We recently asked our fans to tell us the best piece of advice they could give to people just starting to train Parkour. There were literally hundreds of responses and we put together a sample for our friends, fans, and readers.
Joshua Lissenden – Take it slow, never try something that is out of your skill range, and ALWAYS work up to something.
Chris Othoudt – Probably just take it slowly, and not rush into things that could seriously injure you, learn about what you’re doing and how to do it correctly. It takes a lot of time and practice to become good.
Cassidy Stinson – Don’t forget to stretch and do conditioning, and don’t start with big drops!
Victor Khizhnyak – Be consistent in your practice and exercise. Practice makes perfect 🙂
Adam Christie – Parkour is about pushing yourself to your own limits. Not somebody else’s. Start small, it may look comical or even stupid but you will end up at jumps that will make peoples jaws drop if you do so.
Andy Peeples – Anyone can do it, it’s just about whether or not you acknowledge it. It’s all about the mindset; if you know without a doubt you can complete what you’re doing, you’ll do it. If you doubt yourself: don’t.
Matt Hughes – Be safe, push your self but not to the point of break. And remember, always keep this with you. Pain is temporary quitting is forever, we all fall but true strength is determined on his recovery and the way you get up from that fall.
Josh Balbier – DO NOT think that because you have been practicing for a few hours that you are ready to take on 15ft drops onto concrete. Even though you may have the technique down, your body has to get used to all of the strenuous activity. That children, is called conditioning.
Tyler Harbin Giuntoli – The first obstacle is fear, the second skill, and the third strength.
Roberto Hernandez – If you don’t feel comfortable trying something, train, train, train it then try it
Darian Baehler – work hard to become what you want to be. Let nothing stand in the way of your dream.
Talon Wolfgang Brandel – Do not let your fear run your life. Control it.
Austin Elliott – Tuck and roll, train your core, always practice, enjoy what you do and have fun
Jay Price – Push your boundaries, but only a little at a time.
Nick Radanovic – Never give up!
Brandon Pineda – commit to something that you know you can do
Kevin Frens – Start with the basics, find your style and work from there!
David Toovey – Practice makes perfect 🙂
Michael Evans – Parkour is 70% mental 30% physical once you overcome the fear and do it right, there’s nothing stoppin’ you from being pro.
Jared Stockhaus – Always push for something more but know your limit don’t ever do something stupid just to impress
Alex Jolly – View your abilities as a bubble that expands as they grow. Push that bubble to hard and it will pop, leaving you injured or otherwise incapacitated. Train safe and smart. But most importantly, enjoy it.
Fuel Dubsteppin – its all about TECHNIQUE!! condition and progress slowly, practice makes PERMANENT, so learn and practice correct technique.
Allen Rounsley – Start small. Think big. Work with friends. Create your own moves. Most of all, have fun!
Lenny Danger Corbett – Progression is key, work on your basics first, landing, rolling etc. Then you can start thinking bigger.
Matthew Blanchard – Start small and low to the ground. You will progress much quicker if you don’t have to heal from an injury than if you go too big too quickly. Develop the mentality that “Failure is simply not possible” and you can do anything from any height.
Jacob Chung – Don’t worry about what people think, just work at your own pace and do what your comfortable with!
Larry Parkourmonkey Le – stay dedicated and you will unlock all you want to achieve; it is basically the key to the world of dreams XD
Jake Garner – Never feel bad when you watch all the pros online if you practice you will be there one day!
Justin Illusion Deffner – take it slow, work on the basics. I know that you want to do the big, flashy movements, and trust me, you will get there. But first, we have to condition your body to the point where it will do the movement itself. Every advanced move is based on a basic move, so let’s get those basics going 😀
Héctor André Carlo – If you cant do something because you’re scared then try something smaller. If u keep practicing and not giving up then you’ll get it one day.
Jonchi D. Walter – Don’t practice Parkour. Live it. Respect it, and therefore respect your body. Know your limits. Safely surpass them. All people plateau, only some persist.
‘Constantly’ Konstantin Chernyshov – Remember to have fun! ALWAYS!!
Joeson Wong – Progression is the key.
Indiana Kuffer – Don’t climb up anything you can’t get down from!
Amplified Parkour – Oh and don’t forget to have fun…..JUMP FLY DREAM!!!!!!
Jeff Blouin – Train hard but train safely!
Justin Fowler – Practice hard, you get out what you put in!!
Kyle Brinegar – The best thing to do is to find your own flow, everyone has their own methods that may not work for everyone else Get comfortable with the way you want to run and then go from there 🙂
Bryan Zhu – Take mental risks, not physical ones.
Oliver Warlow – Judge it twice, jump it once.
Andrew Foster – fluid, beautiful movement is about confidence. If your mind is uncertain, then your body will move uncertainly. So train each movement until your confidence cannot be shaken. Then you can soar.
Star Donovan – It’s all about progression: You want to be doing moves for decades to come, not just today. With that in mind, scale movements to your own level. Also, we are a community. We help each other, so there is no shame in asking for a spot from someone.