Headway PArkour Blog
We all yearn to get more done in our day to day pursuits. The problem is it’s actually quite difficult to finish anything significant in our meager twenty four hour boundaries which we are presented with by life. The answer to this predicament lies in the idea of working on big projects over time. You must break the project down into small bite sized increments which you tackle on at a time day to day. By applying this method you unlock the ability to get much more done if you manage to keep your enthusiasm high in addition to focusing on what matters. Today I would like to share with you some methodology which I apply to complete projects in my own life. I will also reveal to you the recipes for crafting an ideal project.
Many of us search for motivation day in and day out. We stumble upon the spark of motivation and it gets us going, we continue to feed off of it until it dies out and then we are left with nothing; the motivation has faded and so yet again we search for the spark. If you are like most people you work harder when you are motivated, there is nothing wrong with this until you take a look at the bigger picture; Momentum will be built through your hard work. However, as soon as you lose motivation you will stop working hard, and your momentum will come grinding to a halt. This is why fluctuating motivation is not okay, it will stall your momentum and overall progress towards your dreams or goals. Today I would like to show you why I believe motivation is overrated.
Parkour is a physically demanding discipline, there is no doubt about that. Sometimes these demands can have a detrimental effect on your body , when these detriments pile up a chronic injury can form. Chronic injuries are injuries that never really go away, we as Traceurs must strive to avoid these if we plan on continuing training strong in our discipline. Today we will discuss the issue of injuries and Parkour.
We all know that training in solitude is good for your mind and body. However, when the time comes to film that slick flow you have been working on you may want some music playing in the background to keep you in the mode. Here is a list containing many of the songs we here at Headway Parkour regularly enjoy training to.
Are you a dreamchaser like me? Do you spend everyday thinking about that one thing that you are chasing with all your energy? If so you will surely take an interest in this post which will be covering the ever controversial topic of dreams and what it takes to achieve them.
Through my training I have developed a few methods for healing quickly after a tough session. Today I would like to expose what I have learned from experience with you.
For a majority of Traceurs summer is the season of choice due to the bodacious dry surfaces which are sublime for sticking large jumps. These students of movement go about on their merry way training their hearts out and progressing at astounding speeds. Then without warning winter swings around and brings the good ole’ frozen water with it; At this point many Traceurs revert to the life of simple indoor conditioning, oblivious to what they are missing. The froth of snow that cakes the world around you is not detrimental and today I will show you why.
Each Traceur is an individual, there is no exception to this inherent Parkour rule; But why? Many of us would like to believe that we as Traceurs have the ability to shape our style through sheer Parkour training, this is partly true but for the most part our past experiences are what result in our current style. This information may be discouraging to some of you who have a less than Ideal past, I for example come from a gaming background; Very few skills acquired through gaming can be used as a Traceur; But it is important for you to remember that the same is true moving forwards: the activities you choose today will determine your style tomorrow.
In the world of Parkour, mindset matters; it is often the difference between overcoming the obstacles and being overcome by them. The crucial moment is just as you take off into the void, placing yourself in freefall, it is at this time precisely when you need a proper mindset most of all. Today I will be expanding your horizon on the topic of music and how it can heighten your performance by honing your mind.
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”
Today I will teach you how to get the most out of the body you have been blessed with. As the aforementioned quote states, you must have a healthy body if you expect to reap the full benefits of the seed you sow through your labors. In the realm of Parkour it is especially important to monitor your health, due to the extremely high demands of the discipline. I have already covered the conditioning aspect of health in a previous article, for that reason I will be focusing only on the dietary dimension this time around.
Having trouble breaking a large jump or landing a new trick? The issue may lie deeper than just your technique. Many times we can trace the inability to execute a move to the Traceur’s fitness level. Most Traceurs are very fit, this is common knowledge; But too many traceurs neglect essential conditioning for our discipline. Today I will be revealing many of the conditioning techniques which I believe every serious Traceur should perform in order to temper our bodies into the ultimate movement machine.
