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Lass Farbe in Dein Seglerleben und trainiere mit dem Spinnaker

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Foto: Hans Leitl

In der Regatta ist es auf jeden Fall wichtig, dass Ihr den Spinnaker gut segelt, erst dann habt ihr gute Chancen auf eine hervorragende Platzierung. Mache Dich deshalb als Erstes mit den Elementen des Spinnaker vertraut. Der Spinnaker wird von den an den Schothörnern befestigten Schoten gesteuert. Der Spinnakerbaum wird vom Niederholer unten gehalten. In Luv wird das Schothorn durch den Spinnakerbaum gehalten. Der Toppnant hält den Spinnakerbaum oben. Der Segelkopf wird über das Fall nach oben gesetzt.

Der Spinnaker vergrößert Deine Segelfläche erheblich und wird auf raumen Kursen eingesetzt. Markiere die Schoten für den optimalen Trimm und das schnelle Setzen. Diese Voreinstellungen helfen Dir beim Heißen und Halsen. Nehme dabei einen wasserfesten Marker. Wenn der Spinnaker in einer Trompete verstaut ist, achte darauf keinerlei Vertwistungen zu erzeugen, sonst kannst du leicht Probleme beim Setzen bekommen. Das führt dann möglicherweise zu Hektik auf dem Schiff beim runden der Tonne.

Jede Menge Übung brauchst Du beim Halsen mit dem Spinnaker. Halte Dein Schiff beim Halsen aufrecht und steuere die Halse zügig, das unterstützt die Arbeiter der Vorschoter*in. Spiele mit dem Trimm und mach Dich klar gut mit Böen umzugehen. Den optimalen Trimm erreichst Du an dem Punkt, an dem das Liek anfängt leicht einzufallen.

A cool challenge – sailing the international boat class 420

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Are you already a sailor and looking for a sporting challenge? Then an easily manageable, fast ship with trapeze and spinnaker is just the thing for you. With a hull weight of 100 kg, a length of 4.20 meters, a width of 1.63 meters, a sail area close to the wind of 10.25 m² and a spinnaker with a sail area of 9.0 m², the ship is the little sister of the olympic 470s.

You can develop your sailing skills very well by practicing all courses as if you were sleeping. Find the opportunity to practice a circular course on your lake, i.e. luff up, drop off, turn and jibe. It is good if you first practice in a rather light wind, then you can soon make it in stronger winds. Familiarize yourself well with your ship and discuss all maneuvers with your fellow sailors.

Bring out a practice buoy and start off the course at half wind, luff on a close-hauled course, sail high upwind, fall back on a half-wind course, fall further on a downwind course, sail a butterfly on the downwind course, then jibe, continue on a downwind course, luff slightly and now sail again on course half wind, then it goes on closewind course to the starting point. When you do a turn you can sail the lap again.

As soon as you are sailing the circuit flawlessly, keep practicing and try a figure eight. Always concentrate on the trim of the sail and the ship. You will quickly notice when your ship is going faster and when you are reaching the optimal speed.

Targeting good seamanship – tips for the most important sailing knots at a glance!

Which knots can I learn the fastest and first?

Many of you should be familiar with this: the situation in which the right knot is quickly used. This is often a challenge for some beginners in sailing or for their first regattas. After all, there is one thing you definitely want to avoid: standing helplessly on board with two ropes and not knowing what to do. It is easy to shine with just the three most important knots in your backpocket. So the first thing to remember is which knots these are and how they work. Then it’s time to practice, practice, practice – very easy with these tips.

Preparation is everything!

So the first thing to think about is what you want to do with the knot on board. Something needs to be fixed loosely on board, such as a rolled up sail or a sail that has been uncovered at the construction site? This is where the square knot comes into play, which connects two ends of a rope. And this is how it works: the loose ends of the rope are laid one on top of the other – first right over left, then tie a knot and then left over right.

If that was a bit too fast for you, here’s a little more detail: Take both ends of the rope in your hands, one on the right, the other on the left. You let the ends of the rope protrude a little. Now put the right loose end of the rope over the left loose end. Press the right loose end of the rope under the left end and bring it back up. Now you have two ends of the rope in your hands again. Finalize the knot by placing the left end of the rope over the right end. Now push the left end of the rope under the right one and the square knot is done.

The knot for professionals that everyone can learn easily!

As an all-rounder, the bowline is an excellent helper. You need it when you need a fixed eye that won’t contract. The knot should be easy to open again after release of pressure. Please practice the bowline until you have mastered it blindly! Only then can it really support you in the crucial situation. And it’s that simple: first put a small eye with the loose end forming the eye. Then with the loose end from the bottom up (snake emerges from the pond) through the little eye, then from the front around the fixed end around the back (snake winds around the tree) and then with the loose end back into the dip the small eye (snake dives into the pond).

