It's easy to get caught up in the Parkour community and get lost with the many guides available. From simple to advanced movements, more often than not you will spend a lot of time practicing.
This isn't a bad thing at all, since all sports require dedication, but you shouldn't let that dedication turn you into a machine at the cost of having fun.
If you find yourself getting less and less excited about participating, then change it! Don't get caught up in the grind and forget why you started in the first place. It's all about finding that balance and shifting when necessary.
What Motivated You?
Your source of motivation should take priority in keeping you on pace to your goals. If you started Parkour for fun, then the moment it becomes a grind you're doing it wrong.
Are you so tired that you skip days? You're doing it wrong. Have you caught yourself sleeping throughout the day? You're doing it wrong. Have you fallen behind in school and in life? Then you're definitely doing it wrong.
The biggest sin is having to convince yourself to do Parkour in the first place. You should be motivated by Parkour, and not need motivation to be a participant in it. Don't let the popularization of the sport lead you to bad habits that make you hate it.
For Mental and Physical Health
A lot of people get into Parkour as a fun way to improve their mental and physical well-being. There are a lot of popular fitness options out there, such as CrossFit or P90x.
But what is the difference between these exercises and Parkour? They all test your mental and physical limits, and they are all proven. But what they lack is summed up in one simple word: freedom.
Parkour allows you to improve yourself wherever you are, at any time. There are no reps, there is no “right way,” but there is a goal: to learn your limits and how to surpass them safely.
There are no age, weight, or attendance requirements for Parkour. You show up when you want to, and your body and mind will be as crisp as you allow them to be. There are no other sports that put zero pressure on you but still provide immense benefits.
Parkour Can Appear to be a TrendParkour’s popularity has grown immensely, and it may seem to be a trend. However, practitioners who have stuck with it have found it to be incredibly gratifying.
Sometimes taking up something that is popular is like trying on a new pair of shoes, sometimes it fits, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Thousands of people start the sport everyday either in a serious capacity or as a hobby, but they both maintain respect for it.
Approaching Parkour as a passing fad can be disrespectful, even to those that do it for fun. Starting the sport so you can make a Facebook post about it means you’re motivation could be tweaked a bit. Doing a sport because everyone else is doing it can lead to bad results.
You not only won’t have fun, but you’re liable to look at a bunch of advanced techniques too early. When those techniques turn out to be away from your ability range, then things get real and you'll quit. There are people that have been doing Parkour for a year and are still doing the basics. Not because they can't advance, but because they are having fun and are comfortable at that level.
Embrace the Moment!
As corny as it sounds, not taking yourself and others so serious will help keep your training on the right track. Have fun! Not everyone is going to be a Parkour superstar with a bunch of promotional deals and free swag.
In fact that is the charm of the sport in general. It is accessible to everyone and up to now isn't driven by money. That may change in the future, so by all means go out and enjoy it while you can.
Stay away from the super serious Parkour beginners that are in it to impress the girls. Or stay away from the girl that is in it to impress her boyfriend – that situation in particular can be salty. And if people laugh at you for participating, laugh with them. It’s a free world after all, so do what you want, how you want.
There Are No Rules
Not every person that does martial arts wants to be Connor McGregor. So why should every Parkour participant aspire to be Damien Walters? There’s going to be people that dominate some days just like there will be people that give it all up in a few years.
Nothing is wrong with either option, as long as the final decision lies with you. You are whatever you put into the sport, nothing more and nothing less. No one is judging your progress, and if they are you can still go at your own pace. Your body, your mind, and your life. It doesn't get any simpler than that, so go out and enjoy the sport in its truest form.
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