Downs attack

There is a trend that many of us have been noticing (it’s been going on for as long as we can remember) relating to many of the new people coming to club meetings, and even many people who have been coming for quite a while. That trend has been a fundamental misunderstanding of how to grow and improve in Parkour; and I daresay that up to this point we officers have not been doing a good enough job in clearing up the confusion. Many people have been showing up to meetings expecting to immediately learn how to do incredible moves, and most of these people are the ones that don’t come back after having their expectations be let down after their first training session. Let me make this clear, we can try and teach you technique for days, weeks, or even months, but if you do not have the necessary strength/flexibility/etc to perform the technique then all of our teaching will be fruitless.

The base from which all Parkour flows is your body. Training technique without training fitness is like trying to build a house with only a hacksaw, a bucket of rusty nails, and a rock for a hammer; you just won’t have the tools to adequately do the job. I am definitely not saying don’t show up if you’re out of shape, in fact if you are please come more often so you can get more out of training. What I am saying is don’t expect to magically improve without “working out”. Improving in Parkour is a struggle and takes effort and it’s only when you put in that effort that you’ll see good results. If you don’t know where to start in working out please ask any of us officers, we are all more than happy to take some time to go over exercises and workouts and we can even write up a plan for you if you want. After all, we’re here to help.

Parkour can be the most rewarding experience in your life; you just have to put in the effort. In time you’ll come to realize that that concept doesn’t only apply to Parkour, but everything you do. But before you do something, whether it’s trying a new technique, doing your homework (or not), or anything else in your life, ask yourself why you’re doing it. Find out why it’s important to you that you do it. Only once you know that answer will you be able to put your heart and soul into whatever you choose to do. So, if you want to show up to meetings and watch everybody else improve quickly while you watch, so be it. I’ll be there to crack jokes and have a fun time with you regardless. But if you really want to improve yourself in both mind and body, get ready to put in the effort.

As always, find your way.

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