Parkour has been popping up more and more in the news, on social media, and in viral videos. While you might think it’s just stunts or challenges; it is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the world. There are more competitions and exhibitions being organized each year. It wouldn’t be a total surprise if Parkour made it to the Xgames soon. It is presenting a challenge to athletes, and to those just looking for a way to get fit that isn’t boring, that is catching people’s attention.
What is it?
The simplest description of Parkour is that it is a challenge to get from point A to point B as fast as possible, using the most direct route, and using only your body and anything on-site at the moment of the challenge. Parkour can be done on official obstacle courses, but you will more often find its practitioners running up the sides of buildings, flipping off awnings, and bare skating down rails. The goal of Parkour is to enable you to respond to get out of, or into, any area using what is on hand. It differs from programs such as CrossFit (which has some similar elements), because there is an underlying purpose to developing the strength and skill to cross any obstacle at any moment.