How to Learn Parkour or Free Running by Yourself

Parkour or free running, is a form of movement that makes real life a path of obstacles. It’s the art of flight.

How to Teach Yourself to Do Parkour

Parkour or free running, is a form of movement that makes real life a path of obstacles. It’s the art of flight.

Parkour artists train themselves to do wild, even death-defying stunts with freedom as the guiding principle. Although it may seem overwhelming, if they are willing to put in the time and effort, just about anyone can become a free runner.

There are a lot of ways on how to learn parkour but you can start by learning parkour basics yourself. 

Follow the parkour for beginners steps below and in no time you will be able to learn how to do parkour like a pro.

  • Get in shape. You’ve got to have endurance. Focus on basic calisthenics such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and squats. These are the fundamental building blocks for parkour practice. Experts say you should be able to do 25 push-ups, 5 pull-ups and 50 full squats before you start in parkour formally.
  • You need to practice landing and rolling moves. Parkour involves a great deal of vertical movement. If you don’t understand how to land correctly and safely fall, high jumps can be painful. You should end with a move. Begin with a jump from 1/2 a meter to 1 meter. Land on your feet with your legs bent and if you have jumped from a higher distance then do a forwards roll. To perform this roll, you should roll on your shoulders, not on your back. You can do significant damage to your body if you roll on your back.
  • Practice maneuvers for vaulting, jumping, and climbing. These harder maneuvers are designed to get you up and around obstacles in the urban landscape. When you start to practice more often, you can learn what movements you like and build your own unique training style.
  • Practice on a regular basis. Parkour, like all sports, requires regular training to be effective, otherwise your skills will drop off. Practice at least two to three times a week and before going on to more challenging exercises, make sure you improve your basic skills.
  • Use self-discovery. Start drilling the techniques you created, finding new ways to move through experimentation, and finding new paths and environments to master through self-exploration. No one knows what works better for your body than you when you’re in tune with yourself.
  • Choose a point and do everything you need to get there. Begin with a safe, slow pace. Trace a path between two points without stopping until you are a master of your territory. You should notice a gradual increase in your speed, endurance, and the ease of transfer between obstacles. Depending on the path you choose, your natural ability, and several other factors, this progression can take hours, days, and even years. The important thing is to keep moving forward, no matter how slowly. This method is Parkour’s essence and will lay the groundwork for understanding it.
  • Develop your own style. Approach challenges that are unique to your body and abilities. The common movements that others employ are not necessarily meaningful to you. That’s exactly why depending on videos as a way of learning doesn’t make sense. You can bring your practice in many different directions once you have passed this psychological challenge and rise above the poor standards set by many others.

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