FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Glasgow Parkour receives a lot of emails with basic enquiries about Parkour and our classes. This FAQ Section is set up to try and help you out and cover most of the basic information about Parkour/Freerunning and Glasgow Parkour Coaching.

WHAT IS PARKOUR?

HOW DO I START?

CAN ANYONE DO PARKOUR?

CAN I JUST TURN UP TO CLASSES?

WHERE ARE THE OUTDOOR CLASSES?

WHY DO YOU HAVE A WOMEN'S ONLY CLASS?


















WHAT IS PARKOUR?

Parkour is a physical and mental discipline expressed through human movement. It?s practitioners are called traceurs.

Parkour focuses on training the body and mind to become very complete and efficient at moving through any environment regardless of obstacles. It also comes with an ethic of being positive in one?s actions and helpful to others. Physical prowess, dynamism, endurance, critical thinking, personal development and risk assessment are developed to allow practitioners to move instinctively and have a healthy body and mind. These skills are expressed and learned through the practice of movement but can be applied to any aspect of life and this makes parkour a discipline which can influence a traceur?s whole lifestyle, from their physical training and diet to their attitude towards other and towards approaching life?s problems and obstacles.

Artistically, practitioners can be seen as expressing themselves through movement, in a way similar to dance or physical theatre. Each traceur?s movement is different, and is an example of their individual physicality, personality and spirit. There is an inherent aesthetic in Parkour, but practitioners are taught that this aesthetic is not something they should focus on ? the expression and ?style? of their movement will develop on its own.

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HOW DO I START?

Glasgow Parkour Coaching recommends that new practitioners should seek either professional guidance or arrange to meet with existing practitioners who can help them.

GPC runs a number of weekly adult and youth classes as well as delivering taster sessions and hosting larger events. Details of these can be found on the classes page of this site.

If you would prefer something more informal, click on the forums link in the menu to join the glasgow parkour forums and arrange to meet up with like-minded people. Traceurs generally have regular meet-ups or ?jams? every week and these are arranged on the forums.

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CAN ANYONE DO PARKOUR?

Parkour is one of the most accessible and diverse disciplines in the world and can be practiced by anyone. The Parkour Community is one of unity and support ? traceurs of every level can train together and help each other out.

Parkour is about individual improvement and you don?t have to be in anyway fit or experienced to start. Whether you are 6 or 60, super-fit or a seasoned couch potato there will be a starting point for you.

All of Glasgow Parkour Coaching?s weekly classes, adult and youth, are designed to cater for brand new practitioners right up to experienced veterans and all classes have a huge range of levels. Click the classes page to have a browse and see what might be suitable for you.

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CAN I JUST TURN UP TO CLASSES?

Weekly Saturday Youth Classes are drop-in style and free ? you can simply turn up. Details and consent forms are on the youth classes page.

Adult Classes must be booked by email ? classbooking(at)glasgowparkourcoaching.com

Jams arranged on the forums are usually for anyone to just come along and the community is very approachable.

Other Events may have their own conditions - details will be on the classes page.

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WHERE ARE THE OUTDOOR CLASSES?

Class location is sent out by email every week to those who have booked in. Generally it is an underground station in Central Glasgow. We don?t post the locations online every week because it makes it impossible for us to predict how many students are coming to the class.

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WHY DO YOU HAVE A WOMEN'S ONLY CLASS?

Each student, male or female is trained and coached based on the areas and aspects of Parkour that they need to work on ? the women?s class is not necessarily about ?different? training for girls ? we think that everyone has to develop the same attributes and elementary skill set for Parkour, and we will always focus on improving on each individuals weaknesses and make no assumptions about what these weaknesses are if the student is male or female.

The Womens class simply give new female practitioners an environment to start in which they may feel more comfortable. Generally we find that once a lot of the Girls start they come along to both girls and mixed classes.

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