What Makes a Good Training Spot

What Makes a Good Training Spot

First things first, to be able to train a spot you will need some form of obstacles to be able to move over/around. Even if just an arrangement of curbs, a practitioner can develop some fun and interesting challenges, but with purely flat ground a Parkour person or Freerunner may find themselves working on different styles of movement i.e. tricking.

When searching for a spot to train multiple factors play in to it being a "good spot" or not. One of the main things I look for is a group of obstacles that can be joint into different combinations of moves. This becomes even better when the different angles of approach allow you to create routes with a different starting and ending point allowing the most amount of variables achievable and therefore a lot of fun training to be had.

These obstacles can then be broken down into different types of move that would suit or can be used on them. So a group of walls for instance would lend itself to armjumps and precisions whereas bollards, poles and rails may be used for strides or swings. Quite a lot of the time a spot can be deemed good or bad by the practitioner simply by their own skill level or particular favourite types of movement and how well they can apply that to the obstacles they come across at a spot

Moving away from the physicality of the spots I would like to note that the public has something to do with the quality of a Pk spot, specifically when starting out. When training at very public heavy spots (Example-town centre high street) it is common for the words "spiderman" or "do a backflip" to be shouted at the participant, this is naturally people trying to have a laugh at a sport they don't see regularly and no particular harm is meant by it most of the time. However it can be extremely distracting and creates another thing the practitioner has to focus on other than their own training session. In addition to this I would suggest not training anywhere that is so secluded that you feel in danger of crime happening to you (Example- dodgy back alleys).

Where possible try to train on public land unless you have permission by the landowner to use their walls bars. Permission can be sought out simply enough by asking the resident security guard if you may use the area for Parkour for X amount of time. If you are training on private land and are asked to leave do so immediately and with respect for the authority member asking you to leave.

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Connor O'Carroll

Connor O'Carroll

With many years studying technique and safe practice of Parkour, Connor utilizes these to focus on creative movement using simple surroundings for his own training.

He hopes to be able to share this method of creative expression to his students to see them too enjoy movement even if only given one unassuming obstacle.