The beginning of a great adventure
A total beginner lacks of endurance, muscle and muscle control. Those qualities don't develop in a month, also it is important to establish a good basis. In particular, if you want to build a strong body you need a good material. A proper diet is 50%
of the work towards a greater strength. So I devoted an entire page to diet
With a good basis parkour training has the potential to develop the whole body very fast. Parkour training is a so-called full-body workout
which is the way to go for beginners. Moreover parkour is a fairly natural activity and provides an adequate stimulus since it makes sense to the body
Parkour alone is enough
As a beginner you will be surprised by how weak you are. At first all the techniques look impossible. Then you find out that some techniques are accessible like the saut de précision
, the passe-muraille
... Keep on going with those techniques at ground level and respect warming-up and cool down
. After 1 year you will be surprised by how strong you got!
Young monkeys also need to practice a lot.
There is no miraculous exercise, which the experienced traceurs sum up with the motto "practice, practice, practice": only a regular practice makes you better
Internet videos are a great source of inspiration and creativity and the story of parkour is obviously linked to Internet. However there are a few problems:
- Video editing cuts training sessions and provide little strength training information.
- The majority of so-called parkour videos show poor strength levels compared to the techniques attempted, which lead to injuries and a growing number of parkour accidents videos.
- Camera angles make jumps appear more difficult and distance longer or shorter than they are. The fisheye lens distort distances and make them longer / higher.
This is very confusing for beginners looking - consciously or not - for references. As a beginner, your best reference is people that you can meet in real life. Try to participate in local events if you usually train alone.
Example of fisheye video where the distances appear bigger than in reality.