Can Anyone Do Parkour?
Many people ask me the age old question, can anyone do parkour and how old is it? The reality of this question is that Parkour is something that is very new and also very different. There is no such thing as “parkour” in the sense of it being a movement or a style. What we call Parkour is actually a series of exercises and training that are using to develop certain motor skills.
Parkour is a form of freestyle physical training. This means that not only can anyone do parkour movements they can do them with great grace, skill and full body awareness. For example, if you watch certain parkour videos you will see how advanced parkour movements are but you will also see that they are done by completely unaided. This means that these individuals may not have any experience with freerunning before they began to use parkour movements.
Parkour can be done by virtually any individual who is willing to put in some time and effort. If you are thinking that parkour exercise means you need to jump from building to building then you are wrong. I am talking about parkour training for the dog parkour exercise. Dog parkour is where you take your dog to various locations and then perform a variety of parkour movements on them. For example you can do wall-to-wall back straight jumps to wide arches and then bank shots from here.
These types of exercises are really fun and can be incredibly rewarding. However parkour training can also develop certain skills that are useful in everyday life. One skill that really comes in handy is the ability to do street yoga. Yoga is a form of parkour exercise and can be done in a lot of the same places that you will find traditional yoga classes. For instance you can practice yoga at your local park, or even at some of the local colleges.
In the past Traceurs from America did most of their parkour activities on their own. Today with the growing popularity of Freerunning there has been an increased interest in American parkour and especially American freerunning. In recent years there has also been an increase in the participation of women in parkour events. Most of the top American Traceurs are women though, as most traders in America are men.
For the most part younger adults don’t get into parkour movements because they think it is too difficult or they don’t know what they are doing. Young adults are the ones that learn how to do free running or do more advanced parkour movements such as jumps or wall-to-wall turns without any real training. The best way for young people to start taking part in parkour or for adults to start taking part in parkour is through the American Ballet theatre. Ballet is a much older form of parkour that originated in France and is similar to free running but involves gymnastics and stunts instead of parkour.
For those who want to take part in freerunning then there are a few different places where you can train. For those who live in cities than there are numerous clubs and organisations that offer a place for parkour enthusiasts to go and have fun. If you don’t live in a city then the best way for you is to join a gym or fitness centre so that you can get a weekly or bi-weekly class. These classes are often very intense and parkour is not usually taught in those classes.
So can anyone do parkour? Yes, if you have the right attitude and are willing to learn. Freerunning is not for the faint-hearted and can be very physically demanding. However, it can also be a great learning experience. If you are up for learning then take a look at some of the local gyms and parks to see what you can learn.