To start learning the sport of parkour, get the right shoes, begin a basic training routine, practice basic jumps and vaults and join a parkour community. Parkour is an athletic endeavor that involves overcoming physical obstacles. It requires consistent repetition, discipline and progression against harder obstacles.Continue Reading
Shoes with minimal padding are a better choice for the beginning traceur, or parkour practitioner, than are traditional, heavily padded athletic shoes. Choose lightweight shoes with a flat sole, a good grip and no raised heel.
A traceur must be in excellent physical condition. A basic training routine for parkour begins with 10 each of leg lifts, push-ups, pull-ups and squats, with additional weight and repetitions added weekly. Emphasize becoming more explosive with the movements.
The first jumps to learn in parkour are simple jumps over steps on a flight of stairs. Begin by jumping one or two steps, gradually progressing to six steps at a time. Focus on taking off from an explosive, short sprint and landing lightly. The next jumps to learn are two-handed vaults and precision jumps.
Search social media to find a parkour or freerunning community in your own area. Check at local gyms to find other traceurs. Use the community to learn more advanced moves from practiced traceurs.