 01, 2009, 07:16:41 PM »
To me, it looked like you were in a handstand with your knees bent and you fell over. The guy in Mike's video pretty much demonstrated it as a fast front walk-over.
When you go down, bend over a little more so that you can swing your legs up and use their momentum to take you all the way over. Also, once you're vertical, bend your torso like you do in a bridge.

Movement / Re: Handstand Landing: OUCH! (video)
« on: April 01, 2009, 07:09:20 PM »
   Alright, first off, i think you might want to try keeping your legs a little straighter on your kick up. Second, Practice againt a wall until you can hold a handstand freely for a few seconds.
   On the backside landing: You're keeping your hands glued to the floor so you twist on your hands; usually to the right. You could move your right hand up to stable yourself once you realize your falling over. Once you start falling, move your right hand so that it's in-line with your left one; so your hand will move about 90 degrees counter clockwise. at this point, you just fall like you do out of a cartwheel.
   But i'm not saying that you should move your hands alot while up, it's a bad habit to get into, but it's ok when it's necessary to keep yourself from getting hurt.

Movement / Handstand Technique
« on: March 27, 2009, 05:22:53 PM »
There seem to be alot of threads asking about how to do handstands so this is to settle what I can.
First off, there are many different ways to apply handstands to Parkour/Freerunning. This page, however, is about how I perfer to do a regular still handstand.
Before Starting Keep in Mind
-Perfecting a handstand takes A LOT of practice. Don't expect to be able to hold them for 5 minutes after a little training.
-Practice against a wall. start facing the wall, and when you are up, your back will be facing the wall.
-DO NOT walk while in a handstand. Walking is easier, but it's a horrible habit to get into. It dosen't take nearly as much balance, thus, dosen't help as much. And unless you have great arm strength, it can be bad for your joints.

Step 1: The Kick-Up
When begining the kick-up, keep your arms facing straight down towards the ground, not facing above your head. Fall foreward with one leg staying on the ground, and the other staying even with your back. Once your hands reach the ground, kick your back leg up to be even with the other. The momentum will push you up onto your hands.
The kick-up is very hard to perfect. It is very difficult to find the right amount of speed to exert through your legs so that you go up, but don't fall on your back.

Step 2: Balancing
Once your'e up, you need to stay up. Again, DO NOT walk around on your hands unless it's to keep from falling on your head. Keep your body straight. You should try to have your stomach and butt in tight and your toes pointed.
The most important thing, however, is your hands. Your hands should be facing foreward, about shoulder width apart(maybe 1 or 2 inches more). You stay up by balancing on your palms while your forearms are straight along with your body. You should only be nudging yourself with your fingertips and palms to keep from toppling over. This is where the balance come from.

-Practice against a wall, and practice often
-Don't walk in a handstand
-Keep your body straight
-Balance using your fingertips
-Practice practice practice!!

Movement / Re: Handstands
« on: March 27, 2009, 04:45:03 PM »
when you go up into a handstand, your shoulders will naturally shrug. But i don't think that means to press them towards the ground. It dosn't make that much of a difference.

haha sorry thats not what i meant by that statement. i just meant stick to the neighborhood and surrounding are, not to mention climbing trees is a very good way to train....

when you hit your first big growth spurt come talk to me about training at a young age, alot of kids get shin splints and other things from doing stuff like parkour or track at younger ages.  so when you say you will be better than me because you started younger, not always true.
This is true. Severe trianing before your big enough can be very dangerous.  Now im not saying your too young or too small or anything, but don't jump in ahead of yourself and get an injury that you cant recover from. And your still growing, rough conditioning is a little much for your body to manage.

Movement / Re: Handstands
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:18:45 PM »
I hate to repeat this again but practice practice practice!! 
start out practicing with your back to the wall. 3 different ways i practice
-when you go up, lean on the wall to practice keeping the blood from going to your head.
-when you go up, tap the wall with your foot only when you need to to keep from falling over. this helps balance.
-when you go up, try not to overshoot your kick-up by not to touching the wall 

here are other threads about this:

Just explain what parkour is and what this is all about and how much you enjoy it. Show him that its a discipline, not a group of adrenaline-junkies who wanna jump off buildings.
If you do show him a vid, try not to have anything in it that involves rooftops. something without the big dangerour drops like this:

Movement / Re: help with handstands, etc
« on: March 12, 2009, 08:00:57 PM »
oh, i gotcha.
For handstands, you have to practice. start with learning a good kick-up. (getting a perfect kick-up is the hardest part for me) i like to keep my arms down and my hands facing the ground when i start. (begin practicing kicking up into a wall so that you don't overshoot and hurt yourself.) keep one leg on the ground when you fall and the other leg straight with Your back, then kick the leg from the ground into the air, pushing you up to a verticle position.
when you're up, keep your legs straight, toes pointed, and your body tight.
Your hands should be facing foreward and you should be balanced, using just your fingers and palms to keep you from falling over.
DON'T walk around in a handstand. stay in one spot. walking is a horrible habbit to get into, especially when starting to learn. it makes staying up alot easier, but it takes almost no balance.

Movement / Re: help with handstands, etc
« on: March 07, 2009, 08:09:51 PM »
What? rephrase your question.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: weak joints??
« on: March 07, 2009, 08:01:58 PM »
you could try taking fish oils.  When i started taking them, all my knee and ankle pain went away.  :)
But they're no replacement for conditioning. in the weightroom, focus on your form and you could also try some low-impact cardio.

Movement / Re: Backflip and Handstand Progression
« on: February 19, 2009, 05:15:37 PM »
This is pretty much the progression through which I've learned:  (includes the whole laying-down part, which is surprisingly helpful for getting the feel for it)
That video helped me alot.
For handstands, there's 2 parts, the kick-up, and staying up. practise both against a wall so you don't fall over. but when you're up, tighten your butt, and legs and point your feet straight up. Try not to walk with your hands to stay balanced because thats a bad habit to get into. Instead, use your palms and fingertips to keep yourself up.

Diet / Re: High Fructose Corn Syrup... ITS EVERYWHERE
« on: January 25, 2009, 04:11:14 PM »
Sorry for any misinformation. :( 
But lets just agree that eating too much HFCS is horrible and leave it at that.

Diet / Re: High Fructose Corn Syrup... ITS EVERYWHERE
« on: January 24, 2009, 07:54:53 PM »
   High Fructose Corn Syrup. In the 1980s the food industry began replacing table sugar (sucrose) with an artificial sweetener in many packaged foods. They did this for one simple reason: it was cheaper for them and thus they made more money. The artificial sweetener is known as HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (HFCS). This product alone is the reason why the majority of American are overweight and without doubt the reason for the increasing obesity epidemic. Why? HFCS is an artificial sugar. It is not natural. So, human bodies are not adapted to digest it. More specifically:
   When you eat foods with HFCS your body recognizes it as A sugar, but can’t tell exactly what it is. So, your body does the normal sugar thing – your insulin levels go up (read as: ah shit.) But then, your body can’t tell what to do with it. Is it fructose? Is it sucrose? Is it glucose, dextrose? Who knows! ! So, you body will usually just store the food as excess energy (FAT).
   In summary: HFCS does two things to your body –
   1: screws with your insulin levels (read as: you body cannot manage its energy properly and your ability to burn fat goes down).
   2: Turns into fat.
Here’s where it gets sad. The following foods all are LOADED with HFCS.
   Any type of soda, packaged food, most kinds of bread, yes bread, most kinds of candy, cereal, etc. Basically if the food was MADE by a human, it’s got HFCS. The only way to tell for sure is to check the nutrition label. I suggest you do this whenever possible.

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