Parkour Fails – A Must See Footage Of Their Funny Failed Stunts

Funny parkour fails are one of the longest standing traditions on the internet. The modern version of parkour was developed in France by Raymond Belle. Parkour (also known as freerunning) is actually derived from military obstacle training. Over the years, parkour has evolved and exploded with the advent of the internet (and in particular YouTube).

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Parkour Background

The general idea of parkour was first brought to the masses after a volcanic eruption on Martinique in 1902. During the eruption, a French lieutenant helped to coordinate the evacuation of hundreds of indigenous people. He noted that during the evacuation, they were able to overcome obstacles in their way with “grace and creativity,” whereas the Europeans struggled to find pathways out amidst the wreckage. 

This opened his eyes to the value of physical fitness (as opposed to purely honor and courage) and led to him revolutionizing the way the French military was trained. This “Natural Method” of training proved highly effective and helped create the foundation for which modern parkour would evolve from.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, people all over the world are trying (and in many cases, failing) parkour. As everyone loves a videos of parkour fails, we've taken some time to put together five hilarious videos from people who probably shouldn't be parkouring in the first place.

Funny Parkour Fails

Video 1:

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We start our list off with an internet tradition as old as time. While it isn't necessarily a traditional parkour fails video, the internet was built on videos of out-of-shape dudes trying to pull off some sweet acrobatic karate moves. This poor fella probably watched a few too many Jean Claude Van Damme movies the night before and thought to himself, "that 360 roundhouse kick looks totally doable". Not even a night's sleep could deter our hero from calling up his buddy and making some sweet backyard karate films. 

Videos like this are what the internet was built on and this video is eerily reminiscent of classic hits like "Afro Ninja". The simplicity of a man dressed entirely in the wrong clothing, with little to no martial arts experience, busting out some sick moves in front of his buddy with a camera are what makes the world such a great place. Just such an innocent and hilarious video to get the list of our funny parkour fails started.

The Best Part:

One sneaky underrated part of the video is the small kiddie pool sitting next to him. If you watch closely, during the brief second or two we get of him crashing to the ground, you can definitely see the water in the pool shake a bit more. The man hit the ground so hard he shook a body of water about 7 or 8 feet from where he was standing! 

All that said, why in the world was he wearing jeans? The man is trying to do some sort of 360 roundhouse kick and clearly didn't think about his leg flexibility before doing so. Everyone knows jeans are basically the most restrictive pants out there, yet this guy is out here trying to act like he's some sort of ninja. Newsflash buddy: ninjas don't wear purple V-necks and jeans. With clothing choices like that, he was setting himself up from the jump for one of the all-time great karate/parkour fails.

 All in all, our main man gave it a valiant effort but really stood no chance of ever pulling this sweet move off. Our guy was fully airborne and made quite a thud when he hit the ground. Maybe the ground gave him a hard wake up call to give up the karate/parkour life, but something tells us that isn't the case. Hopefully next time, our big guy will make a better choice in clothing to give himself the best chance possible (good luck).

Video 2:

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Oh man, we were SO CLOSE to seeing this genius rearrange his face on that bench. Unlike our last video, this one is most certainly one of the classic parkour fails. Also unlike our last video, our hero this time around seems to be dressed for the occasion and ready to go. Unfortunately, the old phrase "look good, play good", doesn't apply here, as our friend didn't come remotely close to clearing the gap. Instead, our friend ended up falling well short with his face inches from annihilation. 

Upon his initial entry, our guy is bursting with confidence, without any clue in the world that he is about to take his place in parkour fails history. You can tell right from his first step that our hero has zero doubt that he's going to clear the gap with ease. He comes flying in sprinting at full speed towards the park bench he plans to use as a springboard. If anything, this might be the highest level of commitment we see out of anyone on this list. At least he believed in himself, right?

The Best Part:

Unfortunately, either our hero considerably overestimated his jumping ability or completely overran his mark. Either way, he barely makes his initial jump onto the 2-foot stone bench. The second he sets foot on the first bench, we can see on his face he knows he's made a grave mistake and has no business attempting this jump. He clearly lands well too far back on the first bench and realizes he has considerably more ground to cover than he initially anticipated. 

Bless his heart, he still fully commits and jumps as far as he can; but doesn't really even come close. It honestly is less of a jump and more of a "just hurl yourself at the target and hope for the best" maneuver. He goes flying face first towards the other bench, and in the moment you're almost certain our hero is about to smash his face into some hard concrete. 

Miraculously, he pulls his head up at the last second as we see his chest absolutely slam into the corner of the concrete bench. The look on his face when he pops back to his feet shows he's trying to play things off cool. It only takes a second before he can't keep up the charade and you can see him internally screaming, "why on earth did I do this?" before his buddy behind the camera decides to spare his friend any more misery and cut short what is truly one on the best parkour fails. 

Video 3:

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SO CLOSE! As far as parkour fails go, this one is pretty PG. Our hero just narrowly avoided some serious injury and looks to have actually broken his fall with some skill (more than can be said for our previous two parkour fails). Our hero in this installment actually looks to have some idea of what he is doing and looks to be a step above the caliber of parkourers we saw in our previous videos. 

Where this video really got us is with the cinematography. For such a short video, the 5 second wait for our hero to enter the frame felt like an eternity. We have no clue if this kid just set his phone down and hit record or if he had a buddy behind the sticks, but the fact of the matter is that we were sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for something incredible to happen. To be honest, the suspense is half of what makes this video great, as the fail itself is far from the funniest on this list. 

With suspense at an all time high, our hero sprints onto the screen and executes a sweet front flip across a pretty sizeable gap. He comes flying in from off screen, and his approach seems nearly flawless. He immediately launches into a perfectly timed flip and looks to be on track to actually land a pretty awesome move. At this point, you basically assume this guy is going to nail the trick and walk off strutting into the sunset.

The Best Part:

Everything seems to be going perfectly for our man until he tries to stick the landing. Our man falls JUST short as his toes scrape the edge of the ledge and instantly shoot out from under him. The video goes from looking like a classic trick to an all time fail in a matter of milliseconds! With his face speeding towards the brick beneath him, it looks like things are about to get a whole lot worse for our fearless hero. 

However, in a last second incredible move of dexterity, our hero maneuvers his body so as he doesn't faceplant and seemingly safely rolls to a stop. His stomach looks to have taken a bit of a hit, but this could have been much, much worse considering his face was mere inches from annihilation. The video cuts out before we get some aftermath footage, but from the looks of his fall, it seems our guy might just be all right. 

This could have been way worse. Without some slick mid-air navigational skills, this kid could have easily slipped back and cracked his head on the ground or fallen forward into a vicious faceplant. Instead, he showcases without a doubt the most actual athletic ability of any of our funny parkour fails. While he by no means stuck the landing, he without a doubt cements himself as the "best of the worst" and has our stamp of approval as the best parkour athlete on the list.

Video 4:

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Coming to us from the fellows over at Stride Freerun, from the jump you could just tell this video was about to be on the short list for the best parkour fails. From the timid parkour athlete to the behind-the-camera narration, this video has all the makings of an all-time classic. 

Not only does the cameraman bless us with some great commentary throughout, but thankfully the cameraman gifts us with the name of our hero in this installment: "Stuart". Starting off the video with a "Stuart, you HAVE to get down", helps give us some context into the fact that Stu might not necessarily be feeling too confident about this jump. 

You can even see Stuart's other friend in the black hoodie on top of the roof with him, giggling to himself about the fail that is about to ensue. Stuart confirms our initial assumption by slowly walking up to the ledge and nervously surveying his surroundings. Stuart then backs up and takes a single step before reconsidering. 

Stride is a group of freerunners who film and upload their clips, but from the looks of things, it is clear that Stuart might not necessarily be the top dog in their crew. If anything, Stuart looks like their friend who was talked into trying something WELL above his paygrade.

The Best Part:

At this point, our cameraman can be heard muttering "ahh, ****", a strong indicator of what is about to come next. Stuart then proceeds to not run, not walk, but more "race-walk" to the edge of the wall. Once our buddy Stuart reaches the edge, he doesn't necessarily jump, but more just walks off the ledge in one of the least athletic moves ever recorded on camera. 

It can safely be assumed that what is about to come next is not going to be very pretty. Stuart spreads his arms out and starts to flap them ever so slightly, maybe hoping that he'll magically start flying and not have to endure what comes next. 

What truly cements this video among the best parkour fails is the landing. After falling for a solid 10 feet, Stuart decides that it would be a smart idea to try and stick the landing as opposed to breaking his fall and rolling out of it. Stuart slams to the ground with both feet, taking the entire brunt of the fall, and immediately crumples to the ground. 

As the cameraman runs over, Stuart curls up into the fetal position briefly before miraculously popping back up on his feet. How he didn't walk away from this incident with two shattered ankles is beyond us, but from the immediate aftermath, Stuart actually looks to be okay after landing himself in the parkour fails hall of fame.

Video 5:

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That will most definitely hurt tomorrow morning. Coming to us from parkour athlete Christian WInchell, this gem is one of the funnier parkour fails you'll see. We start off with our main man Christian standing on a concrete stool at a park next to the kids' play area (always a funny site watching grown men try serious stunts with small children playing in the background). Also we can see one of Christian's friends wearing the exact same outfit as he is. Nothing like a couple grown men in matching outfits at a children's park to give us our fix of parkour fails. 

