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Injuries - Discussion / groin pain, lunge stretch.
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:16:12 AM »
when i go to stretch in a lunge position with my arms above my head and my left foot out in front, my right groin has a very sharp pain when my quads feel the stretch. its like a burning, sharp pain, it runs up the side of my inner thigh.

besides the tight muscles in the area (im realizing my hip flexibility is absolute crap due to sitting) is there anything that could cause this? am i ok to maintain a stretch with this feeling?

would staying out of the seat and walking and doing very very light parkour style drills and no impact things restore the motion in my hips? what do i need to do to safely restore motion in my hips besides stretch?

im looking into getting a foam roller but money is tight, ive been using base balls but they only are good for certain spots. i cant really get at my groin with a base ball all that well.

Philadelphia / art museum this friday!
« on: February 16, 2011, 04:37:57 PM »
this friday is going to be awesome weather, something like 60 degrees!

i decided since i have the day off from work im going to head down there, maybe with george or maybe solo. anyone else interested in meeting up?

so far the time is 12 and the location is the art museum. i really want to spend some time there because there is a lot more to do there than most people really think of but, im very flexible when it comes to moving on.

i figure ill stay until dark, maybe even a little longer?

cell- 610 547 8774, shoot me a text if youll be showing up so i know to wait for you if i decide to move on.

Freerunning / back flip - landing bent over at the hips
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:50:38 PM »
so i recently learned back flips, my main problem is landing. i seem to lead with my chest and shoulders when i land. it feels as though my shoulders are the axis i rotate around. so when im coming back around and reaching for the ground my shoulders never rise and i land leaning forward quite a bit, sometimes with my chest horizontal to the ground.

are there any tips to help land more straight up and down? it sort of takes a toll on my lumbar being that it takes so much shock. is there something i need to really think about doing to orient myself for a safer landing? or is it just as simple as contracting my posterior chain to bring my body back around?

is this normal for people starting out on back flips? i really do go up quite a bit, i actually generally rotate at shoulder level. every time i try and stay tucked longer i end up landing on my heels and stumbling backwards usually ending up on my back with my feet in the air  8).

i would assume i just need to keep working on my timing and maybe tuck tighter and come out a bit later than i think.

Injuries - Discussion / rectus femoris pain
« on: December 18, 2010, 09:09:03 PM »
so the other day i was out doing some qm drills, nothing major just basic cat walk and a few other variations. ever since i was younger (started around 14 and i am now almost 21) the pain and tightness has come and gone. i do a lot of sitting (i know im not supposed to  :P) so i think it might be tight hip flexors. when i get on my knees on the floor and stretch my quads a little by pushing my hips forward, i get a very tight feeling with pain.

honestly ive been stretching my quads more and it has really only gotten worse. i was wondering if there was anything i could really do better. maybe any stretching tips, i know i didnt list what i do but, anything would help really. i use a tennis ball for a massager rolling it up and down the length of my quads and warming up before stretching but, i dont get much results. sometimes it feels better but, other times it is bad.

Philadelphia / anyone quite familiar with philly?
« on: November 07, 2010, 06:04:45 PM »
im not very familiar and have rarely been in the city. anyone trying to go on a hunt for some sweet spots? im talking parking garages, side streets, back alleys and other land marks besides the usual jam spots.

ha ive been google mapping for the past 10 minutes seeing if i could spot anything. im free from wednesday to saturday if anyone wants to hook up and go exploring let me know, i sort of want to make a whole day of it.

Pics & Vids / a recent thread brought this to mind
« on: October 03, 2010, 11:42:05 AM »
i feel everyone should watch this, all the way through. quite an explanation of things, both physically and mentally.

