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Diet / Paleo Diet Ranked Dead Last for Best Diets by US News
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:37:07 AM »
US News & World Report rates Paleo Diet last on the list (24/24) while the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) takes first.

Thoughts from my nutritionally or fitness minded friends?

http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-overall-diets

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"The Freerunner" Magazine / Re: RISE - A Parkour Story
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:47:48 AM »
Thanks guys! For all those who are looking for the complete story, need to catch up, or anything in between, here you go.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/33151063/Rise-A-Parkour-Story
http://www.scribd.com/doc/37006502/RISE-Chapter-15
http://www.scribd.com/doc/43943309/RISE-A-Parkour-Story-Chapter-16
http://www.scribd.com/doc/58869190/RISE-Chapter-17-Final

Even after all these years to hear that people still read this story and like it gives me a huge smile. :)
I have plans to one day re-edit and expand the story/characters into a proper novel, just trying to get real life into order.
And I agree, the prologue I originally wrote was pretty cliche. It was all I had at the time haha!

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egqf7k5Lzhk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egqf7k5Lzhk</a>

http://www.plantpositive.com/blog/

https://plus.google.com/104628657784485387851/posts

There's a LOT of material from this man that seeks to downplay Paleo-style eating and point out flaws in the proponents' views, as well as a push for vegan and vegen-like diets.

I've watched some of his video series (it's over 60 videos in depth!) and read some of his articles. It seems his major attacks are based around...

  • Paleo not being supported by good research
  • Much of Paleo is derived from historical/archaeological data and not science
  • The proponents of Paleo are by and large not reputable scientists
  • Veganism has been unfairly vilified and is not only an alternative to Paleo and SAD diets, but preferable

I'm interested to hear others' opinions of this guy and what he has to say. All it seems to reinforce in me is that there are so many ways people can eat, who can say precisely what will work best for everyone?

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Consumer Whores / Re: -Efficient Non-Costly Freerunning/Parkour Shoes-
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:45:42 PM »
Dont they feel like they slide around alot? They work...But how long will the traction last and I felt kinda out of control while sprinting in them.

They slide around a little more than other, more structured shoes but not enough to make me use something else. The feel I get from the ground and the light weight make up for the looser feel. And I haven't had a problem with grip yet, I actually just ran the American Ninja Warrior course in these and they performed great.

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"I have not invented a 'new style,' composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from 'this' method or 'that' method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Parkour is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see 'ourselves'. . . Parkour is not an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you don't, and that is that.

There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Parkour is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Parkour is simply the direct expression of one's feelings with the minimum of movements and energy.

Finally, a Parkour man who says Parkour is exclusively Parkour is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive.

Again let me remind you Parkour is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one's back."

Modified from Bruce Lee's statements about Jeet Kun Do.

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But in all seriousness...

 
He's adorable! Good luck, I hope he grows up as strong and awesome as his parents. :)

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Pics & Vids / Re: Looking for Good Demonstration Videos
« on: February 14, 2012, 08:24:05 PM »
Thanks Craig, that looks pretty good! Got any others?

The more choices the better everyone, give me your favorites!

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Pics & Vids / Re: Samurai Style Parkour
« on: February 13, 2012, 09:09:02 PM »
Already commented on the video itself but I'll say it here too. You are one of my favorite movers in the world right now Masa. All your abilities, from jumps to balance to acrobatics, strength and precision, everything just looks effortless. When I picture someone truly moving freely in the world, you are one of the people I imagine. Good luck with the recovery, I can't wait to see you back.

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Consumer Whores / Re: -Efficient Non-Costly Freerunning/Parkour Shoes-
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:37:34 PM »
that makes no sense to me

http://www.americaspodiatrist.com/2009/10/the-top-3-ways-wearing-shoes-harms-our-feet-%E2%80%93-and-what-we-can-do-about-it/

1. Shoes Weaken Bones in Our Feet
2. Shoes Limit and Alter the Normal Motion of Our Feet
3. Shoes Deform Our Feet

http://naturalrunning.com/research-science/450-evidence-based-science

"The body of studies into the concept of shoe absorption has failed to confirm it as a reducer of skeletal stress."
"Constant protection of the foot through shock-absorbing structures of PECH (Pronation Control, Elevated Cushioned Heel) shoes causes less resistance to the stress of localized pressure. Weakening of foot tissue and barefoot sensitivity have been observed in patients."

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: A.D.A.P.T Online or Stateside course?
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:29:48 PM »
As far as I know, it's a hands-on certification only. Sometimes PKGen comes to America but usually you'd have to go to the UK. However, there are now two PKFR certs based right here in the US: Primal Fitness in Washington D.C. and Apex Movement in Denver, Colorado. Having visited both facilities I can vouch that their instructor programs are top-notch. They might not be through 'the founders' and not as qualified in more purist terms, but when it comes to actually teaching movement, they're as good if not better than any others.

