2014 week 1 – new video series

This is something I’ve had planned for a month or 2 now, I want to try and document my 2014 training with weekly videos, hopefully I can keep it up. New videos every Wednesday.

I’ll still be making proper videos with the bigger/more impressive movements that I do, these videos will just contain footage from my training.

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New Years 2014

I decided to kick 2014 off with something memorable, so me and Stephen ignored the wet and headed into town for some rooftop fun, at about 9 o’clock we met up and decided we’d pass the time with some simple jumps on a a few low roofs and a multistory car park, which included me doing a hilarious bail/new move with a precision to seat, unfortunately not caught on camera. At around 10 we headed to the top of Tesco Express where we had a decent view of  the top of the town and people wandering around between bars and clubs, we had to be a bit careful here because we could see quite a few police patrolling the area.

A view down town, slightly risky shot.

A view down town, slightly risky shot.

Shot of the club directly opposite the roof we were on.

Shot of the club directly opposite the roof we were on.

Once we’d got bored we headed up to the cathedral to chill and pass the time before the main climb we had planned, we did a few simple tricks on the wet grass to stay warm, then around half 11 we went to the Greestone building to get our favourite view of the city, it’s a 3 story climb but broken up into 3 different small climbs, so it’s very simple but was complicated slightly by the wet and our shoes having lost most of their grip. Still, we made it the top safely and got the cameras set up, it was kind of disappointing with just a few fireworks going off in the distance. Then it struck 12 and we were treated to one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. We could see pretty much every firework going off in Lincoln and the cathedral bells were ringing about 500 feet behind us. After about half an hour things started to die down and it had started to rain a little, we decided to head down now before we lost all the feeling in our fingers. Once we got down we decided to head to the top of another car park to see if we got any interesting views, and someone treated us to a nice back garden firework show just across the street from where we were, which I just about managed to catch on camera. After a few minutes it became obvious that everyone was done for the evening so we called it a night.

It’s difficult to be anything other than optimistic about 2014 when you start it in such an amazing way.

The fireworks we saw from the top of the car park.

The fireworks we saw from the top of the car park.

A slightly blurry shot of the view we had from Greestone.

A slightly blurry shot of the view we had from Greestone.

Me repping my Storror and Norm*l gear while surveying Lincoln.

Me repping my Storror and Norm*l gear while surveying Lincoln.

You can find an album of all my pictures from last night here.

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.