Socialize / what does it take
« on: September 20, 2010, 06:41:41 PM »
for a discipline to be a holistic discipline? i know david belle never intended parkour to be one but, i feel as though he has stumbled upon the creation of one. he refers to it as "the way".

in some martial arts they say things like "kung fu is in every move we make, it is in how we treat people, view the world". i feel as though parkour (if you let it and want it to) is much like kung fu in this regard. instead of viewing the world as a set of obstacles we see a path with certain "things" that we need to overcome to get to point B.

those who train for life tell you that they want to be strong to be useful. not useful to themselves but, useful to those around them. it goes much deeper than just being able to resist the forces upon your body. being able to carry something for someone, being able to move a heavy rock or fallen tree of someone trapped underneath, being able to carry someone at a running pace to get them to safety.

at about 50 seconds in (and even the entire video) shows exactly what i mean. he uses his usefulness to carry a stroller down the stairs for a women struggling. he trained to be strong enough to be able to do this quickly and effectively.

training to be strong like this requires that you give your body the proper fuel so that you may function at your peak. strength means many things, strong heart, strong body and strong mind. all of these are parts of parkour, without them the discipline is empty movements until you reach the point where you understand what all this is for and about.

if you are missing one of these core elements you will inevitably fail with the rest of them. what does everyone else think? i put this in socialize so we are free to talk about what ever we need to but, if one of the mods decides this thread starts getting better i think it should be moved to general.

idk, just a thought. i think very deeply about parkour and what it could be even though i am not able to participate the way i wish i could just yet. if your mind is ready your body will eventually catch up.

Movement / kip up vs step up
« on: September 17, 2010, 06:18:17 PM »
who here prefers a step up? by this i mean instead of a kip up you just continue the momentum of the climb up by putting one leg in between your arms and stepping up. variations include kicking up to the side to safety vault over the ledge. the only time i really use a kip up is climbing up a roof, if i have a ledge that im getting up or a drop on the other side of the wall i generally use the step up or a variation of it.

both can be used effectively in any situation but, i just wanted to see what yall prefer. i find on lower walls (just out of the pop vault range) its more effective for me to use a step up because its literally a continuation of the wall run and climb up. almost like im stepping up the wall, rather than using 3 separate movements to accomplish the goal.

Pics & Vids / stumbled upon this one
« on: September 16, 2010, 06:58:58 AM »

Socialize / in case of bear attack
« on: September 14, 2010, 02:49:14 PM »


Parkour And Freerunning / because there is no philosophy section
« on: September 09, 2010, 08:51:31 AM »
i am putting this here. we can all learn a little bit from this article. it might not mesh with parkour and free running but it should mesh with your training and your heart.

feel free to move it to socialize, i just wanted everyone to get a chance to see it.

Pennsylvania / training partner around KOP
« on: September 03, 2010, 03:59:35 PM »
im looking for someone to train with fairly regularly in the king of prussia area. littered with good spots i almost never get bored. is there anyone of any level willing (who is very close) to come out a few times a week? i know there are people 15-20 minutes away and more but, im really trying to find someone whos closer and willing to train regularly.

ive been flying solo since ive started, just looking to change things up.

Socialize / have google chrome?
« on: August 31, 2010, 06:58:39 PM »
go to google and type in "google gravity" and hit "im feeling lucky".

most fun ive had on google in a while haha.  ;D

Pics & Vids / just some wall run practice
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:25:21 AM »
nothing special just a local spot i spent a half hour at.

ive been working on silence lately so i added two older clips to show the improvement. im a bit out of practice  :-\

besides all the usual "i hate america" mumbo jumbo, i really wish i was born and raised in the UK.

if i grew up in a town of about the same size i would more than likely have a ton of people to train with. ever since i started parkour no one has gotten into it (regardless of how hard i tried) and stayed with it. it seems as though a few areas of the UK have HUGE really progressive parkour scenes. every time i watch videos with livewire, danny ilabaca, phil doyle i always sort of sit back and wonder what it would be like to have all these people around me from the beginning.

i know parkour is a solo journey but, it would be really awesome to have at least one person who loved it as much as i do. maybe not even for the companionship but, at least to understand. it seems america is full of people who think that something out of the norm is "lame, boring, stupid, ect". america isnt really a place that parkour could flourish as it did in the UK. the public health care over there as well as the more relaxed european attitude really made it a hell of a spot for parkour to take off.

and lets not go "omg but we have the internetz, we can have jams and meet ups dude!" thats really not the same as ringing up a friend down the street at 1am and asking if he wants to go train. or getting off work and heading to a favorite spot of yours only to find a small handful of people already there doing their thing.

i hear its not even as popular in france as in the UK. it just seems the UK has a super progressive scene that really pushed/pushes the limits of parkour.

maybe if i lived in a city? anyone else sort of feel this way? not to mention the architecture in america blows a fat one compared to europe haha.

