Get Over It! How to Do 3 Beginner Parkour Vaults: A Guide to Parkour Vault Boxes
The term “parkour” refers to a style of movement characterized by quick changes in direction and physical activity. The word “vault” refers to a container used for storing items or supplies. For example, a vault might hold tools, food, water, or other necessities for survival.
Parkour is not just a way of moving quickly through urban environments; it’s also a method of self-defense. It’s a form of martial arts that uses agility, balance, and coordination to overcome obstacles. You could say that parkour is like fencing without the use of weapons.
In addition to being useful for running away from bad guys, parkour can be used for other purposes such as climbing ladders or scaling walls.
You probably have seen a few videos online showing people doing parkour moves. These are fun, but they’re not exactly practical. There are no rules or guidelines for how to do these moves; there’s nothing to guide you. You need some sort of guidance if you want to get good at parkour.
That’s where the vault comes into play!
A parkour vault is a small wooden box that you can stand on. It’s about the size of a milk crate, but with shorter sides. By standing on it, you can improve your balance and coordination. After mastering the box vault, you’ll be ready for the next challenge: the bar box!
The bar box is similar to the vault box, except it has an elevated bar across the front of it. This makes it a little more challenging to stand on. In fact, you’ll need to get your balance just right in order to keep from falling off!
The bar box is the perfect training tool for working on your precision. It’s also helpful for learning how to achieve a strong center of gravity. You’ll move on to more complex moves after you master the bar box.
The above guide should give you an idea of what the vault is and how it can benefit you. It’s important to train your body in the safest way possible. In this case, the vault provides a sturdy, reliable platform for you to stand on. Without it, you’re likely to get hurt!
Standing on the bar box will improve your balance and coordination. Over time, you’ll be able to stand on progressively smaller boxes without falling off. Make sure to follow all safety precautions while using the bar box.
Remember, if you’re going to be doing any sort of dangerous parkour, you should always do it over soft surfaces like grass. Hard landings can easily mess up your joints, so take care of your body!
Beginners should start out using the box for training purposes only. Don’t try any advanced tricks until you gain a little more experience. When you’re ready, you can try doing the following moves:
The Simple Step
This is the easiest vault to learn. To do it, stand with your left side toward the box and about a foot away from the front of it. Put your right foot on the top surface of the box. Then, quickly push your body forward and up so that you can place your right knee on the box.
From here, you can jump forward or backward to the ground.
The Big Step
This move is a bit more difficult than the simple step. You’ll need to stand with your back toward the box, about a foot away from it. Place your right foot on the top surface of the box. Next, push your bodyweight forward and up so that you can place your left knee on the box.
From there, you can jump forward or backward to the ground.
This move is a little tricky, mainly because it involves putting more weight on the box than any other move. The lunge is helpful for developing agility and balance.
Stand a few feet in front of the box with your left side toward it. Then, place your right foot on the top of the box. From here, bend your knee and lower your body so that you can place your left foot on the box as well. From this position, you can either jump forward and backward to the ground.
Remember to follow all safety precautions when using the bar box!
The above techniques should give you a general idea of what the bar box can do. Whether you’re training for professional parkour or just trying to stay in shape, this tool can help you reach your goals!
Remember, practice these moves over soft ground whenever possible. Protect your body by not doing any of the above moves on concrete or other hard surfaces. If you don’t feel comfortable doing any of the techniques, don’t do them. Only attempt what you’re certain that you can do.
Have fun and stay safe!
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