Christian starts off by centering his balance and gives off the vibe that he really knows what he's doing here. With a YouTube channel named winchelltraining, we can assume that this guy is fairly athletic and SHOULD know what he's doing. We can clearly see Christian eyeing a small ledge about 7 or 8 feet away: a sizable jump, especially considering our man Christian is not getting a running start. He squats down and jumps towards the ledge fully confident in his abilities. If anything, this is probably the cleanest takeoff in any of these videos, and we actually though Christian might have a chance to make it.

The Best Part:


About halfway through the jump is where Christian starts to realize that this is probably going to end up on a parkour fails list somewhere, as he clearly sees that he will be coming up WELL short of the ledge. In a desperate attempt to stick the landing, he kicks out his feet towards the ledge in the hopes that maybe they'll reach (spoiler alert: they won't). 

With his body so far behind his legs at this point, there really isn't any hope of landing the jump. His feet briefly touch the ledge before the weight of his body comes flying in behind them and sends his feet shooting into the air. This leaves nothing between the edge of the ledge and Christian's behind. His backside slams into the edge of the ledge and Christian's legs immediately shoot straight up into the air and stiffen like he's just been knocked out. 

He immediately begins grabbing his posterior and writhing in pain. Unfortunately we don't end up getting to see too much more of the aftermath of Christian's fail, but it would be safe to say that he's going to have some trouble sitting for the next few days at the very least.

Conclusion

These videos are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great parkour fails. We hope you enjoyed our collection and that you're inspired to go find some more on your own. Just don't end up making one yourself!

Best Compression Shorts For Parkour That You Can Avail Online

This article will highlight and review the function of compression shorts and how they can benefit athletes who perform Parkour activities. This article will also evaluate different compression short products to help you find the best compression shorts to fit your needs and price range.

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Product FAQ

1. What Are Compression Shorts?

Compression shorts are form-fitting garments in the form of short pants. They are worn by athletes to support activity and movement. They are often made of spandex or spandex-like materials. For Parkour enthusiasts, the best compression shorts offer support, movement, and protection. 

2. What Do Compression Shorts Do?

Compression shorts provide support and mobility for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The best compression shorts are designed to help increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles while also offering increased comfort and mobility. Some of the best compression shorts are also designed to help repel sweat from the body. This allows athletes to focus less on discomfort and more on the activity they are doing. For Parkour enthusiasts, compression shorts allow muscles to move with little vibration to support the precise movement and muscle balance that is critical to the sport. 

3. How Do Compression Shorts Work?

Compression shorts offer support and increased mobility through their composition. Lightweight, form-fitting material hugs the body and reduces muscle vibration during activity. This increases blood flow, oxygen levels, and the aerobic threshold of muscles. These properties of compression shorts may also help to prevent injuries and contribute to a faster recovery time after a hard workout. 

4. Where Can You Buy Compression Shorts?

You can buy compression shorts at almost any athletic retail outlet. There are also many online retail stores who offer a wide range of compression shorts and other athletic products that cater to every customer's specific needs. Compression shorts can also be found at many general online retailers. We have included prices and links to the Amazon pages for the products we reviewed. 

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5. What Are Some Typical Features of the Best Compression Shorts for Parkour?

Some important features for compression shorts, especially for Parkour, should be stretchability and durability, muscle support, and compression quality. Another important factor is visibility. Bright or reflective colors make sure you are visible to pedestrians. Other features of compression shorts include UV protection to prevent skin damage and sunburn during outdoor activities and anti-microbial fabrics that prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria that can form. The best compression shorts are ones support muscles, have good stretchability, are durable, and provide visibility.

How We Reviewed

We have reviewed 10 different products to offer you an array of options in your search for the best compression shorts to fit your specific needs. We have reviewed these products across several categories. First, we tested the features of the product and what sets that product apart from the rest. We looked at the Pros and Cons of each product, so you get a clear expectation of your potential purchase. 

Finally, we included an evaluation on stretchability and durability. These reviews are intended to help you find the best compression shorts according to features and budget. 

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Overall Price Range of Compression Shorts

Compression shorts range in price anywhere from around $10 to around $80. Lower range in price will provide basic features, such as compression shorts that hug the body and provide a base layer for athletic clothing. The best compression shorts will include more pros and more features that make them higher quality products. These features can include SPF protection, insulation, moisture-wicking technology, and much more.

What We Reviewed

  • Under Armour Men's HeatGear Sonic Compression Shorts
  • 2XU Compression Shorts
  • Jordan Air Stay Cool Compression Shorts
  • NIKE Pro Compression Shorts
  • Tommie Copper Core Compression Shorts
  • Mava Compression Short Leggings
  • CW-X Pro Compression Shorts
  • adidas Performance Techfit Base Short Tights
  • Champion Powerflex Compression Shorts

Best Compression Shorts

Under Armour HeatGear Sonic Compression Shorts - Small - Black
  • Smooth Fabric - An ultra-soft and smmooth fabric that provides extreme comfort with very little weight.
  • 4-Way Stretch Fabrication - Allows greater mobility and maintains shape.
  • Signature Moisture Transport System - Wicks sweat away from the body, keeping you cooler and drier.

Features

Key features of this product include Under Armour's Signature Moisture Transport System to wick away sweat and keep you cool and dry. This product is also made with Anti-Odor Technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes. The smooth and lightweight material is sewed with flat lock seams which allow a full range of motion without chafing. The 4-Way Stretch Fabrication allows for a full range of motion without having to sacrifice comfort.

Pros

  • Moisture Transport System Dry-Wick keeps you cool and dry
  • Smooth And Lightweight while also offering support and Comfort
  • Anti-Odor and Anti-Microbial

Cons

  • Waistband can be tight
  • Fabric does not offer much compression
  • Seem to lose elasticity shortly

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $15 - $30.

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found that the stretchability and durability to be adequate in this product compared to other products. Specifically, the waistband was not as stretchable as expected.

2XU Mens MCS Compression Run Shorts Black/Gold Reflective XL
  • 80% Nylon / 20% Elastane (Invista LYCRA)
  • Imported
  • MCS (Muscle-Containment-Stamping) applies run-specific targeted compression to quads for reduced mucle fatigue and...

Features

Key Features of this product include graduated pressure technology, which delivers regulated pressure throughout the garment. This product also helps to reduce muscle vibration and therefore increase muscle endurance and strength. The shorts also support blood circulation, helping blood flow and oxygen to the muscles. Therapeutic-grade fabrics also provide greater pressure and recovery benefit, leading to faster muscle repair. 2XU Compression shorts also provide SPF 50 and antibacterial protection.

Pros

  • Isolates muscles and prevents fatigue and damage
  • SPF protection
  • Antibacterial
  • Lightweight and breathable

Cons

  • High price
  • Fabric is too thin
  • Shorts feel uncomfortable at first

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $50 - $80.

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found the 2XU Compression Shorts to be durable and high quality. However, we also found the compression shorts to have slightly less stretchability than we expected. However, the support and durability of the product far outweigh this quality.

Features

Key Features of this product include mesh side panels to keep you cool during activity. The shorts also come with Dri-Fit technology to help you stay dry and comfortable. These compression shorts provide locked-in support and their flat seams offer a full range of motion as they move smoothly against your skin. All of these features come with the signature Jumpman logo on the side of the leg and waistband.

Pros

  • Moisture-wicking technology
  • Dri-Fit technology
  • Provide support and a wide range of motion

Cons

  • No odor prevention
  • Does not offer high-quality compression

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $20 - $60.

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

While the Jordan Air Stay Cool compression shorts offered compression and support, they did not offer as much durability compared to other products. We found these shorts to have adequate stretchability.

Nike 589364 Women's 3" Pro Core Compression Shorts - L Black/White
  • Dri-FIT technology helps keep you dry and comfortable.
  • Flat elastic waistband offers a smooth fit that stays in place.
  • Body-skimming fit makes this an ideal base layer.

Features

Key features of this product include a dry, moisture-wicking fabric soft to touch. These shorts offer ease of motion without irritation. Great compression and stretch make these shorts ideal for a wide range of activities and training, all with the iconic swoosh.

Pros

  • Moisture-wicking technology
  • Wide range of motion
  • Excellent compression

Cons

  • No antimicrobial properties
  • Does not protect from UV rays

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $10 - $30

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found the Nike Pro Compression Shorts to have excellent stretchability. This makes the shorts excellent for a wide range of activities. The shorts offered adequate durability. Depending on how much and for which activities the shorts are being used will determine how long they remain usable.

Features

Key features of this product include patented copper-nylon and spandex construction. The copper and zinc infusion into the fabric gives the garment antibacterial properties which prevents the formation of odor-causing bacteria. The Copper infusion on the fabric also offers increased support to the compression shorts, making this garment ideal for anyone looking for extra support to help or prevent muscle injury. These properties make this product ideal for parkour.

Pros

  • Great muscle support
  • High-quality material
  • Anti-odor properties

Cons

  • Only comes in a dark color

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $80 - $110

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found the stretchability and durability of this garment to be excellent. The copper-nylon construction provides excellent compression and the garment feels sturdy to the touch. This is definitely a high-quality compression short for professional athletics.

