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What Clothes & Shoes Should You Wear to Parkour?

Learn what clothes and shoes to wear to parkour in this Howcast parkour video with expert Ann Kaczka.


My name is Ann Kaczka, I've been practicing Parkour since 2007. My first day training was with David Belle at the New Yorker festival. And since then I've trained solo in Thailand, climbing trees on the streets of London and Paris. And now I'm back in New York City. And today I'm here to talk to you about Parkour.

So what to wear when your training Parkour: It does depend and vary from person to person. Some people feel comfortable exercising in really baggy sweatpants while, others like myself, I do prefer to exercise in sort-of tights, spandex bottoms and tight tops just so that it doesn't snag on things. But It does vary, wear whats right for you and what works for you.

Ladies, please just do yourself a favor and buy a really good sports bra. The importance is so paramount; those tissues stretch and they do not stretch back. So try and find one with molded cups that's going to support you, thats made for a high impact activity like running or horse-back riding-Spend a little bit of extra money, replace it every six-twelve months. Your going to find, the investment is so worth it. Stay away from low-impact Yoga tops. Stay away from regular sports bra's that won't support you as much as you need. Jump around in the fitting room, go try a whole bunch on; make it into a day-wide adventure. It doesn't really matter but, just buy one that really fits and don't wear a normal bra when training. Its going to completely destroy the bra and its not going to give you as much support as you need.

As far as shoes go again, buy what works for you. There have been a lot of shoes out on the market lately that are specifically marketed and tailored towards people who are training Parkour but like I said, find what works for you. Generally, you want to find something thats pretty flexible, you want to find something thats light fit-obviously something that fits your foot and something thats grippy as well.

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