You’ve seen parkour daredevils flinging themselves off buildings and bouncing off cars, or traversing those stadiums on “gladiator” TV game shows. Interested in picking up some of these bold moves? Parkour, or freerunning, as it’s sometimes known, is now taught at indoor studios.

A Total Workout

The sport’s adventurous quality just might jump-start your waning interest in working out, while the moves themselves offer the complete physical package. In the course of mastering the rolls, jumps and climbing moves that comes with parkour, you’ll be burning calories, strengthening your heart and building strength.

Along with all of that fat burning, the skills associated with scaling and descending irregular structures also fine-tunes your coordination and boosts your balancing abilities.

Baby Steps

Each parkour studio offers something unique, but in general, indoor parkour gives you a way to build your skills in a controlled environment. Along with an experienced instructor, you’ll likely begin on metal bars that are a scaled-down version of the scaffolding and ladders that outdoor enthusiasts use.

You’ll also find parkour blocks– soft, interconnecting systems of different shapes and sizes. Parkour systems allow you to do everything from learning how to traverse a narrow ledge to vaulting over higher structures.

Beginners’ classes generally consist of warm ups, challenging games and technical drills utilizing these different pieces of equipment. As you advance in your skills, you’ll probably be able to find more challenging classes that meet at local parks.

(Free)Run, Don’t Walk

Parkour/Freerun associations are well established, so you’re bound to find both classes and fellow enthusiasts in your area. If you’ve been looking for a new fitness pursuit that gets you motivated by using both exciting games and real-world applications, parkour just may be the perfect fit.

 

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