Parkour is an agility-based activity that involves moving with agility and speed, which are frequently described as parkour (park) by many athletes and more commonly known in gyms as “combativeness” by those wishing to develop fitness. It has been adopted by many people in the West, including celebrities, athletes, dancers, and sportspersons.
The main aim of this article is to provide some basic information on Parkour and some exercises that may be useful to those wishing to improve their fitness, particularly if they are new to the sport.
What Is Parkour?
Parkour can be defined as “a style of performance art that requires participants to improvise everyday movements”, and its participants include people of all ages from teenagers, adults, and even the elderly. The word “art” comes from the French word ‘art’, meaning ‘work’. The term “parkour” was initially coined by Tom Griffiths in 1970, and it has since become a popular fitness activity in many countries.
Parkour involves a series of basic movement skills such as jumping, climbing, and balancing, which are learned through repetition and practice. In recent years, a wide range of sport-specific styles of parkour has become increasingly popular, including military, gymnastic, speed-freestyle, and aerobics.
Parkour has become especially popular in recent years amongst athletes such as James McAvoy, Dara O Briain, and Andy Murray. Many athletes have claimed that their performance improves dramatically after adopting Parkour as a form of exercise.
Features Of Parkour
As with other forms of exercise, Parkour requires different types of equipment, such as ropes, mats, and jump-suits. To perform the best possible exercises, one should use the correct type of equipment and warm-up and cool down properly before engaging in any workout. There are no specific exercises that can be performed in Parkour, but all the techniques involved will involve running and balance.
There are a variety of books available for Parkour training, each focused on a specific technique. One popular book, The Road to Gym, was written by Andy Roberts. It provides a detailed introduction to Parkour and includes a number of videos and pictures to assist in the process of learning. A good book to read, as well as a DVD or video, is David Bennett’s Parkour Fitness Manual. which covers all the key topics of Parkour.
Parkour training is a great way to burn calories, increase stamina, and develop a stronger core muscle group than traditional fitness activities. The combination of physical activity and resistance training is said to be more effective at burning calories than a diet and a combination of a low-calorie diet and low exercise routine. It has also been found to be more effective at increasing the strength and elasticity of the body than conventional exercise.