This is a collection of the most defining, useful and influential content over the last 10 years. Not always designed for Freerunning we have adapted and used this knowledge to build the skills we have today.
These articles are interesting to detail-oriented beginners, intermediate freerunners who are excited to learn this craft and push past plateaus and even the best striving for perfection.
We've chosen based on what was most influential to us and which articles we find ourselves sharing with friends the most often. Open your brains and enjoy!
1. JUJIMUFU'S STRETCHING
We believe a good stretching habits open the doors to many tricks and make doing them with style so much easier. Put an end to aerials and kicks with bent knees and get on your stretching game. Huge plus, long-term it will help you stay healthy and prevent injuries.
But how often do you stretch? How long and which stretches? Our favourite tricking-scientist Jujimufu went deep into the topic with this in-depth article and we have nothing left to say:
2. BLOCKING Getting enough height when you do a flip is a huge problem for many of us. Most of the people who ask us about it want to know how to get more jumping-strength. More power in your legs will help, but only get you so far, if you don't understand this important principle:
3. CENTER OF GRAVITY Talking about height we can't leave out the Holy Grail! Understanding where your center of gravity is and how to lift it is crucial. This is the secret formula:
4. MUSCLE MEMORY Can you tell how much we learned from this guy? One more before we move on.
There's a difference between landing a trick once and really mastering a movement. The main ingredient is hard work and repetition. Dogen explains how to do it:
5. YORK HANDBALANCING GUIDE
Handstands are an incredible exercise to build core-strength and balance. In addition to that there are unlimited creative ways to incorporate them into your Freerunning. The oldschool York Handbalancing Guide is an incredible source of information on how to learn a whole arsenal of Handbalancing techniques.
Little disclaimer: The guide describes the old technique of doing handstands with an arched back, from what we know that is outdated and keeping your back straight is healthier. Outside of that there is still amazing knowledge in this guide:
6. ANDREA'S CARTWHEELS Freerunners are known to borrow moves from all kinds of sports or even animals. Sometimes this works great and often techniques just need a little tweak. RoundOffs on concrete can really hurt your ankles over time and perfecting this cartwheel technique can give you similar hops with super-soft touch.
7. DILUTION - POWER IS NOTHING WITHOUT CONTROL Getting a little philosophical with the last one on our list. A massively influential article at it's time and is still true today. Blane talks about building the mindset to make your Freerunning or Parkour journey lead to a strong and healthy body that lasts ultimately leading to what he calls "GrandFather Strength".