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Seagurl51
January 4th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Does anybody do parkour as a dryland exercise? I'm thinking of starting and was wondering how/or if it affected swimming.

SwimStud
January 4th, 2007, 10:05 PM
Does anybody do parkour as a dryland exercise? I'm thinking of starting and was wondering how/or if it affected swimming.

OK Maybe I am just stupid but WTH is parkour?
:confused:

Seagurl51
January 4th, 2007, 10:16 PM
Also known as free running. Look it up on YouTube...it's amazing...:groovy:

SwimStud
January 4th, 2007, 10:36 PM
Ahhh Yeah did you see Casino Royale?

The guy at the start was really good...except he annoyed Daniel Craig and got shot...lol

ensignada
January 4th, 2007, 10:38 PM
This would seem to be useful training if one plans on a life evading the police, repo man, jealous husband/wife etc or pursuing a career as a stuntperson....but my knees and spinal column hurt just watching these videos.

SwimStud
January 4th, 2007, 10:40 PM
This would seem to be useful training if one plans on a life evading the police, repo man, jealous husband/wife etc or pursuing a career as a stuntperson....but my knees and spinal column hurt just watching these videos.

Me too Barb...I'd just have to let whoever catch me and take the beating...

Seagurl51
January 4th, 2007, 10:43 PM
Ahhh Yeah did you see Casino Royale?

The guy at the start was really good...except he annoyed Daniel Craig and got shot...lol

That's actually what prompted me to really look into it. I've known about it for a long time but never really thought to get into it. But if it's good enough for Daniel Craig (I know it was a stuntman dont' crush my bubble) then it's good enough for me.

Police evasion techniques are always a good skill to have. You just never know. ;) I am kinda worred it'll kill me knees and end my breaststroke career, which is why I'm curious if anyone here knows anything.

knelson
January 5th, 2007, 12:26 AM
It definitely looks cool if you're good at it, but let's face it, you're going to get hurt doing it. That's fine, but probably doesn't make it the best cross-training activity if you compete in another sport.

Ivor
January 5th, 2007, 06:56 AM
To be honest I'm more of a fan of free sitting and extreme sleeping.

And when I blow my nose, I blow my nose HARD.

I find all this helps, though I'm not quite sure how.

Seagurl51
January 5th, 2007, 11:43 AM
I love extreme sleeping. :snore: I'm in training right now

I joined the forum at a parkour website and asked pretty much the same question and people have said, as long as I do it right and don't push my boundaires too much in the beginning, then you really don't get hurt that often. So basically, I can't scale buildings right away...bummer.

lefty
January 5th, 2007, 11:51 AM
Follow my logic here:

Ankle flexibility is tantamount in swimming.
Ankle flexibility is based on bone structure and is not something you can really improve.
Sports like basketball and running (not even going to mention parkour) damage your ankle bone structure because of they are high-impact in that area.
Thus those sports are not good cross-training if you your goal is to swim fast.

(Though doing somthing would be better than doing nothing)

merritr
January 5th, 2007, 12:12 PM
I think that finding new and interesting ways to develop your strength can be beneficial to your swimming. It keeps you excited and working hard.

I spent many years lifting weights as a supplement to swimming. The thing is that after many months in the weight room the routine gets stale, you matter how much you switch it up. You go through the motions and you aren't pushing yourself as hard as time goes by. You get to a point where you just maintain. It gets old... After a long time of working muscles in isolation I just begin to wonder whether I can really transfer that strength into something useful. In reality you are never really trying to do things by only using one muscle at a time.

More recently I have been looking to find other ways of developing strength and power out of the water. I saw a link to CrossFit posted here awhile back and that gave me some new ideas to try out. Olympic style lifting works a lot of muscles together and it applies strength a power to more realistic tasks. However after awhile it got a bit old and repetitive.

I like learning new things, new tricks. I was very into gymnastics at a young age so I decided I wanted to attempt to resurrect that a little bit. Gymnastics is a great way to develop strength and power. There are always new things to learn and it teaches you to work lots of muscles together. I discovered that a couple local gymnasiums had adult classes at night. Last night I tried it for the first time and now I want to keep it up. Perhaps that could be an interesting alternative to parkour. It is really nice when you have lots of squishy mats to land on.

~Wren~
January 5th, 2007, 12:45 PM
To be honest I'm more of a fan of free sitting and extreme sleeping.

I was too, then I had a baby. She really cut in to my training time - I've given up extreme sleep for now :p

okoban
January 5th, 2007, 04:53 PM
Kyra, when I watched the videos about 'parkour', I remembered the famous song: I know what it is to be young, but you don't know what it is to be old!!! I better continue my risk-free stretching activities.:blah: :blah: :blah:

chaos
January 5th, 2007, 05:02 PM
i've enjoyed talus running in the past, but injuries are too expensive now.

islandsox
January 5th, 2007, 05:04 PM
then you really don't get hurt that often.

Kyra,

I don't want to get hurt at all!!!

Donna

FindingMyInnerFish
January 5th, 2007, 05:25 PM
Kyra,

I don't want to get hurt at all!!!

Donna

I'm with you! It's very cool looking and strength building for those with the coordination, and that wouldn't be me. Even "just plain running," I've done some face plants. Not to mention tripping on a mat on the pool deck. You don't want to see me doing Parkour. It would not be a pretty sight--and not something young children should witness. :eek:

And as I get older and heal more slowly, I want to increase the amount of time I can do the sports I enjoy.

poolraat
January 5th, 2007, 06:45 PM
To be honest I'm more of a fan of free sitting and extreme sleeping.

I agree 100%. There should be competitions. I could be a contender.

:rofl: