The last article emphasized how rock climbing can be used as a complimentary training regimen for parkour, as well as a way to generally increase fitness. Today we follow that up with an exercise called named the Parkour Conditioning Gauntlet (or Gauntlet for short), which is also meant to compliment parkour training. In modern day terminology, the word ‘gauntlet’ is often used in reference to a long and trying course involving a sequence of difficult tasks that challenge both mentally and physically. The traceur “Demon” of www.americanparkour.com decided to create a circuit of exercises echoing this definition, which used everyday obstacles in the environment in challenging ways order to aid in a traceur’s development. To quote from the original article:

A Parkour Conditioning Gauntlet, or Gauntlet for short is a conditioning method to improve your parkour fitness. Gauntlets are planned courses through the environment that convert walls, parking lots, rails, trees, and other obstacles into exercise apparatuses. Gauntlets involve many different challenges and exercises done in a sequential and continuous manner until the predefined course is complete. Ideally, Gauntlets should be done with others so that you can push each other through as best you can. The typical Gauntlet is a mentally and physically grueling course that lasts around two hours. During this time, there should be no screwing around, no lagging, and no distractions in general. Gauntlets are for mental and physical training and should be done with great focus and motivation. Gauntlets should be done at least once a week and every week to supplement other strength and conditioning training. Each week, the Gauntlet should be tweaked and the difficulty increased. This will prevent boredom and promote continual improvement.
Most traceurs do not condition and prepare their bodies properly to withstand the great impacts and forces that are accumulated from doing parkour. While Gauntlets are not a solution on its own to solving this problem, they are a good supplemental training method that can be done anywhere and at any time. I have found Gauntlet training to be highly beneficial and enriching to my own personal parkour training. Not only is it empowering to design your own course to condition your body using walls, rails, trees, and more, but many of the exercises performed in Gauntlets also specifically enrich parkour skills. I can think of specific instances in my own Gauntlets where I have developed increased strength, endurance, creativity, technique, flexibility, and more. Because of these reasons, I believe that every serious traceur should design and engage in a 2-4 hour Parkour Conditioning Gauntlet once a week.

~ Demon

Basically, a Gauntlet is an extremely difficult obstacle course for traceurs in which natural obstacles found in the environment are used to challenge a traceur to utilize elements of parkour and supplementing exercises in order to better their physical health and endurance. I've begun to look around my city for a few adjacent areas where I could set up a gauntlet for myself and my fellow local traceurs; so far there are a couple possible locations, but the majority are too heavily secured or distant. There is not much more to be said other than what has been, and I doubt I could do it any better than the original author, so I will leave you be with a few links.

Original Article: HERE
Sample Gauntlets (varied difficulties): 1 / 2 / 3

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