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Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 10:14:33 PM »
Didn't measure it, but a lot of water. :p

Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:20:55 PM »
You don't improve starving yourself, that's something you don't improve, and if you strive to do so; it's a waste of energy and time that could be used for something actually beneficial.

I suspect you're just trolling at this point.

Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:05:06 PM »
Because doing hard things is the only way to improve? Stimulus/response. If you want to increase your leg strength, you have to do squats. You can do air squats all day long and see little gain, but load 250lbs on the bar and you'll see a change.

You choose to be in an uncomfortable position in a controlled environment, because then if you're in a similar uncomfortable situation in an uncontrolled environment, you have experience and you have an advantage.


Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 04:25:45 PM »
Again, you're choosing not to eat; choice.

If you want to overcome some obstacle, a real obstacle; not a choice-obstacle, then go be homeless for a few months. I see no sense in starving yourself for whatever amount of time; it proves nothing and does nothing. All I get from is that "I can out-starve myself than others/myself," I rather enjoy eating than taking away something I enjoy.

Masochist traits is what I'm getting from whomever does this (by choice, this does not include people who actually cannot eat or afford to eat properly).

You're completely missing the point of this exercise, and possibly parkour. :p

You're right, it is a choice. But so is drilling kongs one day instead of dashes. The point is that you go out and decide "I want to try X today" and then you go do it. You don't set your house on fire and then try to escape.

This has nothing to do with masochism, it has to do with putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation and learning from the experience. It's obviously not a 1:1 simulation, but it's a lot better than 0:1.

Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 02:42:46 PM »
Ryan- Cool. I like the 72 hours because it's too short to cause any actual medium/long term issues with most people, but it's long enough that you get the point. Did you notice a major difference between day 3 and 4?

And if you're going to sign up, there's a slot open tomorrow we need to fill.. :)

Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 01:35:14 PM »
By the way, I'll be doing my own fast this weekend; we'll see how far I make it ;)

Did you sign up? :)

Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 12, 2011, 10:13:52 AM »
MacGuyver - I'm going to do another pass over the copy later today. I have a bunch of feedback I need to implement to make it a bit cleaner, clearer, and crisper (the three C's!).

Jordan - Interesting. I really think this kind of experimentation and training is in the true spirit of parkour. I wish more people would stop talking about how "philosophical" parkour is and actually do something about it. :p

Socialize / Re: The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 11, 2011, 10:22:28 AM »
Devin - You should do it again then! :)

Micah: Parkour is about doing things that are hard, putting yourself in strange situations and adapting to them. Everyone always says that there's this "philosophy" behind parkour and there's this big mental side... but no one ever thinks about what that actually means. No one actually "trains" that side. No one ever goes out to a training session after 60 hours without eating to see what they're capable of then.

This is a way to help expand your training.

Socialize / The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 09, 2011, 11:19:40 AM »
Hey everyone,
Traceurs "train to be ready for any situation," but so often we limit that to "any situation as long as it involves movement and we have no major disabilities." So a few years ago, I started experimenting with different ways of inconveniencing myself while training (can't use left arm, have to carry a baby-sized object, etc). My favorite experiment came about when I started wondering what it would be like if you had to function in an emergency situation, but there was no food available for a while.

So I decided to do a 72 hour fast (nothing but water), while continuing my daily activities. I still went to class, I ran a few training sessions, and jammed a bit. If I was invited to something and I normally would have said "yes," I said "yes."

A martial artist friend of mine and I have decided to make this into a bigger project that we're calling We're encouraging other people to engage in these 72 hour fasts consecutively, so over the course of a year the group has maintained a single, unbroken fast.

We launched on September 1st, and we've already had a good group of people sign up. I figured that since Parkour really inspired this whole project, some of you might be interested in taking part. To sign up, just go to and fill in the form. Check out the calendar ( to see when other people have signed up. Overlapping dates is okay - and actually encouraged!

Our next gap is tomorrow, so if you want to sign up and start right away... do it!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: "Être fort pour être utile"?
« on: September 05, 2011, 10:51:33 AM »
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Robert Heinlein

This is what Belhade was thinking of.

Robert Heinlein is one of the greatest classical science fiction authors, in that he wasn't writing about spaceships and rayguns (although those may be in a story or two), but he was writing about how humans interact with each other. There's a lot to learn from his writings.

Guys, this isn't The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal... it's Cracked.

Hey everyone,
I haven't been around a lot the past year or so, but I used to be very involved with helping to run APK (see post count). Even now though, I still get at least a dozen emails a month from people asking what shoes they should get, so I decided to write a quick blog post reviewing the five shoes I have the most experience with. It was posted up on the main page a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd post it here in case someone missed it.

Feel free to send this to people when they ask you for advice. I didn't include a few of the more recent shoes that have been getting a lot of talk recently since I don't have any experience with them (I'm also not particularly fond of a lot of the recent shoes like the KOs), but I'd be willing to expand the article in the future.

Anyway, enjoy! You can see the article on my blog here:

Training Journals / Re: a Year of parkour: 365/52 pk project
« on: May 31, 2011, 06:19:51 PM »
Just use flickr.

Now that you're about 1/3 of a year into this project, what specific gains have you seen? For example, when you started you could do X, and now you can do X+10 or whatever.

Socialize / Re: Prom Pics
« on: May 27, 2011, 08:53:31 PM »
Just remember you're a mod and won't abuse that power or you won't be a mod much longer.

Ahahahaha... you clearly weren't around during several different reigns of terror.

Socialize / Re: Does anyone knows how to season a steak?
« on: May 27, 2011, 08:48:55 PM »
You can season it with pretty much anything. To start with, try some salt, pepper, and garlic.

Consumer Whores / Re: Scam?
« on: May 17, 2011, 05:37:35 PM »
Didn't Mark use that line in his tutorials? :)

Yes, once, about eight years ago.

Hi! I can explain a bit. I've been working with PKV for the past year or so.

Basically, it's a national jam + educational session. In the mornings, we'll meet up at the gym and listen to a few speakers in areas traceurs should be interested in. Last year we had people talking about nutrition, massage, basic lifting techniques, and parkour programming. Then after the morning sessions, we go train at awesome places like Gasworks, Freeway, and of course - the Parkour Visions gym.

Yes, Sunday will be Great Falls and trash clean up/BBQ

How about if we all try to do something that is constructive and positive instead? Is there something we can be working on for the GOOD of Parkour and freerunning?

Season 2. :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: parkour tattoo
« on: April 19, 2011, 06:40:16 PM »
So much haack fail in this thread.

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