7 Reasons to Parkour

by Allen Gil February 01, 2015

7 Reasons to Parkour

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Ahh, Parkour.  I think this word conjures up exciting images for all of us.

My first experience of Parkour was via Youtube.  With videos like this: Parkour Highlights. At the time these were unbelievable feats of agility, skill, and practically superpowers of jumping, landing and flying.

My next experience was with my business partner.   We needed a creative outlet from being overworked and under played.  We ran into the woods.  Ran up fallen tree limbs, climbed trees, jumped off, ran up sand dunes, fell/jumped down sandy ocean cliffs to the beaches where we set up obstacles, performed feats of balance, agility, and strength until the sun set.

Your first experience may have been in high school with your buddies or some goofballs running and jumping off anything they could find and calling it free running, or free style running.

Or maybe your first exposure was from The Office, where Dwight, Andy and Michael demonstrate the hilarious office version of Parkour and Jim explains exactly what they’re doing. Whatever your experience, if you haven’t actually been out there, using your body to move as efficiently and creatively from point A to point B, you really haven’t lived.


Of course there is inherent risk involved in Parkour and you shouldn’t try jumping from building to building without a hell of a lot of experience and skill, however; you can learn how to vault, roll, and tap into the potential you have to move as freely and athletically as possible.

Here is the Wikipedia definition, which is very similar to what I’ve heard and read in Parkour/Freerunning Handbooks by Dan Edwards

“Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible.This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.”

The definition can do nothing for the actual experience of parkour.  Until you’ve looked at an obstacle, seen it as impossible to run, jump, climb vault, and actually done it, you don’t know Parkour.

So here are the top 7 Reasons to Parkour:

1. Get Your Fit Together Parkour style

It might just look like running and jumping, but it’ll have you sweating bullets and working muscles you didn’t know you had.

2. Be Uncatchable

Parkour-Uncatchable blirk.net

You can and will be much safer if you learn to view your environment with infinite possibility.  Victims that don’t know Parkour are much easier to catch….

3. Chicks/Dudes Dig it

There’s something special about a man or woman that can control their body through space and demonstrate athleticism.

4. Make Life More FUN

Sure, sitting on the couch or going for a hike is nice, but doing a vault into the couch or scaling/climbing through your hike is straight up, FUN!

5. Agility/Flexibility/Balance….& More


Sure you may workout regularly, but what can you do with your strength and muscles you train so hard for?  Practicing Parkour will help you develop some impressive agility, flexibility & balance so you can put your hard earned muscles to better use!

6. Increased Confidence

There’s something about being able to move quickly through a concrete jungle that just gives you a sense of being grounded, less vulnerable, and less self conscious.

7. More Possibilities, Better Attitude

Life is one challenge after another, and if you train your brain through physical fitness and movements, then there are countless ways around every obstacle. Therefore, you will approach your work and family life with a much better attitude, and that will have you, and everyone around you, happier and healthier.

So do yourself a favor and mess around with a little Parkour today.   Start small, with a little vault or something simple at the gym or in the park, notice the sheer joy you experience and keep at it!

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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