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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Parkour

Basic errors during your parkour training can lead to injury and delayed improvement. Check out this article to discover 3 common parkour mistakes and how to avoid them.

Parkour has been around for decades, but in the last few years its popularity has skyrocketed.

The idea of being able to move freely and with purpose through our environment has been an attractive proposition for anyone seeking adventure and challenge. However, parkour comes with its own set of risks and potential hazards, and it is important to be aware of them in order to stay safe and make the most of our movement.

In this article, we'll be exploring 3 of the most common mistakes to avoid when it comes to parkour, so that you can make sure that your training is as safe and effective as possible.

Neglecting the Fundamentals

As with any physical skill, the fundamentals of parkour must be mastered in order to progress to more advanced movements.

Without mastering the fundamentals, such as jumping, landing, and vaulting, it will be difficult to progress to more complex maneuvers. Additionally, neglecting the fundamentals can put practitioners at risk of injury due to improper technique or a lack of foundational strength.

Therefore, it is essential to focus on developing the basics before attempting more demanding maneuvers.

Not Cross Training 

One common mistake to avoid in parkour is not cross-training.

Parkour is an intense physical activity that requires you to use multiple muscle groups and remain agile. Without the proper cross-training, your body can become overworked and prone to injury.

Cross-training helps to strengthen the muscles used in parkour, as well as the ones that might otherwise be neglected, such as the torso. Additionally, cross-training can help to increase your general fitness level, which can help you progress more quickly in your parkour training.

Pushing Too Hard

One of the most common mistakes that parkour practitioners make is pushing too hard.

While it is important to push yourself to reach your physical potential, it is also important to be aware of your own limitations. Pushing too hard can lead to pain, injury, and even fatigue, all of which can be detrimental to your performance and progress.

Instead, focus on taking things one step at a time. Start with shorter, easier challenges and increase the difficulty as you become more confident and comfortable. That way, you can develop your skills and strength without risking overexertion.


In conclusion, parkour is a thrilling and rewarding activity, but it also carries its own risks.

By avoiding these 3 common mistakes, you can ensure that you stay safe, have fun, and continue to progress in your parkour journey. Remember to always practice proper technique, stay aware of your surroundings, and build up your strength and endurance before attempting any difficult movements.
With these tips, you will be well on your way to mastering the sport and becoming a parkour pro!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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