Friday, September 30, 2011

Links links links!

There's countless Parkour resources on the internet, so much you could forget to actually go out and train. Here's a quick list of some useful links:

Twio-X: the website of the Leipzig Parkour community. They have information about many more spots, a training schedule, news, and real Parkour and freerunning classes.

American Parkour: the main website for Parkour in the USA, with a very active forum, many tutorial videos, and tons of information.

Eat, move, improve: a more general exercise page with a Parkour slant and tons of important advice for training, recovery, and overall health.

Beast Skills: a strength gymnastics website with many tutorials for those who want to turn into muscular beasts.

The Map

The all-important Parkour training spot map! We gather at various spots often with exotic names, all listed in:

this map.

Remember that any spot we train at has to be treated with respect and care, and that we must always be aware of and responsive to others who may use that space. You are responsible for your safety and the safety of others.

And always keep in mind the First Rule of Parkour: check your surfaces!

Getting started

Let's start with some basic information for beginners, including what to expect, what to bring, and where to meet us. It's a bit long but please read it carefully.

First, our goal with this Parkour club is to give some structured classes to new beginners, so that they can learn about the sport while getting exercise in a safe manner. You may be familiar with Parkour videos that show people jumping from rooftop to rooftop. We won't be doing any of that! We will be focusing on conditioning exercises that work your whole body, and basic skills that can be gradually scaled up to more and more complex Parkour 'moves'. We want people who join this club to get comfortable enough to eventually join the larger Leipzig Parkour community. Our classes will start with a warm up and conditioning session, followed by an introduction to the moves or skills of the day, then practice of that skill, and finally a 'free' period to train.

We recommend that you wear comfortable exercise clothes that are appropriate for training outside (i.e. you don't mind them getting dirty) and sneakers. More importantly: bring a full water bottle. We also recommend that you remove jewelry, especially rings and watches, since you'll be putting your hands on rough surfaces. Travel as light as you can since we will be outside and may be moving from place to place.

And before you begin, have a look at the training spot map, and read carefully our basic rules for safety and responsibility. Then you're ready to come out and train!!