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Women / I'm getting boy shoulders!
« on: May 21, 2008, 03:20:16 AM »
So, I've always been pretty broad-shouldered for a girl, but since I've been training so hard for parkour my upper body is getting pretty massive.  I know it sounds like a silly thing to complain about, but it's bothering me :-[.  Seriously, when I work out at the gym, boys give me jealous looks.  Does anybody know what kinds of exercises or diet or whatever build strength and endurance without building bulk? 


Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: May 21, 2008, 03:09:24 AM »

We are actually two people, Wes (25) and Coryn (23).  I guess it's three if you count our daughter Sasa (2).  Anyway, we are from Atlanta but we live in Shanghai and we've only been training for parkour for about two weeks.  I guess it goes without saying that parkour is awesome!  Anyway, APK and the forums have already helped us out immensely, so thanks to everybody who posts here.

PS: If it's against etiquette to have two people under a single handle please let us know ???.  It's just more convenient for us because we use the same computer and train together anyway.

              -Coryn & Wes

Parkour And Freerunning / Parkour and Children
« on: May 12, 2008, 06:08:55 PM »
We have recently started training specifically for parkour, and one of the many reasons we like it so much is that we can just take our two year-old daughter to the park and let her play with the other kids while we walk around on rails and roll in the grass.

One of the joys and concerns of parenthood is that kids love to imitate their parents.  She likes to show other kids the yoga (or "yogo" as she says) positions she can do and she "trains" with us by hanging on a rail for as long as she can and trying to do somersaults.  For now it's harmless fun, but we have heard about what happens to gymnasts who start training hard at a young age and we are a little worried about long-term effects.  Does anyone have any advice about kids or ideas about what movements are good for developing children and what movements are definitely bad?

I was also wondering if there are any other traceurs/traceuses out there with children and how they integrate training into child-rearing.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour in Shanghai?
« on: May 12, 2008, 05:18:43 PM »
We've been living in Shanghai for about eight months, and in China for a few years.  We've only been training in Parkour for a short time, and we have a two year old daughter who trains with us :P, but we'd be glad to meet up with you.  Our Chinese is pretty decent so I think I might check out that qq number KShap posted as well...

Injuries - Discussion / Re: Popping Knees
« on: May 12, 2008, 05:31:29 AM »
I did a quick search and found the conversation you were talking about.  Thanks for clueing me in!

Injuries - Discussion / Popping Knees
« on: May 12, 2008, 03:56:52 AM »
I am twenty-three and in pretty good shape, but every time I squat my knees pop audibly.  It isn't painful and it has happened for as long as I can remember.  I am worried that it might be a sign of something worse to come, like arthritis.  Before, I just avoided activities that involved bending my knees to more than a ninety degree angle, but since I started parkour I find it is impossible.

Does anybody know what the problem could be, if it is a problem, and what some solutions could be?  Like I said, it doesn't hurt and I can simply ignore it but I am worried it might develop into something worse.


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