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Ditch the Gym and Go Extreme With Parkour

With the price of gym memberships rising, we're all looking for a less expensive way to burn calories and stay fit. Instead of putting your foot down and refusing to pay, put that foot to good use and practice Parkour —your fitness props become the things around you like benches, railings, trees, walls, stairs, and fences. This extreme sport involves leaping over, climbing up, and rolling off theses common structures and using them as your playground, all without any protective gear. So while it might be great if you have given up your gym membership to save dough, you might want to think twice if you don't have health insurance. Parkour enhances your strength, coordination, and balance, so the practitioner becomes more comfortable controlling his or her body in order to overcome obstacles. It takes trust in yourself and a fearlessness to be really good at this sport. Although a sane person may not find this appealing, this video below may inspire you to get started so

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If it has, look for a Parkour group in your area.

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Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 7 years
that's so cool. I want to find a place where I can start doing that
runningesq runningesq 7 years
ekstor - $20-$40? I pay $80/ month !
ekstor ekstor 7 years
This should really only be for some very gifted athletes and for safety sake, it would be even better if there were stations with special equipment designed for this (though I realize that partially defeats the original purpose). That said, doing this in order to forsake an extra $20-$40/month of gym membership seems silly in light of the medical costs potentially incurred by one untimely accident.
Asche Asche 7 years
ooh, I should say that in Europe, our Parkeours are not this extreme!
xSweetLeafx xSweetLeafx 7 years
I'd do it if I had a death wish.. looks like a fun way to go :)
Asche Asche 7 years
This is very old. European countries have always had parkours. Almost every other town has one. Usually it will be a trail through the woods, with stations where you have to do certain things. I go to mine all the time!
JulieJean JulieJean 7 years
This looks awesome, but I'd be way too afraid to do it.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
LOVE Parkour! ... Watching it, that is. Until I can get into shape and meet my goal of becoming a runner (I get winded super fast), Parkour is just a dream.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Looks crazy cool, like something you would see in a superhero movie, I don't think I would ever do this though..unless there are a bunch of 35 year old moms with kids in my area who are starting a beginners club! Perhaps I could try this to better chase my kids.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My brother recently got started doing this. He loves it and he's still a beginner, so he doesn't do nearly any of the stunts those people do. I think with practice, you'd get really good at it. Still, he wears kneepads and a helmet when he does it...there's way too much of a chance of injury otherwise.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
While this looks and sounds cool, way too much potential for injury. It also sounds like it would be potentially dangerous to others and damaging to property in a public place. In any case, it's a strange thing to advocate after the bike helmet rant last week.
kia kia 7 years
It is a little funny how many parkour injuries there are where I live. I think it is just the cool thing to say these days.
1apple 1apple 7 years
We call it "freerunning" here. But don't jump off of a building - a guy I know did this and broke both legs badly.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
Thats is awesome. I wouldn't even know how you would get started trying that without injuring yourself or looking like a crazy person or probably both in my case.It truly takes a great deal of athleticism to be able to do that.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Just like in Mirror's Edge! But, see that's a *video game*, and I'm fairly sure, even if I *did* work up to that kind of flexibility and dexterity, I'd STILL end up breaking a leg...or some ribs. And there's no "restart" button on my body!!! :D
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
And this would land me in the hospital in four...three...two...
runningesq runningesq 7 years
It looks very fun! ... but I am not coordinated enough to do this :P
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