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Title: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on October 17, 2009, 02:52:35 AM
I think it would be awesome to have an Introduction thread for our subforum, Since its for big guys mainly :P.

Most of you know me, My name is William or F2, I am the Fat freerunner, I weigh about 260lb, My first "Trick" I learned was the wallflip, and my first parkour move was a Safety vault.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on October 17, 2009, 03:27:58 AM
My name is Kyle Rudolph. I came to parkour from boxing. I am a heavyweight boxer and now weigh 200 lbs. I am self taught and my first vault to learn was a lazy vault. My first trick would have to be an aerial or a 540 kick.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on October 17, 2009, 09:27:42 AM
Hey my name is Alex Mills. I started parkour about 2 years ago when I watched "Casino Royale". I am 6'6'' and weigh in at 210lbs. I am also self taught and have trained solo the past 2 years. The first trick I learned was a monkey vault, and my most proud trick is my kong vault!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Randall 'RIT guy' Paulhamus on October 18, 2009, 10:03:56 AM
I don't know if I count as Gorilla PK material:
I'm 6'1" and about 190 lbs.
I'm not small but I'm not huge either
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on October 18, 2009, 10:46:41 AM
you're fine =D You don't have to pass certain criteria but if you consider yourself big for your size then welcome!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: D.B. on October 20, 2009, 08:42:43 PM
hi again

i'm dan

i'm 5'11"

used to be fat(270lbs)

spent some time at husky(225-240)

chillin around 200 these days

Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on October 23, 2009, 07:59:13 AM
Excellente danny! You went in the same direction Im going in xD.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Trevor on November 05, 2009, 05:57:33 PM
I'm Trevor, I am six foot one and 208 pounds. I am the largest in my family so I consider myself big. My first vault was the speed vault and yeah...
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jesse Wharton on November 15, 2009, 07:15:39 PM
I think I should probably join I'm 5'11 and 235 I did lose 15 pounds before my knee surgery but I gained itall back and haven't been able to lose it since.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Sam H on November 16, 2009, 04:30:38 PM
Hi, I'm Sam.  I'm from New Zealand and weigh in at about 115kg (about 250 pounds).  I've been training for about 3 years and was about 130kg (about 285 pounds) when I started.  I haven't consciously set about to lose weight as I'm quite happy being a cuddly but strong fella.  The weight change is happening anyway.  I figure I'm still carrying about 20 pounds of excess but we're just entering Summer in my country so that should help change it a little.  Training sessions of the "play" variety tend to last a couple of hours longer when the sun is shining.

I was a rock climber for about 7 years (3 years as an instructor) and played many a season of rugby as far as my former physical activity goes.  I used to be able to perform a half decent one arm pull up but no longer.  Despite not being able to do a one arm pull any more, I feel stronger than I've ever felt before in my life.

A tip for getting stronger without putting on too much muscle is to stick with really low repetitions if you are performing tricky body weight exercises or lifting weights.  No more than 5.  If you can do that too easy you should increase the resistance by adding weight or by other means.

I might have a claim to being the original "big guy" too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNdTg_M_5PA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNdTg_M_5PA)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on November 16, 2009, 06:31:52 PM
Holy shit, we're international now.

Welcome to GorillaPK man!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Aaron Hrinda on November 16, 2009, 06:39:29 PM
This is the post awesome thing ever.

me: Aaron Hrinda
I'm from Pennsylvania. I was in the Marines, and now I'm in Law Enforcement.
I have a Martial Arts and Weight lifting background. Also, I have always been a big dude.
I'm 5'10" and the last times I was under 200 were in High School and when I graduated boot camp.
I am floating around 230 right now, but an steadily progressing downwards.

I do crossfit, lots of pull ups and hand=stand push ups, and started looking into PK, mostly because
I find myself climbing on stuff all the time anyway, and have always gone over stuff while I was running.

Then I discovered it was a real thing and lots of others did it.

And then I discovered this tread and the world changed...!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on November 16, 2009, 07:09:30 PM
Holy shit, we're international now.

Welcome to GorillaPK man!

Haha we went international when we got the guy from Egypt haha this is great now in NZ!!! We got the KIWIS with us now. It's great to have you Sam! Welcome to GPK!

Welcome to the forums as well Hrinda! wow you have a interesting backround! Haha yeah i'm glad we started up Gorilla PK
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Hopefulpilot on November 16, 2009, 09:06:40 PM
I'm Deborah, and while I'm not really tall (5'7"), I'm fat. My weight has been wavering between 208 and 217lbs. for months.

I haven't got an interesting background story.  :(

I'm from Redding, CA.

My biggest nemesis atm is running. I can't go far at all before suffocating, and because of my weight, it kills my knees.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Aaron Hrinda on November 16, 2009, 10:10:00 PM
Hopeful,
 I have totally been where you are. My weight has always been something I
had to work on, even when I was running 20+ miles a week.

 Some of us just get that lot in life.

 The biggest thing I can say (since I had to go through it a year ago, getting back into shape)
 is baby steps, and keep with it.

 After I got out of the Marines, I slacked off (as a Corrections Officer, it is easy). I kept lifting,
but I let my cardio fall away. Eventually, I found myself at 265, and really unhappy. Granted, people
never assumed I was that heavy, but I felt bad about myself.
 
 So I started working at it. It sucked for a good long while, especially knowing where I used to be.
Take a hard look at your diet, and how you spend your time.

 For me it was a lot of little things. Getting coffee on the way home from work, and noticing
I grabbed a snack with it. It's really easy.

 Keep a journal for yourself of what you eat, your workouts and how you feel. It's amazing when you
really look at it.

 I am somewhere between 220-230 right now, but I am back up to running 3 miles at a shot.
Just keep at it.


And If you smoke, quit. I just did 2 months ago. and it is awesome. AWESOME!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on November 16, 2009, 10:37:40 PM
Hopeful,
 I have totally been where you are. My weight has always been something I
had to work on, even when I was running 20+ miles a week.

 Some of us just get that lot in life.

 The biggest thing I can say (since I had to go through it a year ago, getting back into shape)
 is baby steps, and keep with it.

 After I got out of the Marines, I slacked off (as a Corrections Officer, it is easy). I kept lifting,
but I let my cardio fall away. Eventually, I found myself at 265, and really unhappy. Granted, people
never assumed I was that heavy, but I felt bad about myself.
 
 So I started working at it. It sucked for a good long while, especially knowing where I used to be.
Take a hard look at your diet, and how you spend your time.

 For me it was a lot of little things. Getting coffee on the way home from work, and noticing
I grabbed a snack with it. It's really easy.

 Keep a journal for yourself of what you eat, your workouts and how you feel. It's amazing when you
really look at it.

 I am somewhere between 220-230 right now, but I am back up to running 3 miles at a shot.
Just keep at it.


And If you smoke, quit. I just did 2 months ago. and it is awesome. AWESOME!

Hey congratulations of quitting! That takes some effort!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on November 16, 2009, 10:48:57 PM
Hey Hrinda/Sam just so the public (apk) knows your part of GPK add the signature.. you can either add this one or the other one i made which you can see most GPK guys have or you can be creative and make a new one! It helps distinguish us!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on November 17, 2009, 12:39:10 AM
Yeah, welcome to all our new members. We seemed to have had quite an influx today. :]

If you new guys know any other big traceurs out there that feel out of pk because of their size then I encourage you to invite them here and tell everyone about GorillaPK.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Aaron Hrinda on November 17, 2009, 10:16:55 PM
added the sig block,
and using my real name too.

I was before, too, for that matter.

Havent gotten much training the past few days, except for
QM all over the house and push-ups, since I have had 24 hours of overtime in the past
4 days.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Hopefulpilot on November 19, 2009, 07:55:07 AM
Hopeful,
 I have totally been where you are. My weight has always been something I
had to work on, even when I was running 20+ miles a week.

 Some of us just get that lot in life.
 
 The biggest thing I can say (since I had to go through it a year ago, getting back into shape)
 is baby steps, and keep with it.

Thanks.

Quote
For me it was a lot of little things. Getting coffee on the way home from work, and noticing
I grabbed a snack with it. It's really easy.

 Keep a journal for yourself of what you eat, your workouts and how you feel. It's amazing when you
really look at it.

Yeah, I've cut out a lot off junk I used to eat, but I'm still eating too much. I think I'm addicted to food. >.<

 
Quote
I am somewhere between 220-230 right now, but I am back up to running 3 miles at a shot.

Congratulations!!

Quote
And If you smoke, quit. I just did 2 months ago. and it is awesome. AWESOME!

Congrats again! Nope, never smoked, never intend to. I have a few friends that used to, but quit. I can tell from watching them that it is REALLY hard to quit, and stay quit. I don't ever want to have to do that!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Brian Rowe on November 25, 2009, 02:22:45 PM
Brian here. I'm 5'11" and weigh about 185 lbs. I have a little extra cushion, but I'm fairly wide-bodied and muscular. The funny part is that most of it is packed in from the waist down.

When I saw this, I was trying to think of how my body-type could be an advantage. So far, all I can come up with is the the ability to carry heavy things. I'm the default choice for helping friends move and pushing cars out of snowbanks. I've even been kicking around the idea of training with a sandbag.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Aaron Hrinda on November 25, 2009, 02:42:07 PM
I totally understand where you're coming from.
When I was in the Marines, the lowest I ever got my 3 mile was 22:30.

I had lots of friends that were faster, but being the big guy meant you
could go about the same speed carrying someone.

 Training with a sandbag was something we did a lot. It sucks, but it makes you strong.
 the best way to do it is find a good pack that you can secure to yourself well to limit movement,
and just go with it.

 Actually carrying the bag on your shoulder is how we usually did it though. That adds an extra
special layer of suck to the training.

 Now, a PK sandbag run could be interesting. Make your bag really really secure, and it is your cargo.
carry it with you, toss it, etc. Just bring it home.

 Also make sure you explain what it is if the police stop you.

Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on November 25, 2009, 06:24:16 PM
I totally understand where you're coming from.
When I was in the Marines, the lowest I ever got my 3 mile was 22:30.

I had lots of friends that were faster, but being the big guy meant you
could go about the same speed carrying someone.

 Training with a sandbag was something we did a lot. It sucks, but it makes you strong.
 the best way to do it is find a good pack that you can secure to yourself well to limit movement,
and just go with it.

 Actually carrying the bag on your shoulder is how we usually did it though. That adds an extra
special layer of suck to the training.

 Now, a PK sandbag run could be interesting. Make your bag really really secure, and it is your cargo.
carry it with you, toss it, etc. Just bring it home.

 Also make sure you explain what it is if the police stop you.



Hmm instead of a sandbag I would use a weighted vest just because running around an urban environment with a hefty sandbag could lead to some bad back problems
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Aaron Hrinda on November 25, 2009, 06:30:13 PM
Hmm instead of a sandbag I would use a weighted vest just because running around an urban environment with a hefty sandbag could lead to some bad back problems

 That would be best. But carrying something with you is a good functional training idea. Maybe not a sandbag though.
 Like I said, we used to run with one, and a lot of it is listening to your body.

 We used to do an indian run: single file, throw pass the sandbag back through the line, last one sprints to the front.
 It sucked, but it was good times too.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Trevor on November 25, 2009, 07:00:53 PM
I would totally train with a sand bag but like Alex said, back problems.

But if I could afford it I'd definitely buy a weighted vest. Or maybe even a kevlar under my sweatshirt, cause if I remember correctly I could get a heavy kevlar for like 50 bucks.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jerald Donald Konkel on November 29, 2009, 10:00:45 PM
Hey..... I'm late, I know..... and I don't think I fit in since I am kinda slimmer and lighter than all you guys.....no pun intended

But in my defense, When I started Parkour, about a year ago.... and only seriously getting into it 6 months ago..... I used to weigh alot more.... most of it fat, not that much muscle. But I used to weigh 220 lbs. Now I weigh 160 lbs.... Of course riding my mountain bike helped too, but I like to say Parkour is Mainly to blame for my weight loss.

 
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: wes on November 30, 2009, 12:31:21 AM
Im from Oklahoma and im 5'10 and way around 200 yeah nothing special lol :P
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Nicolai on November 30, 2009, 05:44:02 PM
I'm Ryan, I'm 6'2ish and weigh in at about 190lbs. I weighed about 230lbs a year ago but dropped about 45lbs in a few months. So far I've been able to keep the weight off even with my training taking constant hits from injuries over the year. I'm not a huge guy, but I could lose another 10 or 15lbs of fat. That might be wrong, I don't know my current BMI. In the next year I hope to add some muscle weight, maybe 10 or 20lbs. Not sure if that's realistic though.

So... What's up?
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jose "ballzy" Baliño on December 03, 2009, 05:20:21 PM
hello there from eagle pass,tx my name is jose and friends call me ballzy or balls or ballsy whichever dont mater im 16 yrs old and a junior at high school im 5'11 and weigh 220 started doing parkour in the summer although i didnt do much til the start of october my first trick which im still working on is b-twist and my first move would be a lazy vault 
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on December 10, 2009, 02:40:07 PM
Whatsup Ballzy, I use to live in Dumas TX, dunno how far that is from Eagles pass. But im in GA now D:. ohwell. ANYWAY! WELCOME!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: RB on December 20, 2009, 09:01:26 AM
so i think id be more of an orangatan if anything but thats not really an option. im not a 100% sure i fit in here but i know i dont fit in with the 150lb 5'5" monkeys that dominate parkour. im 6'4" 190lbs but the thing is im trying to gain weight, my goal is around 215. ive been putting on good lean mass at about 1-1.5lbs a week for about 6 weeks.

im in the army currently deployed in Iraq (lame) and the only thing to do is lift weights and im tired of being the gangley bastard.

before the army i was very involved in Pankration (i cut down and competed at 160) and tooled around in other martial arts when i could.

i kinda feel silly posting on here because i hardly have any opporitunity to train PK here but i do what i can and i want to take it more seriously when i get back stateside.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on December 20, 2009, 01:55:04 PM
Well Welcome along for the Ride RB. Any idea when you will becoming back to the US? ANyways parkour is an amazing activity you should definitely take part in! Especially us big guys. Nothings cooler than seeing some 230lb+ guy flying over walls and picnic tables :P. In reality though its amazing that alot more of us bigger guys are getting involved. In the beginning there were only the tiny little shrimp kids who practiced to become a traceur. A group like Gorilla parkour is here to help bigger guys like you an me too. In more ways than you can imagine.
So goodluck over there and cant wait to hear back from ya!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: RB on December 24, 2009, 09:40:13 AM
Cool! thanks for the welcome. i wont be back in the states till the end of summer but i like to look at this time till then to focus on building up my bodys strength endurance and agility.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Faithkeeper on December 26, 2009, 05:13:50 PM
Greetings.

