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I want to bring my child to a class; will it be suitable for them?

Yes! Our sessions are not split by ability. We aim to scale the content of the session to whatever ability the participant has. We feel that allowing people to train with one another in this way creates a perfect atmosphere for inspiring each other, creating a sense of camaraderie, and instilling some of the values of Parkour.

Can I just turn up?

No. All of our bookings must be done online. This is so you can sign the relevant waiver and supply any medical information that we might need to know about. Our coaches are busy trying to start the session and are unable to spend time registering accounts on the day. To register, please use our Booking Help page.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes, as long as your friend has an account created for them and they have booked on prior to the class. Please don't turn up with someone who is not booked on as we won't be able to register them at the session.

What should I bring to class?

Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for sport (when it comes to footwear we recommend running shoes or similar) and bring a bottle of water (we don’t recommend bringing energy drinks).

Am I too old to train Parkour?

Definitely not! We believe there is no upper age limit for training Parkour - Parkour is scalable and adaptable to suit most everyone. Our coaches will tailor the session to you and what you're capable of. We’ve helped people well into their sixties learn to improve their movement ability through Parkour. It truly is a discipline for all.

Do I need to be fit?

A bit of fitness will help but it is definitely not required. Your level of fitness will improve as you continue to train; one of the many benefits of practising Parkour.

I have an existing injury; can I come to a session anyway?

Consult your doctor for advice and speak to the coaches beforehand and we’ll have a discussion with you on which exercises you think you can still do and which to avoid whilst you recover.

Can I watch the class?

Unfortunately not. Most of our venues generally don't have space for parents to spectate.

What is a typical Parkour class like?

This largely depends on the venue you'll attend, but, in general, a session will begin with a Parkour-specific warm up and will move into a certain amount of time focussed on a particular movement or theme within Parkour. Dependent on the length of the session, there will be an element of Independent Learning Time where participants can use the facilities to work on something else they find might find challenging or think needs working on. Our session will usually end with an element of physical conditioning and a cool down.

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QUESTIONS


Is Parkour about jumping off of buildings?

No! Although the media has portrayed this image, Train Hard does not endorse it. Practitioners may reach a level where they're capable of managing that level of risk, however, we do not teach Parkour to be done on rooftops.

What is Parkour?

Parkour/Freerunning/Art du Deplacement is the, primarily, non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body; principally, through running, jumping, and climbing. In practice, it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.

It is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing one’s physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them. It is a method of training one’s body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective, and liberated as possible in any environment.

The sport aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline and self-reliance, and responsibility for one’s actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and for one’s environment, self-expression, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery and safety at all times.

The description above is to describe Parkour as a sport and does not fully describe the art/discipline/philosophy of Parkour as a whole. Take a look at our About Parkour page for more detail.

What is the difference between Parkour and Freerunning?

Nothing but the name!

Is Parkour dangerous?

No - Parkour involves managed risk. It is impossible to eliminate risk in any activity, sporting or otherwise, however, Parkour training allows a person to develop strategies and skills to keep themselves safe.

What are the most common injuries?

Parkour actually has a very low injury rate compared to other, more mainstream, sports. Injury-wise, we generally see a few bumps and scrapes and the occasional sprained wrist/ankle. Parkour teaches people to manage risk because eliminating risk entirely is not practicable. Better understanding the physical and mental limits of your body and mind is a huge aspect of Parkour; confronting and managing fear is a skill that needs to be practised.

Are your coaches qualified?

Yes. All of our coaches are Parkour UK qualified coaches.

Is Parkour a recognised sport?

Yes! You can read more about the recognition process here.

Is there a National Governing Body for Parkour?

There is. Parkour UK is the National Governing Body.

Do you have a number I can call you on?

No, we don't. If you need to contact us, please use the Chat widget at the bottom right of this screen or send us an email at info@train-hard.org.