|Parkour training is usually comprised of one or more of the following elements:
- general fitness training
- mobility training
- practising runs
- drilling elements
Essential to a healthy training session is an effective warm-up and a good warm-down. The principal objective of a warm-up
is to increase heart rate and blood circulation. Most hearty aerobic exercise sustained for a short period (10 minutes) will
function as an effective warm-up.
A warm-down could consist of a gentle jog. Stretches can be usefully incorporated into a warm-down to increase mobility.
Stretches increase mobility and are quite different from a warm-up although they can be incorporated into one. Some gentle
stretching can be benificial in enabling your joints an increased range of movement, however significant stretching is best
incorporated into a warm-down. While stretches increase mobility they also make the joints more prone to dislocation for some
time after the stretching.
Stretches should be held for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Never 'bounce' when stretching (ballistic stretching). The most effective long-term mobility is achieved through 'static'
(slow, gentle, held) stretching. Static stretches are also less likely to cause damage. 'No Pain - No Gain' does NOT apply
to stetching exercises. If it hurts STOP!
A number of stretches are detailed below.