I was doing parkour for a while, reading these boards and such. I self taught myself the basic vaults (speed, monkey, kong, stuff like that not to mention this thing that idk what it is, where you put your and on the other side of the wall and you flip over the wall... name please?) and have been doing precisions and jumping around on jungle gyms since I was a small fry and didn't know it had a name. Everything was good until I damaged a friend's truck trying to jump into the back. I paid for it (as a good friend would) but it took all of my free money and some of my savings. I was also lucky not to get hurt. My parents were freaking out, and I like to keep them in good graces, so I basically gave up on parkour. I tried to stay in shape (I was done with sports a few weeks earlier) but I lost interest because I had nothing I was working towards and have since gained ~10lbs. [I was in good shape beforehand, I could see my abs without flexing and was exercising daily] For Christmas, my parents said they trusted me, gave me some martial arts shoes (great grip) and said they trusted me to be as safe as possible with this. I was rather pleased.

I'm 5'11, ~215lbs, bmi says I'm obese(I disagree, I'm just the broad shoulders, big arms/legs, and spartan calves type), I think I qualify as a gorilla.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on December 26, 2009, 07:23:06 PM
Hey welcome Faithkeeper yup you qualify welcome to GPK
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Faithkeeper on December 26, 2009, 08:48:49 PM
Hey welcome Faithkeeper yup you qualify welcome to GPK

Thanks for the welcome, it is appreciated.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on December 27, 2009, 12:01:36 PM
Well Welcome faithkeeper. Hope ya stay with us for a while!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: princetab on December 27, 2009, 01:56:22 PM
Hello!!

I'm a little late to this but I blame myself for not being on the forums enough.

My name is Brian Prince from Atlanta Ga and I have been doing Parkour for about a Year and a Half.  I don't know if you could call me Gorilla Pk Material but after reading what it is all about I can relate with the entire philosophy.  I am 6'9" tall and way about 210lbs. For my entire life I played basketball just like my older brother because I'm tall.  I never really cared for the sport and as soon as I had a say I stopped playing.  I picked up parkour early summer 2008 and like most other Gorilla Pk guys I was met with the realization that Pk might be easier for smaller people but I didn't let that stop me. 

Even though my size makes it hard sometimes I do my best to use it to my advantage.  When It comes to smaller obsticles I still try to get through them and when people tell me that I might be to tall I yell back "Height is only an excuse" and do it anyway.  I would love to join you guys at helping to spread the word about Gorilla Pk because Parkour is for everybody and we are proof of that.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on December 27, 2009, 03:25:47 PM
Holy shit!!! 6'9"!! im 6'6'' I understand what you mean I feel really tall for a traceur. It's great to have you join don't get blinded by the description of all big guys it's if you consider yourself bigger Muscle mass/height. Im glad you didn't give up and strived to prove everybody wrong. It's great to have you here Brian!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on December 27, 2009, 03:55:38 PM
DAmn your taller than me Alex.
WELCOME BRIAN! Im F2 and I live here In collumbus. Bout a two hour drive from ATL :P.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: princetab on December 27, 2009, 05:18:04 PM
Haha, Thanks for the Welcome!! Its much appreciated!!

I think this idea is really cool and I am really happy to be a part of it.
 ;D
DAmn your taller than me Alex.
WELCOME BRIAN! Im F2 and I live here In collumbus. Bout a two hour drive from ATL :P.
Wow that's pretty close!  We gotta Jam sometime.

Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mitch Hamilton on December 28, 2009, 07:43:16 PM
pERHAPS
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Cheshire Parkour on January 03, 2010, 05:06:52 PM
Hey, I'm Mike Bibo, I'm 5'9 193 lbs. I started parkour about 2 months ago, i train with my cousin and a couple friends on-and-off, but mostly by myself. the first vault i learned was the speed vault, my first trick was a front flip. favorite vault? kong :)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Trevor on January 05, 2010, 12:48:24 AM
Lol, 6' 9" and 6' 6"... jesus.... :/ I am only 6' 1" as I stated before.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: tentonbrick on January 18, 2010, 03:06:15 AM
Ahoy!  6'5, A buck 90, with a goal of two. My spine is fused from t1-t12 with harrington rods implanted all along it. hah, learning to kong when your 6'5 and your spine doesn't bend was inteeeense.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on January 18, 2010, 01:32:02 PM
damn that's hardcore what'd you do!?
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: tentonbrick on January 18, 2010, 08:32:04 PM
Well.. erhm. Some history, shall we?

I was born with a bone disorder called Shuermanns disease. It caused the disks between my vertebrae to disappear entirely by the time I was 8. Soon after the vertebrae ground themselves down into wedge shapes, turning me into a hunch back. I remember laying in bed as a kid, and .. well yeah, you get the picture.   

So fast forward,

I soldiered on, now I'm 17, I just quit school, got my G.E.D, and joined the U.S Army. The degree of my thoracic curve was 87 degrees, and my lumbar was reversed, and hold strong at 75.  This effectively turned my spine into an S shape, with the lower portion of the S stretching more down. I've learned though at this point since my disks are gone, I can 'lift' myself into place flexing the right muscles. (doctors told me later on this was what I was doing, at the time, i was just... doing it.  they were amazed.)  So anyways, I could 'lift' myself into place for about 20-30 minutes, this was long enough to 'look' normal when I needed to, and for everything else.. I just made do. It drove me to burn on all 8, all day, everyday.

But one day at Ft. "Lostinthewoods" ( Leonardwood [: )  I fell. 3 stories to be exact. During a simple training exercise I've done hundreds of times. I was almost 19. I'd say I broke just about damn everything. Almost every vertebrae, couple ribs, fractured chestplate. I stubbed my toe that morning, couple hours before hand, I count that in there too. :D

So anyways, I'm laying on the ground in a parking lot, my battle buddies rushing up, staring up thinking "I wonder if their gonna be able to put humpty-dumpty back together again?"  [: I guess I have a sick sense of humor, that thought brought a smile to my face. They say the only reason I didn't straight up die was because I was in my battle rattle, and was wearing the kevlar "heavier then lead" helmet.

So I was rushed into surgery, where they drilled a hole into my right hip, to take bone marrow and bone sample, to crush up into a paste, they then broke the rest of my vertebrae, and removed them, then, they built a cage around my spinal cord of stainless steel. After that, that placed the vertebrae back, adding in the bone paste they had previously made. At this point they implanted the two 26 inch(ish) metal rods that are supposed to hold me together, while all this heals. Oh, and they cut me open like a fish, and cut ALL the muscles in the back off, they can't have you twitching on the table! :D

So, now, take the worst pain, you've EVER felt. (This includes giving birth if a female who has, comes across this. I had a nurse at my care unit tell me she thought I was the toughest person shes ever met, and I inspired her to work through her arthritis and go to physical therapy (whole other story)  yeah, so , Worst pain, EVER felt. Now....  Cut yourself in HALF.   Yeah. It hurts, that bad. And it doesn't go away. Not for months.

So fast forward months, I spent my 19th birthday in a body brace, spent 6 months solid in bed, 4 of which I didn't even have the ability to walk. Eventually I was out of the brace, went to physical therapy, had a life, yada yada.

Now I'm 20, coping with extreme fibromyalgia from my surgery. And I go to pick up an empty guitar case, and I hear a loud *SNAP* and I dropped to the floor. I woke up back in the hospital, X-rays already done, with the doctors there having a solemn look on there faces. Yep. My surgery failed. My bones never fused, nothing took, and my right rod has broken inside of me, and is tearing the flesh around it to pieces. I had to wait 2 weeks, for a surgical staff to be flown in. 2 weeks, like that.  They told me they had to cut me open again. Take new bone from my other hip. They would have to unscrew the pins, remove the rods, re-break everything. They said they had a new B-something they were going to try, that increases the chance of a skeletal fusion. I had to go through physical therapy, the body brace, the 6 months, all the pain.

So I signed the papers, wrote a will, and went under the knife. Again.
fast forward
I spent my 21st birthday in a body brace. Eventually, got released. Actually, the date of my second surgery was January 21st, 2009, so I'm almost 1 year out of the second one.

I use Parkour as my physical and mental therapy.  :)

I have pictures of my scar, and of my body brace, on my facebook!   www.facebook.com/crash409 (http://www.facebook.com/crash409)
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Post by: Jerald Donald Konkel on January 19, 2010, 12:27:39 AM
WOW.... that was Possibly the Longest but shortest reply I ever read, I am just Speachless. I read that and well, to tell the truth I was moved... I couldn't stop reading, and then at the end I was Amazed. I wouldn't be surprised if APK posts this on the Front of the Main Page. Truly, if you can have the strength and Will to go through that and still Practice and have Love for Parkour, anyone can do Parkour.

like I said, I'm Speachless...... :'(
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: tentonbrick on January 19, 2010, 10:38:31 AM
HAH, thank you, all the people that have stopped me along the way and said "dude, you the man", really kept me going strong. I hope they don't front page this :( I'm not a fan of attention!  :-X
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Post by: Jerald Donald Konkel on January 19, 2010, 11:17:10 AM
HAH, thank you, all the people that have stopped me along the way and said "dude, you the man", really kept me going strong. I hope they don't front page this :( I'm not a fan of attention!  :-X

Yeah, on second thought They might not, cause now that you mention I am not a fan of attention either. btw they will ask first I guarantee it
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: aXp on January 19, 2010, 09:13:44 PM
So by big what exactly do we mean? I'm 5'8" 200 lbs and mainly big due to weightlifting. I've been training for about 3.5 years and despite my bulky size I think I've progressed quite well.
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Post by: doink67 on January 20, 2010, 06:31:27 PM
Hi, I'm Ross, and I'm 5'9" and approx 200-210.
I got interested in parkour from a friend, and I'm trying to lose enough fat/gain enough muscle to be effective at parkour. I have a Football (American) and Rugby.
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Post by: princetab on January 21, 2010, 09:36:05 PM
So by big what exactly do we mean? I'm 5'8" 200 lbs and mainly big due to weightlifting. I've been training for about 3.5 years and despite my bulky size I think I've progressed quite well.


Pillman? is that you?

If so than I say you def. should be in.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Newby on January 22, 2010, 08:19:49 PM
6'2'' 235. i am still losing weight from the cardio and weight lifting that i do. im down from 275 which was my weight last year.
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Post by: Jake Beal on February 07, 2010, 07:55:34 PM
whats up im Jake and im 6' 3" about 175lbs... im not in amazing shape but ive been working out latley and if been toning up...  8) so yeah could use some advice on how i can lug myself around
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Nicholas Newcomb on February 08, 2010, 03:42:44 AM
I'm neither fat OR husky, I'm really kinda skinny, weigh in at like 170 and I'm 6' 2''
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Post by: Nicholas Newcomb on February 09, 2010, 04:38:17 AM
Well.. erhm. Some history, shall we?

I was born with a bone disorder called Shuermanns disease. It caused the disks between my vertebrae to disappear entirely by the time I was 8. Soon after the vertebrae ground themselves down into wedge shapes, turning me into a hunch back. I remember laying in bed as a kid, and .. well yeah, you get the picture.   

So fast forward,

I soldiered on, now I'm 17, I just quit school, got my G.E.D, and joined the U.S Army. The degree of my thoracic curve was 87 degrees, and my lumbar was reversed, and hold strong at 75.  This effectively turned my spine into an S shape, with the lower portion of the S stretching more down. I've learned though at this point since my disks are gone, I can 'lift' myself into place flexing the right muscles. (doctors told me later on this was what I was doing, at the time, i was just... doing it.  they were amazed.)  So anyways, I could 'lift' myself into place for about 20-30 minutes, this was long enough to 'look' normal when I needed to, and for everything else.. I just made do. It drove me to burn on all 8, all day, everyday.

But one day at Ft. "Lostinthewoods" ( Leonardwood [: )  I fell. 3 stories to be exact. During a simple training exercise I've done hundreds of times. I was almost 19. I'd say I broke just about damn everything. Almost every vertebrae, couple ribs, fractured chestplate. I stubbed my toe that morning, couple hours before hand, I count that in there too. :D

So anyways, I'm laying on the ground in a parking lot, my battle buddies rushing up, staring up thinking "I wonder if their gonna be able to put humpty-dumpty back together again?"  [: I guess I have a sick sense of humor, that thought brought a smile to my face. They say the only reason I didn't straight up die was because I was in my battle rattle, and was wearing the kevlar "heavier then lead" helmet.

So I was rushed into surgery, where they drilled a hole into my right hip, to take bone marrow and bone sample, to crush up into a paste, they then broke the rest of my vertebrae, and removed them, then, they built a cage around my spinal cord of stainless steel. After that, that placed the vertebrae back, adding in the bone paste they had previously made. At this point they implanted the two 26 inch(ish) metal rods that are supposed to hold me together, while all this heals. Oh, and they cut me open like a fish, and cut ALL the muscles in the back off, they can't have you twitching on the table! :D

So, now, take the worst pain, you've EVER felt. (This includes giving birth if a female who has, comes across this. I had a nurse at my care unit tell me she thought I was the toughest person shes ever met, and I inspired her to work through her arthritis and go to physical therapy (whole other story)  yeah, so , Worst pain, EVER felt. Now....  Cut yourself in HALF.   Yeah. It hurts, that bad. And it doesn't go away. Not for months.

