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  1. #1 Parkour and Joint Pains 
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    I've become interested in the sport of Parkour. Sadly my joints have been taking a beating. I have pains in my knees and ankles. What can I do to have my body be better prepared for high impact exercises?


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    Sweet...

    Do I know you, where do you live?

    I do parkour too. You have to be very careful when you do it. Always land on your toes and keep your knees bent when landing, allowing your muscles to absorb some shock. I know what you mean though. I do martial arts and had to slow down on the parkour a bit to regain some flexibility. Stretch alot!!! A really good one that I like is:


    (no that's not me, I'm a guy)

    It may be real hard at first but, do it every day and go deeper into it each day.

    Again, an important key thing in parkour is technique. Practice leaning forward as you jump off things and rollin out of them. Alot of people are hesitant to roll on pavement but it is much better than a hard impact on the leggs. leaning forward will also help you land on your toes. Practice from lower things onto grass to get technique right.

    Think the same way when running. I see lots of people hit the ground real hard with their feet as they run. Think of your feet as the bottom of a wheel and they just roll on the ground instead of impacting it. Or like a spring if you are on your toes. Use the muscle tension to spring instead of the joints to bounce. Does this make sense.

    Parkour is AWESOME!!!!


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    PARKOUR RULES!!!

    Yes, I have found that my ankles can hurt after an afternoon of Parkour. But I stretch and jog it out, usually.

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    I'm in Boston, MA. I just started doing Parkour this summer. I'm not really good at it (except for climbing, maybe). I have poor aerobic capacity, from years of being a couch potato, but I do love feeling like a ninja.
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    Oh I'm in Washington so I guess I don't know you.

    After my first day of parkour (about 6-8 hours) I couldn't walk for three days.

    then the next big jam I did (about 12 hours) I couldn't walk for a day but, that is because I had trained alot. Just do lots of running and volting and such and climb when you can. Jump rope is good too. The more you do the stonger you get. Technique is important though. Practicing slow and carefully in the begining pays off in the end.
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