Parkour is a training discipline focused on overcoming obstacles and getting from one place to another in the fastest, most efficient way possible utilising whatever can be found in surrounding environment be it the walls and railings of the urban landscape or the roots and trees of the forest. No Exeter gymnastics club can offer the range of skills or abilities learnt by its practice. Street Motion is the first and only dedicated indoor parkour/freerunning facility in Devon & Cornwall. Using custom built equipment to replicate typical outdoor challenges, we are able to offer an unparalleled Parkour experience whether you are new to the discipline or have been training for years.
Browse our gallery for a taste of what we teach our students – speed, agility, strength and confidence on a range of unique and exciting apparatus. As you can see, Street Motion caters to all ages and that’s something we’re really proud to offer. Our training environment is designed with safety as a priority, whilst still challenging the participants. Our specialist facility is state of the art and helps our members push themselves to achieve more than they thought possible. Browse our gallery to see for yourself that Street Motion is more dynamic, versatile and inclusive community than any other gymnastics group in Exeter.
What kind of training is needed for freerunning/parkour?
Parkour is the poster child for natural movement training. The playful and spontaneous nature of parkour encourages more creativity than standard gymnastics, in a way that’s been likened to improvised jazz and street dance. Its emphasis on high awareness of your surroundings and environmental conditions, as well as control of the body under the influence of adrenalin, means it requires and teaches clear, quick-thinking skills. You can practice this anytime, anywhere. Just look around you. Pick a point some distance away and consider the most direct way to get there by using the obstacles in your path to help you reach the destination instead of going around them. Done that? Nice job, you’ve already started training. By thinking about your surroundings, free running inspires participants to spend more time outside and less time staring at a tv / computer screen!
Although promotional videos often show the more extreme side of the sport, these are produced by parkour/freerunning athletes with many years of experience who are at the top of their game and can demonstrate a very high level of ability.
Whilst it might seem daunting to a beginner struggling to see the link between where they are now and what they could become, it’s important to remember that everyone started in the same place, and that practice and repetition of the basics develops the skill and awareness to progress to bigger things.
Physical training for parkour and freerunning includes co-ordination, core stability, balance and proprioception, as well as general strength and cardiovascular fitness. One of the most important things to learn is how to jump and land safely – that’s the first thing we teach. In time you’ll be able to take what you’ve learnt indoors and apply it to your outdoor training practice in Exeter; an added benefit you would not get from traditional gymnastics training in an Exeter gymnastics club.
If you’re thinking about having a go at parkour or gymnastics in Exeter (and we hope you do) but want to know about how to get into shape, then we’re here to tell you that the best way to start getting into shape for parkour is… by doing parkour. Because everyone begins at a different level, there are no pre-requisites. You don’t have to start out with anything difficult or high impact. In fact, you should play it safe at first and stick to simple movements while you build up your levels of fitness and, most importantly body awareness. Balance along curbs, step over benches, or try a game of ‘the floor is made of lava’. Playing for just 30 minutes a day will naturally start developing many of the basic skills of parkour.