November 07, 2011
Ryan Ford explains five basic parkour-inspired exercises you can do in the urban jungle.
Parkour is an art of movement in which you train the body and mind to overcome everyday obstacles with speed and efficiency.
In everyday life, we constantly encounter walls, rails and benches. While most people avoid these obstacles, seeing them as nothing more than a barrier or an inconvenience, parkour practitioners—known as “traceurs”—and children see these as opportunities to express oneself, stay fit and have fun.
All of us used to be 10 years old, climbing trees, jumping between rocks and coming up with physical challenges on the playground. If we can preserve that childhood mentality and creatively use our environment for fun and fitness, we will gain confidence, functionality and health. Even if you have no plans to become parkour’s next all-star, at least take the time to see your environment in a different way.
In this article, you will learn five parkour-inspired exercises that use a simple wall or rail to increase strength, balance, coordination and power. Learning to overcome obstacles is not only fun but useful!