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Unless you’re a freak of nature it is impossible to master every aspect of Parkour. Even in a sport defined with running, jumping, vaulting, climbing there are many sub-categories within the sport. There people who excel in precisions, those who focus on solely flowing through their environment effortlessly, and others that look for massive gaps to jump and cat-leap across. With so many different styles its important to not only find what you are good at, but also address weaknesses in your game. However with so many different areas that may need addressing in our training, it can get complicated prioritize what exactly to start with.
So why should I start prioritizing my training?
It’s important to prioritize your training because by doing this you can figure out your weaknesses and tackle the challenges head on. Often times in training we can unknowingly stagnate in our progression because we work the same training regime daily. Our brains work through habits and anything you train that isn’t yet habitual ensures that your always pushing yourself to that next level.
Ok, that makes sense. Where do I start?
The first step in starting to prioritize your training is to focus on your weaknesses. Once you do this, you are already on the right track. However, there is one idea I’ve adapted that has helped me make sure I hold myself accountable, and that is…
Keep a training Journal.
Over the years, keeping a journal has been my greatest asset. Often we hear the benefits of writing down our goals, but how many of us actually do this? I write lists of all the flaws in my movement and jot down ways to improve in those areas. This is beneficial for two reasons.
- It holds me accountable to myself if I don’t commit to my goals.
- Over time I can look back and smile over the accomplishments I achieved.
So in short, if you’re serious about improving your training game it’s important that you not only mindfully track your goals, but actively strive to complete them. In my opinion this is a great way to do it!
So where do I start with keeping a training journal?
Starting a training journal is really easy, and you can do it in just a few steps. Here are the 4 steps I have used to keep my training journal and they have done wonders for me.
1. Right now I want you to take out a notebook or a sheet of paper. Write down a list of goals you want to work towards. The only rule to this is that if you write it down you must make an internal commitment to actively strive to complete the goals.
2. Next, I want you to prioritize the list in order of which goal will be the easiest to master followed by the most difficult to complete.
3. After step 3, I suggest writing down what an average training day consist of. Do you warm up? Practice some kongs? Drill transitional movements? This is important because you need to make sure that you place at least 1-3 goals you want to work on in this summary. You don’t have master it that day. Like anything in Parkour, learning a new movement can take time. What’s important is that you try to work on those areas using progression steps, visualization, mental improvements whatever it is that’ll get you there.
4. Lastly, after you’ve trained and arrived home, but before you go to sleep, write down your training experiences.
5. Every week look over your journals to see how you have progressed towards your goals and reasses how you are striving towards them.
Over time you’ll have a pretty lengthy log on your progression implementing this ‘training hack’. This is more useful in a lot of ways than it immediately looks. Your first few days you’ll only have a mere couple pages of notes. However, a few years from now logging everyday will begin to fill up whole journals. Next thing you know you’ll have years of documented information on your training. This information can be used for motivation and reflection, but also critiquing and instruction for the future.
Until next time. Train hard, be safe.
-D’Ondrai Jones (http://BecomeAFreerunner.com)
**Addition by Parkour.com. This is a 2014 video starring D’Ondrai Jones. Believe us, he knows what he is talking about when it comes to training and progression. If you have any doubts, check out this video. You can also click here to follow D’Ondrai on Instagram for daily videos and photos that will inspire you.**