Hi Northern Parkour! This is my first post on this board and I'm very excited to begin my parkour journey here. I'm a long-time fan of Obsidian1138's videos on youtube and I've incorporated some of your training and conditioning routines with great results, and I really like the style and narration of your documentaries. I feel like you guys have a very sincere and deep appreciation for parkour.
I have a question that I'd like to your advice on. I've an overall heavy-set guy, with most of that weight being carried in my legs and hips. A lot of that is muscle, and it's given me an advantage in my sports and even some martial arts that depend on lower-body strength and power. However, it puts me at a huge disadvantage when it comes to climbing, jumping, and "upward mobility" in a very literal sense. I'm in pretty good shape, and I have good endurance for running, but I've never been able to jump high or far, and my short sprints are painfully slow because it takes so much energy to boost myself forward. And most frustratingly, even though I have strong arms, I cannot do a single, decent pullup.
I've neglected this area for far too long because I was so focused on fighting on the ground; in my quest to get fit for applicable, practical situations, I've completely neglected my ability to move above and around railings, walls, stairways, etc. I did a quick assessment of myself yesterday and was disappoint to find that I can't even do a basic vault or even a precision jump at relatively short distances and heights.
Without getting into too much detail, I was recently in a bit of a hotspot area, and parkour definitely would have helped me move around in some of the more dangerous/critical situations I've been in. I think I was running almost non-stop for about a week and though I made it out, I definitely could have been more efficient in how I moved around urban environments, and I could have helped some more people by carrying them instead of selfishingly running by myself.
I want to be able to move my body up and around in any situation. I think the first step should be getting myself in better shape, but as I said, I already have pretty good endurance when it comes to running, and I feel like I hit something of a plateau. I've always had this problem and tried to correct it before; way back in high school six years ago, I trained with the track and field sprint team, and despite gaining incredible endurance and explosiveness, I was never able to jump higher (I have a ridiculously low vertical jump) and I never lost much mass - I think I'm just a naturally big guy.
I think the other way I have to go about this is to gain more explosive power and more effectiveness in my technique. There's a local parkour group that meets every saturday, and I might check it out and see if they can help give me some pointers as well.
Do you have any recommendations for me? I can't even do a single, proper pullup and have a vertical jump of near nothing. Any advice or training tips would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Northern Parkour has produced my favorite videos about parkour, and hopefully I'll be able to visit or study in the UK (I'm in the US) and train with you sometime in the future.