I haven't had much success with consistency, but I'll try the online journal method. Maybe having this up will keep me motivated just by knowing that others may be watching.
I'm 27 yrs. old and am new to parkour (actually I've been a groupie for quite a while, but I'm giving it a go now). For those of you unfamiliar with my "Newbie Needs Help" thread, I'm starting from scratch here. My body is conditioned well enough to handle the very basic moves of martial arts. I have extensive knowledge and experience in that area, but for the last couple of years I have been focusing on theories, letting my conditioning and skill go to the wayside, which, by the way, I'm ending here and now.
So now that I've established that I'm starting from rock bottom, I'll lay out my goals. For my first stage, I'm going to use the Animal Workouts from Urban Freeflow. The goals outlined there are very similar to my own, and they have a very good structure to go about attaining them. This choice came about from the comparisons made with suggestions for my other thread, and a few additional sources, as well as a complete evaluation of my goals.
My overall goals are to:
- Obtain the physical fitness necessary to perform the APK and CF WoDs as prescribed.
- Be able to perform the basic parkour movements (everything in the tutorial video).
- Be able to run a mile in 6 min (my best was 5:30 in highschool).
- Be able to touch my toes and do the splits both ways (never been able to do either).
I have other goals, but they are unrelated to either fitness or parkour so I'll not list them to save on space
Here is the link to the workouts I'll be performing: http://www.urbanfreeflow.com/2009/02/04/animal-workouts
The first stage (Gibbon) has this listed as the goals:
10+ Inverted Rows.
4+ Pistol Squats each leg.
30 push ups in a minute.
As of right now, I measure up as:
14 Inverted Rows
1 Pistol Squats each leg.
35 Push-ups in a minute.
A few are above, some are below.
To make my goals SMART (acronym), I'll place a time restraint of 1 month. I'll take the test (try to hit all of the values above) on Oct 10th.