Parkour is generally known for being practiced in a natural, outdoor environment. This means you can use pretty much anything you see, though I’d avoid monkey around with other people’s expensive cars and your grandma’s sofa. What if, though, you’re a beginner like me and you don’t want anyone to see you? What if it’s cold outside or slippery and wet? Where can you practice?
- If you have space you can practice in your house. I have practiced safety rolls on my bedroom floor and even on my bed to start. (Note: It’s a big bed. Rolling off a twin-sized bed might get you into more trouble than a safety roll can get you out of as a beginner.)
- A jungle gym at a playground or park, assuming it’s dry and you’re not knocking any kids out of the way (within view of their parents, anyway.
- A rail you built in your back yard from pipes you assembled yourself, MacGuyver-style.
- Practice your balance on curbs while you walk down the street
- Practice more balance on the lines of your floor, or by standing on one foot while you eat, read, cook, or brush your teeth
- I like to practice two foot jumps up to my kitchen counter, mostly when no one is eating.
- Precision jumps practiced on your stairs (please make sure they’re solid, first.)
If you need a little inspiration, here’s a great video of my teacher Kurt from Parkour Ways in Chicago practicing with just a wooden bench. Enjoy!