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Title: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Nicholas on January 18, 2012, 06:50:03 PM
This is my first post and I was wondering how do people find their spot to drill movements. I can find some but not many, the only one I found was behind a bank jumping from ramp to ramp. So I'm going to ask the community in general how do you find your parkour spots? Also I was thinking of how to use the word "parkour" correctly so if I used it wrong correct me.
Title: Re: Places to drill movements
Post by: Dustin Combs on January 18, 2012, 07:03:20 PM
Posting mostly to follow.

But, answering your question from your title:
Tables are perfect for vaults, sand pits are perfect for flips, walls and rails for climb ups and cat hangs, rails and wood/other random outter objects for precisions xD
but i feel like what you're asking isn't the same as the title?

I find spots by looking at any one obstacle then think if i can do at least ONE thing on it. If i can, i know i can train. Be creative, turning that bike rack by the curb a spot to train (bike racks and curbs are both separate videos from Caleb if you need examples). You can train anywhere.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Peter Wootton on January 19, 2012, 02:19:44 PM
For myself, I usually look at something and think of what I can do with it. Riding a bike around downtown, or wherever there is a suitable environment, and stopping and looking around when you see something promising is a great way to find new places. A car works too, but having to park constantly gets in the way a little.

Bringing your friends with you when you do this will also help -- ALOT. Not every traceur see's every obstacle the same, and your training partners will probably think of new things you can do. We call it "Parkour Syndrome," when every time you look at something you immediately think of how you could get over it/do something cool looking on it.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Shyam Subramanian on January 19, 2012, 03:50:06 PM
A) Go to all schools in your area.

B) Go to all commercial areas.

C) Drive/bike around and look.

:D
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Micah. on January 19, 2012, 04:18:51 PM
I go outside to find practicing spots.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Jacob Ellis on January 19, 2012, 05:03:22 PM
I go outside to find practicing spots.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Nicholas on January 19, 2012, 06:19:42 PM
Like there responses  :) all I have around me FOR NOW is a precision jump behind a bank. ;D
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Jordan Strybos on January 19, 2012, 07:36:25 PM
all I have around me FOR NOW is a precision jump behind a bank. ;D

I seriously doubt this is true.

Look here (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,31583.0.html), here (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,15413.0.html), and here (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,17192.0.html) for answers in related threads.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: steve dahlin on January 19, 2012, 08:24:45 PM
College Campuses have been the best spots for me so far, also look around downtown areas of towns nearby, you can use google maps and if you see any ledges/rails use street view and check it out that way. 

also ask your Local parkour community of spots around you.
In chicago, we made a map of every parkour spot/gym we know of near chicago on google maps.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206730974066776717085.00046e7a7183a9deb86ed&msa=0
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Anthony Hadouken on January 22, 2012, 05:30:03 PM
any elementary school is a good place to practice, just be creative
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Camiren on January 22, 2012, 07:26:54 PM
Do you really think all the good spots are gonna lift up their skirts and pull their panties down for you? You gotta work for it.
Take a city bus and look for them.

I go outside to find practicing spots.

The more you train the more spots just open up. Get outside.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Ryan A. Vetter on January 22, 2012, 09:43:57 PM
This is my first post and I was wondering how do people find their spot to drill movements. I can find some but not many, the only one I found was behind a bank jumping from ramp to ramp. So I'm going to ask the community in general how do you find your parkour spots? Also I was thinking of how to use the word "parkour" correctly so if I used it wrong correct me.
I have a thorough step-by-step guide to follow so you now too can find spots outside!

I'm pretty sure 99% of the board's stories are the same. I go outside and open my eyes.

While play-grounds and similar things are great for practicing, nothing beats a Gwar show.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Nicholas on January 30, 2012, 08:57:58 PM
I opened my eyes after like around 5 jogging sessions around my neighborhood. I started seeing all these wonderful spots beautiful tic tacs, though I must say there is a creepy abandoned house which I only trained in twice. What are your thoughs the house is for sale but it says no trespassing. Also transportation is very limited.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Jordan Strybos on January 31, 2012, 01:48:39 PM
I opened my eyes after like around 5 jogging sessions around my neighborhood. I started seeing all these wonderful spots beautiful tic tacs, though I must say there is a creepy abandoned house which I only trained in twice. What are your thoughs the house is for sale but it says no trespassing. Also transportation is very limited.

If it says no trespassing, then trespassing probably isn't legal ;)
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Ryan Sannar on February 01, 2012, 08:44:04 AM
So unless that's the only way to save the princess. Don't go in there.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Jason C. Astor on February 01, 2012, 09:31:09 AM
Honestly I do what everyone else is saying, I open my eyes. 

 However, finding a good place to really "Train", not just play around at for a bit till you get in someone’s way or you're asked to leave, is a different story. If you are looking for spots to really drill moves I suggest: Local schools. Elementary schools are good because of the playgrounds and lack of security. High schools are good because they usually have more walls, rails, planters and sometimes odd architecture. Colleges are by far the best though, they always have fun designs and progressions, only problem with high schools and colleges are security.

