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Strength Training for Parkour

Following my last entry, I came across two additional videos from the same Youtube channel.  Both focus on strength and conditioning for parkour.  The first video is from 2006, while the sequel was added in 2010.

Each video demonstrates the potential for low-tech gymless training.  The video creators have  turned their surrounding environments into highly effective training areas.  The results speak for themselves…

Part 1

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Part 2

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29 Comments so far

  1. Martin August 26th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Really cool and inspiring.

  2. Neal August 26th, 2010 5:13 pm

    Great stuff!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Joe Owens August 26th, 2010 6:16 pm

    Some of these exercises don’t look physically possible. Amazing!

  4. bonez August 26th, 2010 7:14 pm

    Thats awesome i never thought to work out like that

  5. Tobi August 26th, 2010 7:18 pm

    haha, I’ve known this for so long and as a parkour practicioner i follow your inspiring site for quite a time. its great to see this video posted here

  6. BarryMac August 26th, 2010 9:32 pm

    That sure is truly inspiring.

    Put that street training together with the actual strength agility and fearlessness of Parkour and I’m blown away!

    Onwards with my morning workout, which seems like a troll in the park compared to those guys.

    Thanks for putting these videos up Ross.


  7. Brittany August 27th, 2010 1:50 am

    Wow, this is just plain amazing. Are any of you guys into doing stunts for movies? If not, you should try…you’d probably get the part fast!

  8. Alecks Santizo August 27th, 2010 1:56 am

    Imagination is the limit!

  9. David August 27th, 2010 6:20 am

    Great videos.

    What I particularly liked was the noticable (in my opinion) strength increase in the participants, which looks to have occured from the time of recording the first video (posted to youtube on 13 November 2006) to the second (posted to youtube on 16 May 2010).

  10. Vincenzo Iaciofano August 27th, 2010 7:09 am

    Made me chuckle with some of your jokes and appreciate the outside surroundings of your new gym areas!

  11. Tomislav August 27th, 2010 10:48 am

    That alleged 60 foot jump in part 1 looked like they were taking the piss. Otherwise good–if repetitive.

  12. Tomislav August 27th, 2010 10:55 am

    LOL, I take that back. Part 2 was very good. Funny–and they were taking the piss.

  13. Andy August 27th, 2010 7:59 pm

    man these videos are great. its great to see other forms of exercise that are possible without a gym or weights.

  14. Paul Maunder August 28th, 2010 10:17 pm

    Thanks for posting the links to my videos :) I’m glad that people find them useful!

    I’ll refer friends back to your site, as the articles I’ve read so far contain very good information, much of which is relevant to parkour practitioners :)



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  16. fit4fight August 29th, 2010 3:10 pm

    Can´t watch the first clip – f*** WMG and Sony!!

  17. Walt August 29th, 2010 4:54 pm

    They should really wear gloves when doing all that ground stuff…. especially since they are doing it such a nasty urban environment… broken glass, people’s spit (or worse), cigarette butts …. just gross. This really makes me glad I live in the mountains away from all that.

  18. Trevor August 29th, 2010 7:14 pm

    I agree on the gloves with the broken glass. Everything else wash your hands. However, I wouldn’t run barefoot in a urban area because of broken glass. Had my fill of broken glass and flatting my bike tires this year.

  19. Trevor

    You know speaking of bare feet, I took a walk last week with no shoes on.

    I tried to run but had some glass in my right foot, no biggie, there is something liberating in walking outside barefoot.

    Working out outside has some advantages, you can do pullups on a tree branch without needing to pay for it (unless you somehow manage to get fined for doing that)

    -Alex Allmert

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  21. Walt August 31st, 2010 4:36 am

    Parkor is about as practical to real life as capoeira is to fighting. Sure you need to be able to run and jump. But all those inverts remind me o capoeira fighters. What’s the point? There is never a need to be inverted in the air. You are taking a huge unnecessary risk. Jump rope and run and you will quick enough on your feet. Look what can happen to one of those clowns in a fight:

  22. Passenger September 1st, 2010 10:47 am

    Walt August just disqualified himself for bringing back the same old jokes I have heard about for too long. Did you even notice that you postet a movie clip and no “real” fight!? Did you ever talked to a capoeirista before who called himself a fighter? The only ones I know are doing much more martial arts instead of only capoeira. And by the way, why do you even have to mention capoeira in a discussion about parcour aside from the movie clip beeing an easy target? And on last notice, why should I jumprope and running mile after mile when I can get a much funnier and (I think) also better training with parcour?

    ps: I don’t do parcour, just have gotten incredibly bored about all the hate from people who (mostly) not even tried do get informed about a think. Like you

    pps: english is not my native tongue so please excuse my errors.

  23. Walt September 1st, 2010 4:00 pm


    The point was that it is stupid and pointless to ever be upside down in the air. It is just for show. A lot of the Parkour moves are useful. But please explain, why you would ever need to invert yourself in the air? (especially in a fight)

  24. Passenger September 1st, 2010 5:01 pm

    It absolutely isn’t useful to be upside down in the air. On that we do agree 100 percent. Also that the last thing you want to do in a fight is to be jumping around like this.

    In which point we don’t agree is that this is stupid overall. And that is want I want to say in my first post. When people like the challenge themself, to push their skills and they’re body to the extreme (like flipping crazy through the air), why call them clowns and to be stupid for this?
    I think you can waste your time with activitys a lot more senseless… like watching tv. That is stupid! But everybody does it ;-)

  25. Paul Maunder September 3rd, 2010 2:21 pm

    Parkour has nothing at all to do with flips, despite what you may have seen in the media. Parkour is a practical discipline and training system which focuses on building practical strength & agility, which you can use to both navigate quickly through an environment, and in many other every day situations.

    Freerunning, on the other hand, does include flips and other elements of tricking. Don’t confuse parkour & freerunning, as they are not the same. My documentary, Parkour – The Nature Of Challenge, was posted in the previous thread. Watch it for an accurate description of what parkour is really about. As you’ll see, it does not contain any flips. Here’s part 1 of 4:

  26. Walt September 3rd, 2010 2:42 pm

    I never said parkour/ free running wasn’t useful. To a SWAT or special ops operator, those kind of skills have to be like gold. But what a fool they would be if they went upside down in the air, just like if a capoiera clown does in a fight.

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  28. Ryan September 25th, 2010 7:56 am

    Walt, youre an idiot.

    Two examples of an ACTUAL fight (not a movie clip) between an MMA guy and a capoeirista.

    Just because something is uncommon, doesnt make it wrong or impractical. I could show you a few boxers/boxing techniques that were thought to be pretty impractical at first, too….

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