To make mooring one of your easiest exercises – you will always succeed in securing fenders:

The clove hitch is a loyal companion on board for mooring fenders. He’s pinched by the weight of the fenders. This keeps the knot under tension. You quickly attached the fender to the railing. You can then easily adjust it in height. This is how the clove hitch works: with a round thread, cross the loose end and guide the loose end around the round piece (e.g. railing) and tuck it under yourself.

For good seamanship it is important to share your knowledge with others. Now you can impress with the three most important knots.

How Much Exercise to Lose Weight?

Exercise is an important factor in losing weight. In order to lose weight permanently, it is not enough just to eat less or to starve. Sport has to be part of it. Many dieters believe that eating is all about it. Unfortunately, when the pounds disappear after a few weeks and the joy is great, the spiral often moves in the other direction again. This frustrates many and so you slide from diet to diet. Unfortunately, the success is often not permanent.

We’ll give you tips on how to be successful over the long term and how to find a healthier lifestyle.

Start and move

Especially for beginners, it is not crucial to reach the athletic limits immediately. It is important to start and get exercise in everyday life. You can read our tips on how to get more exercise in everyday life here. For example, start running, short runs with breaks are ideal for getting started. 30 minutes are enough to provide the body with the first stimuli. It is best to repeat this at least three to four times a week and run at a comfortable pace. You will quickly notice that you can run through 30 minutes and you have taken the first step towards a healthier life. Gradually increase the distance and the training time.

Diet remains an important factor in losing weight

Keyword calorie balance! Whoever wants to lose weight has to consume fewer calories than he/she burns. Often many people also overestimate the calorie consumption during exercise and, unfortunately, simply eat too much. When running (medium pace), a person who weighs 60 kg and is on the road for an hour consumes just 600 calories. That’s the bottom line of a bar of chocolate, so an hour of exercise doesn’t mean you can eat more. It is also important that the diet is healthy and balanced.

Increasing the intensity of exercise increases fat burning

If you run regularly for a few weeks now, you can start increasing the intensity. With running intervals you can effectively boost fat burning in a short time. With interval training, also known as a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) unit, you alternate between extremely high and low intensity. For example, this means that you incorporate sprints into your running session. Initially only 20-30 seconds (can be increased later) and a 30-60 second break from walking or slow trotting. You should run this alternately at least 6-8 times. Don’t forget to run in and out before and after.

Bet on muscles

Those who only rely on diet to lose weight will unfortunately be disappointed. The pounds will drop, but without exercise, the body first breaks down muscles instead of fat. By the way, our muscles are a real fat burner and the more you have of them, the higher your basal metabolic rate. The basal metabolic rate is the energy requirement that your body consumes in complete rest (e.g. during sleep).

Your body builds muscles through regular strength training on machines or with your own body weight. The muscle experiences training stimuli during training or stress. In the regeneration phase afterwards, your body restores the initial state, this is called supercompensation. You are well prepared for the next training session and your body’s performance is higher than the initial level. However, it is important that you keep certain recovery phases, otherwise this principle will not work and your performance will decrease or you will end up overtraining.

Exercise is not just for the sake of losing weight

Losing weight shouldn’t be the only reason for you to exercise. You will quickly notice that the initial motivation drops and it is more and more difficult for you to stick with it. You will have to struggle especially during times of stagnation in weight loss. It is therefore important that you also have other reasons for your new passion for sports. Sport must not become an obligation! For example, look for like-minded people and train together with others. Sport should always be a personal break, in which you can find distance from everyday life, reduce stress and sort your thoughts.

In conclusion, if you want to lose weight permanently, you also have to move. That’s the only way it works.

Regattafun and match racing – when sailing and know-how meet passion

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You don’t have any plans for the next summer vacation and you live by or near a lake? Then sailing can be just right for you. Summer, water and wind – cool people on top of that. That’s exactly your thing? Then the next vacation will be a highlight that you will remember for a long time! Would you like to put your plan into practice and don’t know how – here are some tips.

Photo: Hans Leitl

What you need to know to become a sailor

Around every lake there are a number of sailing clubs or sailing schools that offer sailing courses or even camps for kids and teenagers, especially during the summer holidays. Here it is important that you find out which club or school is suitable for you and which offering best suits your needs. Do you want to start with theory first or do you want to gain practical sailing experience right away? First, ask around in your circle of acquaintances, maybe you already know friends who can already sail or who want to learn or try it out like you do.

