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Parkour And Freerunning / Finding the Traceur - Training Experiments
« on: September 24, 2012, 08:06:03 AM »

New post going over a couple training experiments I have tried this past month - interesting observations I feel would benefit the parkour community

 - Gabe

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: rolling hurts?
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:26:16 AM »
Love this problem, because I went through it, and EVERY one of my traceur friends went through this... The solution I have found, unfortunately, is just to suck it up, take the bruises, and keep working on it.  As mentioned before, grass is very forgiving, thus you really cannot know how your roll is going to feel until you take it to cement.  That being said, just because you are hitting certain spots, does not mean you are doing the roll wrong.  Everyone's body is different and you just have to keep practicing until you can adjust the little things so that your roll fits you and no longer hurts.

Also, attempt some cement rolls from a drop. NOT a big drop, but just something that gives you the proper momentum that the roll can initiate itself (versus a standing still/starting on the knee roll). I find that with a little momentum, the roll comes easier (if you have truly put practice into it).

In the end it took me several weeks of dealing with the bruises (hitting the hip for me), but it allowed myself to find the adjustments necessary to eliminate hitting those spots (which grass does not let you feel).

Parkour And Freerunning / Opposite day - Finding the Traceur blog
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:58:49 PM »
Today I dedicated my training to non-dominant movements - a fundamental of parkour training that some traceurs disregard

-Gabe Streisfeld

Recently created a blog after coming to terms with my past year's struggle to find the motivation to train. It will act as an open journal of my new and maturing views on parkour training and philosophy, which have drastically changed since I started training in 2005. I hope it can be an influence to all those who read to find the core values that motivate you to train, as well as allow yourself to keep an open mind to different and maturing views.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Bruce Lee Running Motivation
« on: April 13, 2011, 01:42:40 PM »
the quote actually continues ... lee further says " If you’re not better than you were the day before, then what are you doing – what’s the point?"  :D

National Jams / Re: South Jersey/Philadelphia National Jam May 21,22
« on: March 02, 2011, 02:13:15 PM »
I'll be there

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Methods to push the self.
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:01:33 AM »
Rule #76 = no excuses, play like a champion

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Go for a run
« on: March 01, 2011, 05:57:41 AM »
wow dude, you just hinted at the idea behind an article I've been planning on posting soon. Hopefully it'll be done soon, you'll see what I mean

looking foward to reading it.  When do you think you'll finish it?  Do you think you can email it to me when you do?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Go for a run
« on: February 28, 2011, 12:52:28 PM »
I've done this a few times and the thing i like more than the cardio conditioning, is the mental exercise. If you run a track or run without any intention of useing any efficient moves, your mind can fade and you loose focus on what you are doing. With a parkour run your mind is always working and it builds up your sences. You can see things quicker, you can make decisions faster, and your body starts moving into a good position without you even thinking about it. I run on the rocks at Belle Isle in Richmond, Virginia as much as i can, and the water level is always changing so it's never the same. Everytime i go, the environment changes so my mind quickly changes and adapts. This helps me with new locations that i've never even been to.

awesome interpretation.  Running on rocks like you mentioned is a perfect example of the same sort of focus -- wish I had a place like that to train.

Furthermore, I have a good analogy that supports this training (just wanted to post it even though I'm sure most people understand already).

You can connect it to any sport pretty much, where our normal style of training can be looked at as practices/drills.  No matter how good you get at these drills, it isn't until you play an actual game that you gain the experience necessary to progress.  I see these runs as the game, versus the practice.

Parkour And Freerunning / Go for a run
« on: February 26, 2011, 02:31:21 AM »
Let me start this off by mentioning something about George Hébert's Natural method, which can be considered widely as the root of parkour.  When initially created, Hébert meant the method to be trained by two ways.  First, by a specifically made obstical course, or parcours, which is now the common military obstacle course.

And Secondly, purely just to go for a run in nature, adapting to the natural obstacles that come in your way.

So this thread is mainly for all of those out there, like me, who haven't done this for awhile, or at all...


