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For the Kong vault, I've been at it for a while and through careful examinations, I've notice I haven't been doing it really....
As soon as my arms extend to whatever I'm kong-ing over, they seem to try to push and swing my body instead of simply pushing off.
Thus it feels like my head + torso just sits there momentarily and waits for my legs to come, but as soon as they do, I'm not quite sure why, but I feel like I must swing them out to the sides to push through the movement. I can do the kong in a fashion that resembles what I've seen in videos at a gym, but not in real life.
It just feels...awkward. I'm not sure if I've explained enough. What I said could be the ideal feelings for all I know.

Start small. Train your kongs on something tiny, and try not to dive too much in the beginning. You need to focus on pushing out and off of the obstacle once you come in contact with it. A good way to try to get this to work is by getting something small (as in not a long distance depth-wise) and take off from right in front of it. Rather than diving out towards it, jump as close to it as you can and try to push off and get as much distance after the vault as possible.

As for the dash, I was just simply wondering how to raise the legs higher. The most I can muster is 0/180 degrees, or horizontal. And that's if I'm not tired. I'm not muscular, only fit and well....yea fit. Pretty darn fit, no cut abs or anything. So I was wondering is there something you gotta do like lean back more, or look up or something? Or is it an muscle related thing? Like i can't even feel my abs saying they can't lift my legs, it just feels like something else isn't right. Ideas?

This doesn't seem like a muscular thing, especially if you say that you don't feel like you're unable to lift your legs. For me, I would guess you aren't trusting yourself enough to relax into the movement as much as you need to. Essentially, you need to swing one leg up and let that carry your body. Your legs should be parallel to the ground, ideally. I wouldn't suggest leaning your torso back quite as far, but you definitely need to sit back into the vault and trust your arms to catch and carry you over the obstacle. Imagine yourself kicking your legs up as if you are going to sit down on the obstacle, but then catch yourself with your hands and push off before your butt every touches down.

Same thing for jumping/landing. I've watched and it seems most of the time, people go into a landing at an angle with their legs more in front than their head to absorb the shock better, since you're not moving straight down but have some forward motion I'm assuming. But again, I can't seem to do this. Is this a practice thing, or muscular related?

This may be somewhat of a misconception on your part. Generally, you want to do the opposite when landing. Rather than having your legs in front of your body (which will cause your weight to be shifted backwards, and drive most of the vertical force from the drop into your heels/joints), you want to be leaning forward into the landing so that you're ready to convert the momentum to horizontal by either a solid landing or a roll as well. Don't sit back on your heels when landing; this can be really dangerous.

Parkour / Re: Problems Konging Long-distance
« on: February 05, 2012, 10:02:38 PM »
I feel like with your hand placement mid-vault, your approach and takeoff isn't what is holding you back here, although it's always a good thing to make sure you have a good amount of momentum (aka stutter-steps aren't a good thing). Once your hands are down on the table, you really need to push up and off with your hands to get your legs through. To be completely honest, our bodies are all made differently, and some people are proportioned in a way that is well-suited for kongs. If you are, however, you need to work on your exit more so that you get the right push off of the obstacle. Good luck :)

and those weren't streamers they were toilet paper. haha :)

Lol, figured they were toilet paper, but I decided to try to make it seem a little more dignified and legitimate... :P

Florida / Re: Parkour/Free running work shop!!
« on: February 04, 2012, 11:21:43 AM »
Depending on when this is during the year, I would be interested. If it's sometime when I'm not at school, definitely!

Really cool effect with the streamers tied around your ankles and wrists. Also, this camera is wonderful :)

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:51:46 PM »
Welcome, Zoe and Pam!

Zoe - we're glad to have you here, especially at such a young age to be beginning! If you stay interested and involved as you grow, you will no doubt have a very exciting progression :) Just make sure that you're safe and careful. Since you're from the UK, I would recommend you try to attend some sort of Parkour Generations event/workshop to learn from the best of the best. Having trained with and learned from many of them personally, I can guarantee that they'll be incredibly helpful and accommodating. Best of luck to you in your training, and see you around!

