This week’s theme is training. We will be talking about how you can improve your own training when outside the class. We believe that every traceur or traceuse should have the skills to train in their own time and be able to teach themselves, as well as having experienced coaches. Even experienced coaches get taught and learn from others! So here are a few ways that we can help you to help yourself.

Correcting mistakes

We all make mistakes in Parkour and in pretty much everything else, but we mustn’t dwell on the mistake, but what we can do to prevent it happening again. The reason why most mistakes happen is through uncertainty or fear, but for other times they happen through carelessness. If you make a mistake like tripping up a step as you are running for a jump, this could end with you falling down the gap you intended to jump. These small mistakes can have high consequences so we must learn to not overlook the small details.

Small jumps, obstacles and mistakes are the common causes of injury in Parkour. People are so fixated on completing the big jump that they don’t take the small variables into account. You should train so that you are aware of the small variables, but so you don’t have to focus solely on them to get over them easily.

Uncertainty or fear are kind of the same thing. If we are scared then it’s probably because we are uncertain of the outcome of our action, and if we are uncertain, we are probably scared of what might happen. Confidence is one of the most important attributes to a traceur, but this is gained through experience. There are always going to be jumps that scare you, but you know you are physically capable of so what’s stopping you? Is the jump doable? Is the surface safe? If you think there is a chance of falling can you save yourself? Is the risk worth the reward? These are questions that you need to be asking yourself, if you won’t allow yourself to jump or if you are jumping but bailing in mid-air.

Increasing your physical limits

If you have reached the point where your own body is holding you back, you have to increase its limits to progress. There are a number of ways that you can this, if fact lots and lots of ways, but I will outline my favourite:

  1. Doing Parkour. This seems really obvious, but people are so fixated on “training” that they are never really “doing”. Look at why Parkour was originally developed and get back to the roots. Getting from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible – This mean taking a run into town or somewhere and not letting anything stop including yourself! For fun – Go out and have fun and a laugh with friends. Play silly games with it and see how much you ache the next morning! To be strong enough to carry not just you, but someone else whilst doing Parkour. Obviously this starts with piggy back rides and stepping up and down things, but can lead on to saving someone!
  2. Focusing on what it is you’re lacking and doing repetitive training on that specific movement. Repetition isn’t just to get good technique but also to gain muscle and stability for that movement.
  3. Supplement you training with physical training i.e. push ups, pull-ups, climb-ups, hanging, squats (weighted/unweighted), pistol squats, QM etc. There are loads of different movements that you can do with zero equipment that can aid your training.
  4. Doing other disciplines and sports. Try climbing, basketball, cycling, swimming, martial arts etc. If your body experiences more types of movement, then your body is more prepared to exert strength on multiple axis and levels.

Social training

This is something that I think people do the most but overlook the importance of. We have “free-time” in some of our sessions where students can use the equipment to practice what they want to. It’s also a good chance for people to talk about what they are trying to do, teach others and learn from others, as well as challenging each other. Sometimes, we just need to be let loose to discover and we will try to make this a strong point for this week’s sessions. One of the best things about classes is that there is a small community of people with the same interest, with similar goals that are coming together to learn.

There are a lot of other things that go into self-teaching and training, but above are some of the main things that we will bring up in this week’s classes. There is too much to go through with every class, but all classes will be a little more focused on the certain parts that they need to work on.

See you in class!!

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