So fast forward months, I spent my 19th birthday in a body brace, spent 6 months solid in bed, 4 of which I didn't even have the ability to walk. Eventually I was out of the brace, went to physical therapy, had a life, yada yada.

Now I'm 20, coping with extreme fibromyalgia from my surgery. And I go to pick up an empty guitar case, and I hear a loud *SNAP* and I dropped to the floor. I woke up back in the hospital, X-rays already done, with the doctors there having a solemn look on there faces. Yep. My surgery failed. My bones never fused, nothing took, and my right rod has broken inside of me, and is tearing the flesh around it to pieces. I had to wait 2 weeks, for a surgical staff to be flown in. 2 weeks, like that.  They told me they had to cut me open again. Take new bone from my other hip. They would have to unscrew the pins, remove the rods, re-break everything. They said they had a new B-something they were going to try, that increases the chance of a skeletal fusion. I had to go through physical therapy, the body brace, the 6 months, all the pain.

So I signed the papers, wrote a will, and went under the knife. Again.
fast forward
I spent my 21st birthday in a body brace. Eventually, got released. Actually, the date of my second surgery was January 21st, 2009, so I'm almost 1 year out of the second one.

I use Parkour as my physical and mental therapy.  :)

I have pictures of my scar, and of my body brace, on my facebook!   www.facebook.com/crash409 (http://www.facebook.com/crash409)

holy freakin crap man thats just amazing... im speechless
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Post by: miser650 on February 14, 2010, 08:28:44 AM
I guess I should introduce myself here too.

My name is Matt and i live in Knoxville, TN while I'm finishing up my degree in Electrical Engineering at UT.  I'm about 5' 11" and the last time I weighed myself I was around 190lbs.  It's been about a year since the last time I set foot in a gym or had any real physical activity and I just started training on Friday with the APK warm-up and attempting to learn how to roll.

If anyone is in Knoxville and wants to train together then give me a shout.

-Matt
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Post by: Will Ahlberg on February 15, 2010, 09:19:37 AM
Hey guys whats up. My names Will and im 6' 5" and 200 lbs. My first trick i ever learned was the speed vault and my most proud is my wall spin. Im currently working on backflips, frontflips, and wall flips. i live in minnesota and its all snowy lol so i work on these flips at the owatonna area gymnastics cub. unfortunatly, tho, it is only open once a week for an hour and a half. kinda sucks :( i watched Kyle Rudolph's wall flip tutorial and i wll definatly try it next time i go to the gym. thanks for that :) 
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Post by: Kyle Rudolph on February 15, 2010, 09:34:44 AM
Hey guys whats up. My names Will and im 6' 5" and 200 lbs. My first trick i ever learned was the speed vault and my most proud is my wall spin. Im currently working on backflips, frontflips, and wall flips. i live in minnesota and its all snowy lol so i work on these flips at the owatonna area gymnastics cub. unfortunatly, tho, it is only open once a week for an hour and a half. kinda sucks :( i watched Kyle Rudolph's wall flip tutorial and i wll definatly try it next time i go to the gym. thanks for that :) 
Haha, no problem man. I made it mad quick. It was no problem.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Patrick Witbrod on February 17, 2010, 07:37:54 PM
I'm not really all that big any more. I'm 5ft 10 and I used to weigh 220 lbs but now through martial arts parkour and general fitness I'm down to about 175. I just thought I'd introduce myself before I asked a question.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Cheryl-MimiIBlonde on March 07, 2010, 11:24:33 PM
So, Hi, I'm Cheryl. I'm considered big, or what I like to polite-fully call, plus-size. I am 5'8" and I weigh 260lbs. And now, that number hasn't gone up or down in the last three years. Most of that is muscle, mind you, but I'm thinking on at least dropping 20 or so, but it really is okay to do Parkour/free running at my weight?

I currently have knee problems, but they're not too serious of an issue, and no back problems really, well, okay, maybe once a week it bothers me, but I just use tylenol and it goes away.

Onto my past..um, I was in volley ball for a year, and then in basketball for three, and that's pretty much my whole history..haha

Right now I do daycare, 3 boys, and I'm constantly lifting, and arguing, and lifting some more...Oh! And running...gotta chase the little buggers.

So, that's me..
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on March 08, 2010, 01:27:18 AM
Yo. Welcome.

Well what I can say to do right now is what most people that are in this board are focused on and that is cutting weight. More protein, less carbs and fat. And more cardio. I have a plyometrics workout I'm gonna post here hopefully by next week and you can try seeing if you can incorporate that in your regimen.

Also, you said you have knee problem. I'm 6'0" and about 240-260 and fluctuate in that general area but I'm trying to cut to 190-200. Despite my large muscly size I have no knee problems at all and that is because I work my legs as hard (I can press about 850-860 lbs on Leg Press. Working up to 1000) if not harder then the rest of my body. How strong are your legs? It seems a lot of big guys that do PK that have knee problems have them because their legs have so much force going into them from jumps but don't get worked out how they should be to support the weight they are dealing with.
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Post by: Cheryl-MimiIBlonde on March 08, 2010, 02:14:25 AM
Well, I don't really know how strong my legs are, but I have rock hard calves. haha but It's just the weather that has a factor in my knee pain. Don't like the cold, never have, never will. And I thank the one who started this post, and others for keeping it going considering when I had the thought of wanting to become a free runner, I thought I'd have to spend a year doing nothing but working out before I'd even get my first pair of shoes and actually started training...You guys shed some light on it for me. I thank you a lot. :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Newby on March 10, 2010, 03:46:33 PM
correct me if im wrong, but regardless of how powerful your legs are it is the impact of your weight that causes the complications. running for a heavy person can cause knee problems if you run heel-toe. just the impact jars your body. this coupled with legs workouts that fatigue your legs will help lead to injury. but over time the conditioning of ankles calves and the proprioception of your feet should mitigate the likeliness of injury.

also i read an interesting thing when looking at demons drill videos. the skill guideline for the all around better athlete. there is quite alot about being able to counter body weight. anyways everyone should read it and tell me what you think.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on March 10, 2010, 05:33:11 PM
correct me if im wrong, but regardless of how powerful your legs are it is the impact of your weight that causes the complications. running for a heavy person can cause knee problems if you run heel-toe. just the impact jars your body. this coupled with legs workouts that fatigue your legs will help lead to injury. but over time the conditioning of ankles calves and the proprioception of your feet should mitigate the likeliness of injury.

also i read an interesting thing when looking at demons drill videos. the skill guideline for the all around better athlete. there is quite alot about being able to counter body weight. anyways everyone should read it and tell me what you think.

Who runs heel to toe? And you may be right but I've never had so much as a single pang of pain from my legs. Granted I'm not out doing 15 foot drops with double backflips thrown into them but if I hadn't worked out my legs (and my leg work outs don't really fatigue my legs. js.) and strengthened my legs my legs probably would've gotten injured by now.

I'll have to check more of demon then. I must've missed thato ne.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Cheryl-MimiIBlonde on March 11, 2010, 05:37:35 AM
Definitely got on ankle strengthening, and I will use it to my advantage. I haven't had any knee pain though recently because of the warming temperatures. It's mainly in cold weather, I think I mention that though already. And I haven't gotten to go out and even train a little bit to see what I currently can and can't do because it's been to wet. :( Another downer of course, but I'll try everything in my power to strengthen my muscles before doing vaults and drops. I've never broken a bone in my body my whole life, and I don't really want this to be the start of it. :)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Newby on March 11, 2010, 04:33:17 PM
Everyone, go to demons drills youtube page, find the video about stronger athletes, one where he is just sitting and talking. read the info and read more then click the link and read.

Edit: just found out it got deleted. i got 404'd
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Trevor on March 11, 2010, 09:04:24 PM
Weight does have a constant negative effect on all lower body pain. But not only that, weather does not usually have a major effect on joints. Sure it may be a bit stiff because of the cold but weather will not harm it to bad. Like Kyle said, if you are taking huge drops, even if you land properly, you will have chronic pain in your knees and legs.
If you take a, let's use the 15 foot drop, with a double back flip and you land perfectly the shock from such a high drop will go through your joints and will eventually harm you. Especially if you constantly take the drop.

If I am wrong, please tell me.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Cheryl-MimiIBlonde on March 11, 2010, 09:13:26 PM
No drops. :) Not yet at least, just simple and mild joint pain from weather. It's freaking cold here. And usually when I feel the pain is at 5 am when I wake up and have to be out the door by 5:15 to be to work at 6. So, It's just between 5 and 6 that I feel the pain because I'm not fully awake. And it took me like a week to realize it.
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Post by: Trevor on March 11, 2010, 09:17:29 PM
Yep, just stiffness from the cold plus you sleeping.
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Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 05, 2010, 03:20:13 AM
im really supprised i haven't commented here yet...... so yea ill introduce myself later
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Post by: BearMills on April 05, 2010, 12:01:05 PM
Ryan Thomas star defensive linemen.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 07, 2010, 03:07:05 AM
hey! you remembered!
i like this guy ^^^ haha now im getting in on offense too!!  apparently coaches like having athletes on their line :P haha

u are a lineman too right??
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Post by: Newby on April 07, 2010, 01:32:59 PM
we should all pretty much be linemen in this forum. the husky guys belong on the line.
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Post by: BearMills on April 07, 2010, 02:50:38 PM
hey! you remembered!
i like this guy ^^^ haha now im getting in on offense too!!  apparently coaches like having athletes on their line :P haha

u are a lineman too right??

Yup i used to be Varsity DT/OT/P haha I was a lot of positions. Though i stopped playing football.. I hate my coach
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Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 07, 2010, 04:31:53 PM
haha yea, coaches are the hardest thing to deal with >.<

but anyways, just letting ALL OF YOU know that i gave all of you guys in gorilla pk some mad props in my Parkour Public Speaking speech.

and anything important that u want me to talk about?? im giving it on friday so i got today and tomorow to change/add to it
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Post by: Kyle Rudolph on April 07, 2010, 08:01:38 PM
Do you have a copy of the speech we can peep?
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Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 08, 2010, 03:09:50 AM
idk it will fit, but il try
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Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 08, 2010, 03:10:46 AM
Ryan Thomas
Parkour Outline
 
*** YOU MAY ASK QUESTIONS AT ANY POINT OF THE PRESENTATION! ASK QUESTIONS AND I WILL ANSWER!!!!***
 
Parkour video: link è <http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C94873720C51A810 >
 
What is Parkour
              èParkour is very difficult to understand, unless you are a traceur or traceuesse yourself
              èParkour is the ART of moving through your environment, quickly, efficiently, and safely. Also parkour is getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible while overcoming obsticles
                 ^^^^ this is the base of our belief is, but every traceur sees parkour I little bit differently
 
Parkour Terms
è I WILL use some terms that you won’t understand and it would be easier for all of us if you knew what they were. If I use a word that you don’t know, feel free to raise your hand and ask at any point of the speech.

•   Traceur/Traceusse
•   Run/Path
•   Flow
•   Hot Spot
•   Jam
•   P.K.
•   American Parkour/Urban Freeflow
•   Vault
•   Landing
•   Wall Run/Pop Vault
•   Kong:(1) noun: the motion that is used to overcome an obstacle in which you dive at the obstacle and push off of it with your hands
   “I used the Kong technique to get past that wall”
   (2) verb: to use the Kong technique to overcome an obstacle
   “I could totally Kong that s***t bro,  I just want to see you do it first.”

Front flip, back Flip, Gainer, Corkscrew: all NOT PARKOUR TERMS!!!! These are in no way, shape, or form parkour. They have no purpose, therefore, are not parkour.
This is a very common misconception
 
Origin
èRichard Belle
              -French Vietnam soldier who wanted a faster, more efficient way to get to where they needed to go and better way to escape
              -him and his troops trained and learned with him
              èPassed on Knowledge to David Belle, his son,
              -David Belle helped it evolve
                            Added Philosophy, trained more, made a job of it by acting (District B13)
                            Got the first group together (Kamikaze) included the first real Traceurs

                            Most well known of the group is Sebastian Foucan and David Belle,
                            David is largely credited for the invention of parkour
 
è Parkour has REALLY been around since mankind has needed to chase or flee efficiently
              Humans are very flexible, fast, and have a wide range of motion
              Theoretically, Humans have been doing parkour since we were apes

Who can do Parkour?

Anyone who knows how to move their body and are in good enough shape to run can do parkour

The community doesn’t discriminate by age, location, race, religion or even by skill,  so all ages are accepted and receive the same treatment and are entitled to the same help that the rest of the community gets

Why Do Parkour?
Some use it as:
•       An outlet from life
•       A way to break the social norms by moving in a  new way
•       A means of self defense by understanding how to escape from bad situations efficiently
•       A way to break mental barriers
•       A way to practice their philosophy with not only their mind, but their body
•       a simple way to work out
•       a way to get girls
•       a way to show off




The Philosophy
 
The philosophy in parkour is very important to many of its practitioners

Major reoccurring themes in the philosophy
-   to achieve your goals, you need to get past fear first
-   practice makes perfect
-   when given a challenge, take it
-   most importantly ALL OBSTICLES CAN BE OVERCOME without disrupting their flow and putting them of their original course
o   a wise traceur once said…
•    “if there is no way over it, there is a must be way under it.
•    If there is no way under it, there must be a way around it.
•   If there is no way around it, there must be a way through it.
•    If there is no way through it, there must be another way.”

These beliefs don’t only apply to the way that the practitioners practice, but they take it and apply it to their lives.

Imagine using these principles in your everyday life.
Imagine all the obstacles that have stopped you or made you change course.
Did you get where you wanted to go?
Now imagine all the obstacles in your way now,
Instead of standing infront of it, waiting for it to go away, try overcomeing it.
It not easy, but its worth it when you get to where you’re going.

