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Hello, so I've been out here in Japan for two years now and I haven't had much luck finding gyms that are either open when I'm off work or aren't very expensive each time I go (<$50 usd). So I've kind of given up on that. What I'd like to do now is get some people with a little bit of background in gymnastics or tricking or whatever other acrobatic sport you can think of and meet up in one of the many public parks out here to practice whatever we're working on in the grass. Obviously it's a little less safe than a gym and I don't want someone to try and do a backflip there for the first time, but that's what we've got to work with to my knowledge. I've created a meetup.com group called Iwakuni Tricking/Tumbling and I'll post there in advance whenever my friends and I plan to go out and practice. It's almost always in a public park so all you'll ever have to worry about is transportation. Anyone in the area is welcome to join in, if your English isn't perfect, well, that's what Google translate and miming are for. I really look forward finding new people to work out with!
So I've taken up some parkour-training along with F1 and rehabing after shoulder surgery. REEEAAALLY basic stuff like jumping and landing silently and in control. I'm staying away from the different vaults until the end of the year. A question on landing and absorption of impact and what is best for the spine, especially the lower back. It seems as when I land straight down, I tend to let my lower back go into extension. I do of course land on the balls of my feet and bend the knees, but what about hip rotation and the spine? It feels as if I'm gonna hurt myself if i don't watch it. Should I think that my spine should be as if in a hollow body position? Aka the tailbone a bit tucked under? How do I best distribute the impact through out my body if i don't roll? I figure gymnast must be quite good at this since they regularly "stick landings" dismounting from stallbars, rings etc.
Hi everybody. Right now I am taking a break from strength training because of a rotator cuff injury. While I am recovering I figured I might as well ask you this, since it has been on my mind for a long time. Is it possible with good results to create a foundation-like training program with gymnastics for parkour? It would not be the same as foundation, because parkour requires you to train (some) plyometrics along with maximal strength. Parkour and evenmoreso freerunning is street gymnastics with a minimalism approach. This means that equipment like rings, ropes, paralettes and so on would not be ideal, unless you want to do your training in a gym. A place where gymnastics are very different from parkour is the utilization of kips and swings to cheat yourself to explosiveness. That kipping motion rather a straight body position should indeed be emphasized. Another point is that parkour relies heavily on jump height and lenght; more than gymnastics. So I guess heavy squats with low reps would do it. Maybe add deadlift as well. Other than that for lower body; if you do parkour on off days the plyometric training would be integrated into normal parkour/technique training. The information in pic related I wrote to 4chan.org/asp's (alternative sports board) parkour community. They thought my advice was great. But it was written quite impulsive and I do not pretend like if it is a thorough work. I would appreciate if you would comment what I wrote, maybe come op with a work out plan yourself, or just leave some thoughts on the subject.