Work Out Like a Caveman: Parkour

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Here’s a regimen to test your body in ways you never expected and have an incredible time doing it.

There are both physical and mental benefits to using parkour as part of your workout plan. At the base level, parkour is making the world your playground and heightening your senses as you take in your surroundings.

Parkour Origins

Parkour originated back in World War I and was used to train officers. Health Magazine reports that a French naval officer designed a program using obstacles to teach recruits how to best get from one point to another.

Over time, parkour became less about effectiveness and more about using creative and fun actions to get moving. Back flips and vaults became a part of the movements.

Parkour has gone through a revival and it can now be seen everywhere. If you search online, you will come across hundreds of parkour videos, often featuring individuals exercising in this way in urban playgrounds. Parkour classes are also offered at fitness facilities, where rolls, jumps and vaults are taught.

Getting Ready

You’ll really use your core when you practice parkour. Your balance and strength will come from your mid-section.

You should consider doing some conditioning before you undertake the challenges presented during parkour. For instance, begin a weight lifting program in order to gain the core and muscle strength needed to move your body in dynamic ways.

Use your own body weight to begin practicing for parkour. Chin ups, push ups and body weight dips will prove very helpful once you start doing parkour.

Remember to regularly stretch too since parkour will also test your flexibility. You should also keep an eye on your body weight to prepare. If you have a lot of weight to lose, consider getting leaner before attempting parkour.

Discovery News also recommends endurance training to condition for parkour. Going on longer runs and cycling sessions can increase your ability to exercise under extreme conditions.

The Moves

Parkour moves should be introduced gradually. For instance, if you haven’t done a cartwheel in ten years, it may not be wise to try doing front flips across the asphalt.

Once you have done a proper amount of conditioning, you can try out some moves for parkour. If you’re concerned about injury, consider using mats until you’re ready to take the moves to the streets.

A tuck jump will have you explosively jump while keeping your legs tucked towards your chest. Swing your arms as you move and land on your toes softly.

Another exercise is to do a one-legged jump. Face a wall, approximately three feet away. Take two steps towards the wall and then rebound using one leg. The goal with each rep will be to get farther and farther up the wall.

As you gain confidence and add parkour moves to a running routine, you’ll see increases in strength, balance and flexibility as you leap, jump and dip both indoors and out.

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