Parkour Worth Practicing
JUMPfest Online is a collection of lectures and discussions about Parkour by world-class athletes, coaches and community leaders.
The goal of JUMPfest is to provide platforms for discussion and exchange of ideas between parkour practitioners of all levels. We are striving to pave a path for future generations and help shape them into strong and useful beings. By documenting the successes, insights and training hacks discovered by experienced practitioners allows us, as a community, to not only capture the contemporry approaches to parkour, but enables us to raise the base line of understanding thinking and creates common language a springboard conversation.
JUMPfest events parkour enthuiasts from around the world are able to share knowledge, tips, and techniques with each other in person. JUMPfest is essentially America’s first parkour festival!
JUMPfest was conceived as a grassroots way to bring the parkour community closer together, particularly in North America, while highlighting some of the continent’s best instructors, athletes, and coaches. JUMPfest will also serve as a place to start collecting tangible raw data on some of the world’s best athletes. As JUMPfest grows our goal is to use measurements of body proportions, jump distances, weightlifting capabilities, shoe size, etc. to scientifically approach (and, hopefully, answer) questions regarding parkour techniques and training methods. This would provide the community with the means to perform the first large-scale scientific assessment of parkour training methodologies in the world and would be a huge base for future sports science research in parkour.
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One of our biggest goals at Move to Inspire is not only to teach Parkour properly, but to teach how to treat the body properly and why it’s important. One of the most important parts of movement is to ensure the body can handle the stresses and movements it will endure. This is why we have added and dedicated a class to Strength and Flexibility. This class provides an hour of conditioning and strength training methods that target both large and small muscles groups for stability and control, as well as stretching techniques with proper form to prevent injury and increase flexibility and mobility. Through this class, students will be taught techniques to use on a regular basis to help create a sustainable, strong, nimble, and capable body.
This class is available for all members to take as a class credit, and is available under it’s own membership. This class is low impact and a wonderful cross training class for all sports and physical activities. We believe it is one of the most important and applicable to our training methods. If you haven’t tried it out yet, please do!
Use a class from your membership, or sign up for a Strength and Flexibility Only membership.
This is one of the most commonly asked questions from both our students, and parents. Need to find the right shoes for Parkour? We’ve been around the block when it comes to this topic. You want shoes that last, that work well, and that don’t break the bank either.
Here are some guidelines:
Thickness/Bulk – We recommend getting a shoe that has minimal thickness. The thicker the shoe, the harder it is to do Parkour. Some people would consider it as protection, but honestly, it’s like putting a blindfold on your feet. You can’t feel the pressure you need to push from, or the proper placement of your foot for landings/take off. While thinner shoes might be tough to get used to, it will make your Parkour abilities that much better. Don’t go for bulk.
Grip – Make sure the bottom is made of rubber, not foam, and not coated in anything soft/fuzzy. You want to be able to grip to as many surfaces as possible.
Full Bottom – Try to stay away from breaks in the shoe on the arches or in the heel. This is a prime way to get an ankle roll or land somewhere you don’t want to.
Durability – Try to find a shoe that is made well, something that will last, because in Parkour, we tend to go hard on shoes.
These are some shoes we suggest looking into to get the best out of your training, and your wallet. Click on any of the names below to see.
Feiyue | Vans Unisex Lo-Pro | Puma Futures | Adidas