Parkour picks up as a fitness discipline in Chennai

Article — Parkour picks up as a fitness discipline in Chennai

“If you are looking to get a taste of an adrenaline pumping, nerve-racking, adventure sport experience, allow me to burst your bubble. Parkour is an acquired fitness sport/ martial art/ discipline; and is all about patience. Read on, but not with the belief of springing over a three-storey building with impeccable style; body still in one piece.”

Here’s a two-fer’ from India this week. I don’t want to jinx it, but it feels like India’s news outlets (granted these two are from the same) have an idea of what it really is? …or is it just a single journalist with the right idea? – ɕ

Parkour in Hyderabad

Article – Parkour in Hyderabad

“Someone is running quickly and sure-footedly through the streets. Their facial expression spells purpose but there’s something liberated about the way they’re carrying themselves. As they make sharp turns without slowing down or pausing, their balance is bizarrely in place. One may assume they’re fleeing from the police. But suddenly, they vault off a wall and noiselessly leap over a fence, never to be seen again. Ah, yes; the art of parkour which is slowly gaining mass appreciation in the city.”

Podcast – Rosy Noguchi: Coaching, gender, and travel

Podcast – Rosy Noguchi: Coaching, gender, and travel

Rosy Noguchi discusses her involvement in PK Move, coaching, and why she is passionate about what they are doing. She shares her thoughts on the DC Women’s community, and why it’s been successfully running for 6+ years. Rosy reflects on the benefits of traveling for parkour, and closes out with her experiences with gender and intergenerational training in parkour.

Revisit the causality of obesity

Medical — Revisit the causality of obesity

“when someone tells me so-and-so is obese because he eats more than he expends, I say, “of course he does…you’re just re-stating the First Law [of Thermodynamics].” What I want to know is, WHY did he eat more calories than he burned? If we don’t understand this point, how can we treat this condition?”

Dr. P Attia is one of a short list of people who I refer to frequently. This short article is the most concise thing I’ve ever seen about the “calories in / calories out” debate. It explains plainly why it’s NOT AT ALL interesting to point out that I am fat because I’ve ingested more calories than I’ve expended. Why is the energy balance that way? ‘Why,’ is the real question. – ɕ

The Beginner’s Guide to Parkour

Article — The beginner’s guide to parkour

I’m not even going to pull-quote. It’s exactly the article you think it is: Written from the write place (open heart, wanting to help people, etc) and… well, you know what I’d really like to see? You go interact with NF to make the article better… send him links to better videos, better ideas on how to start, ideas on how to find pk communities, etc – ɕ

I love parkour, but running at walls is even harder than it looks

Article — I love parkour, but running at walls is even harder than it looks

“We do a fiendish exercise of rotating one knee while tracing a shape with the other, and rotating one wrist while drawing a box with the other. “It doesn’t look very much like a box,” he says, affably. I want to make a nitpicking point about the degree to which any shape made with a wrist resembles a box, but he is right; whatever its challenges, I suck at this. Which is a shame because, for some reason, I already love it.”

I’ve always liked articles written by non-parkour people talking about how much they love it and how quickly they fell in love with it. I’m thinking the way to spread the thing we love is to encourage as many articles from the unusual suspects as we can. Sure there will be bits of the message with which we disagree. But I think that if we want more fresh faces we need more people like them to do the talking. – ɕ

Podcast: Victor Crittenden: Community, viewpoints, and statistics

Podcast: Victor Crittenden: Community, viewpoints, and statistics

Victor Crittenden delves into the DC Metro Parkour community, explaining what it is, who is involved, and why it is unique. He discusses the various definitions, ethos, and approaches to parkour, and how each shows an important piece of the parkour puzzle. Vic shares his thoughts around the governance of parkour, and finishes with the importance of collecting and analyzing data and statistics about parkour to help promote its future and growth.

Adjust Your Swimming Alignment

Swimming — Adjust Your Swimming Alignment

“Summertime swimming can mean a lot of head-up swimming, so check out this video with a head-ramping-while-in-the-water exercise to see if it gives you more time in the water getting your joy on! Bonus move: If one of your hips tends to rest more flexed than the other, you’ll enjoy the second move as well.”

An interesting over-view of some on-land exercises for improving your comfort in simply-in-the-water swimming. I grew up in my grandparents pool every weekend and my dad was an accomplished swimmer, so I’ve always thought of swimming as, “there’s a right way to do it.” But this article rightly makes it clear that people can [and do, and should!] just spend time in the water—swimming in the simple sense, not in the get from a-to-b sense. – ɕ

The best insoles for preventing running related injury

Article — The best insoles for preventing running related injury

“What are the best insoles for running injury prevention?”

I’ve pretty much to say about feet. ( ) Shoes and insoles are simply tools, and I’ve become very aware of what tools I select. Generally, I wear the same shoe (walking, running distances of a couple miles, parkour, daily wear, travel, mountain bike riding, etc.): Good old Saucony Bullets. …with the insoles removed at all times. They are far from great; toe box is not human shaped, too much heel padding, and they are ice skate with wet rails. But my forefoot is 2mm or rubber off the ground, and when broken in, I can feel the texture of asphalt. – ɕ

Article — The antifragile ankle

Article — The antifragile ankle

“I will break down the functions of the ankle and present you with a series of progressions to develop your pain free range of motion, strength and motor control, and dynamic loading capacities. You will also learn about the delicate balance between mobility and tension in the ankle joint and how the two parameters interact to increase performance and decrease the possibility of injury.”