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Parkour and new urban sports: the art of movement

They run and float like gazelles, jump and climb remaining agile and fast, without stopping. Because no physical or mental obstacle, small or large, in outdoor sports and in everyday life, can stop them. It is the identikit of the tracers (traceurs or traceuses), capable of interpreting the art of displacement, the parkour, as a sporting activity and existential philosophy.

What is parkour?

Parkour is a discipline that represents the natural approach and the return to the origins. It is identified as the art of movement, the ability to move from one point to another in the most efficient way possible (efficiency is measured in the simplicity, safety and speed of the athletic and acrobatic movement) using only the body and exploiting the surrounding environment - natural or urban - through running, climbing and jumping. To build a personal and alternative route. In this way, for example, a banal handrail is transformed into a launching ramp or a slide.
Parkour was born from the French David Belle, who coined the term in 1998 (from the expression "parcours du combattant", the "path of the fighter"), fascinated by the training method used by the officer of the transalpine navy Georges Hébert. It started as a "poor" activity in the Parisian metropolitan ghettos and over the years, the practice of parkour has grown exponentially, becoming a real sport. England was in fact the first country to recognise it as such. It can be practiced at any age, at any time of day, it can also be useful in emergency situations, only after strengthening the technique of course.
Albert Einstein

Life is like riding a bike: if you want to be in balance you have to move.

What are the fundamentals of parkour

Among urban sports, the parkour is the one with the greatest appeal but this is not to be underestimated, in terms of physical preparation, and - less than ever - approached as a hobby. Like all sports, this outdoor activity involves physical and mental preparation. And, through specific training, you can awaken and train inborn skills.
Among the main movements of the parkour, at least the basic ones, there are: cat leap (position anticipated by a jump in which the arrival is with the hands clinging to the edge of the wall, and the feet resting on its surface), climb up (technique to overcome an obstacle effectively, starting from the position of cat leap), dyno (starting from the position of cat leap, projecting the hands upwards, to cling to a hold and climb).

And again, among the fundamentals of the parkour should be remembered the vaulting, movements whose goal is usually to cross the obstacle. A basic vault, called a monkey, causes the "tracer" to place one hand on the obstacle and, with a jump, to overcome it.

The best way to train a person is to make him or her exercise natural movements in the conditions that the surrounding space offers.

Outdoor urban sports

Re-appropriate the city's spaces and experience them in a different way. Think about assigning buildings different uses than those for which they were designed. Always practice outdoor sports without breaking the law and respecting the safety of all. Go in search of new challenges.
These are the principles behind urban sports, which include a series of activities such as; skateboarding and inline skating (among the most popular urban sports), urban climbing (protrusions, walls, concrete buildings, urban golf (playing golf in the city, in the company of friends or acquaintances, remaining true to the original spirit of this practice), bike polo (cycling variant of the sport of polo, where horses are replaced by bicycles and with teams of three players).
The rediscovery of the metropolis also passes through urban trekking, fast walking through the city streets, river surfing (some rivers, thanks to the irregularity of the seabed and the play of the currents, are particularly suitable), slacklining, the evolution of equilibrium, or walking along an elastic tape anchored to two poles (the trees of a park or the sign posts) without supports or holds. All this is done in compliance with safety regulations and by training in the gym or fitness centre under the guidance of professional trainers for the athletic preparation of specific sports.

Train key skills with SKILLATHLETIC TRAINING

One of the aims of the parkour is to move in the best possible way from one point to another using their skills and everything that offers the surrounding environment. With SKILLATHLETIC TRAINING, the Technogym training format, you train the four key skills: strength, agility, speed and endurance. The program, which aims to improve athletic performance, consists of four types of classes, Boost, Mighty, Brave and Fast, made with different degrees of intensity and using various types of equipment.
SKILLATHLETIC TRAINING is inspired by the passion for sport and is dedicated to all those who wish to challenge their limits, improve their skills and obtain an athletic preparation for the practice of all sports. The protagonists of this new training format are the products of Technogym's SKILL LINE: SKILLROW, the innovative rower that allows you to improve aerobic and anaerobic capabilities; SKILLMILL, the non-motorized product that allows you to experiment with training, exploring different types of racing; SKILLBIKE, the first indoor bike with a real gear that allows you to reproduce at home the training done on the road, simulating the same conditions; SKILLTOOLS, the complete tool kit for free body training.

Apps and simulators, hi-tech urban sports

From the humanoid robot that is skillful in parkour to the opportunity, for fans, to use applications and simulators to engage in urban sports. It’s becoming more and more digital. Apps for Android and iOS to start practicing parkour, learning the basic movements, the main tricks and improving thanks to tutorials for athletic preparation. Not just parkour apps for beginners. To express themselves through the movement of the body there are simulators, available on iPhone and iPad, to reproduce the typical movements of the parkour, with 3D animation that uses computer graphics.

To have fun online along sidewalks, streets, roofs of buildings and special locations. And again, perform stunts worthy of an experienced "tracer" or challenge traceurs from all over the world. There are no limits to the possibilities of having fun thanks to a simulation game inspired by parkour. Not even those that are virtual.

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