Let’s take a trip back to the nineteenth century, the thought of being able to see in the dark is absurd. However, Just a few decades later in 1939 the first night vision device was used in the German army. This night vision allowed the soldiers to see things that normal people couldn’t. Now allow me to draw a parallel between this night vision technology and a Traceur’s Parkour Vision. The Traceur’s Parkour Vision is similar to the night vision in the sense that it allows the Traceur to see things normal people can’t. Traceur’s can conjure up routes through any environment using little more than their brains. Today we will be discussing Parkour vision; I will be explaining what it is, how to use it, different styles of it, and how to develop it. Thanks to Spencer Lindquist for requesting this article.
There are numerous ways to train Parkour. Solo training is great but training with others can sometimes bring a much richer experience. However, before you can train in a group, you must find people to train with; This shouldn't be too hard, there are people everywhere! The difficult part is convincing them to train with you, many of them don’t even know what Parkour is. Today I will be explaining which people you should attempt to train with, what characteristics to look for in them, and how to convince them to train with you. Special thanks to Kevin Munoz for requesting this article.
Parkour can be used to overcome obstacles in almost any environment. That is what makes it idiosyncratic; Anyone can do it, regardless of wealth or location. We all may train the same discipline but it is important to know that your location truly affects your style. For example: A Traceur in the woods will naturally develop a different skill set than a Traceur in the city. Today I will be analyzing how a Traceur’s environment shapes his style. I will also divulge a few tips on how to get the most out of your location as well as ways to train skills that may be difficult to practice in certain environments (example: cat grabs in a mossy forest).
The future is coming, there’s no doubt about that; The real question is: What will happen to our beloved Parkour when it gets here? I am going to expose what I believe to be the most probable future. Of course the future is only speculation and the past is gone forever. We must live in this moment, for it is all we have. Our everyday experiences are what shape the coming times. We must make use of our 86,400 seconds we are blessed with calling our own each and every day. Before you read on I must inform you that the future is not concrete, we still have the power to change it, don’t lose hope!
We all want to know what makes a great Traceur. I am not talking about physical ability, I am talking about traits. What mental characteristics allow them to excel at what they do? I have done some research and I am happy to share the results with you, enjoy.
Today we will explore how to get the most out of your training. All too often I see inexperienced Traceurs making simple mistakes that end up becoming daunting detriments to their careers in Parkour.
A Parkour bag is essential for long days out training. Today we will be going over what to include in your pack and what to leave at home.
Today we will be learning about the do’s and don'ts for Parkour shoes. I remember when I first started training and I was looking to buy a nice pair of Traceur kicks but I couldn't find very much info on the characteristics of a good Parkour shoe. I ended up getting a less than effective pair that handicapped my training for the next 5 months. I hope this article will prevent you from making the same mistake I did.
Parkour is something I want to continue doing for the rest of my days on this earth; If you feel the same, this is the article for you. I will be teaching you the best ways to preserve your body and to continue increasing your skill level .
Fear is often present when practicing Parkour; whether you are breaking a large jump or trying a new move, it’s there. The big question is, how can we overcome it? That is a particularly tricky question due to the fact that each one of us is different; so we all need our own technique for beating fear that works best for us. I have outlined a few different things you can do in order to vanquish the foul entity that is fear.
Team training is the method of training we see most. This method consists of going out and training with a few of your buddies or your team. It is very enjoyable and it will allow you to learn very much very quickly. However, there are a few drawbacks to this style. You will sometimes be talked into dangerous situations that you are not physically or mentally capable of. In addition to this you will not get the full experience that Parkour or Freerunning can bring. Often times you will not feel the fear in the same way that you would if you were to be training alone, the fear is usually lessened when training in a group. This may sound like a good thing but fear is an important factor in building character and becoming a responsible traceur or traceuse.
I believe that Parkour is more than just a hobby or a sport, It goes way beyond that. Parkour is a discipline, it's a way of life. There is this thing that I will refer to as the "Parkour method". With the Parkour method nothing is impossible. With practice and dedication you can achieve all your dreams. The Parkour method can be applied to all aspects of your life. The method goes as follows: If you fail at something train hard and try again later when you a stronger and more prepared.