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How to Train for Parkour

Three Parts:

Parkour combines walking, running, and acrobatics with jumping skills to get you from 'A' to 'B' in the quickest and most efficient manner possible. It is a way of "flowing" between places to get there quicker than if you took the normal route. It isnotjust to look cool. It is a serious art; it is physically demanding and should be practiced only within the limits of your physical condition and ability. If you're up for the challenge, read on.


Conditioning Yourself

  1. Train with your own body weight.Nothing else will train you to really move and push your body through the environment than working with it from the get-go. Do the following routine 2 times each workout session. If you can't do it all, do what you can. Aim for improvement above all else. If you can do it all, consistently increase your number of reps and/or sessions bit by bit. Remember to take a day or two off every week to give your muscles time to rebuild.
    • 10 squats (building up to plyometric box jumps)
    • 10 push-ups
    • 10 leg lifts on your back with both legs
    • 10 pull-ups
  2. Run frequently.You should run at least 7-10 miles (11-16 km) per week. Running is a big part of parkour, and you should be able to run long distances, as well as sprint fast.
    • Other cardio exercises that are helpful to do are lacrosse, boxing and swimming. Yoga will tone up your muscles, too.
  3. Lift weights.Strength is another important aspect of parkour. You can't just hang on the wall; you have to somehow climb over it. Work with the routine described above and combine with weight training for optimal results.
    • Do not become obsessed with how much weight you can lift. Perfect form and endurance (number of reps) are much more important. After all, you'll be working with the weight of your body, not lifting cars.
  4. Stretch and warm-up your body properly.Parkour can be a dangerous sport if you are not conditioned, so be sure to stretch properly beforehand. If you do not warm up before you stretch, you could lose up to 30% of your muscle's possible strength and power. What's more, make sure you stretch to prevent injury or strain.
    • Don't miss any part of your body. Parkour may seem like it uses mostly legs, but your arms, neck, back, and shoulders are equally important. If you have an injury, you should not be stretching without a physical therapist (or doing parkour in the first place).
  5. Eat a healthy diet.The high carb vegan diet is the most efficient, and non calorie restrictive diet, that will provide the highest energy levels for intense sports like parkour. Raw till 4 is the most popular high carb, low fat vegan diet, and one of the best. Whole and unprocessed foods are best for parkour athletes (traceurs). Your main source of calories should come from fruits. That might sound crazy to a society that has been taught that fruits and veggies are just snacks, but it's true. Eat a lot of high calorie fruits, along with vegetables, and greens. Cooked carbs such as rice, potatoes, and gluten free pasta are perfect for dinner. Animal products such as eggs, dairy, and meats, are actually toxic for our bodies. Don't worry about protein, or any other nutrients. A non-junk food vegan diet is rich in nutritional value. Drink plenty of water--at least 64 ounces per day. Many traceurs consume at least one gallon daily.
    • Cut out the high-fat, high-sodium processed goods. A healthy weight and muscle-to-fat ratio is important for succeeding at this skill. It's much easier to lift up 180 lbs (82 kgs) of stream-lined muscle over that wall than 220 lbs (100 kgs) of not-so-streamlined fat.
    • You'll be peeing a lot, but it'll be worth it. You will be healthier, and your body will transform into a well oiled machine! Make sure to chug water after each workout session. Parkour can be incredibly hard on your body and your body needs the hydration to stay in top form.
  6. Get a good pair of shoes (unless you want to go the barefoot route).Your own success at parkour can depend a lot on what shoes you have. Consider getting ones with grip (for climbing); they should be sturdy enough to handle the motions you'll put them through, but also flexible to ensure your feet can bend properly. They should also be light enough so that they don't weigh you down.
    • Specialist parkour sneakers are starting to appear on the market. They are designed with the grip, support and stability needed for hard impacts as well as traction for a variety of running surfaces. K-Swiss, inov-8 and Vibram Five Fingers are all popular choices.
    • You will figure out soon enough that you destroy sneakers faster than you can buy them and that it's not worth spending big amounts of money. Buy cheap sneakers; when you destroy them, get a new pair. Grip and durability are not as important as technique, but make sure the sneakers do have some traction, as it will make climbing a bit easier. Make sure that the soles are not too thick to promote bad landing techniques and to gain more feel for the environment.