Parkour vs Freerunning

Unfortunately always put under the same roof (or on the same roof)

Major differences in training, philosophy, attitude, and more

Because of huge philosophical differences, sometimes practitioners can end up at each others necks. But most often not (thanks to the traceur’s level headed-nes) :P

Practice
Parkour =  getting somewhere fast and efficiently
Freerunning = flips and showing off. No purpose to their motion. Just freely running.

Philosophy
Parkour = all obstacles can be overcome
Freerunning = N/A

(learned from personal experience) Practitioners
Parkour = helpful, nice, supportive, level headed, Overall good people
Freerunning = cocky, arrogant, closed minded, annoying, and VERY cocky

But not all Freerunners/Traceurs are what I say they are.
Joel Paisner!

Parkour has a bad reputation for injuring kids
In REALITY its wannabe freerunners who try going too far too fast.
Tell about kid in APK forum (15 foot drop, big argument, did it anyway)

Training

First, Parkouring is not a word!
People who say they know what parkouring is should be punished
People who say they go parkouring should be slapped

When a person says they are “doing parkour” they rarely are ever really doing parkour
   They are really PRACTICING parkour.




You practice parkour by drilling basic movements
-kongs
-speed vaults
-precision jumps
-cat leaps
-safety rolls
-exc.

When TRAINING for parkour, you are not limited to just drilling motions.
You can: do muscle ups, handstands, verticle jumps, long jumps, push-ups, abdominal work,
   -ANYTHING that will get you more fit will do good
Parkour works every muscle vigorously when done well, so overall fitness is the most important goal when training

Best season to practice?
Probably spring, summer, and early fall
   -parkour is VERY annoying to try to train for in the winter, but other options are available if you can’t practice outside.
      -go to a gymnastics gym (talk about options that they offer)
      -work out at the gym (mats and other equipment are normally available for your use
      -if neither of these work, get creative! The best thing you can do is try to find a different way! If you find a better way, you are starting to think like a true traceur or traceuesse

Not fun enough? Get a jam going at a local hotspot!

Jams- events when people get together and train, practice, or just fool around trying fun parkour techniques
   Go over:
small jams,
big jams,
state jams,
national jams,
international jams


Hotspot: a place that is recognized as a place that is good for practicing parkour
-APK’s Hotspots map
local hotspots: Verona park, NYC, Central Park, The abandoned hospitals + penitentiary, and more that need to be discovered


Community

Something you will never read about in articles is about the community of Parkour practitioners
I have experienced and grown attached to this community for many reasons
-   helpful
-   kind
-   fun loving
-   open minded
-   active
-   common ideas and beliefs
-   various types of people with DIFFERENT ideas and beliefs and Points of view

I experienced this community through APK (describe APK)


Unspoken Bond
by Chris Kessler
I do not speak your language,

Perhaps I never will

I do not know your customs,

Your ways, your family, your skill.

But, what I do know is your movement.

I know your steps, your strength, your fear.

I do not know your culture,

But, through motion, we are distinctly near.

You are my brother,

Though we will never share a family.

You are my equal,

Though you will never meet me.


Through years of reflection,

I have come to realize,

Distance is not an obstacle;

It is only a thin disguise.

Also in the community there is a sense of Pride in all the people, even if they are new and haven’t even learned how to kong yet.
THEY ARE PROUD TO BA A PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND BE A TRACEUR(ESSE)
Because of this pride, many people try to change their identity so that they can not only do, but BE parkour.

This results in people adopting nic names from other traceurs.
Nic Names are EARNED not made up. They happen when they happen, can’t be forced.
DOUBLE DIESEL
Some examples of a nicknames would be: Flow, iceman, ninja, spiderman, Livewire, exc
One name you might recignise: Kid PK (tell about rumors about his graffiti)


Contrast APK to Urban Freeflow
Contrast and compare their symbols and their meanings
 
Sub Groups: in the community, there are smaller groups of traceur(esse)s that not only identify themselves by being a practitioner, but also by things like location, skill, status, size, age, exc.
^^Parkour “cliques”
Some groups are: The Tribe, NJ PK, Texas Parkour, Girlparkour, the list goes on!
When you join the community, the sub-groups have a way of finding you, but they never separate you from the full community


How To Start

Just go out,
Start learning, experimenting,
find other people who want to try it or people who already do it
and find a means of SELF MOTIVATION!

What you need to start: durable shirt, durable shorts, a backpack or a bag, and GOOD SHOES!

Shoes are the most important piece of equipment you will ever use!

Things to keep in mind when looking for shoes:
Arch/ankle support
Flexibility
Durability
Material used (waterproof? Vents well? Flexible? All that good stuff)
Treads on the shoe
Thickness of the sole
Weight of the shoe
Type of rubber used in the shoe

Most important thing to practice when starting parkour = SAFETY!!

Places you can learn more
APK
Urban Freeflow
News articles (internet)
Other people who do parkour

CONCLUSION



Le Parkour, By Jeremy Boyd
 
Fog descends from the sky to blind my judgment

Forgetting all I’ve learned with my time past spent
Incorporating my will, or what I have left to give

For this freedom from fear, this freedom to live


So forward I strive, one step and then another

Motivation geared for myself and my brothers.

Steady beat, steady pace, time seems to slow

Then I explode, dodging, moving high and low


Reaching feats that were thought un-reachable

Never knowing quite what I was capable.

Limitless I seem, jumping without showing fear

Reaching the gap that seem not so near.


Running towards a destination that I did not set

Keeping pace, going as fast as my body will let

Up in the air, looking down, aiming for the right spot,

Landing impact, rolling though, running, didn’t stop.


Need to slow down, out of breath, lungs aflame

Feeling what will be tomorrow’s triumphant pain.

Legs rubbery, losing my balance, my arms tire

Wrists are stiff, ankles crack, knees burning fire.


Worth it all, freedom’s price, pleasure and pain intertwined

Sweat clings everywhere, no greater feeling shall I ever find.

Time passed quickly while I was occupied with my run

All would I give, all that I have just to keep this youthful fun.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 08, 2010, 03:12:04 AM
^^ to any freerunners reading this, don't be offended. im not talking about APK freerunners, you guys are mad chill :P
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on April 09, 2010, 05:42:57 AM
Didn't see anything about GPK in there. Also, I'm a freerunner man. I don't discriminate between movements. I do both PK and FR but my main thing is tricking. That's a brash stereotype you have in your speech. Don't do that.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: /shane/ on April 09, 2010, 01:11:18 PM
Haha wow, I'm actually going to make a video on why flips ARE a part of parkour. Cause I'm sick of this. Do you think it's more efficient for you to vault a table when you could just run past it? No, but you do it anyway because it helps prepare you for instances that it would be more efficient, it conditions your body, and it's fun. Freerunning is no different, even if only because flips increase your vertical, flow, blocking technique, spatial awareness etc. etc. you should probably consider them useful for "practicing parkour" but not only that, they also can be more efficient than other means of movement. Such as a diving frontflip over a railing, or a flyaway off a bar, I have a friend who can bio flip farther and higher over objects than he can normally jump, and for me and many others, frontflips really help you with a roll when doing higher drops, because you're already flowing into your roll and it decreases the weight on your knees.
In most parkour videos, they're doing kong precisions and cat leaps in locations where stepping on the first wall and jumping over the next would have been much more efficient, yet you're fine with this being called parkour. Why? In my experience it's incompetency, the only people I know who like to say how pointless flips are are people who can't do them very well. Generally the best traceurs do both, why do you think that is? PK is all about speed and agility, something freerunning definitely helps with.
Please stop circulating this annoying opinion, I feel the same way about people who are trying to be cool and flipping off stuff and hurting themslelves, but that's not freerunning, please don't associate them with us.
To me it's all parkour, the only time I have to label myself a "freerunner" is when talking to people like you.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Newby on April 09, 2010, 03:59:11 PM
usually, im not one to agree with the flips and stuff as parkour, but the more i think about it, the more it seems that tricking could be included. and there are threads about the efficiency of tricking, and that fact of its focus on a higher level of athleticism. this translates well into parkour, which i believe is being ready to handle a difficult situation and needing to escape. therefore, i agree with shane.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jon E on April 10, 2010, 05:50:15 PM
I'm a little over 6 ft and i use to be around 185 but i slimmed down to around 165. I still think I'm a Gorilla though. I have very long legs which makes some stuff a little tough to do.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 13, 2010, 12:27:28 PM
Didn't see anything about GPK in there. Also, I'm a freerunner man. I don't discriminate between movements. I do both PK and FR but my main thing is tricking. That's a brash stereotype you have in your speech. Don't do that.
Haha wow, I'm actually going to make a video on why flips ARE a part of parkour. Cause I'm sick of this. Do you think it's more efficient for you to vault a table when you could just run past it? No, but you do it anyway because it helps prepare you for instances that it would be more efficient, it conditions your body, and it's fun. Freerunning is no different, even if only because flips increase your vertical, flow, blocking technique, spatial awareness etc. etc. you should probably consider them useful for "practicing parkour" but not only that, they also can be more efficient than other means of movement. Such as a diving frontflip over a railing, or a flyaway off a bar, I have a friend who can bio flip farther and higher over objects than he can normally jump, and for me and many others, frontflips really help you with a roll when doing higher drops, because you're already flowing into your roll and it decreases the weight on your knees.
In most parkour videos, they're doing kong precisions and cat leaps in locations where stepping on the first wall and jumping over the next would have been much more efficient, yet you're fine with this being called parkour. Why? In my experience it's incompetency, the only people I know who like to say how pointless flips are are people who can't do them very well. Generally the best traceurs do both, why do you think that is? PK is all about speed and agility, something freerunning definitely helps with.
Please stop circulating this annoying opinion, I feel the same way about people who are trying to be cool and flipping off stuff and hurting themslelves, but that's not freerunning, please don't associate them with us.
To me it's all parkour, the only time I have to label myself a "freerunner" is when talking to people like you.

hmmmmm

your contributions are eye opening, your logic makes sense and it does sound like a lot of what your saying would work better for someone who has practiced it and is athletic enough to do it all. i'll be sure to include all of that in my speech

and GPK is in there, but its not a really big part of the speech, im going to reference if once or twice in my speech

and i can deffinately tone down the harshness in the freerunning group and ill try to make it less discriminatory too,

thanks for the help guys, its appreciated
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 16, 2010, 04:44:18 AM
http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,25904.msg314755.html#msg314755

this is for the freerunners (second post)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Reluien aka James Mudd on April 17, 2010, 08:32:56 AM
hi,
   My name is James. I live in Orange, Massachusettes.
i do not fit into your tall catagory at all im a measly 5'5'' but i currently weigh 215lbs.
i have never really been below 170lbs im a rather (stocky) but due to spending 5 months on carpel tunnel/tendonitous rehab. i have "balloned" slightly lol. Started jogging again last week and can finally do push ups.
i works as a baker making granola and such in bulk so lifting is never much of a problem up to 6,000lbs a day
that is part of why im so stocky imo. just hoping to get back into training.

First trick: hasn't happend
First Vault: Kong to Cat :) about 6months ago :)

Peace
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 19, 2010, 03:32:35 AM
hi,
   My name is James. I live in Orange, Massachusettes.
i do not fit into your tall catagory at all im a measly 5'5'' but i currently weigh 215lbs.
i have never really been below 170lbs im a rather (stocky) but due to spending 5 months on carpel tunnel/tendonitous rehab. i have "balloned" slightly lol. Started jogging again last week and can finally do push ups.
i works as a baker making granola and such in bulk so lifting is never much of a problem up to 6,000lbs a day
that is part of why im so stocky imo. just hoping to get back into training.

First trick: hasn't happend
First Vault: Kong to Cat :) about 6months ago :)

Peace

now THAT sucks >.<

im glad your healthy enough to train now :D
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on April 29, 2010, 08:17:05 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Ryan and I am from Gallatin, Tennessee. I am 17 years old and I am 6'1, 230-235 lbs. I have always felt like a big guy. I have a little stomach on me but not a huge one. I have maybe 15-20 lbs of excess weight to lose. I have always wanted to get into freerunning and parkour since I saw my first video on youtube. It looked so awesome that I wanted to go out and try it. I have managed to do small things. Like a side vault over a stairway rail(not sure if this counts thought....). I just want some place to feel at home and learn how to do parkour. I have never really been a fan of walking fast and I have poor stamina. I do not have asthma, I just don't do a whole lot of Cardio. I liked to focus on building my upper body strength. I'm currently in the process of fixing my arm muscles. I did too much tri-cep, and now my bi-ceps are uneven. When I flex you can feel the muscle on the outside/back of my arm, but on the inside you can't feel anything.

I'm hoping to get into training and hopefully find a place with good vaults and such. My best friend is roughly the same size as me a little shorter and a little heavier. I'm going to get him into this and working with me.


I'm in to Japanse Culture and the the like. I am a Senior in High School and I graduate in just a few short weeks. When I am not working ( I am hoping to find a job right after I graduate.) I am going to start dedicating all of my time to training and practicing my movements and vaults.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on April 30, 2010, 07:37:23 AM
Hi everyone. My name is Ryan and I am from Gallatin, Tennessee. I am 17 years old and I am 6'1, 230-235 lbs. I have always felt like a big guy. I have a little stomach on me but not a huge one. I have maybe 15-20 lbs of excess weight to lose. I have always wanted to get into freerunning and parkour since I saw my first video on youtube. It looked so awesome that I wanted to go out and try it. I have managed to do small things. Like a side vault over a stairway rail(not sure if this counts thought....). I just want some place to feel at home and learn how to do parkour. I have never really been a fan of walking fast and I have poor stamina. I do not have asthma, I just don't do a whole lot of Cardio. I liked to focus on building my upper body strength. I'm currently in the process of fixing my arm muscles. I did too much tri-cep, and now my bi-ceps are uneven. When I flex you can feel the muscle on the outside/back of my arm, but on the inside you can't feel anything.