MAVA Sports Men's Compression Short - Active Athletic Baselayer for...
  • TARGETED COMPRESSION SHORTS to protect against muscle trauma during training. Provide support to the upper leg muscles...
  • INCREASED RECOVERY by reducing fatigue, muscle soreness and long-term overuse injuries. For adequate power and...
  • FASTER WARM-UP pre-exercise and a better power output to boost performance. By improving blood flow, the muscles in the...

Features

Key Features of this product include a reflective logo and design that provide visibility in low-light environments. Distributed compression reduces muscle vibration and increases blood flow to the muscles while also reducing fatigue

Pros

  • Provide visibility in dark settings
  • Reduces muscle fatigue
  • Great value for the price

Cons

  • Too much compression

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $20 - $60

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found the Mava Compression Short Leggings to be durable. Compared to other products, the Mava compression shorts seemed tighter than normal. However, the shorts stretched and are a great value if you're not willing to shell out much money for good quality.

CW-X Men's Endurance Pro Shorts, Charcoal/Charcoal/Silver, Medium
  • Mid thigh length
  • Variable Compression for faster warm-up and quicker recovery
  • CW-X’s patented EXO-WEB provides targeted muscle support in the quads, hamstrings, and calves

Features

Key Features of this product include a breathable, Exo-Web design that offers targeted support to the leg muscles and a reflective logo that provides visibility in low-light environments.

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Specialized support to muscles
  • Reflective logo for safety

Cons

  • Price

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $20 - $60

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found these shorts to have excellent stretchability and durability compared to other products.

adidas Performance Men's Techfit Base 9-Inch Short Tights
  • Flatlock Seaming Ensures Irritation-Free Wear
  • Climalite Fabric Technology Conducts Heat And Sweat Away From Your Body For Moisture Management
  • Upf 50+ for sun protection

Features

Key features of this product include Climalite technology; Adidas signature lightweight, breathable fabric. These shorts are also moisture wicking and have UPF 50+, an added feature most shorts in this price range do not have.

Pros

  • Lightweight, breathable fabric
  • SUltraviolet protection

Cons

  • Waistband may be tight

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $15 - $40

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found the product to have good stretchability and durability compared to other products with similar prices.

Champion Men's Powerflex 6" Compression Short, Slate Grey...
  • Quick drying Champion Vapor technology eVaporates moisture fast
  • Moisture Management technology wicks moisture away from the skin
  • flatlock seams to protect against chafing

Features

Key features of this product include breathable, lightweight fabric, and an affordable price. These shorts are also safe to wash with regular laundry.

Pros

  • Soft, stretchy fabric
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • lacks compression compared to other products

Price

This product can be found on Amazon for around $10 - $40.

Where to Buy

Amazon

Stretchability/Durability

We found these compression shorts to have adequate stretchability and durability to products with a similar price.

Comparison Table

The Verdict

We found the best compression shorts to be the Champion Powerflex Compression Shorts. Based on the criteria and features of many of the products in this list, Champion offers the most features for the lowest price. Champion also sets itself apart from other compression shorts in its color selection. Champion proves that the best compression shorts are not the most expensive. Champion provides the features usually found in other shorts 5 times its price and outperforms more iconic brands in features and performance.

Other notable mentions for the best compression shorts include The Mava Compression Shorts. These compression shorts offer high-quality compression that supports circulation and muscle recovery. The careful construction of these shorts will cost a little more, but this product delivers the quality.

Top 10 Best Parkour Training Tips That Every Parkour Athlete Should Use

Are you ready for some hardcore parkour? Parkour is an exciting and unique sport nearly anyone can practice. Whether you are looking to find an easy and engaging way to exercise more, trying to get in shape, or are already an avid parkour enthusiast in need of new parkour training strategies, this article is here to help. We have compiled a list of the ten best parkour training practices and strategies, perfect for people of all parkour skill levels.

What are you waiting for? Let’s parkour!

Parkour FAQ

1. What Is Parkour?

2. Where did Parkour Come From?

3. Who Can Practice Parkour?

4. Why Should You Devote Time to Parkour Training?

5. Does It Cost Anything to Practice Training?

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How We Reviewed

The following products were reviewed based on the following parameters: overall benefits, expected takeaways, and potential hazards to watch out for. We scoured the internet to come up with the best information for each parkour training method just for you.

Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

Parkour is an incredibly affordable sport. You can even do it without shoes! You don't need to spend any money at all on training.

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What We Reviewed

  • Body Weight Training
  • Running
  • Weight Lifting
  • Stretching
  • Healthy Diet
  • Good Shoes
  • Perfect Your Jump
  • Master Your Landing
  • Learn the Shoulder Roll
  • Run Up Walls

Body Weight Training

Body Weight Training

Benefits

Strength training with weights is an excellent parkour training element. Building strength in arm, leg, and core muscles will enable you to do all sorts of additional moves and tricks. The amount of weight you lift is not as important as the number of reps you do; make sure that in coordination with bodyweight training, you include other types of cardio and stretching.

Expected Takeaways
  • Stronger specific muscles
  • Focus on specific areas of the body
  • Better lifting and climbing ability

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Cost of free weights or gym membership
  • Using too much weight and straining muscles
  • Focusing more on weight lifting and neglecting cardio

Running

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Benefits

Running is a fantastic part of parkour training. While you may not run for long distances at a time during parkour, you can use running to build your endurance, cardio, and stamina. Try to run for 7-10 miles each week whether or not you decide to use a significant amount of running in your parkour practice. If you cannot bring yourself to run long distances, try joining a sport that includes running, like lacrosse or soccer.

Expected Takeaways

  • Better stamina
  • Cardio workouts are good for overall health
  • Better able to include sprints or running in your parkour practice

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Over-training your muscles and lungs
  • You may hate running

Stretching

Stretching

Benefits

Stretching is an essential element of training. Whatever else your parkour training workout includes, stretching is a must. It warms your muscles up before weights, cardio, or other workouts. You also might lose muscle strength if you don’t stretch before beginning your workout.

Even if you feel like you are mostly running and jumping in your parkour practice, make sure you stretch every element of your body. If you don’t know how to stretch, read a manual, hire a trainer, or watch videos to make sure you’re getting your movements right.

Expected Takeaways

  • Stronger muscles that maintain strength better
  • Warmed muscles ready to work
  • All muscles get warmed up even if you only use some muscle groups in your actual parkour training and practice

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • If you don’t know the correct stretches or methods, you can hurt yourself
  • Stretching may be boring

Healthy Diet

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Benefits

Although it is not parkour-specific, eating a healthy diet is a key and an often overlooked component of training. This can be one of the most difficult aspects of parkour training to truly embrace because it is not centered around physical training, and it involves changing your entire lifestyle. 

A diet high in carbs and following vegan regulations is the very best for parkour practice and training. Fruits, vegetables, and cooked carbs are great meal options, but make sure you are also drinking plenty of water. This will keep your energy up as you practice all your moves.

Expected Takeaways

  • Opportunity to experiment with new foods and recipes
  • Will feel better overall
  • Higher energy levels

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Your body may react poorly to unfamiliar foods
  • Easy to miss essential nutrients in a vegan diet
  • May take time to learn new foods and recipes you like

Good Shoes

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Benefits

Although it is possible to do parkour training and practice without shoes, good shoes provide support and grip for your feet. Good shoes make it easier for your feet to grip all sorts of surfaces while doing parkour, and some brands even make shoes specific for parkour training.

Expected Takeaways

  • Better foot support
  • Easier to safely jump on and off different types of surfaces

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Soles might not be flexible enough
  • May spend more money than necessary
  • Might be heavy and throw off your balance

Perfect Your Jump

Perfect Your Jump

Benefits

Jumping is a major component of parkour and should be a big part of your parkour training. You can perfect your jumps almost anywhere! Steps are perfect for jumping but start by jumping up the stairs instead of jumping down.

 Stand upright with your back straight and jump just a step or two first, landing on your toes. As you get more confident with your jumps, add stairs and practice jumping in other locations.

Expected Takeaways

  • Better at jumping
  • Jump stamina will increase and you will be able to do multiple jumps in a row

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Soles might not be flexible enough
  • May spend more money than necessary
  • Might be heavy and throw off your balance

Master Your Landing

Master Your Landing

Benefits

If you are jumping during your training, you will need to know how to land effectively and safely. To land successfully, remember to tuck, extend, and absorb. Just in case you find yourself falling in the midst of your landing, extend your arms just in case to catch yourself.

Expected Takeaways

  • Safer landings
  • More confidence in jumping

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Could  fall
  • Need to fall to completely practice landings

Learn the Shoulder Roll

Learn the Shoulder Roll

Benefits

A shoulder roll is another element to parkour training and safe landings after jumps or unexpected hazards. Parkour is a fast-moving sport, so you always need to be prepared in case you lose your balance or encounter an unexpected obstacle.

To do a shoulder roll, you’ll need to tuck your hands and head in and roll diagonally from your shoulder to your hip. This will protect your head and face from getting hurt in case you fall or stumble.

Expected Takeaways

  • Safer landings
  • Added protection
  • You’ll be prepared for every possibility in parkour

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • May hurt your shoulder
  • Takes practice to get right

Run Up Walls

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Benefits

Running up walls is one of the most impressive parkour moves and including some tricks into your parkour training will make you an excellent parkour practitioner. When you start your practice running up walls, start with an easy and short wall. Begin by getting a good running start towards the wall, kick up with your foot, reach up and grab the top of the wall to pull yourself over.

