This weekâ€™s video tutorial is a double feature, covering two Parkour essentials: the Wall Run and the Cat Leap. And weâ€™re super excited to have Professional Parkour athlete and American Ninja Warrior David â€œYoung Flipâ€ Rodriguez teach us how to master them. Both of these movements are not only great exercises, but are also two of the basics that will help you negotiate obstacles while youâ€™re practicing your free running. They are some of the core building blocks to any parkour (or free running) training.
Parkour was developed by the French as a way to move through space as efficiently as possible, navigating your path around obstacles with moves including Wall Runs, Cat Leaps, Vaults, Precision Jumps, and more. (And the closely related Free Running discipline adds in more cool tricks and flips). Itâ€™s the kind of sport that makes its practitioners ideal candidates for competition shows like American Ninja Warrior!
Unless youâ€™ve been living under a rock, youâ€™ve probably been following (or at least heard of) American Ninja Warrior, which pits incredible athletes against the most badass obstacle course out there. The competitors come from all types of bodyweight training backgrounds – youâ€™ll see martial artists, wrestlers, gymnasts, dancers, and, of course, a lot of Parkour athletes. You truly get a glimpse at how these disciplines all melt together at their upper levels. Becoming a Ninja Warrior requires skill, coordination, flexibility, mobility, speed, strength, power and endurance. These are all attributes that we hope to have as bodyweight athletes, and are the foundation of the GBT System.
Our Guest Instructor: David “Young Flip” Rodriguez
Since beginning my journey into bodyweight training, Iâ€™ve gotten the opportunity to work with many athletes who are at the top of the game in their particular field. One of them is David â€œYoung Flipâ€ Rodriguez, who takes us through this weekâ€™s video tutorial. Flip is quickly working his way up the ranks in the Parkour and Free Running world. His unbelievable skills and his signature black and white masks allow him to easily stand out from the rest. His TV credits span from American Ninja Warrior (in 2011 he made it to the Finals, and he’s back again in 2012!); G4â€™s Jump City: Seattle, and the upcoming Step Up 4.
So, I know you are all wondering where is this super cool gym with all that great equipment we are shooting on in the video. I was also excited to be able to shoot this weekâ€™s video at the facility for Miami Free Running and Parkour Academy, a new location which they moved into last year. It was here that Young Flip and Adrianne Gonzalez from Miami Free Running gave me my first introduction into the world of Parkour, and I love being able to go back to work out, play, and learn more from them!
And don’t forget to check out another great video tutorial we did with Young Flip last year, right below this video.
Check out this other great tutorial Young Flip did for us last year:
Learning the Parkour Kong Vault