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.”

Weena Pauly-Tarr: Therapy, motherhood, and impulse

Podcast – Weena Pauly-Tarr: Therapy, motherhood, and impulse

Weena Pauly-Tarr shares her history of dance, her brief encounter with parkour, and how those experiences have led to where she is now. She unpacks her work with somatic therapy, and the profound changes motherhood has brought to her life and practice. Weena reflects on her current interests in embodiment and impulse, and discusses her search for what is next.

Exploring Technical Development in Parkour with Ryan Ford

Podcast — Exploring Technical Development in Parkour with Ryan Ford

“Today we are stepping away from the philosophical content and diving into the nuts and bolts of technical development for parkour and movement practitioners. If you’re interested in learning how to take your skill, strength, speed, and subsequent training practices to the next level, our guest Ryan Ford is one of the foremost thinkers on the subject.”

Skochy interview with Chris Grant

Interview — Skochy interview with Chri Grant

“Before parkour I had no athletic background and it’s fair to say health, training, travelling and meeting new people wasn’t on my priority list. I studied Music, Arts & Media Informatics at university and was a cocktail bartender and musician. Parkour was really the first time I had engaged with my body in any athletic way other than rollerblading and it had a huge impact. (I also lost 14 kilos…!)”

I’ve had a number of great conversations with Chris, but I’ve not yet managed to pin him down with a microphone for Movers Mondset. I’m delighted to see Skochy managing to get him to submit to some question and answer! – ɕ

Strength training and muscle gain

In-depth — The theory of super-compensation: Strength training and muscle gain

“Paradoxically, those people experience major strength gains, both men and women, especially in the first few months after they start a strength training program. However, those gains are due primarily to neural adaptations, and come without any significant gain in muscle mass. This can be frustrating, especially for men. Most men are after some noticeable muscle gain as a result of strength training. (Whether that is healthy is another story, especially as one gets to extremes.)”

Ned Kock is a superlative font of solid medical and scientific information. I refer to him frequently on my blog. (to wit, ) Read everything he writes, twice. – ɕ