Parkour athletes routinely scale overhead walls with speed and ease. The technique for getting on top of an overhead wall is known as a wall run, and can be learned through a few basic steps.
Injuries within elite athletics are a common occurrence. Does that mean that you, an amateur athlete, are at the same risk for catastrophic injury when performing similar events? No, it does not.
Working to develop explosive leg strength is the most surefire way to increase your jumping ability. Here are three skills derived from parkour that are also great for building explosive leg strength:
Let's talk about the cultivation of your parkour vision. What happens when you cut across a lawn, zigzag through the bushes, hop over a bench, or tiptoe along a planter?
In the parkour community, broad jumps in which you land upright with minimal impact are known as “precision jumps.”
It is a fundamental skill for getting yourself on top of an overhead structure. And aside from being a challenging and fun skill to master, the climb-up could just save your life someday.
Aside from being a way to build coordination, efficiency, and whole body strength, ground movements are nice additions to the warm-up portion of a workout.
Aside from getting around and over stuff, parkour is useful for getting across stuff with efficiency. Here are two types of arm traverse you can practice to move laterally across obstacles.
Last year I competed in the Northwest Regional for ANW, until I dislocated my shoulder on the course. Here's how I suggest you should prepare if you want to test yourself as a ninja warrior.
Ben Musholt is our resident parkour expert. Ask him all your parkour questions and learn about his exciting new project, "The Mad Skills Encyclopedia" in our next Twitter chat!
Your balance responds well to targeted practice. Work on it and it gets better. So, I’ve got a set of fun balance challenges for you. These series of movements come from basic parkour conditioning.
Being able to get up over and down the other side of a wall is incredibly useful, but also takes upper body strength. Here are 2 exercises to build this type of functional strength.
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