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Night training in Parkour


Many traceurs (Parkour practitioners) never think about training at night. And, perhaps you are also wondering why would you want to do that? I mean, it does not seem like you would ever need to do an obstacle course in zero visibility. That may be true, however, there are a lot of other advantages in doing so. If you think about it, what better way to train your senses that limiting you ability to see? Your touch, hearing and balance automatically fine tune to balance out the lack of sight and your focus increases dramatically. This means that you will get more in touch with your body and will feel the movements much better.

There are a lot of training methods in Parkour during the day, however, many of the movements you do in daytime need to be adapted when you cannot see very well. So, let’s see a few of the best techniques to improve your night training methods:

Train on small ledges

One of my favorite ways to train during the night is by doing short courses or precisions on small ledges. This gives me the opportunity to control the movements and perfect the way I land. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also add variations to this type of training and do the course with your back, or precision in reverse. This will definitely teach you how to jump and land perfectly in your regular trainings.

Don’t focus on sight

One of the most important things to remember is that you need to work on your body coordination by utilizing your other senses. You, most probably, will not be able to distinguish anything, so trying to focus on seeing will only keep you distracted from your training and goals. Remember the distances and try to keep track of where you are in your surroundings. Close your eyes if you have to.

Avoid the noise

This probably means both trying to refrain from listening to music and from training in large groups. Night training requires a lot of concentration to get right, so avoid distractions as much as possible. Training alone is a good idea, or in a group of maximum 3 people. More than this will most probably ruin the whole purpose of what you are trying to achieve.

If you can train at night, then training during the day will become much easier and you will be able to perform movements with more precision and learn softer landings. My guess is that you can improve up to 30% your landing techniques and flow by training more often in the night. It is not an exact number, but I have seen a lot of improvements in my own evolution.

Just because the sun sets, does not mean you need to stop.

4 comments
  1. Jack

    May 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Woah! Great idea…sometimes I wish I lived in the cities

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  2. james

    May 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    this is so cool……and amazing!

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  3. Tom

    October 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Excellent article. Thank you. I only get out once the kids are in bed, and now that the nights are drawing in means complete darkness for me every time. I’m in a fairly rural area and my current spot is away from the streetlights so occasionally I have moonlight but otherwise I have to really concentrate on looking hard. I hadn’t actively considered using other senses to help but this all makes perfect sense. Thank you for giving me some things to think about, and my motivation the boost it needed to get out more often.

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  4. J Johnson

    September 14, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Thanks your articles really help me a lot as I’ve been practicing for about half a year now but I still feel like a beginner n like I’m almost stuck but I’ve been looking around n hopefully I get better

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