So where do you start?
The best piece of advice that we can give to any beginner is to take the plunge and get involved with the Npk community (as scary as that may seem to you at first). Jumping into something like Parkour can be quite daunting at first and it can be hard to know where to begin your training. Our community can help point you in the right direction.
The best way to get involved is to either; visit our Facebook, or to come along to one of our weekly community sessions.
You will find everyone here is very welcoming and supportive. After all, we were all beginners at one time or another. Through training with more experienced people, you gain the benefit of their knowledge and experience making sure you are on the right track with your Parkour journey. We will do everything we can to help give you first hand support and guidance as you start out on your first Parkour steps.
Don’t worry too much about your present level of fitness. Parkour is about development and self-improvement. It is not just about where you are now but where you are going in the future. The sessions are there to help you become a fitter, more confident and a stronger person.
Practising Parkour outside can be very dangerous if done incorrectly. It is not about jumping off the highest thing you can find and living to tell the tale, this leads to injury or worse. Learn the basics, build some strength and learn about what your body is capable of and you’ll progress much faster.
All movement from the body is provided by our muscles, and fuelled by our heart and lungs. Creating a simple exercise or conditioning routine is a great place to start. We run a strength training evening on Wednesdays where you can find your strengths and weaknesses and plan your training. From there, you can move onto perfecting your movement and spacial awareness. Can you walk along a rail and hold your balance? Can you drop from a waist high wall and control the landing so that you make no noise? Can you jump to an edge and land precisely on the balls of your foot without over or under shooting the jump?
You need to master the basics before moving onto more demanding movements. It is the attention to these small details that will keep you safe and give you a strong foundation to allow you to progress in the future.
Parkour is one of those disciplines where the injury rate is less the longer you have practised for this is due to people taking undue risks during the start of their training not knowing their bodies full potential. As you train for longer and have better spacial awareness and an understanding of your bodies dynamics, the moves behind them you take less risks as everything is calculated.
Finally, welcome from everyone at NPK and the community in Nottingham! It’s great to have you here and we look forward to seeing you at a session soon!