Some thoughts on getting started

by Dyane.

Watching James Kingston’s documentary “Don’t Look Down” made me realise for the first time that parkour was in my blood. While everyone around me was gasping in horror at James climbing cranes, I was in awe and wanted to leave the house that second to go out and start my climbing adventure!

I’d class myself as unfit and when I started looking at women doing parkour I was feeling intimidated and started to realise that it might not be achievable for me. That was until I attended my first class with Glasgow Parkour Girls. The first evening I turned up full of enthusiasm and slightly terrified, but as soon as I met Kelley and Edith I knew I was going to have a great night. I struggled with some of the new things we were doing, like supporting my entire body weight with my arms (not going to happen for a while!). On the other hand, I found out that I had really good natural balance and I could land a jump. I went home black and blue but with the biggest smile on my face.

Since having my first class a month ago, the camaraderie and support given by everyone who attends has kept me motivated and still so excited to continue my parkour journey. I’d encourange anyone who is thinking they’d love to do parkour but is apprehensive to come to a class. You’ll be amazed at what you can do naturally, and how supportive everyone is to help you achieve the things you’ll need to learn.

I’m still very much a beginner but now the parkour part of my brain has been switched on every landscape is full of potential, and the world around me has become my playground.

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