Expected Takeaways

  • Ability to do slick tricks for friends and family
  • A great way to use your weight training and running practice
  • A fun way to build arm strength and running stamina

Potential Hazards to Watch Out For

  • Could be dangerous if you start with a wall that is too high
  • Need to be confident to get a good approach
  • May become too famous if your wall jumps get online!

The Verdict

All the previous elements can be effectively used in your training. Vary your workouts by including cardio, weight elements, and parkour specific moves to make sure you are getting the most out of your parkour training. Whether you practice parkour for fun or are the next parkour YouTube star, these parkour training tips will help and inspire you.

How to Use the Total Gym to Get Better at Parkour

If you're interested in strengthening your parkour skills, you may be surprised to know you can do it using a total gym. There are various ways a total gym can be used to improve parkour, many of which you're likely unaware. Parkour has been on the rise in popularity due to wild videos shared across the internet and renewed awareness of the amazing things that can be done using the human body to navigate through obstacles.

Even if you're just a beginner and have never attempted parkour, a good starting point can be right in your own home using your total gym. There are over 75 different exercises you can do with that single piece of equipment, many of which will increase your strength, endurance, and balance.

Parkour is all about testing yourself and your body. By completing simple exercises daily and slowly moving on to new, more advanced exercises, techniques, and movements, you'll be able to jump, swing and move through obstacles like a pro in no time. But remember, you have to start somewhere. Always practice parkour safely, with a buddy if you can, and make sure you're always stretching before you partake in any form of exercise.

Here, we'll be talking about all the ways you can use your total gym to enhance your parkour skills and be able to impress and have a great time.

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An Introduction to Parkour

If you don't already know, parkour is a style of training in which a person harnesses the power of both their body and mind to overcome obstacles with efficiency, speed, and power. Practicing parkour involves various challenges that are unique, meaning you have to use strategy to move your way quickly through obstacles. Those who practice parkour have unique athletic skills that include, but aren't limited to: climbing, swinging, running, vaulting, hopping, balancing and the ability to pass both under and over obstacles with speed and precision.

Contrary to what you may see online, flipping, spinning and twisting for show aren't necessarily considered parkour, as those kinds of movements aren't necessary to move through obstacles. Flips and such are more for show and can be used in parkour but aren't technically part of the practice.

Besides seamlessly moving between obstacles, parkour also has the advantage of allowing those who practice it to see everything in a highly unique manner. Practicing parkour can also teach you to overcome fears and strategize creative solutions to overcoming obstacles. It's also a fantastic form of exercise and great for fitness buffs looking to set new and exciting goals for themselves.

Parkour is not only a wonderful workout, but it's also a fun one! Experimenting with new movements and challenges will enhance your fitness and abilities. Parkour will naturally improve your movements in day-to-day life, and you'll be able to react quickly to new, physical challenges. It can be intimidating to watch videos of the real pros at first, but know you have to start somewhere to get better. Dedication is the number one thing you will need if you want to get better at parkour as a beginner. Stick with a workout routine, encourage yourself and take care of your body.

Parkour will allow you to see the world differently. Obstacles will no longer appear as daunting as they once were and you'll be surprised at how much easier you'll be able to face your fears through the practice of parkour. It's a practice where exercise and fitness buffs meet their inner-nerd and can have a great time!

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Tips for Training

There are lots of ways a person can train to be better at parkour, even if you are just a beginner. To prepare your body, you must implement certain types of exercises into your routine, and many of them can be done using a total gym. Exercises like pull-ups, sit-ups and dips can be completed on your total gym. Any body weight exercises will improve your fitness level, enabling you to be better at parkour.

One of the best ways to become better at parkour is to get out there and try moves. You can start small at first, but any movements you do that involves moving between obstacles will enhance your strength, stamina and the overall awareness you have of your own body. The idea is not to challenge the body alone, but also the mind.

You should always make sure you've thoroughly stretched before attempting parkour. Other exercises such as jogging, running, biking, jumping rope and doing athletic drills will train your body so you can excel at parkour. Incorporate quick, athletic changes in your routine and ample cardio. It's also recommended that you change up your exercises frequently so you can get more creative in dynamic movements and discover new limits you can push your body through. Naturally, training will be the best way to test your skill set and improve.

How to Use the Total Gym to Get Better at Parkour

Now, the information you're here for! How can you use the total gym to get better at parkour? Well, there are multiple ways. Since the total gym is so versatile, there are many exercises you can do that will improve your abilities regarding parkour.

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Bodyweight Exercises

With the total gym, there are numerous bodyweight exercises you can do. Pull-ups are a great way to strengthen your upper body. Upper body strength is crucial in a lot of parkour movements. If you're not able to do a full pull-up at first, don't worry. Do half pull-ups, and soon, your body will become stronger and you'll be able to do full pull-ups. Using your total gym, you can also do tricep dips, push-ups, and crunches.

Strength Exercises

Leg lifts, weight lifting, resisted crunches, side planks, sit-ups with the cables, chest presses, squats, and rowing are all fantastic exercises you can do using your total gym that will strengthen parts of your body essential to becoming proficient at parkour. Again, start with what you're able to do at first and then slowly increase the number of reps you're doing. With enhanced strength, your parkour skills will flourish.

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Other Exercises on the Total Gym That Will Improve Your Parkour

There are over 75 unique exercises that can be done using a total gym. Most of those exercises will help your body become stronger, enabling you to become advanced in the practice of parkour. Exercises like calf raises, lunges, jumping squats and pullovers will not only make you stronger and increase your stamina, they will also enable you to be better attuned with your body. As you add more exercises to your total gym workout routine, your balance, stamina, body awareness and strength will all improve.

The total gym is one of the best pieces of exercise equipment out there due to its versatility. Every exercise you do on the total gym will improve your overall fitness and get you ready to get out there and show off your parkour skills. It's important always to be safe, stretch before exercising or attempting parkour and start with less strenuous exercises before moving on to more advanced ones. Make sure that as you advance, you're using dynamic exercise movements that include jumping and swinging. Be sure to experiment and mix up the exercises you're doing on your total gym. You'll be a master of parkour in no time!

Conclusion

Getting better at parkour is a matter of dedication. You need to do exercises daily, experiment with new exercises and movements and do all those exercises we mentioned using the total gym. It's also important to experiment with new ways of stretching your body and always stretch before attempting any parkour movement.

Parkour is an amazing form of exercise that improves both the body and the mind. Through practice, you'll be able to challenge yourself more and test the limits of your body. Implement cardio, strength training, balance training, aerobic exercises and all the exercises you're able to do on your total gym. By training your body, your movements will come more natural when you're practicing parkour, enabling you to glide through multiple, more advanced obstacles and leave your friends in awe of your skills.

Becoming good at parkour will take time. Always be sure you're practicing safely. Through parkour, you'll be jumping from point A to point B in no time. Always keep advancing the movement you're doing. Add in moves like swinging, jumping, balancing and even wall running. As long as you stay dedicated, keep doing as many exercises as you can on your total gym, learn your body's strengths and weaknesses, and keep testing your limits—you're on your way to becoming a master of parkour.

While it is easy to regard parkour training as a purely physical endeavor, it is much more than that. Though honing your parkour skills will make you stronger physically, the dedication it takes to excel at it and the symbolism present in an activity that is all about turning obstacles into tools will strengthen you mentally and emotionally.

What’s the Best Home Gym Equipment for Parkour?

If you are looking for a good workout regimen that does not require expensive home gym equipment or membership fees, then try parkour. It is literally a "movement" that encourages its practitioner to move efficiently from one point to the other.

Parkour is a good workout because it involves running, jumping and using your hands and legs. It develops your stamina, leg and core strength, flexibility, speed, agility, and body control. The good thing about parkour is it doesn't need any expensive home gym equipment. You can train anywhere and all you need is your body and a good pair of shoes (though barefoot training helps).

How Can I Train for Parkour?

Before we go to the routines and home gym equipment needed for parkour, let us first take a quick dive into this discipline.

What Is Parkour?

Parkour was first developed as an obstacle training program for military and firefighters in France during the 1980s. It was developed by Raymond Belle, a French military educator. It was his son, David Belle, who organized and refined the movements which would eventually become modern parkour.

Parkour is often called the "art of natural movement" because it involves basic human actions such as running, jumping and climbing. Due to its physical requirements, you will need a fit body. At the same time, the movements themselves develop the body further.

The main goal of parkour is to move from Point A to Point B in the fastest, most fluid way possible by moving over, under, through, and around obstacles.

The 3 P's of Parkour

Like in martial arts, parkour is also a way of thinking. It preaches the "3 P's": practice, progression, and patience.

Those big jumps you've seen in videos have been achieved after countless repetitions. Parkour preaches starting "small" before progressing to big movements. To sustain this, you must be patient enough to train your body and practice consistently.

Also, parkour involves navigating urban spaces, so you must have both self and spatial awareness. That's why it is considered a holistic workout that trains both body and mind.

What Are the Different Parkour Movements?

Parkour involves all the natural movements of the body. These are:

  • Running
  • Balancing
  • Jumping
  • Leaping
  • Vaulting
  • Climbing
  • Rolling
  • Grabbing
  • Swinging

Parkour is considered a calisthenics exercise because it involves the whole range of body motions and control of body weight. 