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Pics & Vids / Looking for Good Demonstration Videos
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:11:18 PM »
Hey there everyone. So next Sunday I'm going to be co-hosting a tween (ages 9-13) dance party at the community center I work at. As part of the dance they've asked me to incorporate Parkour. I'm planning to do some performing on my part, some basic level teaching, and most importantly to this thread, have some videos playing throughout. We have a big screen with projector and sound system so I want links to everybody's favorite videos.

Here is the criteria...
  • No foul language or provocative music/lyrics
  • Little to no juvenile stunts like flashing, throwing trash, etc. Basic antics are all right but nothing Jackass-style.
  • High video quality
  • Good, controlled movement. Can be Parkour, Freerunning, or any combination of the two, just needs to avoid too much rooftop training or other sketchy locales.
  • They can be Youtube or streaming videos but if they can be downloaded that would be a major plus.

I have the Parkour Tour starring Danny Ilabaca on DVD and a bunch of old clips and favorited videos from online. But there's so much good material out there that I want to find something new and different. So, what cha got everyone?  :)

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Pics & Vids / Re: The 150 ($240) Parkour Park
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:00:42 PM »
Amazing gym, major props to you gentlemen. Would love to hear more about gaining use of disused spaces like this, especially in my area of Philadelphia.

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Consumer Whores / Re: -Efficient Non-Costly Freerunning/Parkour Shoes-
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:02:46 PM »
Bought some Feiyues to get free shipping out of my Amazon purchase. GREATEST IDEA. I love these things now. Not only are they super comfortable, grippy, and inexpensive, but they make you feel like a ninja.

BTW, how do you pronounce Feiyue... FEE-yu?

I believe it's pronounced Fay-you.

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Maybe I should ask what a areas are most parkour friendly, because I feel like Texas (at least Dallas) is not very open to traceurs with all the liability and limited places to practice.

So what would the most friendly areas be and best places to practice and learn?

Wherever Shade Zlat, Oleg Vorslav, Erik Mukhametshin, Team Jiyo, and Sonny are from. Seems to be the Poland/Latvia/Denmark/Russia/Belarus area. Denmark has government sponsored PK parks and there's so many old Soviet-era playgrounds and buildings around that it's a universal hotspot.

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Consumer Whores / Re: -Efficient Non-Costly Freerunning/Parkour Shoes-
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:15:30 AM »
see the grip pattern on these ^ thats how my shoes are and they only cost like 30 bucks
http://www.shoesforcrews.com/sfc3/index.cfm?changeWebsite=US_en&route=c_store.viewDetailsOfProduct&partnumber=6010

They also have super thick soles. High heels and soles can cause poor running and movement mechanics, upping the chances of injury. I don't doubt they're cheaper and good for training but purely on a longevity standpoint, I prefer something closer to the ground. The Bullets aren't ideal sole-wise but they're better than most. And IMO they look cooler :P

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Consumer Whores / Re: -Efficient Non-Costly Freerunning/Parkour Shoes-
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:35:25 PM »
I haven't had a chance to pressure test them yet but the Saucony Bullets are feeling amazing.


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In the US? See the above answers.

In the world? London, Paris, Copenhagen, etc.

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Socialize / Re: Need ideas for hoodie modification, please.
« on: February 02, 2012, 06:50:15 PM »
Headphones attached to the drawstrings or inside the hood.

Soak it in bleach for a completely blank, hard look.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: School Lesson Plan
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:28:19 PM »
Based on a one hour class time, here's my breakdown based on teaching classes the last year and a half.

1) 2-5min of discussing what Parkour is, what Parkour is not (ie, jumping off rooftops), and the relationship it has to everyday life and other sports/activites.

2) 5-10min of warmups and basic exercises or drills, including stationary jumps, pushups, and legs kicks/arm swings.

3) 5min of demonstration for the techniques or skills to be learned. For instance, showing what proper landings are, precision jumps, QM, or low-level vaults.

4) 30-35min of practice, giving tips and instruction as needed. The easiest way to run it is to have a line and each person does the activity in turn.

5) 5-10min of cooling down, stretching, and answering questions.

Usually the order of teaching techniques goes...
  • Landings (Regular two foot, slap out, rolls)
  • QM and rail balance/walking
  • Precision Jumps
Etc.

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Consumer Whores / Re: Best Barefoot Shoe?
« on: January 26, 2012, 09:36:29 PM »

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