Friday, September 30, 2011

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!!

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