Tips & Tricks — June 2, 2013 6:46 pm

Make your own Parkour obstacles

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You don’t have time to go out and train? Are the Parkour obstacles you love too far away and can’t reach them that easily? Why don’t you cut your work in half and build a Parkour park in your own home. It’s actually not that hard and it can be a great experience working on such a project. Plus, you will probably be the only one of your friends with his very own playground.

If you have a backyard or an apartment that you don’t fully use, you can use stuff lying around your yard or in the proximity of your house to build a park. You just need plenty of space and a couple of screws.

There are quite a few ideas on what you can build, so I’ll try to share with you the most common obstacles you can manufacture and the materials you can use to build them.

Conditioning Parkour obstacles

Bricks

bricks parkourBricks are amazing tools for conditioning.  You can do push ups, calf raises and handstand pushup. This type of exercises increase the range of motion and makes it a whole new ball game.

You can also use bricks as power warm-ups. Holding a couple of those babies will definitely increase your warm-up exercise a couple of points.

If you plan on using them indoor, try to get harder bricks, that will not chip and make a red mess all over the place.

Rope

rope parkourRope can be used to perform rope jumps, shoulder dislocates and rope climbs. Most of the upper body exercises can be performed with a rope tied to a higher point. For example, you can tie it horizontally (between two trees) and move from one end to the other hanging over the ground.

If you have a place to tie it from, i strongly recommend it. This makes a great exercise for the upper body and when you’re not using it for conditioning, you can use it as a swing when you’re not training. Just kidding.

Scaffolding & Pipes

scaffolding parkourA small piece of tubing and a plank made of wood is great for balance practice. If you want to make your life harder on the balance board do not lock it in place and try to keep your balance.

You can use scaffolding for sit-ups and balance practice, placing it on the floor and locking it somehow. Anybody can do sit-ups on the floor. But it takes a master to do them on a rail.

If you have more, you can tie them together and build a playground out of bars.

Rocks

rock conditioningA large rock can be dead-lifted pretty effectively. Also, they can be used for alternate push-ups, where you switch hands on the rock when you push up.

There are a lot of exercises you can do with a rock. The only limit is your imagination. For example, you can do crunches holding the rock firmly on your chest or you can use it as a counterweight for small jumping exercises.

Try not to exert yourself too much if the rock is extremely heavy. It may be a good idea to get more rock in different sizes.

Technique Parkour obstacles

Bricks

A couple of bricks can be used for precision practice. The more the better, but do try to lock them in place first, else you will have to reposition them every time you hit them harder that expected.

Rope

A piece of pipe or rope held up by some bricks is ideal for jump overs. In the same time, you can use them for slide-unders. If you locked them securely in place, you can also vault over them or perform under-bars (If they are secure in place).

Pallets

Parkour obstaclesYou can build a vaulting box from pallets or an old wooden door. This one is a little bit more tricky if you don’t have an electric screwdriver and jigsaw. But, if you do, you just need to buy a couple of screws and fix the pallet wood in place after cutting them to size.

Aside from vaulting boxes, you can also manufacture small boxes with a side inclination of 45 degree, for free running techniques, like blocking and j-step learning.

Once you have the right tools, just think about what fits in your space and start building. Just remember to always search for pallets as standard as possible to ensure they will fit together when building them (Euro-Pallets seem to work best).

Wooden branches

You can use shovel tails or branches as wooden ‘railings’. To add to this you can use scavenged bricks to raise them from the ground. Use some rope or whatever you can find to tie the railing to the bricks, so it does not fall off.

These are just a few of the things you can do. I’m sure you can think of some of your own ideas. Go find some junk, build and train!

Tyres

tyre parkour obstaclesCar tyres are some of the most versatile Parkour obstacles you can use to build. Truck tyres can be used to learn normal and double Kong-vaults, plus a number of different vaults and free running tricks like wall-flips and corks (when buried halfway into the ground).

By adding a piece of plywood on top of a flat-facing tyre you can build a ramp for tricks or stack more of them together to make a taller obstacle over which you can jump.

I also have a video that shows you a couple of ideas of how to build something out of regular car tyres:

10 Comments

  • Great idea, thanks!
    It’s not easy to learn parkour in a village. I had to build some “obstacles” in the forest to practice basic vaults. :)

    • That sound great Gyorgy. Actually, I’d love to see some images of your set up.

      • I don’t know where my previous comment appeared, but here are some new pictures about my training course:
        https://plus.google.com/photos/103542412544584333111/albums/5959123158943584449?authkey=CMahzZya6a2E2wE
        I got those blue strips from an abandoned motocross track, and i didn’t cut out any living trees.
        Slowly i’m expanding it (for practice precisions, longer runs, etc…), but it’s a great fun already. And of course the whole forest is an amazing playground! :)

        • That set-up looks great. You have a lot of space available, so it seems like you can expand as much as you want. Add some tires and start building some vaulting boxes.

          Keep it up!

          • Great idea! I think i will (unfortunately) easily find some waste car tires in the ditches around roads. If not, i’ll find out something to make longer obstacles than these “rails”.
            Well, i still don’t have walls, but that’s life :)
            Thank you!

  • It is has been hard where I live to understand what I can use. I live in a small town and the playgrounds are usually packed with kids. So I started using my kids playmate cars in the backyard and used some ideas from this website.

  • i had to make some obstacles because i live in a town who me and my friend are the only ones who do parkour and theres no good stuff there at all

  • I had to make a course because I live where there is nothing to practice on except something in my back yard or some abandoned house, roof top parkour is my favorite.

  • This Christmas i will be staying with my mom and step dad. In which case, i will be able to use tires and other things to build obstacles over an enormous back yard. They also have a fence thats about six and a half foot tall and incredibly sturdy. Will use that for tic tacs and wall runs! I have next to nothing at my dads sadly. I know zero people who do parkour…

    • building your own parkour obstacles is a great way to start. You can try out different moves and even add padding if you are feeling insecure.

      You should try to get in touch with the local community where you’ll be staying. From my experience, most of the time they are eager to find a training buddy; plus, they know all the cool training places.

      Train safe!

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