|By Dan Pasiak, PT, MSPT, OMPT, CIMT
Parkour is an obstacle course method of training that was first promoted by French naval officer Georges Herbert prior to World War I. It was influenced by native peoples that he observed while on duty in Africa. He thought that a more effective way to train would be to perform functional activities as occurred in a person’s environment. The training included climbing, running, jumping, balancing, throwing, swimming, self-defense, and quadruped movements. The training developed into a complex system of military training and also eventually to civilian fitness courses.
There are two typical types of Parkour. One involves running basically in a straight line and overcoming any obstacle in your path with whatever movement is most appropriate, and when you are not able to overcome the obstacle, for example a wall that is too high to climb, practitioners will run up to it and jump up as high as they can off of it, or jump up and hang onto it.
Many of the leaders in Parkour feel that it is more of a life philosophy than a set of exercises. Parkour trainer David Belle says: “So many people try to train easy ‘Come do parkour! It’s really cool!’ But if tomorrow I made you do real training, you would end up crying. That’s what you need to know: you are going to cry, you are going to bleed and you are going to sweat like never before.”
However, there are some people who have tried to systemize Parkour and set up courses for competition and novice practitioners who would like to try something new. There is a course in Ann Arbor at County Farm Park. Admission is free to the park and to the trail. If you are looking for a new work out, it may be something you would like to try. Or if you would like to get connected with a local group doing free form Parkour, there is a group that meets on the University of Michigan campus.
Michigan Parkour Club:
County Farm Park:
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