Pics & Vids / next national jam spot?
« on: July 25, 2010, 06:12:29 AM »


should i put this elsewhere?

Consumer Whores / I snagged some sweet new kicks for dirt cheap!
« on: May 23, 2010, 09:39:25 AM »

so i went to the mall and went to a few shoe stores to find a cheap pair of new sneakers to train in. little did i know that i would be returning to the first store to meet my new shoes for the next few months of training. upon entering i was asked "oh back so soon?" as it had been an hour since id walked in and out quickly after not seeing something good. i think i caught her eye or something, i mean i was in the store for like 30 seconds haha, anyway...

i love the onitsuka tiger selection from asics. the thin soles and hardly raised heel of most of their shoes appeals to me. so naturally this would be my first choice, i however had to have these shoes pointed out to me. after talking with the sales woman and discussing what i was looking for, a dirt cheap shoe with a thin sole that i can wreck in 6 days if need be, she immediately showed me these shoes and said they were TEN DOLLARS!   ;D

she started picking out other shoes and i just said dont even bother, she had set my mind on these shoes. i asked if they had a size 9 and when she came back she told me that they did in fact have a size 9, not only that but it was the last pair! SCORE!

i went out and tried the shoes right after buying them for a small training session, they are everything i wanted. i highly recommend these shoes and other onitsuka thin sole asics.

ive recently been enlightened on how to land properly without a spring like action going on. i was wondering if blocking defeats this?

when ever i block i tend to have quite a bounce going on, i guess this is good for quickly changing momentum but, should i really be bouncing? it feels as though my knees are taking quite a bit of force and i just wanted to know if this is the correct way or not. or is it more like a regular landing followed by a very quick thrust upwards?

Movement / alignment and why you should pay attention to it...
« on: February 15, 2010, 04:07:31 PM »

take tai chi for example, masters of the martial art can stop a man in his tracks with such little amounts of force and with great efficiency. why? because their entire art is about creating a foundation with your feet and aligning your body so that your muscles can work at their peak. its not anything mystical or fancy, its just raw body mechanics.

when your muscles and bones are aligned properly your body is capable of producing vast amounts of force with little to no effort on your part. the same goes for performing parkour, anyone can jump around and run. few know their body well enough to the point that they can bounce around their environment like a rubber band, again its not just muscle strength. its knowledge and technique, not just "i know how to kong" but, i know how to align my body so that i can conserve energy for the next movement.

we see great traceurs who are so under control it looks like they cant be human but, they just have the knowledge and power to explode in and out of each movement. its something we should all pay close attention to, otherwise we can end up with things like tendonitis and will never reach our max potential.

pick up something heavy and squat down on your toes with your knees extending over your toe line (i know, its a golden rule not to do that but, just stick with me). now take that heavy object with both feet firmly planted and do a squat in perfect form, focus on your main pivot point, your hips! you should notice the weight to be dramatically reduced, it should feel as though someone is pushing your butt to stand you up and not your knees standing you up.

take this and apply it to other movements like jumps and vaults and you will see alot of improvement very quickly. it is however something many of us need to learn how to do because of years of bad habits. stocking shelves all day lifting heavy things and squatting down at work has taught me to look closer at my body and how it moves. through the few months i have been at this job i have made significant gains in movement in all avenues of life. the same thing applys to the rest of your body, get in touch with yourself more closely and pay attention to your movement.

i also have noticed gains in flexability and endurance when it comes to running and walking for extended periods. anyone else take close note of things like this and learned any tips for the rest of us to read and apply?

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