Parcours is often referred to as obstacle race and it’s the newest fitness craze. The term parcours can also refer to a less structured sport of running and jumping over walls in cities (also called freerunning).
With more than 100,000 people participating in this type of event every year, it’s no wonder that Parcours has become so popular. Participants will run an 8-12 mile course with various obstacles such as mud pits, walls, and other types of challenges. However, some question whether parcours should be considered a sport or not. Here are some reasons why we think that parcours is indeed a sport and should be considered one.
The history of parcours?
The history of parcours is a long and varied one. The origins of the obstacle race can be traced back to the Roman Empire with the popular “Alia Pala” or “wall run.” This was a military exercise that involved running an elusively short distance, usually about 20 meters, between two walls.
Eventually, this became a sport and men would go up against each other to see who could do it faster. Parcours as we know it today first appeared in France during the late 1800s. It seems that historical data does show that parcours has been around much longer than people might think.
Why is parcours a sport?
There are many reasons why we think parcours is a sport. One of the most obvious reasons is that it requires physical strength, agility, and endurance to complete the course. As a participant you have to have great mobility and be able to overcome obstacles with your body weight. In order to complete the course in a reasonable amount of time, you need to have a lot of power. Participants also need mental toughness as they struggle through the course which can only be achieved through training and practice.
In addition to physical strength, participants also have to have skills and master running and climbing techniques. You need mental toughness in order to keep going during the race when you’re feeling tired or sore. It takes a lot of focus and determination to make it through difficult obstacles like climbing walls or crawling on one’s stomach through mud pits. If participants can’t muster up enough willpower, they won’t be able to make it across the finish line even though they may physically be able to do so.
Another reason why we believe parcours is considered a sport is because it has a competitive element. Sportswear companies will also sponsor parcours participants and encourage them by giving them discounts for shoes and clothing designed specifically for these types of races so there’s no doubt that this type of race is considered a sport by some people out there.
When people are running around in cities without a competitive element (free running), it is not considered as a sport under more strict definitions as there is no competitive element.
Chase tag is also a type of parcours and this has clearly a competitive element and is, therefore, a sport. Players have to touch each other to score a point. Let’s take a look at a match below:
What are the benefits of parcours?
Parcours may be one of the best fitness programs to test your strength, stamina, and coordination. Obstacles are strategically placed throughout the course to provide an intense workout for all muscle groups. Unlike other types of fitness programs that focus on 1-2 muscle groups or movements, parcours require you to run, jump, climb, crawl, balance, and lift weights–all at the same time.
This is not only a great way to get your heart rate up but it also provides a full-body workout. Parcours is not just about getting fit; it’s fun too! You’ll love running through mud pits or jumping over walls because it will be hard work but won’t feel like exercise. Parcours isn’t just for elite athletes either; everyone can participate in this type of race because you progress at your own pace. The sense of accomplishment that comes with completing an obstacle course makes you feel like you can do anything. It’s empowering!
The physical benefits are not the only thing that makes parcour a sport–the mental aspect is also important! Participants have to strategize their approach for each obstacle by considering different ways they can overcome them without breaking any rules–similar to how athletes would strategize before running onto the field at a game.
All in all, parcour is an intense workout that challenges your mind as well as your body–turning it into a sport where everyone has something to gain from participating.
How to train for parcours
If you are planning on participating in a parcours event, it’s important to train for it. As with any type of physical activity, if you don’t train for it, you won’t be able to complete the event. You can start your training by running and walking more often and gradually increasing the distance and pace each week. Another way to train for parcours is to participate in obstacle-type courses such as Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash. These events will help prepare you for the challenges that come with a parcours race.
People who participate in parcours are not only running, but they’re also climbing, crawling, and lifting. All of these skills require a great deal of strength and endurance. Not to mention the mental toughness needed to get through the race.
Parcour is not currently an Olympic event. It is possible that this could change in the future, but there are no plans on the table to add this type of event to the Olympics.
How to win a parcours match
Many people don’t think that parcours is a sport because it doesn’t fit into the traditional definition of sports. However, there are various methods for winning a parcours match which makes it seem more like a sport. For example, some courses require participants to complete tasks such as climbing up ladders or jumping over objects. The participant who completes these tasks first will typically be declared the winner. There are also obstacles where participants must jump over or crawl under them in order to complete the course successfully.
Parcours tournaments are competitive. One of the reasons that parcours is considered a sport is that competitions are competitive. Parcours tournaments have their own set of rules with various levels of difficulty. Obstacle courses are designed to challenge people both physically and mentally. Races are timed so there’s an element of competition in the sense that if you beat your previous time, you can advance to the next level. One example of this is Spartan Race, which has an online leaderboard that compares participants in real-time, letting them know where they rank within their respective age group or distance category. Participants can use this information to see how they stack up against their peers, which gives them a competitive spirit.