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Parkour And Freerunning / parkour games
« on: July 23, 2009, 03:18:53 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for games that incorporate parkour elements. Preferably, games should be suitable for groups of people, but individual games are welcome. so far i have three games.

the first game is the obvious choice of playing tag. its a bit hard for one person to chase down ten others, and it will not be too much fun for the other eight so you can add more taggers in the beginning for maximum funability.

next is a game called mission impossible (name dedicated to an elementary school game i played). This is basicly getting from one side of an area to the other side without touching the ground. you can use any sort of setting for this: outside, a room, an entire building, etc. once you have managed to make it all the way, find a new path to take through the area and do it again. and if you say that you cant find a new path to take then you need to look harder. this game has over ninethousand variations to it: use only the parimeter of the area, or bring a friend and use obstacles that require team work, or only use things that are painted blue, and jumping from boulder to boulder, etc. today i tore up my wrist playing this when i put my hand through a cynder block, but it is still my favorite game of all time.

the last game is the yamakasi ball game seen here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVX16kNVq4A
you proboably will not look as awsome as they do but it will still be fun  :P

feel free to post any alterations you have for games that have already been posted

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Virginia Tech / Tech invitational
« on: January 02, 2009, 08:44:16 AM »
hey you guys, im most likely going to be at tech on the 26th for a track invite. i was just wondering if there are any nice spots around the campus that i should check out on a warm up run.

edit: its actually on the 23 & 24

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Socialize / for all who hate the locust
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:51:21 AM »
hey i plan on picking up gow2 as soon as i can on friday afternoon and playing through the weekend, i am proboably going to be playing through the campaign first, but after that, i want to beat horde mode. so if anyone is interested in joining, just send me a message.

my xbl: Skufya

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Parkour / akwardness!
« on: October 13, 2008, 03:09:53 PM »
alright so whenever i am on something flat like a rooftop and it does not have a wall of some sort to do a turn vault on, i have an akward time moving from a standing position to the side of the roof. right now, i go from standing to a reversed squat and then shifting my arms and legs so that i can do the opposite of a climb up. can someone give some advice or direct me to a place that would help with this or just tell me to experiment.

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Lexicon / pk definition
« on: October 13, 2008, 02:43:03 PM »
alright so this is what i basicly use to tell people what parkour. im not sure if its better or worse than just asking them if they remember the begining of casino royale.

-Parkour is the discipline in which one trains to manuver through the environment in the quickest and most efficient way possible, only using their body and the and the environment to propel themselves through the environment.-

the focus is on the word discipline, as i dont believe that parkour is a sport, because although it can be competitive, parkour is learning to move through the environment rather than a focus on defeating an opponent. and whenever i hear someone saying that it is an art form, i look at them as if they dont know anything.

also, if someone can help me with the relationship between parkour and freeruning. right now, whenever i try to explain it i feel like i am calling freerunning a useless derivative of parkour, and that is not what i want to do.

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Diet / Fish!!!
« on: October 08, 2008, 11:09:37 AM »
i want to start off by saying this is completely a "what if" question. i dont plan on going by this diet.

so my question is, what do you guys think about switching all meats out with fish, especially salmon? currently i switch the meat content of my lunch every day between a slab of salmon and and assortment of other meats (beef, ham, prociutto). the fish diet obviously makes some people godly (both ninja warrior champions) :)
so what do you think?

another quick question: are the fats in fish the same as the the fats in something like a steak?

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Consumer Whores / vault box
« on: September 26, 2008, 04:54:28 PM »
does anyone know where i could buy a vault box and a rope to hang from the ceiling like at primal fitness or do i need a hammer? i would love to stick them in the basement for rainy days. :)
i wish that i had more room down there for more stuff but right now its pretty cluttered  :P

this is what i mean about vault box http://www.primal-fitness.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=45
here is the rope hanging in the middle http://www.primal-fitness.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=6596

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Virginia / Locations
« on: September 23, 2008, 11:12:53 AM »
So this is just a suggestion, how about everyone just lists their location, experience, and any other relevant info on a single thread. I for one, am personally tired of everyone asking about any one in their location and i cant seem to find anyone near me. so everyone can just go to that thread instead of posting a new, "does anyone live in..." type of post.
Just a thought. :)

to start off, i live in the herndon/reston area. i am only 3 months into parkour. i am usually available on weekends for training/jams but i just go to the high school during the week. also, my available time will be shot during the winter and spring due to track.

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Diet / eating before a race
« on: September 20, 2008, 11:09:16 AM »
To start off, the paleollithic diet has just blown my mind.  :-\
I love so many carby foods such as italian food and rice (love that sushi) and they never gave me a problem as far as feeling tired or whatever, and now they are apparently bad for me.  :o

Now, im on track for most of the school year and i always ate carb rich foods the night before and the morning of a meet because i was under the impression that it was good to carb up before a race, i also took a box of cheez-its to snack on in between races (i think that i am addicted), but NEVER right before a race.

So can someone please give me some advice on if these truly are good for pre-race or if i should change. and what should i take in place of cheez-its. note that i have little room to carry things and almost no means of keeping things cool.

i guess that this would also apply to those who are getting ready to be chased (david in b13 and sebastian vs the chicken) :)

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Injuries - Discussion / spondylolisthesis
« on: September 11, 2008, 02:06:00 PM »
hey this is my first stop into the injuries section and i was wondering if anyone else had spondylolisthesis or if i am the lucky one (spondylolisthesis is slippage of the lower verterbrae, usually the result of a break). i learned that i had it about two years ago although they couldn't confirm that it happened then.

i learned about it when i had taken i pretty nice fall. by the way, this was long before i even learned of parkour. anyways, after i fell, it took me a couple of days of excruciating pain before i went to the docter (i am truly that stubborn) and he basicly told me that a bone was broken and the vertabrae had shifted and it would never heal. all i could do was strengthen my back muscles to stabalize it. so i went through some pt and a few months later i started track. :)

also, i was wondering if there is anyone who has it and can do backflips? this is currently my excuse for not trying them. :(

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Parkour / Anyone hurdle??
« on: August 11, 2008, 03:12:20 PM »
i am sorry if this has already been posted. so basicly i have never seen anyone do a hurdle over an obsticle but i think that a hurdle would be much faster when going over a low obsticle than a lot of movements(dash vault) unless there is a drop afterwards. i have been doing hurdles in track for a couple of years so maby thats the only reason that i prefer hurdles.

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