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Where to Practice Parkour: 9 Best Places

When you don’t have a parkour gym in your area you might feel like you won’t have the proper training facility to increase your skill in the way you’re wanting. However, we urge you to think again! The beautiful thing about parkour is that you can train almost anywhere.

The main goal of parkour is to get from point A to point B as efficiently and quickly as possible. Find an interesting route to follow, and you can do parkour anywhere. If you’re wondering where to practice parkour, we’re going to go over the best 9 places (number one being our favorite) for you to get creative and get your practice on!

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1. College Campus

Are you currently attending college or have access to a campus near you? College campuses make for some of the best training grounds for many reasons. You’ll have access to a diverse space with unique architecture that will allow you to get experimental with your training.

There is also so much space on a college campus that you will have multiple routes to plan and more than likely will be able to effectively switch up your training often due to a seemingly endless supply of rails, stairs, ramps, and elevation changes. If you’re looking for where to practice parkour, this is our number one suggestion. Watch out for campus police!

2. Playgrounds

If you give it some thought you’ll come to the realization that playgrounds are made for parkour. They are literally designed to challenge a child to move their body and are literally comprised of obstacles. They might be child-sized but with some creativity, you can absolutely have an awesome place to work on your skills.

A big advantage to a playground is that it is a public space meaning- you won’t get in trouble for training there! They also have unique equipment for you to jump and climb on, simulating the kinds of equipment you would find in a parkour gym.

3. Head to the Beach

man doing parkour at the beach

This spot is often overlooked. Parkour at the beach? How? You may have a hard time finding suitable structures to climb, but you have sand on your side at the beach. Sand is very forgiving when practicing ground skills such as flipping, long jumps, and other tricks you have a higher chance of busting your butt while trying to execute. If you don’t have access to a gym with a trampoline you will find the next best place to practice your tricks is in the sand.

4. Find an Open Field

Second best to the beach is an open field. You can find softer spots in the grass to practice your flips and tricks on while lessening your chance of experiencing some major pain. If you want to get creative drag a trash can, bring a large box, or find a table to practice your vaults.

5. Wheelchair Ramps

Piggybacking off of our vaulting comment- wheelchair ramps are the perfect place to get your practice in. You can also walk them to gain more balance and practice your dropping technique– just make absolutely sure they are stable.

6. Take It to the Woods

If you’re wondering about where to practice parkour (legally) that will provide you with great training routes, a forest is another spot. Running through the woods will force you to constantly think on your toes and challenge your athleticism. You can also use trees as obstacles and for honing in on your climbing skills. Everyone has a blast climbing tree and when it comes to parkour it will actually benefit you. Climbing trees forces the firing of minor muscles which contributes to big gains in skill.

7. Public Parks

man doing parkour in a park

Public parks are everywhere- you just have to find them and choose your route. You can vault off of benches, climb trees or other concrete obstacles, practice jumps, drops, and running. An advantage to public parks is that there is a lot of room to practice whatever skill you’re looking to practice- and they’re usually peaceful and beautiful.

8. Scope out the City

If you’re wondering where to practice parkour, cities are full of obstacles begging to be found. Use your parkour vision to locate different rails and obstacles and have fun! A famous place to practice parkour is on the Strip in Las Vegas. You can run the perfect line all the way down and the crowds love it! And if you get lucky and they see you as a street performer maybe they’ll toss some money your way (kind of joking but it has been done before).

9. Have a backyard?

Don’t know where to practice parkour? If you have a backyard, you have a place to train. You can either use it to practice your tricks or you can move obstacles in to create your own at home gym! Obstacles don’t need to be anything fancy to get the job done. Something like a picnic table, for example, can be both useful for when you have friends over and serve as an obstacle for drops, vaulting, and practicing tricks.

If you do purchase anything we would recommend a practice pad or something to cushion the ground with (mulch, sand, or dirt) so you have some gear that will protect you and enable you to practice the skills you haven’t mastered- yet!

Basic Parkour: Basic Parkour and Freerunning Handbook (Survival...
  • Fury, Sam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 38 Pages - 06/18/2014 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Essential Parkour Training: Basic Parkour Strength and Movement...
  • Fury, Mr Sam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 146 Pages - 06/11/2017 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Parkour: The Complete Guide To Parkour and Freerunning For Beginners
  • Jones, Jason (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 44 Pages - 04/26/2015 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Parkour Strength Training: Overcome Obstacles for Fun and Fitness
  • Ford, Ryan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 01/01/2016 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Parkour: A Beginner's Guide to Training and Excelling in the Art of...
  • Rucker, Zach (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 72 Pages - 07/14/2016 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Wrapping Up

If you don’t have access to a gym- don’t sweat it! No idea where to practice parkour? Open your eyes to your surrounding areas. If you look to parkour videos for inspiration you will see that most of the pros are doing their thing outdoors!

Gyms are nice for extra safety precautions and specific equipment to help you with specific exercises but in reality, it’s not necessary and there’s nothing going outdoors will leave you lacking in.

So get creative and get going! See what your surrounding areas can do for you.

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