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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: I am still here
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:54:36 PM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tim. You too, Sebastian. I am sure we cannot be the only ones out there who are still struggling to train. I really do not mean it lightly whenever I say that I just cannot train what I want, how I want, whenever I want. If only there are more out there who understand where I am coming from.

I feel the exact same way. At some point it became hard to train a specific technique or movement without spending the time to search for areas. Sure I do still fit in Parkour whenever I can, but it's hard to do it on such a busy schedule. I need to make it a goal to escape these boundaries and fit more time in for Parkour.

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Welcome! / Re: I'm new to parkour.
« on: January 13, 2015, 07:42:08 PM »
Welcome to the APK forums! Hope you enjoy your time on here!

Just want to address some questions quickly. Firstly, you do not need to change your diet to better yourself in Parkour. There are plenty of vegetarian traucers out there who have mad skill. If you are looking for examples, I would recommend looking at Tim Shieff's videos. He is a vegan traucer who advocates for the meatless diet.

If you have other questions about diet, I would recommend looking at our diet boards.

Secondly, if you are interest in diving into that push it is best to ask yourself why you are interested in doing Parkour. Do you want to be better, do it for fun, or some other reason? Nearly everyone around has their own personal reasons for doing Parkour, but you can find most of us simply do it for the love of it. So what compels you to do Parkour?

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Training Journals / Re: Dick's training log
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:07:35 PM »
Congrats on such a wonderful opportunity, Dick! You definitely deserve it, best of luck to you!

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Training Journals / Re: "I'm Just Going For a Run"
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:07:46 PM »
Hello C. Bourque! Just wanted to stop by and say I admire your dedication towards training!

A lot of your goals seem to be similar to the ones I had last year/are currently my goals for this year. Hope you reach your goals and am looking forward to the progression videos if you plan on doing them.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Arrested for Parkour.
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:46:31 PM »
It is certainly not legal. As long as couga is not violating any federal crimes he can do whatever he wants on his property. That includes Parkour

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Socialize / Re: Happy New Year and New Year's resolutions
« on: January 02, 2015, 05:39:41 AM »
Guess who's tutorials I have been linked to earlier this day :D And yea, I have downloaded few beginner's books and am going for it.

If you do have any questions regarding Java feel free to message me. I have a few years of Java experience under my belt

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Socialize / Re: Happy New Year and New Year's resolutions
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:39:03 AM »
2. Learn some java

If you looking for ways to get started on this try looking into this guy's Youtube channel called "The New Boston". He teaches a variety of programming tutorials and has several guides on Java.

Beginners Tutorial

Honestly though, the best way to learn Java is simply grabbing a Beginner's Java textbook. Read through the book and practice each exercise and you'll be on your way to mastering the language


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Socialize / Re: Happy New Year and New Year's resolutions
« on: December 31, 2014, 08:31:32 PM »
I have been making a rather large list of things I want to accomplish for 2015. Here are my Physical/Parkour related goals from that list:

1. Complete my 2015 goal list for Parkour/Freerunning moves(Different List)
2. Get certified as a lifegaurd
3. Run the Twin Cities marathon
4. Do 12 hours of Parkour in a day
5. Win a Tshirt at US Marines Pull Up challenge
6. Earn Gold Medal status for Presidents Challenge
7. Pass all Pakour Levels test(Academy related)
8. Finish a Tough Mudder

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Taken seriously.
« on: December 23, 2014, 01:11:15 PM »
Ugggh and then there's minecraft players and their definition of parkour...
Oh god! I can barely imagine what it would be :D

The amount of Minecraft videos I get when I Youtube "Parkour" is astounding.

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Welcome! / Re: gymnastics or capoeira for learning parkour?
« on: December 22, 2014, 06:07:19 AM »
No, not really.

Capoeira doesn't teach you vaults. It's more of a break dance combined with a martial arts. You can mostly just expect kicks, punches, cartwheels, forms of handstands and the like.

Gymnastics is pretty heavy focus on flips and other tricks. It can help you learn laches, flip variations, twists, and other Freerunning type moves.

As far as vaults go, it's more or less something you strictly learn by Parkour.

If you want to get more an idea of the two I would recommend watching these two videos:

Capoeira Fight

Gymnastics Montage

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Welcome! / Re: gymnastics or capoeira for learning parkour?
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:36:38 AM »
Neither, the two are very different things. The best way for you to learn Parkour is to do Parkour.

If you are looking for techniques you can incorporate into Freerunning, then both are good. Gymnastics can definitely help you get down any flips, twists, bar stuff, and more fast and powerful moves. Capoeria can help with handstands, kicks, and other slow, strength heavy  moves. It's more of what sort of movements you're more comfortable with. Try both and see how you like it.

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I believe something like this was posted last year. Last year my main focus was training the basics. There was a number of basic gymnastics moves I could train indoors.

