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Free Running

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Published April 10th 2011
You might think 'free running' is just going for a run without paying someone for the privilege, but you'd be wrong.

Instead, think of free running as an acrobatic way of moving through an urban environment; an elegant interaction with the walls, posts, bollards, benches, gates and fences of the city in which you live; making a connection with the environment that surrounds you.

When done well, it works as an effective fitness routine and can look pretty darn impressive. When done badly, however, the only somersaulting you'll be doing will be straight into the back of an ambulance.

The sport originated in France (indeed, free running is also known as 'parkour', from the French parcour) and has been steadily growing in popularity around the world.

The main idea is to move between static obstacles, such as the aforementioned walls and fences, by jumping, vaulting, climbing, and, on a good day, if you're feeling particularly confident, even flipping and somersaulting.

Established moves include the 'dash vault' where you vault yourself over an obstacle using your arms to propel you forward. A more difficult variation on this is the 'turn vault' where you twist your body 180 degrees during the manoeuvre.

Once you get confident, you'll find yourself improvising and coming up with your own unique ways of dealing with the various obstacles that you come across.

Check out this video to see some free runners free running:


So as you can see, urban areas in particular lend themselves superbly to free running, with the number of concrete constructions and obstructions in place.

Free runners meeting in the countryside would be left scratching their heads, wondering when the next bus back into the city was.

Of course, if you're a free runner wannabe or a complete novice, it is wise to proceed with caution. The last thing you want is to be impaled on the spike of a fence as you attempt to leap over it with a stylish twisting jump manoeuvre.

It's highly recommended that you Google some free running clubs and classes in your local area. They'll show you the basic moves and how to get the most out of the sport without risking injury.

Oh, and free running is, by the way, free.
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Why? It's exercise with an edge to it.
When: Anytime.
Where: Any urban environment.
Cost: Free (though classes will probably cost).
Comments
Looks like great fun. I used to follow a personal trainer the person she trained around a park, I got to learn some really good exercises from them by improving. Using the park benches etc as equipment.

This looks like more fun.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Saturday, 23rd of April @ 11:42 am
Looks like great fun. I used to follow a personal trainer the person she trained around a park, I got to learn some really good exercises from them by improving. Using the park benches etc as equipment.

This looks like more fun.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Saturday, 23rd of April @ 11:45 am
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