I'm hoping to get into training and hopefully find a place with good vaults and such. My best friend is roughly the same size as me a little shorter and a little heavier. I'm going to get him into this and working with me.


I'm in to Japanse Culture and the the like. I am a Senior in High School and I graduate in just a few short weeks. When I am not working ( I am hoping to find a job right after I graduate.) I am going to start dedicating all of my time to training and practicing my movements and vaults.

1. nice first name! i like u already!!

2. you will feel at home here, these guys are all really welcoming and helpful! ask us anything and we'll help u out

3. your tricept/bicept situation is very interesting..... fix dat haha

4. make sure you get ur friend to train with you!! its so much more fun with a friend! its easier to stay motivated too :D

have fun and good luck :D
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on April 30, 2010, 07:51:28 PM
Thank you very much. Today I missed my bus and I had to walk to school. On the way to school I was scoping the area out for places to train and I think I found a few good ones. I found a place with some good rails for side vaults, another for a monkey/kong vault, underbar vault, and really decently sloped hill that I think will be great for practicing my wall flip.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Steven Vondersmith on May 01, 2010, 05:17:25 PM
Whats up everyone im Steven and im from Georgia(USA.) I have only been doing PK about 3 months. I have only learned the basics so far and a couple of cool "tricks" but I am getting there :P

I am currently 6ft 3in tall and weight around 250pounds.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: /shane/ on May 02, 2010, 01:09:46 PM
@ Ryan Thomas: Hey sorry I didn't reply yet, thanks for keeping an open mind to other's opinions.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on May 03, 2010, 07:31:30 AM
Just nailed the monkey vault Saturday. I felt like I had won the lottery.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: princetab on May 03, 2010, 08:08:25 PM
Whats up everyone im Steven and im from Georgia(USA.) I have only been doing PK about 3 months. I have only learned the basics so far and a couple of cool "tricks" but I am getting there :P

I am currently 6ft 3in tall and weight around 250pounds.


Yo steven,

Where in GA are you from??
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Steven Vondersmith on May 03, 2010, 08:50:28 PM

Yo steven,

Where in GA are you from??

Dallas. I am about 1hour from Atlanta.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on May 04, 2010, 02:32:34 PM
@ Ryan Thomas: Hey sorry I didn't reply yet, thanks for keeping an open mind to other's opinions.

yo man, it would just be unfair if i brought this outline of my idea of parkourto you guys and asked for help with a closed mind. i expected to be extremely wrong about something, and now, because you guys have helped me see more clearly im trying to learn how to flip and invert my body in other ways so that i can better understand my body and find newer/more efficient ways of moving.

if anything, i should be thanking you guys, even though i think i already did...

well if i didn't ill do it now,

THANK YOU GPK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on May 04, 2010, 02:36:01 PM
Woah. Lots of new people. Welcome to GPK guys. I'll be out for summer here in a few weeks so I'll be more active on these boards when it comes up. Plan to do a lot of progress with this group during the summer.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on May 04, 2010, 03:07:55 PM
Is it possible for big guys to do a Butterfly Twist? I tried to do one just now and I landed on my ankle. It hurt lol
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on May 04, 2010, 06:38:51 PM
Is it possible for big guys to do a Butterfly Twist? I tried to do one just now and I landed on my ankle. It hurt lol
Yes. I am 245 lbs. and while I love Parkour my main thing is tricking. Butterfly twists are fairly easy. What does your B-Kick look like? And have you successfully got good form with all Class A tricks? B-Twist's are Class B and you shouldn't even bother with them if you can't even 540 kick or sideflip or aerial or if your B-Kick isn't good.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on May 05, 2010, 04:55:32 PM
Eh I can't do any of that. I saw someone at school do it and told myself Im going to learn how.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Newby on May 05, 2010, 05:25:29 PM
kyle, did you pretty much self teach yourself tricking. ive been going to a gym but progression is rather slow. and now i cant go cause i got no insurance. advice?
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on May 05, 2010, 05:26:25 PM
Learn the basics first. B-twist is not one of them. Took me like near a month to get them when I started working on Class B stuff.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on May 05, 2010, 05:32:15 PM
kyle, did you pretty much self teach yourself tricking. ive been going to a gym but progression is rather slow. and now i cant go cause i got no insurance. advice?
Yes. I am completely self taught. I taught myself all class A moves from Club 540's tricktionary. Now I'm in Class B stuff and I've got some of the moves down but I also am learning the easier Class C moves at the same time because the stuff I'm working on with Class B (Shuriken Twist, Swingthru 900, Flash Kick, Parafuso) is about the same level of difficulty as the Class C stuff I'm learning (1990, Arashiswipe, and the Jacknife).

The first man to land the triple cork, Mr. Double ABCD is completely self taught as well. He's my inspiration.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on May 06, 2010, 01:14:40 PM
Learn the basics first. B-twist is not one of them. Took me like near a month to get them when I started working on Class B stuff.

In your opinion, what should I start learning first?
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on May 06, 2010, 02:23:03 PM
In your opinion, what should I start learning first?

Start with basic kicks. I'm talking basic of basic. Side Kicks, Front Kick, Hook Kick, Inside Crescent, Outside Crescent, Axe Kick, Tornado Kick, and the Back Kick.
Handstands. At least 3-5 seconds.
Good cartwheel

Then move into the absolute novice moves. 540 kicks, Pop 360's, Backflips, Frontflips, Sideflips, Aerial, Butterfly Kick, Feilong, and the Au Batido.
http://www.club540.com/tricktionary

That's the best reference to use.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Raian on May 06, 2010, 07:37:00 PM
Start with basic kicks. I'm talking basic of basic. Side Kicks, Front Kick, Hook Kick, Inside Crescent, Outside Crescent, Axe Kick, Tornado Kick, and the Back Kick.
Handstands. At least 3-5 seconds.
Good cartwheel

Then move into the absolute novice moves. 540 kicks, Pop 360's, Backflips, Frontflips, Sideflips, Aerial, Butterfly Kick, Feilong, and the Au Batido.
http://www.club540.com/tricktionary

That's the best reference to use.

Thanks alot man, I actually geared up today and went running outside. Found a good place to practice my reverse vault and my speed vault. I completed both today, I'm just trying to find a good place to practice my monkey vault. I did one the other day near my school, but I don't want to call it quits after one completion. Today during one of the times I did my speed vault I banged my right knee on the bar. So that tells me I need to practice my monkey a little bit more.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Zadok on May 18, 2010, 05:11:24 AM
Hey! My name's Justin Talbert but everyone calls me "Z" or "Zadok". I've only been doing Parkour for the last week. I'm 5' 11" and 205lbs. I recently lost 80lbs and I still have 20 or so to get off.

BTW thanks to those who made the GorillaPK forum area. I wouldn't have thought I could do Parkour if I hadn't found it :)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ryan Thomas on May 19, 2010, 07:53:00 AM

i love hearing stories like this :D

welcome justin !!
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Post by: Forbearance on May 26, 2010, 03:31:15 AM
My name's Chase, I'm actually from Australia (Where the internet is ridiculously overpriced and we ride kangaroos everywhere.) I've been interested in Parkour for about 2 months and I decided to start doing it. I'm 6'4 and 220lbs, I have incredibly weak knees and it worries me slightly that my knees realise what I'm doing and kill themselves. (Which they have done in the past.) I try to work on my vaults and wallclimbs as much as I can, but working 38 hours a day makes this rather hard.

PS: If you find it odd that an Australian is on the America Parkour site, it's because I find this community more of a community and the Australian ones aren't too active, either.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Newby on May 26, 2010, 04:42:51 PM
My name's Chase, I'm actually from Australia (Where the internet is ridiculously overpriced and we ride kangaroos everywhere.) I've been interested in Parkour for about 2 months and I decided to start doing it. I'm 6'4 and 220lbs, I have incredibly weak knees and it worries me slightly that my knees realise what I'm doing and kill themselves. (Which they have done in the past.) I try to work on my vaults and wallclimbs as much as I can, but working 38 hours a day makes this rather hard.

PS: If you find it odd that an Australian is on the America Parkour site, it's because I find this community more of a community and the Australian ones aren't too active, either.
yeah thats pretty much cause us americans dont have lives. or kangaroos to ride on. or marsupials for that matter.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: FrostySTL on May 26, 2010, 06:41:59 PM
yeah thats pretty much cause us americans dont have lives. or kangaroos to ride on. or marsupials for that matter.

We have marsupials, possums for one, just not any cool ones. The other items, I have no argument against. ;D

Welcome Chase! I always have loved the Australian accent.  ;)

Watch those knees, do what you can to strengthen and condition them slowly. They are the thing we are the hardest on, and the pounding adds up over time.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Newby on June 03, 2010, 05:53:18 PM
almost got a front tuck yesterday. i am so psyched. landed pretty much completely squatting.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Daemon Gildas on June 19, 2010, 08:15:12 AM
Hey, I just joined lastnight. My name's Jared Corbett, and I'm about 6'0 tall, and about 286-ish lbs. I haven't actually tried anything Parkour-related yet, but it's probably the only physical activity I've thought might actually be *fun*, and help me lose some weight in the process (versus almost everything else, feels like work *just* to lose weight). In my defense, though, I do have a pretty muscular frame; I just have a "protective layer" over it :P

By the way, any tips on clothing? It seems like, for big guys like myself, it's hard to find anything that's both comfortable and flexible, without it clinging to my body (nobody wants to see *my* curves, I can tell ya that right now).
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Marquiz Xavier Teniente on June 23, 2010, 08:28:08 AM
I've been on APK over a year now but I've never really ventured outside of my local discussion board (WiPK here)

Anyways, my name is Keys. I'm 5'11" and weight ~230lbs. My first passment was a saftey vaul, which has evolved into a pretty furious speed vault. First trick? Erm, I really shy away from tricks, they flashiest thing I do is a reverse vault to breakfall over large drops. Looks pretty sweet.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on June 23, 2010, 10:16:44 AM
Hey, I just joined lastnight. My name's Jared Corbett, and I'm about 6'0 tall, and about 286-ish lbs. I haven't actually tried anything Parkour-related yet, but it's probably the only physical activity I've thought might actually be *fun*, and help me lose some weight in the process (versus almost everything else, feels like work *just* to lose weight). In my defense, though, I do have a pretty muscular frame; I just have a "protective layer" over it :P

By the way, any tips on clothing? It seems like, for big guys like myself, it's hard to find anything that's both comfortable and flexible, without it clinging to my body (nobody wants to see *my* curves, I can tell ya that right now).
Just wear a t-shirt and some sweats man. You'll start to cut weight eventually and after probably about a year of good training and conditioning you'll probably be able to go shirtless.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jim12s on June 24, 2010, 05:42:52 PM
Hey guys!!

So my names Jim.  About 5'11"and 250 pounds. Ive always wanted to try parkour and i always eveyd the guys that can do it. I can barely jog like 5 minutes witout having to stop=/ but i REALLY want to learn parkour. and i really wanna start. ive been joggin every mornin 4 about 30 mins before my classes start. Any advice or help? anything would be a HUGE help ^-^

Thanks    ;D
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Post by: Jim12s on June 24, 2010, 05:46:56 PM
Oh also,

I barely got into this like a week ago. lol So i know like NO trick names or anything whatssoever. I just love the idea of being able to move over stuf instead of going around it.

And looking like a tottal bada$$ while doing so XD
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on June 24, 2010, 09:36:45 PM
There are no tricks in parkour really. The stuff you see (like my avatar) of people doing tricks is tricking, which is my personally main focus. It just takes time. Explore APK and study and read up and you'll learn fast.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jim12s on June 28, 2010, 07:08:55 PM
hey guys, i was just wondering, what is the basic of basics in parkour? like how do i get past small obticales in the first place?
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Rudolph on June 29, 2010, 05:13:00 AM
Dude seriously, read the website.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on July 20, 2010, 02:10:55 PM
yeah i second kyle's statement
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Nick Smith on August 12, 2010, 06:31:58 AM
i'm nick

age 14

height 5'4"

weight 152 lb.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Joshua Sikes on August 20, 2010, 10:01:32 PM
Holy shnikeys!  I wish this existed when I first got into parkour.  I'm totally in now.  I'm Joshua, I weight 295 lbs. and I'm 5' 7" and I've done a speed vault but the obstacle was small... wait... there was the couch too!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Achiever420 on August 30, 2010, 06:31:44 AM
Guess I should be introducing myself here!

Name's Darek, I live around Denver, CO. Only been training a few months but I'm diggin it! 6' 215 lbs. My only jam buddies are considerably smaller than me..6' 175 and 5'5'' 130, so it should be nice to be able to talk to some other big folk who can possibly relate to some of the same problems I'm experiencing.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Joshua Sikes on September 02, 2010, 07:20:03 AM
Welcome to the club man!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Matti nar on September 28, 2010, 08:52:31 AM
Hey guys. I'm Matti, from Sweden! Weighting around 100kg but trying to work it off!
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Post by: Kyle Rudolph on September 28, 2010, 02:11:17 PM
Welcome man. Glad to have you here.
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Post by: RevZombie on September 30, 2010, 08:42:55 PM
Hey ya'll
Im Sebas, I weigh in at 250 and am 5'11", not in horrible shape but not great either. I just had my first parkour class and love it!
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Post by: Nick Smith on October 10, 2010, 02:10:00 PM
now i'm 5'6 and weigh 150 lbs ;)
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Post by: BearMills on October 11, 2010, 03:40:31 PM
Hey guys welcome to the group!! Make sure to check out the different sections in GPK
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Post by: Joseph Landholt on October 31, 2010, 04:31:29 PM
Hi, I'm Joseph.



I'm 5 foot 9 inches, and weigh around 205. The heaviest I've ever been is about 248.