Pam - I'm so glad to hear that you conquer, you should talk to my friend Genghis Khan, he was a pretty good conqueror in his day too ;) We're glad to have you with us! If you have any questions, feel free to send me a personal message by clicking the tiny chat icon under my picture to the left.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:43:07 PM »
Well my question was answered and everybody else's do Im going to remove the topic.

No need to remove the topic...just leave it for the next person with the same question to find!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Progression, and the Loss of...
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:48:31 PM »
Go get a cheap lined empty notepad. Write what you did and how you felt when you did it. Also keep a record of what you ate and any conditioning you did.
Document for a month
Look back
Celebrate cause you became more.
I do really wanna try this. :o have a training journal on this site. Essentially the same thing ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: How do you find your practicing spots.
« on: January 31, 2012, 01:48:39 PM »
I opened my eyes after like around 5 jogging sessions around my neighborhood. I started seeing all these wonderful spots beautiful tic tacs, though I must say there is a creepy abandoned house which I only trained in twice. What are your thoughs the house is for sale but it says no trespassing. Also transportation is very limited.

If it says no trespassing, then trespassing probably isn't legal ;)

Socialize / Re: Name something that made your day suck or awesome!
« on: January 30, 2012, 06:36:27 PM »
Tendinitis is kickin' my ass...

Apparently spelling is too ;)

APK Academy Workout of the Day / MOVED: apk gear
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:15:56 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Progression, and the Loss of...
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:15:16 PM »
I understand that you would like the video as a keep-sake for your training and progression, but not being able to show others the progress that you made shouldn't be a big concern. Train for yourself and strive to better yourself for your own sake, not for a video's sake.

100K Threads / Re: 100,000 Push Ups part 2
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:12:28 PM »

Pics & Vids / Re: First Outdoor Edit After Losing Toe Tips
« on: January 25, 2012, 09:39:10 AM »
Lol, 2:04: No shirt = more explosive jumps :P

I have always been a Cross Country runner (5k, 3.1 miles), but I have recently been interested in long distance races such as Marathons and Ultramarathons. I have been training Parkour for about the past year and I know that a lot of Parkour is focused on explosive strength as opposed to endurance. My question is, will training for very long distances limit my ability to use explosive strength in parkour?

Watch this. If nothing else, it's a really cool video and really a really inspiring challenge that Johnny is putting himself through. Hopefully you get a little something more out of it.

Socialize / Re: Binaural Beats
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:38:31 PM »
So I hear tell of some really cool schnazz that goes on with your brain using what's called Binaural beats. Apparently they can relax you, hype you up, hypnotize you and even cause you to stimulate senses. Neat stuff. Ever heard of it?

Speaking of I-Doser? I've tried a few of them with mixed results. If nothing else, most of them really relax me and put me into a meditative state. It's important to go into it with an open mind, and not the "this is dumb and won't work" mindset.

Welcome! / Re: New to APK!
« on: January 24, 2012, 08:38:25 AM »
Hey Kyle! Welcome to APK :) We're glad to have you here, and we're more than willing to help you, motivate you, or in any other ways assist you in getting back into parkour for good this time. If you have any specific questions, let me know! See you around :)

« on: January 24, 2012, 08:36:51 AM »
Steve, this is what our ambassador program is all about. Rather than just having a link tell the general public where to go, the ambassadors (and occasionally the mods/admins too) give each member an actual personal welcome, tell them where to go, and answer any other questions that they have.

Welcome! / Re: Partner needed! Ocala-Marion County Area!
« on: January 24, 2012, 08:36:38 AM »
Phil, you might want to try posting in the Florida section to have a little better luck with getting a response from people near you. If you can't find anyone, try convincing a friend to start training with you, or just train by yourself! There are plenty of people on this forum that train solo all of the time. Good luck :)

Welcome! / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:06:13 PM »
Thanks a lot greatly appreciated. Are you talking about adam from LVPK?

Yeah, Adam's a good friend of mine. He'd be more than happy to meet up with you to train or take you into one of his classes.

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