Where to Train for Parkour?

In parkour, the world is your playground. You can do it anywhere: urban spaces, playgrounds, parks, gyms, and even out in the woods!

Training areas are called "spots". Often, these areas have natural or man-made obstacles that can be navigated using only your body. Because of its calisthenics nature, you can also do parkour training in your own home or backyard. You can also train indoors in specialized gyms where you can practice the advanced gymnastics moves like vaulting and flipping.

How to Train for Parkour

Like in other sports, you cannot perform the various moves if your body is not fit.

Here are the traits you need to train:

  • Core strength
  • Leg strength
  • Upper body strength
  • Balance and body control
  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Spatial awareness

Core Strength

Having a good core strength lets you perform other physical activities. It stabilizes your body when you are running or hopping from point to point. Core strength also lends support to your spine and gives you good posture.

Core strength is developed through back and abdominal exercises.

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Leg Strength

Training the muscles in your legs allows you to jump higher, faster, and farther. Well-developed leg muscles also reduce the risks of injuries as your muscles help absorb the impact of landing.

The most common leg strength exercises for parkour are squats and jumps.

Leg Strength

Upper Body Strength

Having good upper body strength lets you climb walls and ledges, pull yourself over bars, and grip surfaces securely. Good upper body strength also allows you to support your body with your hands when you land, swing, or hang.

Common upper body strength exercises are push ups, pull ups, and handstands.

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Balance and Body Control

Parkour involves navigating narrow and tight spaces, so you must learn how to shift your body weight accordingly. Some moves also require twisting and turning your body so you must learn how to control your body parts.

Two common exercises for balance and body control are walking on tight ledges and swinging on bars.

Balance and Body Control

Agility

Agility allows you to quickly change speed and direction. In parkour, you need to be agile to turn corners, swing around, or change pace.

Sample agility exercises include obstacle training and fast climbing.

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Flexibility

If you are flexible, you can bend or twist your body easily so you can vault over obstacles or sneak through gaps. This is why parkour is often paired with gymnastics, because of the flexibility requirements.

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Spatial Awareness

To navigate the maze of obstacles, practitioners are said to have the "tracer's eye", or the ability to "see" the route before and during movements. Parkour requires you to know where your body is in relation to your environment before you jump or climb. Also, these movements require split-second decisions, which you can only achieve through muscle memory (through countless hours of training).

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What Is the Best Home Gym Equipment for Parkour Training?

Parkour is a unique discipline because it does not require much home gym equipment for training. However, if you are training indoors in a gym or similar space, you may find that some equipment is useful to maximize the training results.

Pull-Up Bars

Go to any parkour gym and you will always see people hanging and swinging on pull-up bars.

A pull-up bar is helpful in developing upper body strength. Pull-ups (and later on, chin-ups and muscle-ups) strengthen your shoulder muscles as well as your back, arms, and hands. This is the go-to home gym equipment because it targets several muscle groups all at the same time.

Overhand Pull-up

  1. Find a pull-up bar that is at least a foot higher than your standing reach (both hands up high).
  2. Grab the bar with both hands facing forward (overhand grip).
  3. Cross your legs behind you.
  4. Pull yourself up until your chin is level with the bar.
  5. For beginners, do 1-2 sets of 10 reps, resting 1-2 minutes in between sets.

Target: Shoulder and back muscles

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Progression: Underhand Pull-up

  1. Find a bar as you would to do an overhand pull-up.
  2. Instead of your hands facing forward, grab the bar with your hands facing you (underhand grip).
  3. Cross your legs behind you.
  4. Pull yourself up until your chin reaches the bar level or higher.
  5. Do 1-2 sets of 5 reps.

Target: biceps, triceps and back muscles

Progression: Muscle-ups

  1. When you reach the chin level, gather all your strength and lift yourself over the bar until you reach chest level.
  2. Inch your body forward and push yourself up this time until you lift yourself up to the hip level.
  3. Do 1 set of 5 reps.
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Vault Boxes

Another simple piece of home gym equipment you will need for your training is a vault box.

A vault box is simply a rectangular or trapezoidal box with a solid base and stable surface wide enough to put your hands. This is what you will need to learn train the basic vaults and jump moves of parkour. This is like a trainer box you will practice on until you can move on to the next level: the ledges, railings, and planters you will find in parks and streets. It is also used for other exercises like hurdling, plyometrics, and precision jumps.

Sample Vault Box Exercise: Vertical Plyometrics

  1. Find a vault box about as high as your hips (3 feet).
  2. Stand about one foot away from it.
  3. Jump as high as you can.
  4. Don't land on the floor. Instead, tuck your legs up and land with your feet on the surface of the box.
  5. Carefully dismount and repeat the routine.
  6. For beginners, do 1-2 sets of 5 reps.

Target: Leg and calf muscles

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Progression

  1. Increase the vault box height to 4 or 5 feet.
  2. Increase reps from 5 to 10.
  3. Increase sets to 3-4.

Here's how to construct your own vault box: 

Yoga Mat / Padded Gym Surface

While not technically home gym equipment, a yoga mat is an indispensable item for parkour training. It lets you lay on the floor for various stretches and floor exercises. It also offers good enough padding to cushion your feet during jumps, lands, and rolls.

Sample exercise: Push-Ups

  1. Lay flat on the floor face down.
  2. Put your hands on the floor parallel with your shoulders.
  3. Push yourself up gently (elbows should not flare too far away from the body).
  4. Keep your back straight and your feet together as you push.
  5. Do 1 set of 15 reps, or 1-3 sets of 10 reps. 
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Conclusion

You don't need to spend money on an expensive gym membership or fancy home gym equipment to train your body. With parkour, you can train both indoors and outdoors. As with any workout, always observe proper form and be safe. And most importantly, keep it fun!

Parkour Games: Top 8 Best Games Available Onlne

You've probably watched the viral videos of guys running and jumping across rooftops like ninjas. While the ninja element is fictional, the moves are real. These fancy moves are literally dubbed as the "art of movement" or what is popularly known as parkour. As with other urban sports, parkour has been adapted in video games. These parkour games involve the efficient (and stylish) moves of its real-world counterpart, as well as simulating the urban environment where it was born.

Parkour FAQ

Before we go to our list of parkour games, a quick overview about this popular urban movement.

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1. What Is Parkour?

Parkour is the art of moving from one spot to the other in the most efficient way possible. By "efficient" means being fluid, fast and dynamic without wasting unnecessary movements, and using only the human body.

This means traversing the shortest way from Point A to Point B by running, jumping, leaping, vaulting, diving, climbing, rolling, sliding, swinging, and going up, down and through obstacles. These are why the practitioners - called traceurs - must be physically and mentally fit to achieve these movements.

Also, because of its physical requirements, parkour is often described as a sport, exercise, and to some extent, a performance art.

2. Where Did It Originate?

Parkour is a relatively young discipline. Before it became popular among urban youth, it originated as a holistic exercise for firefighters in France during the 1980s. Parkour was developed by father and son Raymond and David Belle. It was the younger Belle, together with his friend Sebastien Foucan, who developed and organized the movements into what is known today as modern parkour. 

3. What Are the Common Parkour Moves?

Parkour has evolved quickly since its inception. Today, there are a lot of moves, but for beginners there are core movements that they must master before moving on to more complicated moves

These moves are:

  • precision jump - jumping and landing exactly at a target spot
  • vault - traversing an obstacle by jumping over it
  • run - efficient way of running to prepare for a leap or climb
  • wall up / wall run - climbing a wall efficiently
  • roll - rolling after landing to distribute weight and prevent injuries 

4. Is Parkour Easy and Safe?

Like most physical disciplines, parkour involves a lot of physical conditioning and practice. Because the philosophy is to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible, accidents are considered a hindrance. Thus, safety is very important. So traceurs observe and achieve safety through mastery.

 So yes, it is easy and safe only when you do it properly. You must be fit to pull off basic moves like jumping or running so you don't injure yourself. Parkour also preaches "progression" or moving slowly but surely in your parkour training. So patience during practice is a must. 

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5. Where Can You Do Parkour?

Parkour are often done in urban settings where there are a lot of "spots", or places rich with traversable obstacles like abandoned buildings, parks and streets. The "urban playground" offers benches, rails, fences, walls, and other man-made objects that are perfect for traversing, climbing, or jumping over.

Parkour is also done inside gyms (where many tricks are practiced) and in natural environments like woods and hills where rocks, logs and other nooks and crannies are perfect obstacles. 

6. What Are Parkour Games?

Parkour games are video games where parkour is the main gameplay.

How We Reviewed

We chose the games based the following on realistic they were, how fun they are to play, how long you play the game, the ease of play, replay value, and the quality of the game's graphics and sounds.

Overall Price Range of This Product

Most of the parkour games on the list are free to play online. So all you will need is a browser and internet connection.

What We Reviewed

Here's a rundown of the parkour games we reviewed.

  • Run 3
  • Fancy Pants 5
  • Vex 3
  • G Switch
  • Gravity Guy
  • Run Ninja Run 3
  • Parkour
  • Running Ink

Run 3

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Features

Run 3 is the third installment in the popular mobile game Run. It is also a free-to-play browser game.

