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General Fitness / Re: Pec Excercises
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:32:08 AM »
Build those chesticles!

But for srs, if you put your goals and the training to reach your goals side by side, you'll really only have pec-xercises if your goal is bigger pecs. That's ok if that's what you want, but much better goals tend to be performance based (e.g. 11 second 100m sprint or 300lb squat).

Feel free to throw out your goals instead and we can help you build a routine to reach it. :)

Socialize / Re: Stress
« on: June 13, 2012, 10:06:17 PM »
Meditate. Empty your mind. There is a reason why you are stressed. Find the problem and establish an answer. Find someone else to talk this through.

Write down everything that makes you happy. Look at old photos or watch old videos of something you did that was awesome. Call up an old friend and ask how they are doing.

Sleep. Don't drink any caffeine or take other stimulants for the time being.

Build something. Go volunteer.

Yes, do both. If you've been training parkour for any time at all, you've been putting yourself in less-than-typical situations. That's what we do. It prepares us for the unknown by getting us used to everything possible. Why should rolling be any different? And don't just roll over both shoulders. Roll to the left. Roll to the right. Roll backward. Roll on a narrow beam or ledge. Roll on gravel. Roll on concrete. Roll on grass. Roll uphill. Roll downhill.

It's always good to prioritize your training, but never restrict yourself.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 09, 2012, 11:59:36 PM »
^ I'm definitely aware of problems like that in other industries. Hopefully we can avoid them within the parkour community. People who have been involved for a while might not fall for it, but you never know with traceurs/traceuces just joining the community. Especially with mothers inspecting programs and facilities for their little ones...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 07, 2012, 04:34:26 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 07, 2012, 03:08:04 PM »

Talking with the administration at Santa Clara University, a tier-type ranking system seems like it would be helpful. The interest of the school was not just that it said the instructor was capable of X level training, but it also allowed them to specify that they only want to allow X level of training on campus. It can give them a level that they'd like to restrict intensity (danger/risk) to.

Hope this helps. This was communicated from the head of risk management here at SCU, and he does communicate regularly with many other colleges across the country so I'm sure it would help in many other places.

I anticipate clubs being able to petition their schools to increase the levels they are allowed train at if things run smoothly for long enough.

General Fitness / Re: Seriously, would someone explain?
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:26:11 AM »
Bro, I'm infusing gravity into everything!  This is going into my new book and DVD combo "p200xxx" where I combine muscle and dietary confusion with gravity infused intervals across all modal domains for maxxximum toning of troublesome fat storage spots!

Look for it out in stores soon.
I don't believe in anything without pills.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 06, 2012, 07:15:57 PM »
You can't speak on behalf of everybody, only yourself, and that just seems to be the way it would be.
I have yet to see anybody "lording" over anybody. As I said, I know a number of people with certs and dealing & developing certs and this is not the case. In fact, the purpose of certification goes nowhere near that. Certification is a tool, not a status.

Anyway rereading the OP, the answer is this: certs do exist in the US. For the most part, they are still spreading and being tested, but they do exist. As far as ADAPT certs being available in the US? I think they've already done one in Ohio last year or something. I'm not sure if they're doing more (their site doesn't seem to indicate that they are). However, they do list several places that are "capable of delivering the ADAPT Qualification without supervision from ADAPT Qualifications Ltd." Maybe you could be one of the people to help make one here ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 06, 2012, 12:14:44 PM »
I'd become a part of neither, I don't want to see somebody lording over me on some pseudo-authority.
An irrational conclusion. You've already decided the shape the organization will take, which is ridiculous. Nobody here would support an organization like that.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 06, 2012, 10:18:10 AM »
A -national- governing body isn't quite our style, nor the United States', but multiple organizations essentially have -a- governing body in the works already.

I have no qualms with it. It's really nothing but certs and paperwork with an air of authority. Without hard work and effective practice it won't amount to anything anyway. The poor quality certs will get weeded out (since the community will criticize the crap out of it) and the good certs will become prevalent enough to become the standard.

Yes that's it. Thanks!

You're not just looking at thickness. You're also looking at heel-rise, which is slightly different. Zero-rise shoes are the target, where there is no difference in thickness between the forefoot and heel.

- Be barefoot around the house
- Run barefoot when the opportunity arises (e.g. grass, sand. Not pavement, gravel, glass, etc)

With normal wear, I'm not sure how much damage you'll be doing with "traditionalist" shoes. For training however, I'd strongly advise against it since you're doing so much more. When you start looking at shoes, there is a big difference between thin and fairly thin. Feiyues are thin. Vibrams are thin. There are tons of other shoes, and they are good shoes. I've even got some of my non-parkour friends stuck on Feiyues.

I'd get something that protects your foot... not augments it or stands between its abilities and the ground.

And obviously

^ Rafe, I remember seeing a video, I'm not sure if it was from you guys? There was a guy who demonstrated jumping on the sides of his feet to show that that could be trained and strengthened. I can't find the video...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Fellow traceurs with the wrong idea
« on: May 26, 2012, 10:05:17 AM »
You tell them to shut the f#ck up and let them know how stupid they are.
You can, but any experience will tell you this tends not to work. Telling people they are wrong is hardly effective, especially when they don't respect you much.

Wait for them to grow out of their immaturity.
More likely.

I can't find any corroboration for the authenticity of the document mentioned "Reaching the Pinnnacle of Humnanity" that the above blog attributes to Mr. Overeem. 
If it is, Overeem would seem to be quite the eloquent man... ;)

Consumer Whores / Re: shoe repair
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:46:39 PM »
I'm not familiar with that brand or with that adhesive, but they usually work really well. I've learned that how you apply the adhesive tends to be more important. The instructions on the adhesive should tell you how to prepare the area you're trying to fix. Be sure to follow those instructions as best as you possibly can.

Consumer Whores / Re: Ariake vs KO Gen 2
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:45:27 AM »
Too much heel-rise in both, IMO. If I were you, I'd find myself some good barefoot shoes like Feiyues.

Paleo works for me. But I don't stick to it religiously.

That's the problem. Its a diet people, unless you have severe health problems religiously sticking to a diet is a waste of time/energy. Unless you own the diet and make money off it.
Yea, I talked with Chris about this too. As a college student, ya know, I'm gonna enjoy me some mojitos and margaritas. I can party without alcohol, but sometimes drinking just should happen.

Maybe later I'll become a total stickler on my diet. As someone with not much leeway, I can certainly tell when my performance takes a hit from poor diet. I know where the line is though and understand the consequences of the choices I make. I think that's the most important thing.

I don't think humans have a word for the feeling you get when doing parkour.
We kinda used the concept of "flow," but I don't think I've heard/seen that word used for a while, unless I've been looking in the wrong place. Flow is where everything is just right. You're synchronous with the environment you're moving through--a part of it, connected.

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