This year has changed. Many of the moves I trained last year I'm now easily able to do. This semester was crazy busy. I was so overfilled with work I had to make time to train. Even then, we were hit with a snow/ice storm making a lot of what I wanted to do outside impossible. I ended up just training the basics and did conditioning.

Classes are over, but the schedule is still hectic. True I can't train outside that much, and money being tight makes it hard to go to a parkour/gymnastics gym. So I've been still doing basics and conditioning. I also have been looking more into other sports I can do during the winter. I have been heavily involved in both swimming and rock climbing these past few weeks. I signed up for a trial membership at a gym which has greatly helped me forget about cabin fever

When I'm not doing either of the aforementioned things I work on conditioning at home. Any exercise that will help strengthen me up I do at home. I also just do some timers and moves that help work on forms(e.g. Planche, front limbers, kip ups,etc;). Anything that I can do with the space of my living room I do. I admit it might get tedious after a while, but it keeps myself active. I have been looking more into break dancing to incorporate into Freerunning. There's always something new out there. It's just a matter of finding what you could do, then improvising so you can do it.

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Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Re: New Forum! (Discussion)
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:59:37 PM »
Hey everyone, Russ here.

First off, I want to apologize for the huge spammer problem that recently occurred here. As most of you know, Nick and I are really the only moderators active on the forums. We try to clear up forum issues as best as we can, but this one definitely got out of hand.

Previously we, as moderators, were only able to delete threads and post selectively. This was where the issue lied, as the spammers would be able to post a new thread every 2-3 minutes. They were already 9 hours ahead of us, so we were already dealing with a large bulk of spam posts by the time we were aware of the situation.

The Moderator accounts have recently been given elevated permissions. I was able to change some of the security issues to halt the spam. We have since been working non-stop to clear up all spam.
 
Again, we do apologize for this problem. I would like to thank all users who has brought this situation to our attention.

I do want to remind everyone to please report to a moderator if you noticed any issues. When you do use the report to a moderator feature all admins and moderators receive an e-mail of your report. I check my e-mail very frequently so I can assist any, if all, problems as soon as possible.


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Diet / Re: veganism and cheaper vegan protein sources
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:43:50 AM »
I never understood why people would stop eating meat....

There's a lot more benefits from not eating meat than eating meat. While meat is a good source of protein, there are plenty of not meat foods that provide a lot more protein for less fat. Plus not to mention these same non-meat foods is typically higher in vitamins and fiber. Tim Shieff, vegan traucer, does a commentary on the subject in his video here.

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Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Re: The spammers problem.
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:58:33 AM »
I'll speak with the admin about this idea.

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FAQ / MOVED: Sugar
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:23:16 AM »

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Oh yeah, a number of times. I think the most recent one was earlier this summer when I was riding on my bike.

I signed up for a 1 month free South Korean swords class fairly close to where I live, about 8 miles away. Being that I do not have a car I had to resort to getting there by bike. The path there was pretty hectic. The class took place right after rush hour ends, meaning the half hour trip getting there was during rush hour. The path way has very little sidewalks and bike lanes so I would constantly need to be on the road and cross lanes to make turns. It was mostly up hill and down hill. Not to mention half of the route involved going through very busy roads driven by careless drivers.

One day I was running late to my class so I was biking at a very high speed up hill on one of the busier roads. I ended up reaching the top of the hill but resumed the same speed going downward. I was going at it at a much faster speed than I am adjusted to so I can make the yellow light. I was approaching the intersection and had to take a left. I ended up taking the turn way too fast and lost control. Ahead of me was a car going at a much slower pace than I was. Behind me was a car with no signs of stopping. I managed to turn myself onto a curb. I bounced high on my bike. My bike was coming down forward and sideways. I quickly jumped off my bike, did a slight skip, then did a roll on the pavement. I naturally came out in a sprint, watching my bike slide across the ground.

I came out with a slight scrape on my elbow but the bike was wrecked. I fixed it enough to take me home. At the very least I was relieved I naturally went into a roll. Soon after that I started to wear a helmet when I biked

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Consumer Whores / Re: Best Backpack for parkour?
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:47:43 PM »
Did your tests include rolls? I am curious if one can roll in that thing with out busting the bladder.

I have. I was able to roll without any issues with the bladder.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Police involvement
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:08:48 AM »
That sounds annoying, but there really is not much you can do about it.

What I would recommend is starting a Parkour club at your school. If your school recognizes Parkour as an official group activity than the cop would not be able to tell you to stop training without strong reason.

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Consumer Whores / Re: Best Backpack for parkour?
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:38:48 AM »
The APK store does have a Hydration Backpack available. I personally own one and tested to see how it works. I was able to run, roll, flip, and do everything parkour and freerunning without issue. It is also tight and lightweight, giving it a seemingly weightless feeling to it.

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