The game features a cast of characters set in outer space who must navigate a series of tunnels. The levels get more and more difficult as the game progresses. Your objective is for these "runners" to cross these tunnels without falling into the emptiness of space. As you progress, you unlock power ups and other characters. Control is easy: Use "A" and "D" keys to move left or right, and SPACE to jump.

Pros

  • Easy but addictive gameplay
  • Over 200+ levels
  • Energetic soundtrack
  • Cute characters
  • Easy controls
  • High replay value
  • Cute graphics

Cons

  • Levels can be frustratingly hard at higher difficulties
  • Some level designs can be repetitive
  • Aside from jumping, no other parkour moves

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Fancy Pants 5

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Features

The next on our list of parkour games is Fancy Pants 5. It is a platformer Flash game that lets you control a hero wearing his fancy pants. It can be played on your mobile devices or web browser.

Like most platformers, your hero must finish a level by running and jumping over, under and through obstacles. Use the arrow keys for left and right movement and the "S" key to jump. Along the way, you collect items, solve puzzles and fight enemies (defeat them by jumping and landing on them). There are multiple bosses in the games who require multiple landings to defeat.

Pros

  • Exciting soundtrack
  • Beautiful hand-drawn style graphics
  • Easy controls
  • Simple but addictive game play
  • Good parkour simulation

Cons

  • Game can be too easy
  • Not much replay value except for its addictive game play
  • No Collectibles
  • Level design can be repetitive

Vex 3

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Features

If you are looking for more challenging parkour games, give Vex 3 a try. This simple browser game is a platformer that lets you control a stick figure and navigate different levels full of various deadly contraptions like saws, falling blocks, spikes, and a bottomless pit beneath. The game is already difficult on Act 1 its first level and becomes increasingly difficult as the game progresses. You use the "A", "W, "S", and "D" keys to move left, up, down, and right respectively. You can combine moves like double jumping to get over obstacles.

Pros

  • Very challenging levels
  • Easy controls
  • Great game level designs
  • Fluid parkour movements

Cons

  • Very short game (1-2 hours)
  • Little replay value
  • Some levels can be frustratingly difficult
  • Graphics is too simplistic
  • Unexciting soundtrack

G Switch

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Features

If you want a deceptively simple yet frustratingly difficult - but overall fun - game, then check out G-Switch. It can be played online as a Flash game or on your mobile devices.

As mentioned, this side-scrolling game is simple. You control a character with a special anti-gravity boots that lets him run upside down and latch onto any surface. The only key you need to press is "X" to activate your boots and switch up or down. You time your X to avoid hitting obstacles or falling into the abyss (must need to latch onto a surface).

Sounds simple, right? Just wait until the game progresses as the game side-scrolling movement becomes faster and the obstacles become trickier. You need to time your X perfectly or you will fall into the pit. The game becomes more difficult as you unlock different characters along the way.

Pros

  • Super challenging levels
  • Beautiful 2D graphics
  • Super easy control
  • Great level design
  • Simple but addictive gameplay
  • Challenging levels offer high replay value
  • Great eye-hand coordination exercise

Cons

  • Can be frustratingly difficult especially to beginners
  • Soundtrack is bland
  • Very short game
  • No collectibles or rewards to collect
  • Very little semblance to parkour

Gravity Guy

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Features

Another addictive free-to-play parkour game is Gravity Guy. You can play this sidescroller on a browser or on mobile devices. The great thing about it is its multiplayer option, which lets you play it together with friends, which adds to the challenge and fun!

You control a hero - Gravity Guy - who must run to avoid his pursuer. You press SPACE key to activate his anti-gravity powers, which allows your hero to stick to ceilings. Press it again to fall to the floor. The game ends if you get captured, or you step on a cracked ceiling or floor, which will break and you plummet to your death. Every level is full of obstacle so you must time your jumps to avoid capture or falling!

Pros

  • Multiplayer option
  • Cute graphics
  • Challenging levels
  • Easy controls
  • Simple but addictive gameplay

Cons

  • Boring soundtrack
  • Short game (<2 hours)
  • Little replay value

Run Ninja Run 3

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Features

If you are a fan of ninja and parkour, then you will be fan of this ninja parkour game: Run Ninja Run 3.

This sidescrolling game lets you control your ninja hero character as he gets chased by a rival ninja clan. You must jump across obstacles to avoid capture The game ends if you fall into a pit or the enemy ninja gets you. Along the way, you can collect powerups and coins to increase your score at the end of the level. There hidden bonuses so you must use your natural ninja instincts to sense where they are.

To control your ninja, just use the arrow keys to move; "UP" arrow to jump and "DOWN" arrow to slide. Like a true ninja game, you can unleash a ninja kick by pressing "SPACE" to destroy objects and obstacles.

Pros

  • Beautiful graphics and art style
  • Engaging soundtrack
  • Great level designs
  • Easy controls
  • High replay value (beat the high score)
  • Good storyline
  • Great parkour moves

Cons

  • Some levels are not very difficult
  • Levels are short
  • No collectibles or rewards

Parkour

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Features

Another avoid-capture parkour game is literally named Parkour. You control a graffiti artist who is being chased by the cops. You must flee and avoid capture by running through obstacles. You do this while collecting paint cans to increase your points at the end of each level. You boost your points by spraying new graffiti while being chased.

Use the arrow keys to run and the SPACE to jump or climb. The number of pursuing cops increase as the level progresses. The game ends when you get captured or fall off the rooftops.

Pros

  • Cool gameplay
  • Simple but addictive
  • Great art style and graphics
  • Imbibes the urban spirit and movement of parkour
  • Engaging soundtrack

Cons

  • Some levels can be too easy
  • Game is short
  • Little replay value (aside from beating final score)

Running Ink

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Features

Running Ink is one of the earliest flash-based parkour games. It is a free-to-play browser game that lets you control a hero and navigate a series of obstacles. You must jump up, down and off walls to reach the end of the level.

You control your hero by using the "W", "A", "S", "D" keys to make your hero go left, down, up and right, respectively. To execute a double jump, just press "W" twice. The game's maze-like levels become more intricate as the game progresses.

Pros

  • Beautiful hand-drawn style graphics
  • Fluid parkour moves
  • Simple but addictive gameplay
  • Challenging levels
  • Cool "ink" art style

Cons

  • Bland soundtrack
  • Controls can be jaggy at times
  • Short levels
  • Low replay value

The Verdict

Each of these parkour games have their own unique challenges. Although all have the same sidescrolling / platforming playstyles, the degree of difficulty differs. For us, we highly recommend Fancy Pants 5 as our top online parkour game. It checks many of our criteria.

But if you love being challenged, then we highly recommend the super (frustrating) difficult Vex 3 or G-Switch. You will find yourself playing for hours trying to beat a level.

Should You Teach Yourself Or Take Parkour Classes?


Parkour classes are a great way to get some exercise while still having fun! If you’re new to this hobby, though, you might be confused about how to start your training. While it’s always great to go find other traceurs (parkour practitioners) and learn about the craft informally, you may want to consider some parkour classes to hone your skills.

What Is Parkour?

Parkour is the discipline of training your body to smoothly pass through, over, and around obstacles as efficiently as possible. While that may sound very simple, there’s actually a subtle artistry to it, and its movements have a lot in common with those that you might find in martial arts. There’s also a lot of overlap between parkour and free-running, as well as with more typical obstacle course running. In fact, parkour has its origins in military obstacle courses, which is why the focus is so heavily on getting through a given path quickly.

Parkour

Traditionally, parkour is practiced informally in just about any urban location. It can involve climbing buildings, jumping from rooftop to rooftop, or simply vaulting over a park bench. First developed in the 1980s by Frenchman Raymond Belle, one can think of it as an improvised obstacle course where random objects in the environment become excuses to jump around!

It’s precisely this improvised nature that draws many people in. Since it can be done almost anywhere, you can always choose a new, interesting location that presents its own unexpected challenges. There’s also a large community of traceurs that tend to be extremely welcoming to outsiders, making the experience very cooperative and fun.

Nowadays, parkour is more popular than ever, and many people use it as a way to get some cardio while increasing agility and flexibility. Naturally, as the popularity of the disciple has grown, so have the opportunities to get involved. If you live in a major city, there is probably some kind of parkour meet up group that you could check out or even parkour classes to help get you started. 

Is Parkour Right for Me?

Are you the kind of person who likes sports that require a lot of movement and balance, such as skateboarding? Do you prefer to get outside in the sun when you want to be active and would rather not spend your time at a gym? Would you rather focus on your own physical development than have to worry about doing better than someone else? You might just be a good fit for the art of parkour.

A Minimalist Practice

Parkour is perfect for people of all walks of life who are looking for a simple sport that requires no gym equipment. One of the major draws of this discipline is that you really can do it almost anywhere, and you can stretch yourself a little bit at a time, learning the movements at your own pace. This is an especially useful sport if you travel a lot and can’t take much with you. Basically any environment with a few obstacles will do.

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Parkour is also really intuitive and easy to learn. All of the movements are based on natural human locomotion, and so you won’t find yourself having to strain in unnatural positions. This also means that it makes great cross-training for a variety of sports, and it will also help keep you injury free in your daily life. 

A Cooperative Sport

Another aspect of parkour that might appeal to you is that it is usually a group effort. Traditionally, teams of traceurs come together and help each other clear obstacles as quickly as possible. In that sense, it is cooperative and non-competitive, which can make it a great discipline for forming and strengthening bonds among your friends.