I did my first (I think) cartwheel yesterday.
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Post by: Robert M. on October 31, 2010, 04:50:57 PM
New to the board in general.
Robert, Nashville TN. 5'9", 230 lbs. Currently been losing weight steadily for the past 2 months from 265 though.
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Post by: Pat M. on November 05, 2010, 11:00:57 AM
Sup Pat here. im about 236 and im comin from football, injuries knocked me out of that in high school been dealing with wieght since i wieght lift quiet a bit but working towards loosing the gut, so far best thing i can say is a lazy vault over some rails and stuff just starting out with parkour lookin forward to updating stuff later thanks!
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Post by: Macaroni.Art on November 07, 2010, 11:57:43 AM
Time to introduce myself then...

My name is Krista and I'm a 21 year old Psychology Major at Middle Tennessee State University. I'm not a guy, lol, but I'm a larger girl wanting to get into this. I have NEVER done this before... but I've been fascinated with it for nearly two years and decided to start working towards it. Baby steps are key, I understand this.

I do some aerobic dance and exercises every day, and stretching too. Lately I've been really sore (I slacked off for a while)... but now that I've quite the medical weight loss program with my doctor (too expensive and I realized relying on appetite suppressants wasn't going to work forever), I decided to work on my own. I hit my weight loss plateau though, and am terribly ashamed to say I'm currently stuck at 185 lbs while stacked into a 5'3'' frame. I wear my weight well and no one assumes I need to lose 70 pounds though.

I don't really have an interesting story... so I'll just leave it here for now. Thanks for reading~ I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!
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Post by: Kyle Rudolph on November 09, 2010, 11:21:15 AM
Welcome.


And honestly, just do your thing to condition and get stronger, it all comes with time. Bodybuilding is what really helped me with tricking and parkour and its training methods are completely unrelated. If you a plan right now follow it. Just don't stop.
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Post by: Robert M. on November 09, 2010, 11:58:56 AM
Welcome.


And honestly, just do your thing to condition and get stronger, it all comes with time. Bodybuilding is what really helped me with tricking and parkour and its training methods are completely unrelated. If you a plan right now follow it. Just don't stop.

Welcome to the Gorilla section guys n girls. I just want to say that Kyle is spot on with his information. Don't stop! I'm sitting at a hefty 245lbs and losing. I was at 265 2 months ago. The key is to NEVER quit at it. There have been days where I was sooo close to callin it off, but I grit my teeth and did it. 2 months later, I'm glad I kept goin. Also, you aren't alone.
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Post by: Pat M. on November 09, 2010, 12:19:20 PM
Cool yea i get out of work mon thru firday at 330 so i usually hit the gym mon weds thurs n friday, (tues is bowlin night lol) but sat and sun have been wide open and i usually leave them for recovery but i want to start doing parkour whenever and wherever i can so somthing. The last week i have been working on landing and accuracy on the stairs at work lol but yea im only able to pull off about 3 pull ups solo which as you guys know little hard to do =) well thats bout it for now.
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Post by: jasontpk on November 17, 2010, 04:57:02 PM
Hey guys, i'm new here, figure i fit into this section, i'm 5'7" 210lbs and dropping, 27 years old and trying to get back into shape and this seems like the most fun way to do it. Struggling to keep to a routine of working out along with my wife, but having trouble doing so. The plan was 3 days a week either running at the park or working out in the gym at our apartment complex depending on the weather and planning to do a nature run once every weekend. we've been off and on on this schedule for a couple months, but trying harder to make it a reality. We finally decided on solid goals a few days back and mine are

1. be able to run 2 miles without having to stop and walk
2. be able to run 1 1/2 miles in under 12 minutes (ex- air force dude here)
2. be able to do 25 pullups (hardest of the goals for me)
3. 100 pushups consecutively
4. 50 situps consecutively
5. lose at least 30 pounds.

once i reach those goals I'll set new ones, but these are realistic enough considering i have done all of these minus the pullups before while i was in the air force, could only do about 5 then when i was in tip top shape. can't even do one full pull up right now, working on weight machine doing pull downs until i get near enough that i can do an actual unassisted pull up then doing pullups daily until i can do them with ease.
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Post by: North on December 07, 2010, 11:10:23 AM
Howdy. Er well yeah. Anywho.
Name's Austin. I'm 6' and weigh 223lbs. I have been into parkour and f.r. since 2006 but never committed to training until 5 months ago, I know a late start but none the less I finally doing it!
I was down to a modest 189lbs last year but that kind of went away when I stopped training for Triathlons and what not. I plan to get back down to 200lbs but until then I am a Husky man. I joined the Air Force recently under the Spec Op section so I see a lot of the parkour will help get my core to par.
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Post by: Kim Martin on December 07, 2010, 01:00:03 PM
Hello I'm 5'11 3/4 220 lbs and 35 year old female. I'm more stocky than plump and most of my weight is in my legs which I built up in track back in high school. I've had a recent blood test that says all my stats are within normal cholesterol, blood sugar, all good.
So while diet is not the biggest problem, I figure it's proper exercise I'm lacking. I do walk over a mile a day for work and it's not a sedentary job, I tend to be a computer geek when I get home.
Finally I come a cross a sport that's not mind numbing repetitive exercise, and it's very similar to the crazy stuff I did as a kid, so I could get excited about going out and getting the amped up exercise I need. I found a Parkour Gym and I'm going to take classes starting Saturday :)
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Post by: Kyle Rudolph on December 08, 2010, 01:45:27 PM
Welcome guys, glad to see you all here. :3
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Post by: Shandon Bowden on December 09, 2010, 03:31:56 PM
Hey, what's up guys?
I seem to only come to this site in the winter, but so it goes. Anyway.
Name is Shandon. I'm 19 years old, 6'2", and weigh in at a solid 243 (just weighed today). I'm mostly fluff, though I do have decent amounts of muscle in my legs. Mostly thighs, as I spent the better part of a school year doing squats everyday.
I'm an on and off member of this site, like I said earlier, it seems like whenever winter rolls around, my interest in parkour and freerunning pops up again. Don't know what that's all about, but whatever. I have recently embarked on a quest to lose 70 pounds before my little sister graduates, and she just upped the ante by making it so she may possibly graduate a trimester early. So if all goes well, I won't consider myself a bigger dude for very much longer, but for the time being, here I am.

I also just recently found out that, contrary to what I originally thought, it is very easy to ignore my compulsion to snack whenever I'm at home (which is almost all the time right now).
Forgot to add that I haven't actually attempted a trick yet, so I don't have a "first trick" to talk about yet. I'm trying to get fit before I try, because the last thing I need is to hurt myself by trying something out of my range, and ruining my current perfect streak of hospital visits. (only two visits to the hospital in my life, once when I was in second grade for getting a rock stuck in my ear, and once Junior year because my teacher freaked out and thought I was having a stroke when I was actually only experiencing a migraine for the first time due to lack of glasses)
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Post by: Shadow58 on December 19, 2010, 07:38:11 PM
Hi GPK my Name is Nick Bibian or Shado (call me what ever u want) i got the nickname cause i wear a black mask when i go out and train. I weigh 225 and am 5 foot 10. first move was actually the gorilla/monkey vault i saw it in a vid so i tried it lol (took me about 100 tries) i have a good amount of flab but i good amount of muscle.
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Post by: North on December 21, 2010, 08:33:23 PM
We need to have a Fluffy convention!
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Post by: Shawn Ortiz on December 22, 2010, 06:55:01 PM
So My name is Shawn and i weigh 240 and am 5'11" (short and tubby) but im not all fat i actually have some muscle and im losing weight day by day and am hoping to hit my goal soon.... first trick is a pk roll (one of the simplest) lol
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Post by: Toxindude on January 02, 2011, 02:53:37 PM
Hey guys, I am 6' 2" 198lbs and 27yrs old I am brand new to parkour and am looking forward to learning. Its nice to know that this art is not limited to size and that there are so many supportive people out there willing to encourage and teach. I look forward to collaborating with you all I will be making another post soon on my workout routine and training that I am undertaking.

Thanks
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Post by: Christian Hall on January 18, 2011, 12:18:03 PM
Ehh maybe I've been in the wrong section the entire time...


Anyway I'm 15, 5'10 and I was 200 pounds. I got sick though and had a fever during which I didn't eat, so now I'm around 195lbs if the scale is right. I'll probably end up getting it back since I lost it the non legit way.

Anyway my mom used to tell me I'm big boned, not fat, even though I was always technically "overweight"
but to tell the truth I know I should lose weight (and I'm working on it) but I can't really tell where the weight is located. I always thought the big boned thing was just a saying that isn't really true, but maybe it is......
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Post by: Nick Smith on January 18, 2011, 01:15:39 PM
The big boned saying is true, I am big boned, I am almost all muscle now, by looking at me you would think I only weight like 120 lbs. but I actually weigh 150 lbs as much as the fat kids in my school cause I'm only 5'6"
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Post by: Kim Martin on January 18, 2011, 01:24:26 PM
I agree with the big boned part. I don't trust the BMI because my frame is outside of average. I'm broader soldered and all over naturally stockier than other females of the same height I don't fit the rail thin ideal of tall females. Unfortunately for me I have to shop on the mens side of the store for half my clothing. I hate fashion stores because they never have anything to fit tall woman
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Post by: Gig603 on January 22, 2011, 05:13:07 PM
Hello, I am 6'1'' and weigh around 260. I am new to parkour I dont know any tricks or anything. What is a good first trick? If anyone has any tips for me please tell me.
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Post by: Christian Hall on January 23, 2011, 10:34:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/user/l1consolable#p/a/f/0/SMppD-bUNWo


I sugesst you watch that^


Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR8bn1KdLTA


And then try this over your couch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoSHryz88l0
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Post by: Gig603 on January 23, 2011, 10:53:57 AM
Thanks, that helps alot.
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Post by: Cheryl-MimiIBlonde on February 23, 2011, 12:10:53 AM
Alright guys, I've introduced myself here a couple of times, but... new people and new me!!!!  ;D

I'm Mimi.. no i'm not really blonde, and no my name is not actually Mimi. I'm Cheryl, 5'8" and I USED to weigh 258 pounds, I am now at 236!!! That's an incredible 21.6 pounds off me. Now I hope to lose more, but I'm not sure how much more my body can handle to lose.. before it starts to protest. I'm not like fitness crazy but I would like to keep kicking this in the butt.
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Post by: Nick Lue on March 21, 2011, 06:52:01 PM
Hey guys im Nick.  Im a pretty big guy getting rid of some of the excess weight and turning it solid.  I am 6'2" and was 230 but now down to 212, planning to get to 190ish.  I have always been interested in parkour but have only recently started dropping the weight to be able to start it up.  My first vault was the turn vault.  and... yeah. thats about it lol.
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Post by: F2R Ace on April 05, 2011, 11:53:25 AM
Hi guys, my names brandon ostrow, ive been practicing parkour since 2007 but in the last 2 years at college ive been out of my regular training regiment and gained a few pounds. currently im at about 215# and my first trick i learned would be a wallflip and my first vault was a kash. I live in the poughkeepsie NY area now, coming from living in the burbs of cleveland, if anyone wants to train hit me up with a text 440 223 2019 introduce yourself and note parkour and we'll see what we can work out
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Post by: BearMills on April 08, 2011, 03:29:06 PM
Hey guys welcome to GPK! Nice to hear from all these new faces! If you guys are looking to find training partners I suggest you go to the State forums down below on the main page and let people know where you are and if anybody is up to train! Hope this helps.


Alex
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Post by: Donald Morrow on April 18, 2011, 09:26:54 PM
Hey guys. I just joined as well. My name is Don Morrow, I'm 6'1, 255lbs. Played football and wrestled during high school, and have been interested in Parkour for a few years. Never thought I would have the courage to do it, but seeing everybody here, I know I'm not alone.

I hail from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Parkour is very scarce around here, so it will be hard to find people to train with, but I'm hoping that won't limit training. Look forward to talking/discussing with everybody Smiley
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Post by: vppecora on May 04, 2011, 10:39:34 AM
Hey guys! I'm new to this forum, just like to introduce myself. I am 5'4'' and between 245 and 250 pounds. I was introduced to parkour earlier this year by a friend. I walk everywhere and have great leg strength. I'm doing parkour to gain strength, lose weight, and just because I find it to be fun. Does anybody have any advice or tips they would like to share with me? I would really appreciate it. :)
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Post by: Joshua Sikes on May 04, 2011, 06:31:56 PM
Welcome aboard mate!  There is a ton of advice on the forums... so it just depends on what you're looking for.  If you want to know where you should start do a search on the forums, there has been more than one thread about that.  :)
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Post by: Donald Morrow on May 04, 2011, 08:11:46 PM
As Josh said, use the forums to your advantage. Search, search, and search some more. Everything you need is on here, somewhere.

However, I found a few things useful that helped me when starting out. If your willing to put in some gym time, here's a good warm-up and workout that can help you get into the shape you want to be.

Warm-up
http://www.americanparkour.com/train/exercises/254-the-apk-warm-up (http://www.americanparkour.com/train/exercises/254-the-apk-warm-up)

Workout
http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,32295.0.html (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,32295.0.html)

The best thing is to just browse around the forums that interest you, and see what you can dig up.

Oh and, Welcome :)
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Post by: vppecora on May 06, 2011, 08:01:44 PM
Alright, thanks guys!  :)
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Post by: Sam H on May 16, 2011, 03:39:17 PM
I've been having a bit more of an explore around Gorilla Parkour here and realised that I have never introduced myself (despite lurking around mostly, and even posting, for more than a year).

My name is Sam Hight and I live and train in Hamilton, New Zealand.  Parkour led me to discover much about health, nutrition, and exercise and I've lost more than 80 lbs since I started my journey about 5 years ago.

I love to write and reflect on concepts and details which has meant I've become a fairly prolific blogger (http://sambooksandthoughts.blogspot.com) for an amateur.

