Now that you know what Parkour is, and just how exciting it is, we’ll start to go over how you can teach yourself Parkour so that you can become a Parkour expert! We were also luckily enough to get to speak to Ben Musholt, a Parkour expert who has been doing it since 2010, so you’ll get to view his tips for parkour along the way.
To become a Parkour expert, you’re going to need to train hard and practise.
“I tend to train parkour 2 to 4 hours per week, as my schedule allows. I mainly just work on movement skills and conditioning at the different parks in my neighbourhood.” – Ben
To make sure that all of your muscle groups are ready for Parkour training, it’s a good idea to incorporate the following exercises into your exercise routine. Aim for about 10 reps for each.
- Jump Squats
- Tuck Jumps
- Plyometric push up
- Pull Ups
Parkour moves to practise
As well as these exercises, you should start practising some basic Parkour moves.
“It’s important that you start with the basics and go from there. Learning how to fall and roll safely in a great place to begin your training. It’s inevitable that you will fall or slip, and knowing the right way to recover is critical to keeping you safe.” – Ben
Move 1: When you’re perfected the jump squats you can put this move into practise. Find some steps, preferably outdoors, and practise jumping up and down the steps with your whole body, making sure to land gently on your toes.
Start with jumping up and down just 2 or 3 steps, and when you’re confident with this, start adding in more.
Move 2: After mastering the tuck jumps, you can start practising it outside. Practise on a bench or a picnic table, and do a tuck jump, landing gently on the table or bench. Practise jumping off too.
Move 3: When you’re able to comfortably do pull ups, find a rail or ledge outside. Practise being able to jump high off the ground, grabbing the overhead rail or ledge and going into a casual pull up.
These moves are just some of the basics, and there are loads of others, but they are a good starting point to begin with.
Extra things to consider
Run – Make sure to practise running. A lot. Parkour is fundamentally about running, so you need to be able to run long distances. Aim to run between 7 – 10 miles per week. You need to be able to sprint too, so practise short distance sprints as well.
Build strength – There is a lot of strength involved with Parkour as you’re going to be pulling yourself up walls. Therefore remember to incorporate strength training into your workouts. Don’t become obsessed with the amount you can lift though, you’re only going to be lifting your body weight.
Jumps – We’ve incorporated a lot of jump exercises already, but jumping is a big part of Parkour and therefore should be mentioned again. Practise jumping anywhere, and practise jumping up and down from a variety of different heights. Work on your landing to make sure you’re soft on your toes and land steadily. Make sure to practise jumping off and on a variety of different things too, steps, railings and walls are just a few to consider.
When you’ve started incorporating the exercises into your exercise routine and started to practise some basic Parkour moves, it’s time to get out there and get started! You’re going to be slow at first, but practise, practise, practise and you’ll start to see your confidence rise with your ability!
“When you’re just starting out don’t fall victium to wanting to advance too far, too fast. Don’t go trying to replicate some crazy jump that you saw online. Stick with a smart progression of skills beginning with moving low to the ground, then to progressing to higher obstacles. If you can, try to train with someone with more experience than you – it’s one of the best ways to avoid picking up bad habits.” – Ben
Take a look at this training video from Ben, to help get you prepared to go out and start practising!
Have we inspired you to start Parkour training? Do you already practise Parkour and love it just as much as us? Let us know what you think!