Jesse La Flair: one of the most renowned parkour athletes on the internet worldwide. Now this guy is AMAZING. His POV isn’t just him jumping from one small structure to another. As hard as parkour is, it’s a little bland when someone says it’s parkour when they jump from one bench to another one 5 feet away. La Flair, though, brings something a bit more spicy to the table. And it’s a good idea to observe his technique in the process, since he IS one of the top national parkour athletes.
Now, it may be a little hard to get anything from a POV video but we can get one thing: his feet positioning. Specifically, his feet position as he jumps from one structure to another. Normally, people would try to quickly glide their feet over to the other side. However, that does not work for longer distances. Just because you’re able to jump faster doesn’t mean you can jump farther. What I’ve noticed is that La Flair not only lifts his legs up in the midst of his jumps, but he also extends them out afterwards TOWARDS the structure.
What I can assume is that he grabs for momentum through powerfully kicking off the ground and soaring in the air for awhile before taking out his “landing gear” to safely land on his desired destination. And all of this is about precision. He doesn’t need to use all his strength to reach the location; rather he uses the momentum he creates to help him along the way.
As for climbing structures in general, it’s quite noteable that Jesse usually plants his feet on the wall near his upper body. Now, this is to gain some ground to be able to push himself up with the moment of his legs so that he can put less strain on his arms to hoist himself easily up that 10-foot wall.
There’s so much more I can talk about but I would like to save it for later. What I really wanted to say from this is that it’s really important to have technique when freerunning. Having muscle is nice enough, but you also have to understand how to use that muscle to easily navigate the area. So, for all those people hoping to exercise, try doing parkour. It’s really fun AND your body gets stronger in the process.