New Years Resolutions and setting goals

It’s been a while.

Also a bit of a late post on this topic. I’ve never done new years resolutions before, and I wasn’t expecting to do any this year but then I had the idea to try and do something productive everyday this year, kind of a vague resolution but the idea is that no day gets wasted. Some days are easier than others, like when I’m working or if I go out training I don’t have to worry about finding something to do, but so far I’ve managed to keep it going every day, even if it’s something small like practicing handstands or trying to learn how to juggle and it’s lead to me starting writing on this blog again, hopefully I’ll keep it going.

As an offset of this resolution I’ve set myself the goal to stretch everyday, I’ve got into stretching routines before but I never managed to keep them up for very long and the new year seemed like a good time to start a routine again and make it last. I’ve also started conditioning more often but I’ve got no routine for that, it’s just doing some exercises if I’ve not done any training that day.

To try and get more productivity out of training sessions I’m going to start setting goals, some of them will be goals to achieve by the end of the month, some of them will be things to try and get in one session, mostly gym sessions. I’ve not got any goals for this month since I’ve not really got any outdoor training done partly due to the weather partly due no one being free at the same time as me, but starting next month I’ll be posting my monthly goals and my progress towards them.

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Parkour, flips and conditioning.

In my nearly 8 years of training one of the most common statements I’ve heard in relation to parkour and freerunning is “Flip’s aren’t parkour”, and this is true, Parkour is about speed, efficiency and safety, and generally flips fall into none of these categories (I do think there are some situations where a flip could be considered the best movement for the obstacle, but I’ll get into that another time) and likewise neither does conditioning.

I should start of by saying that while I’ve never been a huge fan of conditioning I am aware of how useful it can be. A few years back my ankles were very weak and I did a lot of ankle strengthening exercises recommend by Dogen’s titanium ankles tutorial (anyone with weak ankles should definitely look it up) and I try to get a bit of conditioning done if I’ve not been able to get much training done, but I have the belief that 100 precisions is better than 100 squats.

A friend of mine once saw the claim on the World Wide Jam forums that “parkour is 70% conditioning” which I have always thought is bullshit, nowadays it seems conditioning is treated as a useful activity to help you with your parkour rather than actually being parkour, which I think is completely right, doing press ups will improve your strength which will help your parkour (among other things) so what about flips? Flips can be useful training for parkour, they improve aerial awareness, they can help you get powerful take offs, and help improve flexibility and ankle strength provided you can land them well, though if you land poorly it will make your ankles worse. There are other and better ways to train these areas, but that doesn’t mean tricking isn’t a viable method.

Roof Culture

Yesterday Storror dropped their long awaited (for me at least, and I’m sure I’m not alone) Roof Culture clothing line, consisting of a T shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweater and beanie it’s a nice set of clothes for the winter. I decided I’d pick up a long sleeve shirt and I’ll no doubt grab the T shirt once some warmer weather comes our way. Their past designs are nice as well and some of them are on sale right now, so if Roof culture isn’t your thing don’t let that stop you from heading over to their store and supporting the Storror lads. http://storror.bigcartel.com/

As well as the clothes, they also dropped the Roof Culture trailer, which definitely succeeded in getting me hyped for the full video.