Get Inspired: How to get into parkour

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How do I start?

  • Learn the basics by finding your local group via Parkour UK.

What is parkour?

  • Sometimes known as freerunning, parkour is a non-competitive discipline that involves moving from one point to another across any terrain, and overcoming obstacles using only your physical capabilities; running, jumping and climbing.
  • Parkour can be practiced anywhere but most people train outdoors, typically in urban spaces.

Is it for me?

  • Parkour can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. If you love the rush of adrenaline and get a thrill from pushing yourself to your limits then parkour is perfect for you.

What to expect when I start?

  • Parkour is physically demanding so builds strength and improves fitness.
  • Using obstacles to aid your movements, it helps with balance, spatial awareness and coordination.
  • Parkour will help you develop self-reliance and confidence.
  • If you're aged 55 or over you can take part in a Forever Young session.
  • You can practice parkour alone which is great for developing self-discipline but there are also communities of people who do it together.

To get you in the mood...

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