So your best bets are gonna be local schools with no fences or security or Playgrounds.

 Besides that, Parkour is like women; if you learn some moves and get confident, the world will almost magically open up to you.

Good luck
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: alxsmpgmr on February 01, 2012, 10:15:20 AM
Parks, Playgrounds, Picnic Areas. As time goes on, your perception will change and you'll be able to see all the new possibilities. All you have to do is know what to look for. With that knowledge, it's easy to find spots to train. One time, when my family was in the mountains on a fishing trip (that I didn't want to go to) I used the large and small rocks to practice balance, precision jumps and assorted vaults. Just keep looking  ;D
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Nick Fernandez on February 01, 2012, 06:15:04 PM
Honestly I do what everyone else is saying, I open my eyes. 

 However, finding a good place to really "Train", not just play around at for a bit till you get in someone’s way or you're asked to leave, is a different story. If you are looking for spots to really drill moves I suggest: Local schools. Elementary schools are good because of the playgrounds and lack of security. High schools are good because they usually have more walls, rails, planters and sometimes odd architecture. Colleges are by far the best though, they always have fun designs and progressions, only problem with high schools and colleges are security.

So your best bets are gonna be local schools with no fences or security or Playgrounds.

 Besides that, Parkour is like women; if you learn some moves and get confident, the world will almost magically open up to you.

Good luck

I've had this in my head for a really long time now.

There are two schools that I live next to, one an elementary school and one a middle school, barely 20 feet from each other. They both have some really nice isolated spots to train in, but it's sort of misleading. They're basically one school, but while I hoped to train at the elementary school, I noticed the dreaded sign on the middle school gates: No Trespassing. I wasn't sure whether this applied to the elementary school, and I wouldn't dare just go in and find out while I'm in there without talking to anyone (my sister goes to this school, and being kicked out + having to pick her up = bad).

Should I just go in there one day and ask someone if it's okay to be in there after school hours, or would that arouse suspicion?
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Ryan A. Vetter on February 01, 2012, 08:12:03 PM
Should I just go in there one day and ask someone if it's okay to be in there after school hours, or would that arouse suspicion?
Do it, at least it shows you're respecting the rules and care to follow them.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Ryan Sannar on February 02, 2012, 08:15:08 AM
This ^
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Nicholas on February 02, 2012, 01:09:04 PM
Well my question was answered and everybody else's do Im going to remove the topic.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Jordan Strybos on February 02, 2012, 09:43:07 PM
Well my question was answered and everybody else's do Im going to remove the topic.

No need to remove the topic...just leave it for the next person with the same question to find!
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: steve dahlin on February 02, 2012, 11:58:58 PM
This ^
I don't see what a bear has anything to do with this
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Anthony Hadouken on February 06, 2012, 01:22:57 AM
I've had this in my head for a really long time now.

There are two schools that I live next to, one an elementary school and one a middle school, barely 20 feet from each other. They both have some really nice isolated spots to train in, but it's sort of misleading. They're basically one school, but while I hoped to train at the elementary school, I noticed the dreaded sign on the middle school gates: No Trespassing. I wasn't sure whether this applied to the elementary school, and I wouldn't dare just go in and find out while I'm in there without talking to anyone (my sister goes to this school, and being kicked out + having to pick her up = bad).

Should I just go in there one day and ask someone if it's okay to be in there after school hours, or would that arouse suspicion?
dude elementary schools are some of the best places to train and learn new things, as long as your not up on the roof there shouldn't be any problem, when people see you training they mostly just let you be, now if you were just hanging out there with no purpose, that would be different
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Ryan Sannar on February 06, 2012, 08:45:37 AM
Bears, beats, Battlestar galactica.

It has to do with everything.
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Anthony Hadouken on February 06, 2012, 11:18:10 AM
Bears, beats, Battlestar galactica.

It has to do with everything.
MICHAEL!!!! JIM IS MOCKING ME!!!
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: steve dahlin on March 18, 2012, 09:37:06 PM
Bears, beats, Battlestar galactica.

It has to do with everything.
hahahahaha
Love Dwight
Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Robert "McMuffin" Teets on March 19, 2012, 04:54:10 AM
It just becomes natural after a while. I've seen some people notice places I would never have thought of.
The basics are like using picnic tables for vaults.
Use Rails for percisions.
Etc.

Title: Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
Post by: Crosion_5 on March 20, 2012, 04:44:00 PM
I always try to find spots on foot, because you can get into areas and search around better that way.

Downtown areas are the best.  Often offices or other buildings will try to design quieter areas inclosed with buildings on all sides.  Those spots usually have some fun areas and architecture.

If you are in smaller cities or towns, it will be a little more tough.  Like everyone else said: schools, parks, etc.

If there are any nature trails or other natural parks with trees, boulders, or cliffs, those can be excellent.  One of my favorite areas is not even in the city, but out in nature.