Parkour anyone?


When we think of sports, we often think of the common answers such as basketball or soccer, sports with scores and balls. Too often, people forget that we have many alternatives to these kinds of sports. Parkour is an athletic training discipline, or sport, in which practitioners attempt to get from point A to point B in the fastest and most efficient way possible, without assisting equipment and often while performing artistic-gymnastic maneuvers. 

In my eyes, parkour is one of the coolest non-ball sports in the game. It takes a high level of confidence and professional ability to be able to complete a parkour course. In all honesty, it is very difficult. There are so many risks that are taken, and that is what makes it so interesting and exciting to watch and participate in. 

The word parkour derives from parcours du combattant, which means obstacle course in French. Parkour is labeled as a professional sport because of all of the championships that follow it. Thirty-eight- year-old Ryan Doyle is one of the top professionals in his league. Ryan became a “freerunner” in 2007 when he competed in Vienna. Being a parkour athlete is not all fun, as accidents can have a significant impact on your life and career. Fortunately for Ryan Doyle, his broken leg was just a setback in his career, and his motivation got him through.  He began taking his career very seriously and is now known as one of the oldest and most popular athletes in the sport, and he left his mark by founding Parkour Federation and World Free Running.

Growing up, the idea of parkour was fascinating to me. I would sit and watch YouTube videos of people jumping from building to building for hours. It was amazing to see the daredevil come out in some people, wishing that it could be me pulling these sick stunts. Yes, at times I was struck with fear after the people would jump twenty-five feet off of ramps and structures, but nothing else made my adrenaline rush more. 

In order to become good at parkour, you must have the correct training. Calisthenics and bodyweight training are just the minimum essentials. Many of the parkour moves require a great amount of upper body strength and strong leg muscles. Anyone can try parkour, but complete it at your own risk if you are not properly trained. 

Without a doubt, parkour is awesome. If you are looking for the perfect thrill, this bold sport will take you in and change your life. Of course, when trying these alternative sports, it is always important to practice top-notch safety and follow all rules given in the particular area. And if you can participate responsibly and respect the sport, then parkour may be the sport for the thrill-seeker in you.