How to Parkour: How LONG should I REST?

How to Parkour: How LONG should I REST?

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I received an e-mail from a parkour pen pal of mine, who has been in one of my programs and had a question in reference to a weird pain he was having in his knee. This is actually something I have experienced before and it was tied directly to not resting properly or not incorporating certain things into my training.

I feel a lot of small injuries and kinks can be directly linked to “how long you should rest” and to other things I mention in my response below.

Read below to get the most from your parkour training and find out if you are using a training system that will help prevent injuries or if you are actually training in a way that guarantees injuries!!

[FRIEND’S E-MAIL]

Hi,

Thanks, I got it now, and will start read it today, exciting! :-)

Well, I have no problem in general with the training.But during the last (first) real long training this week I of course became sore, and it took some days to go away, nothing strange about that. But now when that’s over I suddenly get a stingy pain for split second in my knee only when I’m standing, it’s like the leg will collapse, some nerve issue, I don’t know.

When I wonder is, if you know, and you recommend to get (build over time) strong joints to last for parcour training. Maybe it was just too much too sudden for my “old” body to get going with 4 hours parcour training in a gym.

PS: I want to be REALLY good at this, long term! Start from the beginning… ;-)

Peace.

[FRIEND’S E-MAIL]

[MY RESPONSE]

I know exactly what you are saying. Where your leg just feels weird like it wants to give out.

I’ve experienced that before. I’m not sure what the direct cause is, but I usually experience that when I don’t warm-up or stretch properlybefore and after training for a week, when I over train and don’t allow my body enough recovery time, or when I haven’t trained in a while and jump back in it pretty hard.

What I would start doing is lowering the parkour session times down to about an hour and a half or two hours. Make sure you warm-up prior to training and stretch directly following the training session.

The reason I say to cut the time down because your mind and body go through cycles throughout the day similar to our sleep cycle. Our mind and body can only hold its optimum focus and performance for short bursts of time. Between this it needs to take breaks and rest. Your body will tell you when it needs a break. You will become thirsty, agitated, tired, your mind will wander off to other things, and your body will send you other similar signals.

So it’s important that we work with our mind and bodies and give it ten to thirty minute breaks or switch our focus completely to something else to let our mind and bodies recharge.

Training sessions above, 2 1/2 to 3 hours become very physically demanding and mentally draining, especially if you have not taken these important ten to thirty minute breaks of complete relaxation and unwinding.

So it’s really all about training your recovery.

Now I know this is sometimes hard to do, especially if you are training with friends. But just try to start adding in 10 to 30 minute full relaxation breaks after each hour to hour and a half of training or when your body is showing you signals it needs a break.

Another thing is Long term recovery. This is where your muscles rebuild. So it’s important to let your body physically recover from demanding training sessions.

Make sure you split up your training days to hard and light days. And give yourself one to two days off completely. When I say light days, I mean only light vault training, balancing, or jogging. You want these light days to be your recovery time. So these light days are basically just to keep the blood flowing and work on the moves more mentally than physically. If you still feel mentally drained or physically drained, just perform a warm-up and stretch and/or meditate and perform some light yoga.

And If you feel like just resting on either a hard or light day, that’s fine, you should rest. Listen to your body. If after you warm-up you still feel really sore or you feel mentally out of it, go light or rest.

The Main goal is to just get three hard sessions a week.

If you do this, you incorporate proper warm-up and stretching before and after your training sessions, and you eat healthy, you should be able to train parkour for a very long time.

-Jonathan

[MY RESPONSE]

This was just a brief simple answer. There’s a lot more science and psychology behind it but that would take books to fully get into. I go into recovery time,how muscles develop, and how to train parkour in more detail in my full training course.

If that’s something you would be interested in learning more about check out my video over my Crash Course Program [HERE]- http://learnmoreparkour.com/parkour-programs/crash-course-into-parkour/

How to Parkour: How LONG should I REST