Le Parkour

“There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. A man must constantly exceed his level.’ If you’re not better than you were the day before, then what are you doing—what’s the point?”    – Bruce Lee

Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.

Parkour is an awesome activity to add to your list of sports.  It is very strenuous and teaches you to look at your environment in new and innovative ways.  When you start training parkour even the most mundane route can become an adventure.  I highly recommend checking out some “David Belle” videos on Youtube if you are not familiar with parkour.

In order to begin training parkour one must begin to journey of mastering their own body weight.  Parkour requires consistent training that emphasizes functional strength, explosive power, balance, spatial awareness, agility, control, and precision.  To do this one must learn to jump, run, vault, climb, and balance.

There are various tools available at Unit 2 that you can use to start conditioning yourself for parkour.

  • Plyoboxes – we have 18″-36″ boxes for developing explosive power in your legs.   You can also use them as an obstacle.
  • Bumper Plates – work on olympic lifts to develop explosive power and core strength
  • Gymnastic rings – ring dips, pull ups, muscle ups, etc.
  • Pull up bars – pull ups, L pull ups, muscle ups, etc.
  • mats – work on break falls, forward rolls, etc.

This is a short list but hopefully you get the point.  There are many of us at Unit 2 that practice Parkour and are happy to help you start the journey if you are interested.  Our fitness 360 class is a great way to start getting your body conditioned for the rigors of doing Parkour.

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