This is not to say that parkour can’t be intense. It can really challenge your body if you’re doing it right, so it’s definitely something that you’ll want to lean into slowly, especially if you’re not currently involved in other sports. It’s a good idea to find a mentor of some kind to help you adapt to the discipline and learn the basic movements

Getting Started – Teach Yourself vs. Pay for Classes

One of the first things that you might ask yourself when you’re getting started is whether you should teach yourself or pay for parkour classes. There are pros and cons to both, and it really depends on how quickly you want to advance.

Learning on Your Own 

Pros

  • It doesn’t cost anything
  • chance to network with people 

Cons

  • more time for you to become proficient
  • There may be sticking points that you will have trouble addressing without expert help
  •  don’t get bad information

Taking Parkour Classes 

Pros

  • A seasoned pro will give you the right information upfront
  • meet other beginning traceurs through your classes
  • Working with a coach sets your learning in overdrive

Cons

  • You have to pay
  • not easy to find someone who is willing to charge

Conclusion

Parkour is all about using your body to get through the obstacles that surround you. It teaches you to be flexible, and it shows you how a mundane urban environment is actually an adventure waiting to happen. It’s a great discipline to get into that you can learn both on an individual level and in a group. Best of all, it doesn’t require expensive equipment—just your body!

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Like any other sport, though, it’s easier to get started if you have someone who knows what they’re doing guiding you every step of the way. While you might be able to find people in the community who will do just that, a more consistent approach that will help you get the right habits from the beginning is to invest in some parkour classes. They don’t need to be expensive, and they can help you advance much faster than you otherwise would have.

Top 10 Best Advanced Parkour Moves

For just a moment, think back to when you were a child. Try to remember what it was like to arrive at a new park, a place you’d never been before. It was an unexplored jungle waiting to be conquered. To a child, even a parking lot or a shopping mall can be a playground of fun obstacles. If allowed, he or she will run, jump, and swing from every surface possible. This is the spirit behind the training discipline called parkour and the growing list of parkour moves.

The Parkour discipline was created by Raymond Belle and his son, David, in France in the late 1980s. It arose from military obstacle course training, a form of regimentation and fitness originally created by Georges Hebert. In French, the word parkour come from “parcours du combattant,” which means an obstacle course. Because of these beginnings, parkour is about more than just running and jumping over things. It’s about training, discipline, and pushing your body to do more than what seems humanly possible before you start training

Parkour FAQ 

Parkour has developed a vocabulary of its own during its rise in popularity. What started as obstacle course training has evolved into a complex sport with many different parkour moves that have widely varying degrees of difficulty. If you are thinking of learning the art and sport of parkour, here are some frequently asked questions.

1. What Is Parkour?

2. How Do I Train for Parkour?

3. How Can I Join a Parkour Team?

4. Is Parkour an Official Sport?

5. Can I Get Hurt Practicing Parkour?

How We Reviewed

In order to help you understand more about parkour, we’ve selected ten of the most popular parkour moves. We'll break them down so you can understand the specifics of how to do each one. We’ve also included a required skill level that indicates whether you need to be a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level traceur to do each parkour move. Finally, we’ve included a couple of pros and cons for each.

Comparable Sports

The most comparable sport to parkour is freerunning. Often, the two names are used interchangeably for what most people see as the same thing. However, those who participate in either or both of the two usually see them differently. Parkour is more about discipline, focus, and finding the best way forward through any area. Its roots lie in military obstacle courses where the goal is to get through the course efficiently, without injury, by staying very focused. Freerunning, however, is more about fun and artistic expression. Freerunners are more likely to make a statement or put on a sort of performance.

Parkour Moves We Reviewed

  • KongFront
  • SplitVault
  • FrontHand SpringVault
  • DolphinVault
  • UFOVault
  • CoffeeGrinder
  • PalmSpin Rollback
  • PopReverse Vault
  • Pop'B'Twist Vault
  • LiuKang Rice

KongFront

Pros

  • There are lots of low walls this works on
  • Front somersault is fairly easy to land

Cons

  • Your obstacle must be secure
  • You could land on your head 

How It's Done

The KongFront parkour move is performed by running toward a waist-high obstacle that will support your weight. When you reach the obstacle, place your hands on it and vault yourself over into a front somersault. Tuck your legs in the air and land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move requires an intermediate level of skill.

Split Vault

Split Vault

Pros

  • Easy to do
  • Low risk of injury

Cons

  • You must train to do a split
  • You could trip over the obstacle

How It's Done

The split vault is another parkour move that begins with running toward a waist-high obstacle. When you reach it, place one hand on the obstacle and vault yourself forward into the air. While in the air, spread your legs into a straddle split. Let go of the obstacle and land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move can be performed by beginners.

Front HandSpring Vault

Pros

  • This move looks harder than it is
  • Not so easy to always land on your feet

Cons

  • Requires a lot of back strength
  • Your obstacle may move underneath you

How It's Done

This move is performed by running toward a waist-high obstacle and, when you reach it, you put your hands on the obstacle and vault yourself into a somersault. It's essential to straighten your legs and arch your back, rather than tucking yourself into a ball. Finish the move by landing on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move requires an intermediate level of skill.

Dolphin Vault

Pros

  • Easy for beginners
  • No flip required

Cons

  • Required a lot of upper arm strength
  • Possible to land on your face

How It's Done

To perform a dolphin vault, first run toward one of those waist-high obstacles. When you reach it, vault over it using your hands. Instead of flipping, propel yourself forward in a plank position over the obstacle. Once you have cleared it, pull in your knees and land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move can be done by beginners.

UFO Vault

Pros

  • No flip required
  • Doesn’t require a lot of height

Cons

  • Getting a full rotation is hard
  • Your landing zone must be soft

How It's Done

The UFO vault is done by running toward a waist-high obstacle. Put your hands out and vault over that obstacle. Rapidly begin rotating your body while pulling your knees to your chest. When you have completed a full rotation, extend your legs and land on your feet. You can extend this move by doing a forward roll on the ground.

Skill Level Required

Most beginners can do this move.

Coffee Grinder

Pros

  • You don’t have to vault into the air
  • You maintain contact with an obstacle the whole time

Cons

  • Requires leg flexibility
  • It’s easy to get off-balance

How It's Done

This move is done by running at a waist-high obstacle, placing one hand on it and lifting yourself upward. You swing one leg straight out and around while you land on the obstacle with your other foot. Continue the swing, lifting your planted foot, until your leg has made a full circle. Plant your swinging leg and use it to push yourself forward and off the obstacle to land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This is a parkour move for beginners.

Palm Spin Rollback

Pros

  • Not a high vault
  • Your hands stabilize you

Cons

  • Required upper body strength
  • Must be able to do a back somersault

How It's Done

The palm spin rollback also begins with a run toward a waist-high obstacle. Plant your hands on the obstacle and vault. On the rise, twist your torso so that your body rotates one-half turn and you land sitting on the obstacle facing the direction from which you came. Lean back until one of your hands can support your weight on the ground. Roll into a backward somersault using your hands for support and land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move is for intermediate-level traceurs and those even more skilled.

Pop Reverse Vault

Pros

  • Your leg movement provides extra height
  • Looks impressive in the air

Cons

  • Requires a lot of height
  • You could land on your head

How It's Done

This challenging parkour move is done by running toward a waist-high obstacle. When you reach it, use one leg and one arm to vault yourself into a forward twisting roll with your knees tucked to your chest. When you have completed one forward rotation, extend your legs and land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move requires an intermediate level of skill.

Pop 'B' Twist Vault

Pros

  • No flip involved
  • You can see the ground easily while in the air

Cons

  • Twisting in a roll is very hard
  • You could land on your chest

How It's Done

This parkour vault is performed by running toward a waist-high obstacle and then using one leg and one arm to vault yourself upward. While in the air, stretch into a plank position and perform a barrel roll parallel to the obstacle. After the roll, drop your legs and land on your feet.

Skill Level Required

This move requires an intermediate level of skill.

LiuKang Rice

Pros

  • Looks impressive
  • No full flip required

Cons

  • Lots of core strength required
  • You could land on the obstacle

How It's Done

This extremely tricky and challenging parkour move is done by running toward a waist-high obstacle. Before you reach it, launch yourself into the air and do a barrel roll with a twist. While over the obstacle, use one arm to push yourself up. With the additional height you've gained, complete another roll-and-twist to land on your feet on the other side of the obstacle.

Skill Level Required

This move requires an advanced level of skill.

The Verdict

Parkour is a beautiful display of strength and focus that requires many hours of training. Even though the participants are running through parks and cities, using walls and bike racks as their apparatus, they are amazing athletes. Parkour moves combine gymnastics, modern dance, and free expression. These moves arose out of obstacle courses, and early traceurs figured out new ways to perform them, adding grace and style along the way. In order to avoid injury, you must be incredibly focused as a traceur. Parkour moves require strength, agility, and flexibility.

In addition to the moves listed here, there are many others, including favorites like the cat leap, the kick-up, and the wall spin. Out of all those listed here, the LiuKang Rice is the best of the best. The visual illusion that the traceur is flying while performing this move is thrilling.

