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Parkour and Freerunning => Parkour And Freerunning => Topic started by: Joe F. on May 10, 2010, 07:21:35 PM

Title: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Joe F. on May 10, 2010, 07:21:35 PM
I've been combing both this forum and the net for a while now and I haven't found many Parkour specific training grounds. I realize the irony in that but hear me out. I live on a farm and have spare land. I've been toying wit the idea of turning a small area of it into a training area.

I've already considered getting a bunch of used scaffolding and such and I'm a decent carpenter. I hope piece by piece this may become a free runners paradise.The idea is to build obstacles and other various and useful practice tools. All I'm wondering is if you had a place to go where you could run, jump, roll and flow undisturbed. What would you build there? I have some ideas but if I built it I wouldn't keep it to myself so throw me some ideas of what you think would be cool. Please note that I am a college student so money is a factor.
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Gage H. on May 10, 2010, 07:31:34 PM
2x4's and waferboard. Im building like a mini gym in my back yard and thats all im using. I built a vault box last weekend. It was fun and didnt take long.
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Colby Zayne Gamache on May 10, 2010, 07:35:16 PM
a good training area has vault spots, walls, rails, and a solid mix of them all...different heights, etc.

something me and my brother did was we took apart an old fence on our farm and used it to make precision and vault rails...idk if you have some old pipe fence laying around or if you can weld but thats an idea i can throw at you...

my stepdad also worked offshore, so i got him to get me about 20 of those 50 gallon drums...the plastic ones, and i used them to create vault-able obstacles...just another idea...
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: WoodlandGhillie on May 11, 2010, 03:10:20 AM
People think alike. (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,26146.0.html)
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Joe F. on May 11, 2010, 09:44:17 AM
People think alike. (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,26146.0.html)
Nice link prob gonna use some of that.
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: WoodlandGhillie on May 11, 2010, 11:02:10 AM
Nice link prob gonna use some of that.

It's also in my sig.

If you have any ideas that I don't, it'd be wonderful if you shared.
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Joe F. on May 11, 2010, 06:31:06 PM
Here's one thing I'm planing to build. Just 2x4s and particle board.
(http://i41.tinypic.com/aqnix.jpg)
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Zach on May 13, 2010, 04:48:37 PM
Good idea man. There's this big gulch behind my house and I think that I'll do something like that to it hmmmmmm....
Title: Re: Purpose Built Parkour Training Area.
Post by: Gabe Arnold on May 13, 2010, 08:04:37 PM
Precision Garden - Sink a bunch of 2-3 foot long posts into the ground, roughly 4in by 4in but any perimeter size will do. Space them around at random distances and angles, make some higher, some lower, etc. Make sure you pack the dirt around them tight and they're deep enough in the ground not to wiggle. Hop from post to post and practice your balance. (For added fun, mix in some precision trainers (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3054/2855156980_7419ec41a1.jpg))

Poor Man's Vault Box - I call it this because I made one yesterday for literally zero money, I scrounged the pieces from dumps and empty parking lots. Take two wooden pallets (http://www.divyashreepackaging.com/full-images/695350.jpg) and lean them against each other at roughly a 20-30 degree angle. Nail boards to the sides to give it stability and hold it together. Nail a plywood sheet to the top to give it a surface to land/vault on. Take two more sheets of plywood and nail them to the two faces to make a flat surface. Cover with skateboard griptape or paint mixed with sand for a rough texture. (I'll upload a pic soon.)