Overcome Your Obstacles With Parkour
A street-inspired workout built on the concept of overcoming physical and mental obstacles is shaping up indoors. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
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The physical discipline known as Parkour is no longer just for stuntmen and specialists. NY1 recently stopped by Crunch Gym in Kips Bay to find out more about how you can be parkour for the course.
"One of the mottos for Parkour is 'Be strong to be useful.' So, everything that we do we can take our movements, our exercises, and apply it to some sort of situation where, say, if you need to get away from somebody or get closer to somebody, you know, you can do that through Parkour and it becomes, you know, part of your natural movements," said Crunch instructor Jason Mello.
So how does it work in the gym? First, in order to get your body ready for obstacles, a thorough warm-up is required.
"We warm up nice and quick so that way there are no injuries. Everybody's muscles are nice and loose. They're already warmed up. The blood's flowing," Mello said. "And also, as we're doing the warm-up, we also include some conditioning where, again, you know, you're making your body strong enough to be able to do all these different movements and techniques."
After the body is warmed up, the obstacle course is set up with mats, step boxes and vaults. The conditioning exercises combine precision jumps and constant movement for a steady cardio workout.
"It's primarily done outside. So, in here, we basically brought in elements, like this right here, this box, to basically, you know, I guess mimic what stuff that you have outside. This box behind me is a vault box that we can turn that into a car. And now, you can vault over a car," said Crunch instructor Shem Rajoon.
"I think that it's a total body workout because you're getting your cardio, you're getting your strength training and focus on the core, but it also works all the other parts of your body," said Crunch member Christeen Stridsberg.
"It reminded me of the new James Bond movie, actually. You know, it was fun. It was kind of like hip-hop, urban, you know, just the steps, not doing a step class, but actually, like, doing these neat tricks and jumps. It's just really challenging and just a good time," said Crunch member Kathy Casale.
Parkour doesn't only train you to get over physical obstacles, it also teaches you how to overcome some personal roadblocks.
"We say, 'getting from one point to another as quickly and efficiently as possible,' but it's really overcoming obstacles in life and in your personal life and just your surroundings," Rajoon said.