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Parkour Journal #3: Training alone


Training alone in Parkour can be a great way to learn more about your motivation and body.

What is the reason for training alone? Why do some people prefer training all by themselves once in a while? I have wondered a lot about this during my first year of training and I struggled to put it to the test as much as I could to get the answer.

I found out more than I could possibly imagine during this period. When I was training alone, I saw that I could be much more focused on what I was doing. I also had a certain freedom, that I could not feel in group sessions. Anytime I wanted, I could make small mistakes and acknowledge them to myself, or even act sloppy and exaggerate some movements without having to give any explanations. When you train alone you can do things the way you want to. And that means a whole lot more that you may think.

Training alone in Parkour can be a great way to learn more about your motivation and body.

Training alone in Parkour can be a great way to learn more about your motivation and body.

At a certain point, every traceur or Free runner will feel the need to get out of the group he is training in and go out alone for a period of time. What ever the trigger is, this is not unusual and most times this will help consolidate the person’s style, motivation and even his overall skills. Because every session he is concentrating on himself he will identify and acknowledge the areas where he is lacking or where he is good.

I believe that one session every week should be reserved for training alone. Because that’s when we can have a higher degree of concentration and time for ourselves. Time to be original, creative and maybe even sloppy with the way we train. There is a lot to be learned about ourselves in these types of sessions, because we hold no barriers between us and the way we move.

4 comments
  1. Cyrus Palmer

    December 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I have been training in parkour for a year now, and I train alone almost exclusively. I do attend a class once a month, when I can, but the rest of the time I train alone. It’s partly because I prefer the solitude and can focus solely on what I am doing, but it’s also due to the fact that I don’t know anyone else who trains in parkour. I found parkour on my own and never fell in with a group. But even if I did, I’d still prefer to train alone. The free lifestyle I enjoy living in a van means I can train wherever I want, whenever I want and it would be hard to organize the group every time I found an interesting obstacle to play on for a while.

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    • Dan Dinu

      December 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Cyrus,

      That sounds like an interesting approach to training. I’ve frequently seen that people tailor their personal version or what Parkour is, and I’m always impressed on the variety of training routines, lifestyles and philosophies I learn from them.

      Keep up the great work, and jiu-jitsu. I’ve checked out your blog, very informative.

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