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Parkour: The Current Fitness Craze

Submitted by on June 2, 2009 – 11:34 amNo Comment

There are many of us who are weary of giving up their current training plan to start something new. But, Parkour is definitely vouched as the best mind-body conditioning technique which is gaining momentum amongst several youngsters. Parkour, initially originated in France, might seem like an extreme sport while for others it bears striking resemblance to martial art forms one sees in the numerous Jackie Chan movies. A great deal of keenness, restraint and rehearsal is needed to become good at this art form. The only need is to invest in a good pair of training shoes and you are all set to get started.

A well-rested body without injuries, is vital in this technique, and involves utilizing all of the muscles needed to develop one’s stand jump ability, without piling up the unwanted bulk. This is an excellent method of self-defence if one is mobbed, as it makes one quite agile. Parkour training can be accomplished in various ways and can be done either solo or with a trained group. For the beginner, it is always ideal to start training with professionally trained personnel, the main highlight being that in the initial phases not to tempt to go too far.

A certain level of preparatory training and conditioning is quite essential for novice practitioners to Parkour, or else there is likelihood to get injuries in the long run. It essentially involves precision jumping across various obstacles (innate or human-made) and involves fluid, vaulting and rolling techniques.

Parkour, a physical human art technique, focuses on continuous effectual forward movements like running, jumping, climbing across various obstacles. These movements are directed at making one’s body flexible and nimble when faced with such hurdles. The force behind this technique is the concept of get away and reach, making one lithe and responsive which is very vital to come out of tricky situations in life and to be able to go where one wants to without any fear.

The goal is to effortlessly overtake barriers with some predefined moves like flipping and jumping and landing. Rolling is taught to minimise the impact one feels after a drop. Vaults are used to improve the capability to cross hurdles. The more skilled practitioners are viewed jumping across huge towers and dropping down from storeys high towers with minimal effort, stunts one sees portrayed in numerous martial art movies.

It is a constantly challenging form of physical fitness which encompasses mind, body and soul, a must try.

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