I am thoroughly inspired by other peoples' stories of overcoming adversity (weight loss in particular).  I love to share my passion for these things and to show that anyone can do the same things that I have done.
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Post by: MAGILLA DA GORILLA on June 10, 2011, 09:13:06 AM
Sup everybody my name is antwan aka mogilla da gorilla ( got the nickname back in high skool) couldn't tell you exactly how much I way but I'm gonna guess 220 easy bout 6'1. Have been trainning parkour for a lil bit,when I first say parkour was when district b13 came out and I was hooked! Never thought i would ever get into it, but I got into a real crazy situation that made me get myself to train. The first vault I figured out was a kong vault, not much of a trick guy (freerunning) more into the parkour aspect ( point A to point B ). PARKOUR has changed my life and I love it!
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Post by: jab_pk on June 15, 2011, 10:19:43 AM
Sup im jacob from Ohio, Im not sure if Gorilla Pk is a team or anything but i just got a team together based in oberlin, Oh
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Post by: Steven Lindsey on August 20, 2011, 07:04:51 PM
Yo my name is Steven i'm from monroe louisiana. I'm 6-6'1 and 220-225lbs. I have a martial arts background in shotokan karate, Taekwondo, and a little kung fu. I first saw parkour/freerunning in 05-06 when urban ninja first came out and i started looking up EMC monkey videos. shortly after I learned to backflip out of a chair then front flip into sand, vaults are not my strong point but i wanna learn it all and drop some weight.
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Post by: Ian Want on August 25, 2011, 02:03:49 PM
Hello all! My name is Ian, and my starting weight was 230 lbs. I'm 6 foot and currently sitting at just under 200 and attempting to drop more weight.

My first trick was a front flip

My first parkour move was a monkey

I had known of parkour for a while but I had got into it when I got sick of being big (since I used to be skinny) and my friends who had been practicing for 2 years at the time had talked me into joining them.

I hated it at first because I couldn't do it. Now I am full blown addicted.  :P
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Post by: Armando on September 02, 2011, 09:29:25 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Armando and im fat...lol.. I want to start parkour as a way to increase my coordination, (i am not going to do death vaults beginning so dont worry)..I currently weigh 220 and measure 5'10'' but im running and stuff to see if i can lose some weight. I have some friends who bboy and kinda said that fat people arent meant to do stuff like that. One of those friends is doing parkour and said the same thing (still friends but kinda pissy sometimes). I have bested him in football and tennis, now i want to do this, not just to show off, but to become more agile and not so scared to do this stuff. I hope i can count on you guys for support. I will be checking the forums and starting to train to be able to do some basic jumps, grabs and flips..it will take time..Thanks guys for hearing me babble
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Post by: Amorena Nobile on September 11, 2011, 03:19:44 PM
Hello!

I'm Amorena, 5'2", about 180 lbs. I started trying to get in shape about four months ago after finding out about parkour. No weight loss yet, but that's not really my goal anyway. My mother is a nutrition therapist, so I know the kind of diet I should be eating, but I don't quite have motivation to do it yet. My diet isn't horrible as it is, but it could be better (I need to drop all sugar and figure out how to enjoy cooking).

I think my main challenge right now is just getting exercise. It's really hot in Oregon right now, and I'm hypersensitive to heat, so I'm having trouble finding a good time to get out and exercise. I go out late at night and run around my little neighborhood park a bit, jump around on benches, practice my rolls, do some stretching, and that's about it. *waits eagerly for cooler weather*
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Post by: Ian Want on September 11, 2011, 11:48:55 PM
A good low-carb diet is what helped me pul my weight down 40 pounds in a year (so far). Diet makes the difference!
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Post by: BearMills on September 12, 2011, 11:06:34 AM
Nice to see the forum still up and going guys! You guys are the ones who help this move and spread not us.
A good low-carb diet is what helped me pul my weight down 40 pounds in a year (so far). Diet makes the difference!
yes, if you're looking to drop weight a combination of cardio (parkour in this situation: my guess most cases) and diet (key to dropping weight). Make sure you drink your water too you should be drinking up to 3L of water a day to stay on a healthy diet.
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Post by: Chandler Hickman on September 12, 2011, 11:20:31 AM
Hey, my names Chandler im a 15 years old, 5'6", and 244 pounds I want to get into parkour but I am not very agile because...well, im pretty fat. I got pointed in the direction of this forum of others on the site so what should I do to start out?
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Post by: Amorena Nobile on September 12, 2011, 12:06:42 PM
Make sure you drink your water too you should be drinking up to 3L of water a day to stay on a healthy diet.

More specifically, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces every day for moderate activity levels, and more if you're working out (or doing parkour). So if you weigh 200lbs, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water every day, adding on or subtracting as needed for the amount of exercise you get.

Sorry, will stop with the nutrition info now. ^^'
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Post by: Ian Want on September 13, 2011, 02:56:06 AM
More specifically, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces every day for moderate activity levels, and more if you're working out (or doing parkour). So if you weigh 200lbs, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water every day, adding on or subtracting as needed for the amount of exercise you get.

Sorry, will stop with the nutrition info now. ^^'

hmmm. Never heard of that rule. Maybe I should give it a try. Been feeling dehydrated lately.

Anyways, to stay ON TOPIC with the thread... I introduced myself in this thread not so long ago at I believe I said 200 pounds. I have dropped to 190 and maintaing my workout and diet. Hopefully I can get down to my target weight of 180. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Post by: Donald Morrow on September 18, 2011, 10:43:58 AM
Good to hear that your getting the results you want Ian. I have no doubt you'll get to where you want to be.

As for me, when I first introduced myself in mid April, I was right around 255-260 LBS. Since then my strength has increased dramatically and I've put on a lot of muscle, and I'm currently sitting at 225. I'm very happy with my results so far, and I can definitely feel them as I move and train everyday.
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Post by: Ian Want on September 18, 2011, 12:14:21 PM
Good to hear that your getting the results you want Ian. I have no doubt you'll get to where you want to be.

As for me, when I first introduced myself in mid April, I was right around 255-260 LBS. Since then my strength has increased dramatically and I've put on a lot of muscle, and I'm currently sitting at 225. I'm very happy with my results so far, and I can definitely feel them as I move and train everyday.

Congrats! Keep up the good work!

I'll update my status about my weight drop in about another week or so. Hopefully it'll be a good one. =P
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Post by: Cory Finch on October 25, 2011, 08:06:51 PM
Hi there.

Uh, 5'10" and 285.  Been doing parkour for uh... months?  2 or 3, I wasn't paying attention to the date when i started.
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Post by: Ian Want on October 26, 2011, 02:23:08 AM
Hey Kodiak! Good luck with your progress!

BTW, I forgot to update this thread. Its been a while but SHAZAM! down to just over 170. I suppose I need no longer post in this forum! =P
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Post by: Donald Morrow on October 30, 2011, 09:25:21 PM
Hi there.

Uh, 5'10" and 285.  Been doing parkour for uh... months?  2 or 3, I wasn't paying attention to the date when i started.

Hey man, welcome to the community :) Make sure you keep us informed of your progression, always nice to hear how a fellow traceur is doing.

Hey Kodiak! Good luck with your progress!

BTW, I forgot to update this thread. Its been a while but SHAZAM! down to just over 170. I suppose I need no longer post in this forum! =P

You'll always be welcome here buddy. =)
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Post by: Chad Sylvester on December 21, 2011, 03:39:16 PM
not sure if i fit in here or not, Im chad im 5'10" 210lbs and hopeing pk will trim me down to my highschool weight of 160ish.
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Post by: Ian Want on December 21, 2011, 10:57:36 PM
Welcome, chad!

It helps tons! I started my first year of parkour at a solid 230 and am now easily 170. Stick with it and you'll get there!
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Post by: Chad Sylvester on December 22, 2011, 05:16:59 AM
Thanks Ian! and thats good to hear, so there is a chance for me!! :D
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Post by: Ian Want on December 23, 2011, 12:11:51 PM
Always! =D
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Clemons on January 02, 2012, 12:55:04 PM
My names Kyle and Im about 230 lbs. i am a self taught freerunner and traceur. i can do all vaults and i recently did my first kong. I've been training flips and stuff. WFPF member Marvin Ross mentored me for a bit. he wasn't part of the WFPF then. lol and i met Daniel Arroyo. i try to study everyone's movement and add a piece of it to mine. and i try to stick to the philosophy of these two passions of mine, pk and fr
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Chad Sylvester on January 02, 2012, 02:01:19 PM
WELCOME Kyle!!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Want on January 02, 2012, 04:18:32 PM
Hey Kyle! Welcome! I bet it was cool to meet them. They are pretty talented guys!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Miles Hill on March 20, 2012, 07:18:04 AM
Hey guys I am reviving this thread!  I am 6'3 285 pounds and I just recently started parkour a few weeks ago.  I got into it because I do different martial arts like kickboxing, jiujitsu, judo, and karate.  I still have a lot of work to do, although I don't know how much weight I can lose, I honestly think that if I lost all of my fat I would be 230-240 at least.  I've been practicing tricking and I can do butterfly kicks, tornado kicks, and some other weird moves I can't name.  As far as parkour and free running goes, all I can really do are lazy vaults, jumps to rolls, and I have been practicing on my balance and far/high jumps.  My biggest problem is my lack of hang time/hops.  My biggest advantage is my extreme flexibility.  I can do a fulll front split and almost a full side split.  I am glad to have joined this forum and happy that I found others like me.  I am sick and tired of people telling me I am too big to do stuff.  I used to skateboard a few years ago and I got that everywhere I went but now I get it for parkour too.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Want on March 20, 2012, 08:28:35 PM
Awesome my friend! Glad to have you here! Like i say to everyone that steps in here, if I can do it, YOU CAN TOO!

Can't wait to see your progress. I bet it will be intense!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Miles Hill on March 22, 2012, 03:05:54 PM
Thanks man.  Training is hard but extremely fun. 
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Edie on March 28, 2012, 01:21:45 PM
Hey guys!

I'm 6'3" 235 lbs at the moment, been doing Parkour for... 4 days now   :o , and I love it. I've always loved doing this kind of stuff as a kid (even though back then it was just being a kid =D ) and I finally decided to stop just watching videos and making excuses and give it a shot.

Been starting out with vaults on rails and jersey barriers, precision and high jumps, focusing on form, and trying to get my roll smooth (back is a little misshapen) and so far I'm very happy with my progress. I've been doing what I can of some of the Demon's Drills (I really like the rail workout) and I am really sore, but not to the point of where I don't want to do anything.

My background:

Currently in the Oregon Army National Guard, been in for 4 years, served a tour in Iraq as a 50cal gunner on an MRAP, my current job is an Armored Truck driver, various martial arts experience and extremely lazy ><. I love Guitar, Freestyle Flatland BMX, and Parkour!

-Ian
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: michael kugler on April 05, 2012, 01:49:39 AM
Hey, put an intro in the main thread, but I'll go for a more in-depth one here-

I'm Michael, 20 years old, 6' 2" and roughly 250 lbs last I checked. I think I'm in the minority here, as I really don't mind my weight, I just want to have functional muscle instead of flab. I have a light backround in martial arts- A little bit of Karate, a little more Kung Fu. I ended up having to quit the one because I moved, and the other I got fed up with because despite the instructor's suprise that an overweight white boy could actually do something other than waddle, he decided to focus on the guys who came in lean instead. I got interested in Parkour a while back as a potential way to get over my fear of falling [In the second grade, I jumped off a swing, my arm got caught in the chain somehow and snapped the wrist clean in two, then I somehow twisted and landed on the same wrist I'd just broken... Yeah], and I just decided to go ahead and join the boards the other day.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Want on April 06, 2012, 03:01:13 PM
Hey Ian and Michael!

Welcome to the boards! I hope you guys find the inspiration you need to stay motivated here!

Trust me, keeping with it regardless of what others say or think is absolutely worth it!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Edie on April 07, 2012, 11:43:17 PM
Been doing Parkour for about a week and a half and I already feel better, I'm lucky to have a few nice playgrounds to practice on, even through my favorite is packed all the time and everyone is pointing going "Whoa check that dude out" But I don't mind. The kids think it's awesome, had a game of follow the leader going on and I didn't even know it. (Thankfully the kids were smart enough to not try the bigger stuff, i.e. vaulting off the bridge and jumping up the little mini rock climbing "wall")

So far it's been a positive and uplifting experience that I do intend to continue, only had one negative encounter with some skater punks, and even that turned out to be kind of funny. Apparently they thought I was trying to show them up so one kid decided he had to backflip out of a swing. He didn't seriously hurt himself, just got the wind knocked out of him.

So far I've been focusing on vaults and landings mostly. I worked on rolling the first few days, pinched a muscle in my back, so giving that a few more days to heal before I practice more. Was doing precision jumps too, and then I had to spontaneously decide to try it in the middle of my work day and ended up pulling a muscle, so now I am mostly stretching and going easy. Vaulting is still fun hehe.

-Ian
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Tucker13 on April 09, 2012, 10:41:34 PM
Hi im tucker and im husky. (pause for replys)

but in all seriousness ive watched my weight float from 210lbs to 290lbs (my peak after my knee surgery). im 5'9 roughly and ive been training the philosphy behind parkour for 2 years now and ive been training the movement for maybe 6-8months all together. i had dislocated my knee and sheered the muscle off my knee so when i first started training and watched the weight melt off 2 years ago i felt good untill my accident now ive watched 40lbs melt off in about 6months since i started my dieting and training and im finally posting in here even tho ive lurked forever. if anyone has any specified workouts that are great for us husky people i would be greatly interested so feel free to pm me or post in my training thread feel free
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Yassin Ahmed on April 12, 2012, 03:36:19 PM
Hey Guys!
My name is Yassin Ahmed and I'm 16 230 lbs and 5'10' last I checked. I thought about parkour as a potential way to lose some weight. I have seen parkour and have always wanted to become involved and I always thought it was a sport for the smaller guys.. It wasn't until about 3 days ago I saw this forum, and since I have been starting working out. I've been swimming for about a month in order to get some exercise, and I personally think my cardio has increased.
Excited to join the Gorilla gang  :) ;D
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Harry on April 16, 2012, 11:42:07 AM
Hey Guys, I'm new to gorilla pk. My name is Harry I weigh 206 and am 5'10 I'm not massive I know but I'm also 14 (I'm still growing) I'm losing weight and hope to be around 180-175 by the time my cut is done. I've wanted to do parkour for about a year but never thought big people could... I'm so pumped to start parkour!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Want on April 17, 2012, 07:49:57 PM
Dude, welcome everyone! I'm so stoked to see so many husky guys joining with the intent on changing their lives! If you guys have any questions or advice I'd be happy to help! Just hit me up on here or on FB.