If you are considering taking up parkour, or if you’re looking for some new moves to add to your repertoire, all the moves we described make good starting points. Try combining them together into a series of parkour moves that move you through a space. You don't have to learn the hardest moves to have a good "run." Parkour is about how you feel during and after you do a run. The best moves are the ones that challenge you and cause you to experience the world anew. That is the spirit of parkour.

How to Make Parkour Gloves: 2 Methods You Can Try

Parkour enthusiasts debate whether or not people need gloves to do parkour. You may want mitts to protect your hands from rough surfaces. Parkour gloves can be expensive, however. Luckily, you can make your own pair of parkour gauntlets. There are two ways you can do this. One way is that you could use mittens you already own or purchase a cheap pair and modify them. The other way is making your own from scratch. Here’s how to make parkour gloves that are fingerless.

What You Need for Modification

  • A pair of regular gloves made from fabric (winter gloves, paintball gloves, etc., no latex or plastic gloves).
  • Scissors.
  • Lighter or fray check.

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Instructions

This is how to make parkour gloves using gloves you already own. Make sure they are disposable and fit you.

Measure Glove Fingertips

Put on your gloves and measure where the middle joints on your fingers are. You can use a permanent marker to put a line or point on the glove. If the mittens are dark, then make small cuts on each finger.

Cut Off Glove Fingertips

Take off the gloves. Obtain the scissors and cut at the marked or slightly cut fingertips.

Melt the Tips

Turn on the lighter and heat the tips of the glove. This is to prevent the glove from unraveling. Don’t hold the fire too close for too long. Only until the tips begin to get blackened and hardened. If you happen to have any fray check, then apply to the edges. This is more recommended, as it is safer.

Test Out the Gloves

After the gloves cool, put them on. This will open up the holes that may have slightly melted closed while heating.

What You Need to Start From Scratch

  • Disposable glove.
  • Paper.
  • Fray Check.
  • Needle or sewing machine.
  • Thread.
  • Fabric.
  • Pins.
  • Scissors.
  • Duct tape.
  • Permanent marker.
  • Pencil.

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Instructions

Here’s how to make parkour gloves from the ground up. This can take some time but can be rewarding in the end.

Cover Your Gloved Hand in Tape

Put on your disposable glove and wrap it in tape. You may require assistance from someone else to do this. Do this on your non-dominant hand. Take off the gloves and cut off the fingertips. Put the gloves back on.

Trace Glove Patterns on Hands

Take the permanent marker and trace from the side of your hand under your pinkie to the end of the finger where the glove ends. Trace down to the other side of the pinkie and up to the ring finger. Do this until you get to the side of the forefinger. Draw another line next to this one. Do this with the other lines. Draw an oval around your thumb knuckle. Starting from that knuckle, draw a line straight up to the limit.

Cut at the Lines

Get your scissors and cut exactly where you traced. Mark each one, especially the pieces that go between the fingers.

Trace on Paper

Flatten the pieces on a sheet of paper. Take your pencil and trace the parts on paper. Here, you can obtain the proper measurements needed to cut the fabric. You could also cut out the paper pieces and lay it down on the fabric. When learning how to make parkour gloves, you must remember to mark individual pieces. This will help prevent confusion.

Cut the Fabric

If cutting your fabric without measurement, then pin the paper pieces to the fabric. Cut the pieces carefully. Mark these pieces. It’s important you only do one glove for now. You must test it later to see if it fits. You won’t want to waste any fabric.

Sew Fabric Pieces Together

Fold the larger piece inside-out. Do the same with the thumb piece and stitch it to the four-fingered piece. Don’t sew the larger piece together. Take the smaller cut pieces and stitch them between the four fingers. Finish up by sewing the side of the glove. Sew the edge of the entrance of the glove or administer Fray Check if it’s at risk of unraveling.

Test Out the Glove

Put on the glove to check the size. You may have to make it again. Once the glove is approved, make the other one.

What You Need to Add Grip

  • Liquid plastic glue.
  • Graduated syringe without the needle.
  • Pin, small needle, or similar tool.

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Load the Syringe

Open the container of liquid plastic glue and fill your syringe. It’s recommended that you fill it one quarter to half of it. There’s no need to fill it completely.

Add Glue to Gloves

Put small globs of glue around the inside palm of the gloves. Take the pin and connect the dots with the globs. This will create a webbed pattern. Don’t cover the palms with too much glue. This will just make the gloves too soaked. Leave the mitts to dry.

Wrapping Up

Parkour gloves are needed for protection. They also help you grip particular surfaces more easily. Making parkour gloves can be easy with a regular pair of gloves. It could also be a fun activity if you’re starting from scratch. There are also full-fingered gloves, but fingerless gloves provide your hands with more freedom.

Don’t forget to add the grip. Without the grip, the gloves will be too slippery when you’re trying to grab objects.
And one more tip: If you find it too hard, you can always purchase your parkour gloves.

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Is Parkour Illegal? The Legal Situation in the U.S.

Among the many interesting questions that a lot of beginning traceurs are asking about parkour is this simple one: is parkour illegal? This question is critical to understand because it can change your whole approach to the sport. Many people who consider the issue of is parkour illegal or not are looking at skateboarding and the many laws that dictate where and when this sport can be practiced. That’s why it is worth taking an in-depth look at the legality of this sport.

The good news is that parkour is still a small enough sport that most areas haven’t heard of it yet. However, it is rapidly expanding and is catching the attention of a lot of law officials.

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Nationally, Parkour Is Not Illegal

Currently, there are no national laws that outlaw the practice and performance of parkour. Such laws aren’t likely to occur because the federal government rarely takes a stance on such issues. For example, there are no national laws that outlaw the use of skateboarding. Instead, they leave this decision to smaller communities to handle.

The only way parkour would become illegal nationally is if there was a rash of crimes or poor behavior by traceurs that caught the attention of politicians attempting to get some easy votes. Instead of carefully researching the situation and figuring out that only a handful of traceurs behave poorly, they could try to throw the whole sport under the bus. In this situation, they would find a way to make parkour illegal. Thankfully, that is very unlikely.

Some Smaller Communities May Make it Illegal

man doing parkour

As mentioned before, smaller communities (such as towns, cities, or even states) may take a negative stance against performing parkour. Before trying any parkour in your area, it is essential to ask “is parkour illegal?” and to investigate local laws. The low-key nature of the sport means that it is doubtful that this sport has caught the attention of most people.

However, in larger cities where parkour is more commonly practiced, there could be several complaints against pushy or even aggressive traceurs. While a vast majority of parkour fans are very respectful of the community, some might act in unfriendly ways. These bad eggs are painting a bad picture of traceurs and could cause people to think that everyone who practices parkour behaves in this way. In this type of situation, it would be very easy to imagine a town banning parkour.

Some Legal Issues Could Occur if Damage Occurs

When asking “is parkour illegal?” in your neighborhood, it is important to know why people might consider banning it. One of the most common reasons that local areas ban parkour (and it has happened) is the destruction of public property. While jumping off of railings and clinging to walls might not seem destructive, unsafe traceurs can cause damage to these areas.

When this happens (and if parkour enthusiasts are fingered as the suspects), a town may start to view the sport as a public menace. It doesn’t matter if only two or three traceurs caused any damage. And it doesn’t even matter if the damage was as minor as a scuff on a building that was easy to clean. Damage to public property enrages most communities and may lead to parkour being criminalized. This fact might not seem fair, but situations like this are always why fun and good things get outlawed.

Other Issues Could Happen if Violence Is an Issue

Parkour is not a violent sport. In fact, true traceurs often consider it an art form. That’s because they take it very seriously and enjoy performing difficult tasks with relative ease. However, not all traceurs have a relaxed and friendly attitude about their sport. Some may get aggressive with others performing in their space. They may even get angry with the public if they believe they are getting in their way of or ruining their performance.

True traceurs can’t stand people like this because they give the sport a bad name. Parkour is all about enhancing a community, exploring its many facets, and expanding your appreciation of an area. While performing impressive stunts is part of the fun, it isn’t all about showing off your skills. These angry, and potentially violent, traceurs may cause enough of a fuss in a community to get this otherwise positive sport banned.

Pay Attention to Your Local Laws

While you should always pay attention to your local laws before getting into parkour, these laws change all the time. In fact, you may find yourself asking “is parkour illegal?” one week only to find out that a law recently restricted where you could perform this sport. Restrictions like this typically set an area where you can perform parkour, such as in a park or a specific area of the city. However, total bans of parkour have also happened, and they are a major problem when they do.

While some traceurs will try to do parkour anyway, getting caught can cost you a hefty fine. Instead of breaking the law, talk to the lawmakers in your area and discuss the many benefits of parkour. Discuss how the sport can enhance a community and make it a better place to live. Showcase facts and statistics, when possible, and be polite and positive. You might not make a difference, but at least you tried. And there is a chance that you could change their minds.

Final Thoughts

Thankfully, the answer to “is parkour illegal?” is mostly negative. Thousands of traceurs are enjoying this sport across the nation and the world and are bringing its unique form of fun to a broader range of people. However, a few bad eggs could stir up some trouble and force legislatures to consider the question of “is parkour illegal?” and find ways to make it a crime.

So if you are interested in this sport and want to keep it legal, make sure you perform it in a safe and friendly way. Never break any piece of public architecture or aggravate people in public. You should also avoid behaving in inappropriate ways. Creating a culture of positive action can help save parkour from becoming a crime.

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