What is a parkour run? - - - > it is simply a run at a comfortable pace through your town, your spots, your nature; adapting and overcoming the obstacles that come in your way.  You can even run loops around a single spot, the point is just to keep moving!

This doesn't apply to all, but I know a lot of us out there train one spot at a time, practicing specific movements or skills with plenty of rest when needed.  THAT is why this method of training is important and should be used often.  The parkour run is parkour training at its purest sense.  It shows us what movements we have truly made second nature, and what movements still need work.  It tests our ability to adapt instead of our ability to plan out specific movements.  What would be the purpose of training if we couldn't put our movements to the test on the spot?

CAUTION! For those who have not done this before, or have not done it for a 20+ minute period, fatigue and endurance are a factor!  KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SAFE - it is ill-advised to attempt your max skill movements here due to the aforementioned fact. The parkour run should come as comfortably as a normal run.

FOCUS  - the focus for the parkour run is on fluidity and adaptation.  It is mainly a test of endurance.

For those who have never done this before, you'll be surprised at how tiring it can become.  What is normally a simple wall run becomes hard - For some it will hopefully be a wake up call to the importance of conditioning in parkour training


Parkour / Re: Kong variations
« on: February 21, 2011, 02:46:45 PM »
I'd like to see a video of it to be able to diagnose the problem full on..  I believe I have observed what your issue is in the past. and here is my diagnoses of it.  Please note that I am explaining this completely based off your explanation and what I believe the problem to be

 From what I recall, these types of problems have mainly to do with flexibility issues.  I had a friend who was a little heavier built and weaker on the flexible side, so he had trouble getting his knees up to his center on his kongs.. this issue with tucking initially caused a fear of feet clipping on kongs/monkeys, and I think this led him to do exactly what you explained --he would lift one hand a little earlier than the other and almost tweak his legs a little to the side he lifted first.. he still would land straight, but the kong itself was not very squared or centered.  In this case it just took time/practice to get his body used to the kong movement, and after getting in a little better shape, the problem went away..

Once again, I am not sure if this is the problem you are experiencing, but I hope it helps

Philadelphia / Who wants to hit philly sometime this week?
« on: December 20, 2010, 07:56:13 AM »
I'm probably gonna hit up philly multiple, if not one day this week.. if anyone wants to join/meet up let me know and well work something out.. 610-389-5413

Philadelphia / Re: Coming home for winter break
« on: December 20, 2010, 07:45:46 AM »
anytime just let me know!

Philadelphia / Re: Coming home for winter break
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:02:11 PM »
I'm not doing anything over break so I'm down literally any day

Pics & Vids / Re: Gabe Streisfeld - Heartbreaking...
« on: December 10, 2010, 10:13:06 AM »
i laughed watching this again, oh yeah this is sam, and yeah you definitely got it next time

haha yeah man I didn't watch it til I got home.. It is pretty funny.. By the way my legs are wrecked today from all those attempts

Pics & Vids / Gabe Streisfeld - Heartbreaking...
« on: December 09, 2010, 01:14:32 PM »
I've actually stuck the following movement once before.. just never got it on film.. worked on it for a good hour today trying to get it on film.. this was the closest i got... at this point i was too tired and heartbroken to continue.. but don't worry, expect to see this completed in one of my future vids :)

 - Gabe

Philadelphia / Re: Coming home for winter break
« on: December 09, 2010, 07:10:59 AM »
ok well im actually not gonna be available saturday the 18th.. so we could go that sunday? or anytime after that before i leave the 5th

Philadelphia / Re: Coming home for winter break
« on: December 07, 2010, 06:16:06 PM »
You'll have to come out to Allentown or Lancaster and train with us for a day! Or I could always come to Philly...

haha yea either one.. well plan something.. tys gonna be home too so well definitely get some training in

Philadelphia / Coming home for winter break
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:08:39 AM »
sup fellas.. long time no train

Comin home for winter break the dec 16th to like jan. 5 or something.. lets train.. jam.. all that good stuff.. let me know whats good

pretty sick man. love it. how long have you been into it?

about 4 years of serious training.. maybe a year before that of fooling around... makin a 4 year training vid soon

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