The Best Disciplines To Improve Your Freerunning
As a freerunner, it is important to always look for ways to increase freerunning technique. Believe it or not, there are many activities and exercises other than freerunning or parkour that will dramatically improve certain aspects of your freerunning, such as your body awareness, bodyweight strength, flexibility, and endurance.
By training in the following practices, you will be able to refine your freerunning skills and become a better athlete overall.
Many aspects of breakdancing, also known as bboying, are also essential to freerunning. Flexibility, strength (both explosive and static), body awareness, and coordination are some of the fundamental necessities for both of these arts.
Through practicing bboying, especially the power moves and freezes, you will steadily improve your bodyweight strength and balance. Also, through practicing toprock, an essential part to bboying, you will be able to improve your coordination and grace.
Certain aspects of freerunning and gymnastics are so similar, that freerunning can sometimes be considered the “street” version of gymnastics. By taking gymnastics lessons, freerunners will learn a variety of the flips and tricks that are essential to freerunning.
Training in a gymnastics gym is also a good way to stay safe while learning many of these moves. Gymnastics will help freerunners become more flexible, and will contribute to their body awareness during flips.
Yoga, perhaps the calmest of the practices in this article, is a great way to increase both your mental and physical knowledge of yourself. Through yoga, you will be able to relieve stress in your everyday life and become dramatically more flexible, a great thing for freerunning. Yoga will also teach you both balance and body awareness.
One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of freerunning is endurance. Endurance is supremely important because a freeruner will most likely want to do more than a couple of tricks during his or her run.
A freerun will absorb a heck of a lot of energy and it is important to have good cardio if you want to be a successful freerunner. Long-distance running is something that can help build up and maintain endurance.
Try running a mile or two twice a week, and then increasing that distance every few weeks. In no time, you will be able to run for long distances without breaking a sweat. During a run, this will help you save your energy for tricks, rather than getting to the places to do the tricks.
In the end, we can see that by taking some time to look at disciplines other than freerunning, we can improve are freerunning. Whether you train intensely on these things or just try them out, it is always a good idea as a freerunner to expand your knowledge of similar disciplines.