I started in this thread so I'm stoked for everyone who is ready to make some changes!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Christopher William Thomson on April 30, 2012, 01:56:04 PM
Hello, I'm Chris and weigh in at somewhere around 215 lbs., some muscle, some fat. Before I started weightlifting this year, I actually weighed about 190 lbs., most of it fat. I consider my self overweight because I will be turning 16 this year. I started to like parkour 2 or so years ago and my favorite moves are the speed and kong vaults. I cannot actively participate in parkour at the moment because of my location, its completely flat around here and the buildings allow no moves except tic tacs and wallflip type tricks. Over the summer I plan on losing some weight and running a lot. I also play soccer and will be trying out for the team next year, hopefully.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I am 5'8-'9 and I have bad asthma because of black mold that was in our house that the government forgot to tell us about.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ed Deerly on May 28, 2012, 01:18:18 PM
Hello all,
   So. I'm a big galoot, 6'0. 257 lbs, down from 280.  At 51, I'm also one of the older guys here.  I guess that makes me a Silverback? I first saw Parkour about 5 or 6 years ago in San Diego. I thought it was very cool, but put it down as something I would never be able to do.  I have recently decided to challenge all my ideas of what I think I can't do, and Parkour is one of them.  I really don't where and how to start, other than losing the weight, strengthening my body, and increasing my flexibility.  I'm also doing PT for my right shoulder at the moment, tendinitis and a partial tear.  I'm pretty sure I can still do forward rolls and halfass backward rolls from my days in martial arts training.  I haven't seen anyone doing Parkour where I live right now, so I'm  on my own. My wife naturally thinks I'm crazy, but I want to make it worthwhile to get back into shape by being able to do something really cool.  Who wants to work so hard just to buy some new clothes?  I know the main thing is to get out and do it, but are there some good books out there on the subject?  What are the best moves for an absolute beginner with limited flexibility to learn first?

Thank you,
Ed
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Want on June 17, 2012, 03:12:25 AM
Welcome Chris and Ed!

Sorry, I would normally post a more personal intro to this thread, but I have been running on little free time lately!

Anyways! STOKED to have you guys here taking those first steps to training

Ed- Safety is key here with everything! Being a heavier guy (like I was) you want to focus on some key things here; not bending your knees passed the 90 degree mark, getting your pk roll down as tight as possible, and always remember RUN, JUMP, and LAND on the balls of your feet/toes as much as possible. All these things will prevent those nagging injuries like shin splints, bad falls, bruised heels, compressed ankles, etc. I'd suggest learning your basic vaults first; Kong, Dash, Speed, Reverse but mostly you can start off with the safety vault (safety step) and the lazy vault. Great moves to get you started and moving! If you need any more advice, feel free to find me on FB or message me more on these forums!

Chris - Take it easy with that asthma! There are always spots to train, just got to look hard enough! =) Keep me updated on your progress!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Robert Lindstrom on June 20, 2012, 12:10:34 PM
No, no I'm not husky.  I'm fat.

My name's Bob, and I'm 5'7", and 314 lbs.  I've lost 40 pounds since the beginning of this year, and I'm learning parkour to achieve what every fat guy wants:  to be comfortable in their own skin.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Danny Hall on July 10, 2012, 01:07:57 PM
I'm probably gonna be one of the smaller guys in this group, since I'm 6 feet tall and weigh around 190 pounds. But I'm still one of the bigger guys I know. That should qualify me, shouldn't it?  :-\
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Quentin Serling on August 20, 2012, 02:49:14 PM
I'm just starting to take an active interest in Parkour,  My name is Quentin, just call me Q.  I've loved watching free running, but haven't really had access to to many motivations to put in the effort.  But my wife and I are about to have a son soon, and I decided that passing on something healthy would be great so now I just need to figure out a starting workout for myself to get really into a pattern.
I am a heavier guy, so this is actually the first time I've seen a group that actually encourages larger runners.

Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Joshua Lehmiller on September 01, 2012, 12:18:53 AM
I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE

I'm a 5'7, 200Lb guy who started in about......late January, early February, with a couple breaks between then and now. I'm not fat/husky so much as dense--well, I am a bit fat, but not so much. I come from a long line of guys with heavy muscles, so my parkour techniques can be a bit unusual. In point of fact, it's been commented that I look a bit like a gorilla, especially when I do quadrepedal, as--on softer terrain--I'll tend to walk about on my fists, rather than my palms.
As such, it's a bit funny to meet a sub-group of people who are similar, although this area of the forums seems to be dying, a bit....
Anyway, hello!

Oh, and I'm also diabetic. (Type one.....shut up.....) Which makes parkour rather.....interesting. I'll go scan for some kind of disease subforum to talk about that, though.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: nikolai on September 04, 2012, 06:41:59 PM
Hi im niko i started parkour a couple weeks ago ssince then ive lost about ten pounds im now 6-3 and 238 pounds about and constantly improving ive learned three basicvault wall run tic tac high jutacmp rolls crane jump cat grAb and I'm hoping to learn some more advanced vaults soon and I've been getting better andd feeling better and since i started I've had more energy confidence and power them ever i just hope it'll stop raining soon so i can go sesh unfortunately there's few places around my home town there's a few good places and a good old playground that's normally empty to practice on ( its pretty big surprisingly with alot of high jumps rails and Etc.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Kyle Clemons on September 19, 2012, 08:19:26 AM
thanks guys  :) I'm glad everyone is friendly. I've been working on some stuff, i want to be able to precision farther, and any advice on flips? i can do them in a gym nowhere else though
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Justin Shanks on September 20, 2012, 12:28:35 PM
Hello I'm Justin,
I started training parkour regularly a year ago but due to location haven't been able to really train.
I'm husky but at the same time short so I dunno is i'm a "gorilla", 5'7" and I weigh 190 pounds.
I hope you'll have me.
-Justin
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Jimmie Roan on November 10, 2012, 11:15:12 AM
I'm 6' and 230 lbs, so I'd say I'm close to a gorilla. I've lost 100 lbs over the last two years, taken up running and cycling, and am now lifting weights. I've been nervous about trying parkour, not only because of my weight but because I'm 47 years old.
Someone at NerdFitness posted a link to this group and I decided, hell, if other big guys can do it, so can I.

My neighbors already think I'm strange with some of the plyometrics and some of the odd lifting i do. Can't wait to see their reaction when I start climbing and jumping over things.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Joshua Lehmiller on November 22, 2012, 11:46:36 PM
My neighbors already think I'm strange with some of the plyometrics and some of the odd lifting i do. Can't wait to see their reaction when I start climbing and jumping over things.

Or the quadrupedal movement! You're in for a treat(as are your friends).....
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Tesh on December 08, 2012, 10:06:20 PM
Hi my name is Ritesh and I am 6' with 212 lb an even though I have wanted to start parkour since I was 10 due to no parental support, I haven't done anything but now that I'm in highschool I'm going to do parkour on my own and hopefully with enough pesistance be able to get them to enroll me in a by but for now its the park and the backyard for me.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Eric Kangas on January 23, 2013, 10:20:17 PM
Hello fellow Gorillas!

I'm Eric. 5'11" and approximately 225. I have a bigger build in general so it's a little weird to do 'normal' moves. I started my battle when I was just out of high school and just over 300. I am an avid cyclist and I'm trying to get more into running and jogging for the sake of parkour. It's been a passion of mine for several years and I'm starting a little later than MANY traceurs but I feel it's a journey worth taking.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: BearMills on February 05, 2013, 10:16:31 AM
Just thought I'd tell you it makes me happy coming back on here and seeing these posts. Welcome to the group :D
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Ian Want on February 06, 2013, 04:01:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtyBTdXdPNU

Me know! 165, and jumpy =D Hope it inspires you folks!
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Mark on February 06, 2013, 05:31:28 PM
Ian, congrats! I saw in a previous post that you started at 230.. very impressive..  I hope to follow in a similar path as yours, but I'd be happy just hitting 180 I think..

Guess a little introduction...  Last year about this time I weighed about 220 (I'm 6 ft) over the summer I was able to drop to 209 by just being active, then fearing I would put it back on during the winter I've been hitting the gym and after today I'm 197..  :)

As far as parkour training I've been taking it very slow mostly just conditioning work, hand stands and quadrupedal movement mostly. But I have been practicing small percision jumps on the tiles in my hallway floor just to get a feel for it..

I'm happy to meet everyone here..

Mark
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Christopher Dolan on February 21, 2013, 07:03:23 PM
What's up, gang? I was just about to exasperatedly tweet Ryan Ford complaining there was no good advice geared toward larger traceurs, when I decided to actually *look for some*. Here I am! =)

My name's Chris.
I'm 6'4".
I weigh 224 today.
I'm 31 years old.

Like many members introducing themselves here, I lost a lot of weight just to be able to train parkour.
It was this video that inspired me to drop down from 324 to 197.
I'm dieting back down now. Being physically smaller was good for my confidence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fouvwilGWc

I've been training at Tempest and on my own since last August. Injuries and the start-up lifestyle have slowed my training down significantly. I'm here to recommit.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: mohammed muzammil on May 03, 2013, 11:04:51 PM
Hi...name muzammil...you can call me moose...im 115kg...6" tall from malaysia...new in parkour..
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Nick Stone on May 11, 2013, 05:30:52 PM
Hello everybody!
I'm Nick Stone. I am 6'3 and about 230 lbs. I think most of the weight is muscle, but I still know there's some there that stands to be lost.
I've been practicing Parkour on and off for about a year, but have just recently gotten serious about it. I can do most basic moves comfortably, though I feel that my roll needs work honestly.  :-\
Anyways, I've previously played Football(the American kind) and weightlifting. I can bench 255 and squat 455, but I feel like I run slow and need to work on my speed and endurance for Parkour.
Well, enough about me. I hope to get to know you guys and be apart of this awesome group of big fellows like me  :)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: michael kugler on August 27, 2013, 11:58:19 AM
Hey, I'm back!

Still 6'2", but I've lost a bit of weight since I was last here- I'm now only 235 lbs.

Just a question, but has anyone else had a problem with kongs re: their feet dangling too low, no matter how high your knees are pulled?
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Matija Ambrož on September 09, 2013, 12:29:08 PM
Did not see this section before. I am from slovenia 190cm (6'3'') and weigh about 83kg (180lbs). I trained for 3 months now and I hurt my knees Im thinking pateral tendonitis due to overuse. I am working on flexibility at the moment. My first trick was speed vault and safety roll.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: dana romero on November 14, 2013, 09:00:59 AM
Hi I'm Dana
I'm 5'3 ft tall
about 90 kg about 200 lbs (last time I checked)
I joined APK a while ago and never really posted anything
I have been dying to want to try to do free running
but as you can see I'm overweight for a girl my size
and every time I try to go out and jog I feel awkward and some people would tease :I
I'm not extremely out of shape I can do a 5 second handstand and if in the mood can do a the get up ._.
but I can't find motivation and honestly I'm running out of esteem
But I'm still trying :D
It will pay off I know it :)
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: kosh19 on January 04, 2014, 12:22:49 AM
Hi I'm Johnny, I'm from Southampton England. I'm new to all this but I really want to start parkour. I'm 25, 6 foot and weigh about 250 pounds at the moment. I have trouble supporting my own body weight though, I was wondering if anyone had any specific exercises to help with that? many thanks, and nice to meet you all.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: Nick Holmes on January 04, 2014, 07:36:49 PM
Hello, Johnny, welcome to American Parkour  :).  There is a topic (http://americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,41997.0.html) similar to your post that you might gain some insight from without us repeating ourselves  :P . There'sa sticky thread on this board for a  beginner's work out routine (http://americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,32295.0.html) to which I would add that if you choose to run or walk it would be much better for your joints, since you have trouble supporting your own weight, to do so on grass instead if hard surfaces.

You can track your progress and stay motivated by starting a training log on this board (http://americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/board,138.0.html). It's also handy if you have frequent questions about your training.

The perfect excercise to get better at supporting your own body weight would be the squat. If you want to lift weights the squat is essential. It is important though to make sure that you have good form.

If you don't mind me asking, did you get interested from watching James Kingston's Southampton crane climb video? I've heard many people over there have watched it.

Good luck out there, be safe, and most importantly, have fun.
Title: Re: Im not Fat, I'm Husky! (INTRODUCE YOURSELF)
Post by: ohmygoshman on September 16, 2014, 11:57:01 AM
Hey all,

My name is Sarah, I just moved to the Boston area in April and started taking parkour classes in July. I started with one class a week and am now taking 3 classes a week plus trying to train at least once a week outside of class. What can I say... I'm in love.

Despite the title of this thread, I consider myself fat, but I don't think that's a bad thing and I'm not trying to be thin. I'm interested in parkour personally because I'm interested in the idea of functional movement and politically because I'm interested in exploring the capabilities of fat bodies when not consistently discouraged from physical pursuits and/or when those pursuits are not undertaken with the intention of losing weight.

I'm posting here because I'm really interested in meeting folks of larger sizes who have been training for a long time. While all bodies are different, I don't have any good sense of what my journey might look like due to lack of role models to whom I can relate, and I suspect that finding more people of size in the community would be really helpful for me personally. That being said, I fully intend to become one of those role models, but if you fit these criteria and are interested in talking about this stuff, please feel free to ping me.

Thanks all, and I look forward to being a part of the community.