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Parkour and Free Running

Comprises all of the aspects of fitness:
Cardiovascular
Muscle Strength & Endurance
Flexibility
Balance and Stability/Functional Movement

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And more... | Please ignore the lyrics here! | http://youtu.be/QlUS5aB-bf0 | http://youtu.be/P6vcWP3sGlc | http://parkourvisions.org/ more »And more... | Please ignore the lyrics here! | http://youtu.be/QlUS5aB-bf0 | http://youtu.be/P6vcWP3sGlc | http://parkourvisions.org/ 10-28-2013 7:07am

You hit the nail on the head with your description of parkour and free running. I'd like to add kinesthetic awareness, enhanced proprioception, and coordination. 03-28-2014 6:18pm

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Comment by Daniel Heller

Would these affect their bone and joint health when they get older? It does look like a good workout. really risky too... 06-23-2014 2:14pm

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Comment by Diane Demotica

Very risky...many, many injuries (but really cool)! 06-23-2014 5:17pm

If you do it right, it is actually very safe and good for bone and joint health. The point is to build up to this level over many many years. That way the bones and tendons get stronger with the muscles. It is actually low impact (if you do it... more »If you do it right, it is actually very safe and good for bone and joint health. The point is to build up to this level over many many years. That way the bones and tendons get stronger with the muscles. It is actually low impact (if you do it right) and the movement is nourishing to the joints.  | Just my two cents... 10-20-2014 9:09am

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Comment by Jordan Knieff

It covers all the planes of motion.  I can see it requiring some well trained agility, balance and coordination and I hear you Jordan...if you know how to land, the force is transferred through the body in a much more balanced way (good ol' biomechanics) so easy on the joints. 10-20-2014 10:10am

It is so amazing to see how the human body can adapt and move like this!  I remember watching the James Bond, the remake of Casino Royale, and this type of movement was seen in the beginning by both one of the bad guys and James Bond... more »It is so amazing to see how the human body can adapt and move like this!  I remember watching the James Bond, the remake of Casino Royale, and this type of movement was seen in the beginning by both one of the bad guys and James Bond (though I am sure it was a stunt double for Daniel Craig) and I thought the whole time that these movements were unreal and had to be computer graphics, later to find out that these were real people performing these motions.  I wonder how one would even begin to train like these people do, as I can see how Parkour training would be an excellent advantage in the Obstacle Course Racing arena.  The only downfall I really see to this type of training is how many times one must hit the sidewalk face first to learn to get the motion correctly. I imagine some psychology plays a role in this in a person getting over specific fears as well. 10-20-2014 12:12pm

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Comment by Jon Wilcox

Jon, a lot of Parkour athletes have had some kind of background in gymnastics.  When I was in college, there was a club at Luther for this type of stuff.  The majority of them were prior gymnasts because my college did not have... more »Jon, a lot of Parkour athletes have had some kind of background in gymnastics.  When I was in college, there was a club at Luther for this type of stuff.  The majority of them were prior gymnasts because my college did not have a gymnastics program.  I find it fascinating!  I will have to agree with you, I believe a lot of this sport is extremely psychological, but what sport isn't?! 10-20-2014 1:13pm

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