Do you Parkour?

Have you ever wanted to feel like a Jedi or a Ninja or just challenge yourself a bit more than usual?

Screen-Shot-2013-12-05-at-3.28.54-PM-300x248 Well it sounds like Parkour is for you. It’s safe, healthy and ultimately loads of fun, no matter your level of fitness or experience.

But what is Parkour, exactly? It is the practice of getting from A to B as efficiently as possible. To be more precise, it involves learning to take control of your environment and to overcome obstacles. As you might have guessed, this includes wall-runs, rolling, swinging, jumping and vaulting in their various forms. I imagine certain precarious stunts from movies are arising in your mind as you read this. But don’t fret, those who would jump from rooftops, roll, and all but fail to even scratch themselves have been training for years. Parkour is incremental and non-competitive in its philosophy, which means that you can have fun and progress safely at your own pace.

When you attend a first-timer’s class at Brisbane’s Cathedral Square, you are taken through the basic, most essential and frequently used movements in Parkour, namely precision jumps, the roll, the wall climb and basic vaults. The philosophy of Parkour is elaborated upon and some examples of strength exercises you can do are subsequently given. However, it is possible to get stronger for Parkour merely through doing Parkour. This makes it even more appealing, given how tiresome and boring we know a typical workout in the gym can be. But I’m clumsy and out of shape!

Screen-Shot-2013-12-05-at-3.28.57-PM-216x300 Parkour is one of the most fun and enjoyable ways of getting and staying fit. Classes start at just $15 and it will also help to improve your coordination and how careful you are in every movement you make. So could there be any greater reason for getting involved?

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