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Winter Parkour Training: A First Experience


Cat balance in front of the Duluth lift bridge


I began my parkour journey in the balmy climate of Brazil, where the temperature never dips below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Needless to say, my first winter parkour training experience was tough. This past October 21 wasn't quite winter yet, but at 35 degrees with wind and snow flurries, it was pretty dang close. 

My husband and I went to Duluth, MN for the weekend. We thought, "Hey, we might as well train and shoot some videos while we're there!"

Our naive, warm climate-accustomed selves had no idea what we were in for.

I lived in Minnesota for nearly my entire life before moving to Brazil, so I knew how to prepare for the cold. What I didn't know is that five layers of clothing and numb fingers make even the simplest parkour movements 5x more difficult.





Before heading outside, we suited up for our winter parkour training session like we were preparing for battle. We put on our hats, gloves, long underwear, doubled-up socks; the works. When we arrived at the University of Minnesota Duluth and stepped out of our car, the first blast of icy wind hit us like a punch in the gut.

We walked around the campus for a while, shivering the whole way. Tiny snow crystals pelted our faces. The freezing wind blew through our Under Armor like it was nothing. By the time we found a place to train, our faces, feet and fingers were numb.


My Take on Winter Parkour Training


I did feel considerably warmer after I started training, but my numerous poofy layers held me back. I just didn't feel that same sense of freedom and fluidity that I always have when training in warm weather. In fact, I felt pretty clumsy.

I know I am not the only person who has to deal with this frosty issue. I am sure all you ladies from Canada, the Midwestern US and northern Europe all know the feeling. We all must face the gloom of winter parkour training.


The question is this: What happens when it is -15 Farenheit with a wind chill? Is winter parkour training still possible, or are we fated to hibernate until spring?

Leave a comment below if you have tips or thoughts about winter parkour training.

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  1. I live in sweden and we train outdoors all year, nomatter what weather. Worst part is, if you ask me, not the cold but that it gets dark so soon.
    We tend to do more conditioning and use less metal rails.. ^^ But it's good to see how you can adjust your movement, and if you can do anything when the ground is covered in ice you will improve so fast when the ground is dry again!

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    1. That is great that you don't let the weather get you down! I can imagine it gets pretty dark there in the winter! Conditioning is a great idea for winter. I am trying to focus more on that as well, although I am mostly doing it indoors ;)

      That is an excellent point! I bet winter can be great to prepare you for moving in all conditions. I guess it does have its plus sides ^^

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