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Useful Parkour training

Today I want to talk to you about the practical part of Parkour. Many have heard about it, but few have actually had the chance of witnessing it or actually training it. This happens mainly because we do not train that way. But there are some advantages that might have you reconsider.

Like everything else, usefulness of a movement is achieved through projection, work and precise goals. So if your training is only targeted to aesthetics and speed, you will never be able to be usefull. You might be able to look good, but not to actually use your abilities. In order to be used for something useful, your Parkour training should be done in a single mind set: Usefulness.

What are the most common situations you meet in everyday life? Think about it. Tripping over a raised ledge, slipping on wet surfaces, car accidents, fires, being trapped in a confined space (elevator?). What would you do? What would your first reaction be? Parkour? I doubt it.

Over 95% of the practitioners are extraordinary athletes and can get out of a lot of dangerous situations in their trainings, but Parkour is not their first choice in risk situations. They freeze like everybody else and they tend to panic like normal people. Even if it´s normal, it should not be… at least not for a traceur.

I have always been an adept of the usefullness of Parkour. You might try to perfect or to invent a faster way to move in an enviroment, but you also need to put it to good use. To real use! So, let’s try some exercises that can help you train that practical side of Parkour:


When you start your training, try to imagine a hypothetical situation in which you are in physical danger. A car is speeding towards you, you slip on a wet surface, trip on a ledge or you are trapped in a confined space. This is called projection and it helps you determine how your body and mind will react in a real situation. Once you have achieved that state of anxiety go to the next step.


Try to identify 3 different ways in which you need to react in order to escape form the situation unharmed. Train them all. It is very important to have redundancy and variation in your movements, mainly because it help you to make swift decisions on the spot and gives you the possibility to pick the safest one.

Precise goal

Do not stop your training until you have mastered all of the three methods of overcoming the obstacle or situation in your path. Once you are done, asses the efficiency of each one and choose the movement that best suits your way to move and technique. All you have to do at this point is get the chance to use it.

Try to choose the most casual situations you encounter to train first. This will help you see the usefulness of the way you train and get you out of a lot of bad situations.

  1. billy

    September 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This is great never thought about it like that THANX

  2. Brandon T

    November 18, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Well i didn’t think of it like that. Thanks


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