November 16th, 2015
Are you an adult that enjoys climbing on playground equipment more than your kids? Are you a teenager who looks forward to going to school just so you can balance on the handrails? Are you a girl who loves to explore nature?
You may be a practitioner of movement and not even known it! Parkour and freerunning celebrate the art of movement. If you like to move efficiently and move in style,
Obstacle Distraction Syndrome can affect you at any time.
You could be getting groceries or at your brother’s graduation. At any moment, you could be overcome with the insatiable desire to climb on things. If you discover a new wall or tree it must be scaled immediately. The world is your playground and you constantly find opportunities to explore it.
You have to crawl before you can walk.
Not all skills are mastered immediately. It takes time to get accustomed to certain movements and be mentally prepared to step out of your comfort zone. Progressions help build strength and overcome one of the biggest obstacles of all, fear.
Nutrition isn’t a trend. It’s a way of life.
You are a serious athlete and dedicated to taking care of your body. You avoid alcohol, carry a jug of tea everywhere and use coconut oil for everything. You love a balanced diet and enjoy helping your friends improve their eating habits.
They don’t call it Roof Culture for nothing.
Rooftops, balconies and bridges are your happy places. You would live in a hot air balloon just for the view. You love the thrill of the climb and live for the breeze in your hair. You know the golden rule though, never look down.
If you’ve got to get to high, you better look fly.
You own seven pairs of training shoes and have a different color for each day of the week. Your wardrobe consists of your favorite team’s merchandise, witty t-shirts and super hero costumes. Your biggest inner struggle is, “Should I wear my galaxy leggings or hammer pants today? Better go with both.”
If you get high and look fly, you better Instagram it.
You always keep your phone charged and will ask any passerby to help document your achievement. They will film you attempting your 12ft precision at least five times, because on the sixth time you know you’ll get it. #LetMeSeeWhatThatLookedLike
You wear your battle scars with pride.
You train efficiently, but there are times when that pesky corner jumps out of nowhere. You are prepared for these moments with an arsenal of first aid. However, this isn’t your average band-aid and Neosporin kit. Your weapons are Voodoo floss, arnica gel, foam rollers and kineseo tape. Your battle cry is ‘No pain, No gain’ and victory is awarded only to the patient.
Just one. more. time.
You know you’ll nail that wall run if you just try one more time. Ok that was good, but you lost your grip. You’ll try one more time. Well, no one was filming this time, so you’re going to try just one more time. That run was awesome, but you have to try one more time to make sure it wasn’t luck. Fine. Maybe two more times….
So you think you’re a traceur? Let us know! What other qualities do you think make a true traceur or freerunner?