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Parkour games

One of the most exciting ways to experience Parkour training at its fullest is through Parkour games. These playful training methods have the role of transforming a dull training into a dynamic and fun activity, that will keep your body fit and your abilities sharp.

A list of Parkour games

There are many games you can play with your training buddies, most of which you may already know, or you have played in your childhood. Actually a good part of the list shown in this article are directly inspired from games you played as a kid in the outdoor.

If you think you can use some Parkour games in your training routine, here is a list of the most popular Parkour or Freerunning games you can try.

Parkour horse

No. of participants: 2-10
Difficulty: Medium
Suitable locations: large areas with scattered obstacles such as public fountains, parks, etc.

The object of this game is to follow and imitate the person in front of you. If the person performs one move (ex: a speed-vault) you must do the exact same thing. In this game for Parkour you should maintain a distance from the leader, so you can adapt and imitate the moves he/she is performing. Two or more participants can play this game, however they need to have a decent grasp of both technique and basic moves to adapt to the movements of the leader. The best areas to play this game are large areas with many obstacles scattered around.

The floor is now Lava

No. of participants: 1-99
Training type: course training, flow
Suitable locations: open areas with lots of trees or lots of obstacles nearby such as parks, rails etc.

A very popular childhood game that can be used easily as a parkour game. In this game you need to get from point A to point B without touching the ground, or certain parts of the ground (grass, tarmac, carpet, etc.). This Parkour game can be played alone or in as many people as you want. There is literally no limit to the no. of players. It does not require advanced knowledge of Parkour or Freerunning and can easily be played in almost any area. Large open areas are recommended, with lots of trees or obstacles close together to be able to move fluently.

Parkour Tag

No. of participants: 2-10
Training type: course training, flow
Difficulty: Medium-Advanced
Suitable locations: large areas with a large number of obstacles, such as building with fountains, walls and drops, etc.

This Parkour tag game is similar to the Parkour horse with the notable difference that here, you need to follow and catch the other player(s). After you have touched your adversary, he gets tagged, and it’s his turn to start running after you and the rest of the players. This game can be played in more that 2 runners because the chaser can run after more than one player. It’s recommended that you find a nice open spot for this game, maybe with some tall walls or hard to climb structures. Be warned that usually, the players need to have a good grasp of Parkour or Freerunning, because the dynamics of this game can lead to injuries if not careful.

Quadrupedal capture the flag

No. of participants: 2
Training type: conditioning
Difficulty: Easy
Suitable locations: flat areas with grass, such as parks.

Two freerunners take off their shirts and place them in their back pockets or belt. They draw  a circle around them of about 8 feet in diameter (2.5 meters). They position themselves in a quadrupedal position and try to get the other’s t-shirt without losing theirs without lifting more than one hand off the ground. Three members must always be in contact with the ground, so no diving, standing or jumping over the adversary. Unlike the other Parkour games, this one is a conditioning game, suitable for large groups that can be played during workshops. It is also a good alternative to regular conditioning trainings as it does not require prior Parkour knowledge.

Group push-ups

No. of participants: 4
Training type: conditioning
Difficulty: Advanced
Suitable locations: areas with grass, such as open parks.

This Parkour games requires a lot of experience and upper-body strength to perform. The participants group together in teams of four and lay flat on the ground in a square shape, placing their feet on the backs of their teammates. After they are positioned they push themselves up in a full push-up. This exercise requires a lot of coordination and collaboration from all the persons involved because, if one fails to get up in sync with the others, none of them will be able to perform the push-up. This is a great conditioning Parkour game that can also be done during workshops or large Parkour meetings.

  1. kenny

    July 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    great i will use these some of these i’ve done before and never realized it could be used for training.

    • Dan Dinu

      July 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      There are a lot more games that can be played during training. I’ll try to keep this page updated, so make sure you come back for more Parkour games.

  2. Garrett

    August 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Sick ill definetly try these

  3. Kevin Redd Halfrican (Facebook)

    September 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I will for sure play these. Ecspecially The Floor is Lava.

    • Dan Dinu

      September 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Glad you liked them Kevin. Make sure you train safe!

  4. Dapples

    October 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for these games I will most definitely play these with my Parkour class and with my friends. If you want any tips about becoming more active, fit, or want more muscle come to my blog I have helpful tips and you can message me any time and I’ll always respond.

  5. NewParkoc

    November 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Hello I Liked Capture The flag so much but Here in Egypt there isn’t alot of people intersted in Parkour so i hope one day i will try to make an famous parkour event here and hope u come and join me

    • Dan Dinu

      November 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Hey, I’m glad you’re training anyway. I’d love to visit Egypt. Training there would surely be a blast!

  6. joekaprod

    March 22, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I’ve never heard of the Quadrupedal Capture The Flag, but it sounds fun. I’m definitely gonna try it the next time I train with a friend!


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