The Kori Movement Project

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Kori Movement is first and foremost a resource. Ask us any question, and we will provide an in depth answer. This blog will also be updated weekly with articles on: diet, lifestyle, strength training, techniques, training environments, training programs, and much more. We are students of countless movement disciplines- we teach movement, and we hope to inspire movement …

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Why body-weight specific training is a waste of time for parkour athletes

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Let me be clear from the start, body-weight training is fantastic, it’s at the core of most traceurs practise. But one simple fact is consistently ignored; parkour IS body weight training. Not only is it already body-weight training, it’s some of the most varied, intense, and beneficial body-weight training available. Why then, are parkour athletes separating out elements, reducing it, essentially doing less good versions of the same thing?

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve seen traceurs squatting their own bodyweight on the spot, or doing walking lunges, or sit ups. Are these exercises really going to help them improve? Is a bodyweight squat better than the natural plyometrics of varied precisions? Is a sit up really going to strengthen their core more than the explosive dynamic movements of a tough dyno or underbar?

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