Mastering the Basics

  1. Refine your jump.Though it may seem initially scary, start out with steps. Jumpingup, not down. Find some outside or a set that are wide and open.
    • Jump from the ground up to one step, then two, then three, etc. You should be relaxed, well-balanced with a relatively upright posture, and land softly on your toes 10 times in a row before you add another step to your jumps the next session or week. Around 5 or 6 steps should be rather difficult.
    • Find a mid-sized rail to work on your two-handed vault. Use your hands to pull your legs up to the side. One knee should seem to go between your arms. Practice staying balanced as you land.
  2. Work on your landings.A great jump becomes a trip to the hospital without the proper landing. Before you extend yourself, get your landings down. Remember in this order: tuck, extend, absorb.
    • At the top of your jump, bring your knees up to your waist, feet underneath. Extend your legs to a standing position mid-air, and bring your entire body down upon landing. Place your palms in front to help balance and absorb, just in case. Try to land silently (like a ninja).
  3. Perfect your muscle-up.This is a pull-up taken to the extreme and will get you over walls, fences, and high obstacles.
    • Start with a normal pull-up. Then bring the bar to your chest. After that, work on bringing your chest over the bar, adding dips as well. Eventually, bring it into one fluid motion, from underneath the bar to it resting at your pelvis. Propel your knees up and forward to give your body momentum.
  4. Be one with the shoulder roll.The times you'll need the roll most are when you are surprised and off-balance. Mastering the shoulder roll could get you out of what would be a terribly sticky situation.
    • Tuck your head and hands in, relax your body, arc your arms and one shoulder forward in a hula hoop shape around your head, and roll your butt over your head.Think of it going from your shoulder diagonally to your hip.
      • If you're a bit hesitant, start with one knee on the ground. Put your arm on the inside of your leg, holding the foot that's on the ground. This will help you keep form while doing the roll. Propel yourself forward while holding onto your foot.
    • Once you get the basic of the roll, start from low jumps, moving progressively higher.
  5. Run up walls.You've seen it in movies and now you're ready to do it yourself. Start with walls that are just barely out of reach; don't go climbing apartment buildings District B13 style just yet.
    • Get a good run up to a wall, kick off with your foot, and reach as high as you can, grabbing the edge of the wall. Kip at the top to pull yourself up.
    • As you get better, use corners for two kick-offs, giving you extra height.
  6. Be as silent as possible.This is for your safety and for the safety of the objects you are running on and gallivanting over. A structure may seem sturdy and able to withstand your weight, but you won't know for sure until you're climbing on it. Tread lightly to respect yourself and your environment.
    • Less noise generally means less impact. That's great for the concrete, yes, but the least impact possible is what's best for your knees. Listen to yourself as you move. Or you'll be able to feel it afterward.

Working with Others

  1. Develop your own style.When you start working with a teacher or other trainees, you'll notice that everyone has a different way of going about from point A to point B. None of these is incorrect. All you have to do is find what comes most naturally to you.
    • Watch videos and observe others, but only to a point. If you're hurting yourself, definitely question your form--but if it's working for you, don't make efforts to change your habits. What comes natural to you may not come naturally to someone else.
  2. Find an academy or train with others.Working with a professional one-on-one is a privilege that no amount of practice can equal. Working with others allows for personal exploration and critiques of your skills that may come in handy for improvement.
    • If no academy is in your area, hit up your local gyms. A professional will not only teach you everything you need to know, providing you well-rounded skills, they will also make sure you stay safe.
    • If you do choose to train with others, keep it to a few people. If too many gather, it becomes a roadshow of boasting and showing off skills. The practice should be a collaboration, not one person demanding the others follow suit.
  3. Choose a common A and B.This is good advice whether you're working by yourself or anyone else. Always establish a starting point and an ending point. There can be innumerable ways there, but only one beginning and end.
    • The aim is to get there as quickly as possible, not how many impressive jumps you can do or how many walls you can climb up or roll underneath. Pick a path that doesn't stand out in its simplicity or its grandeur.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How can I learn to flip safely?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can try it in front of a bed or something soft. You can also try to go to the nearest gym and ask for assistance from trainers.
  • Question
    I am a teen. How can I learn parkour?
    Community Answer
    You could look for some tutorials on the internet and also look for a nearby gymnastics gym where you can get some help from trainers. Getting friends who are good at parkour to teach you would also aid you in the learning process.
  • Question
    What kind of moves are recommended when starting parkour?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Start with learning the basic shoulder roll. Then you can learn the safety vault, speed vault, and dash vault. Then you can learn how to do the 4 step lateral wall run and then learn how to run up walls.
  • Question
    Can I use slippers in Parkour?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, that is dangerous.
  • Question
    Is there an easier way to learn the shoulder roll?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to some grass and kneel down with both knees and place your shoulder on the grass and push your self over with your legs and keep practicing. That's the most important of all, practice.
  • Question
    Can I do parkour even if I'm a little bit overweight?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Sure, but for best results, lose that extra weight. Parkour is a physically demanding sport requiring lots of exercise and training.
  • Question
    How long should I train before attempting to do parkour?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    There is no set time. You don't even have to train: you can just go out and do it. Parkour itself is the training/workout. Learn some moves like vaults and such and practice them lightly and safely.
  • Question
    Should I wear Nike Air Max or Energy Lights?
    Community Answer
    You should wear any shoes that are grippy and that you feel comfortable with when doing Parkour.
  • Question
    How can I reduce foot noise?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try squatting when you land. This will reduce impact force and decrease noise level.
  • Question
    Which part of my body should I train?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Arms and legs are what you use to land and climb with. Still warm up your whole body, though, as parkour works all of your muscles.
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  • Have fun! Parkour is not only a demanding sport, but also an enjoyable hobby. Go online and find some people in your area to train with.
  • Make sure you wear clothing that you can exercise in. Don't wear jeans and a button up shirt. If it's cold, wear sweats. It will allow you to be comfortable and it will be harder to hurt yourself.
  • Sometimes, when training, music can help motivate you greatly, which in turn will up your game. Get used to the boost from it, and build without it. See what you do differently.
  • When you're first starting, make sure you have someone to train with. They can help spot you and boost your confidence.
  • When starting weight-lifting, be careful. If you lift too much you gain too much muscle, which equals extra weight to carry around. You could also injure yourself by lifting too much weight without using proper technique.


  • Don't try anything crazy like flipping if you have never attempted a flip in your life. The rooftops can wait. Start with the ground.
  • Always weight-lift with a spotter in case anything goes wrong.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoes
  • Obstacles
  • Weights (optional)

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