Is it difficult to learn to sail?

You have to learn a few important details in any case – here it is a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience that will make you a good sailor. The first thing on the plan is “Safety first” before you can set sail. The most important requirement for sailing is: You definitely have to be able to swim well. You will learn what is important for you, your ship and your fellow sailors. Then sailing becomes a unique experience and is not particularly dangerous. The ideal entry-level ship for children and young people between the ages of 6 and 15 is the Optimist (“Opti” for short) – with a sail area of 3.5 m², a length of 2.30 meters, and a weight of approx. 35 kilograms . The Opti is operated by just one sailor – this is called “one-handed” and helps you to quickly learn the most important hand movements.

How fit do you have to be when sailing?

Like any other sport, sailing requires a good basic level of fitness. In addition, a lot of mental strength and emotional intelligence is required. You’ll be exposed to situations on the water where you’d better stay cool and know what to do rather than panic. This is important, for example, when your ship gets into stormy seas for the first time or when you might capsize.

How much time do I have to invest before I am a sailor?

That depends entirely on your personal goals. Do you just want to sail a small dinghy safely from A to B, do you have regatta ambitions or maybe you even want to sail a large yacht? Let’s start with the opit – that’s cool and here you can lay an important foundation for your sailing life. Being able to sail an Opit is possible within a few weeks – of course it depends on you and your previous knowledge. Above all, one thing is important: You should really enjoy sailing. Of course it gets exhausting and there is a lot to learn. At the end of the day it is always important to look back really happy and fulfilled on your sailing day – so you always have something positive and of course interesting to tell at home and with your friends.

Photo: Hans Leitl

Is sailing actually a sport that costs a lot of money?

Of course, all limits are open upwards – a simple beginners’ sailing course is neither time-consuming nor overly costly. If you really want to get into the regatta scene, you of course need a lot of time to train and money and/or sponsors for a ship, your personal equipment and the participation fees for the regattas. Some of the regattas are also not at “your” lake – then there are additional travel and accommodation costs.

How do I get into the regatta scene?

It depends on your ability and willingness. So it is 100% up to you how and if you ever take part in a regatta. There are plenty of national and international youth regattas for the Opti. But of course you need some practice, experience and of course ambition to take part in a regatta. You will be surprised how big the offering is. Here it is important that you look for sailing friends as early as possible who have similar ambitions as you. Then you can quickly put together a good team of sailors and potential regatta participants and you will have a lot of fun sailing together.

Photo: Hans Leitl

Which regattas are right for me?

Here, too, is only up to you – all options are open! Fun regattas organized by your sailing school or organized by your sailing club are of course suitable as a starting point. As a further step, you should check the regattas of neighboring clubs – there is great potential for competitice battles there. Building on this, there are regattas on other lakes or the regattas that are offered in your boat class association. If you are unsure about this, please ask your sailing school or your sailing club board. They should have a great overview of all the possibilities!

Are there opportunities to train for regattas?

Yes of course – no champion ever fell from heaven. Before you take part in a regatta, you should have taken part in a test run. What does that mean exactly? You should be familiar with the starting procedure, the regatta rules and the course that you and your crew have to sail. Here it is very important to study the regatta announcement carefully and to familiarize yourself with the special features. It is best to exchange ideas with other Opti sailors and benefit from chats with your sailing friends.

What is Calisthenics?

Calisthenics is an internationally used cultural term that presents fitness exercises with one’s own weight. The focal points are so-called calisthenics parks. The respective exercises are practiced e.g. with rings, horizontal bars, parallel bars or completely without equipment.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO LEARN?

Learning this sport is pretty easy, because everyone knows how to do classic push-ups, pull-ups or similar workout basics. You too, right? The movement sequences are easy to train without a trainer, but not everyone is able to adapt their workout plan ideally in order to achieve visible results quickly. Thus, most of them quickly become desperate and throw in the towel after a few weeks of training. But not you! Because the only thing you should consider in order to build muscle successfully and healthily is:

  1. Train in sets (preferably less repetitions for several sets)
  2. Perform the exercises properly, because the cleaner you do them, the more intensive is the effectiveness of the workout!
  3. Nutrition is the be-all and end-all! Because never forget that 70% of the diet is the well-being and the progress of your training. (Example: drink enough water, pay attention to protein and eat vitamins/fiber)
  4. You should also take breaks from training. Don’t train every day!

Because muscles also need sufficient recovery in order to grow!

After the first successes in training, you will become more and more familiar with your workouts on your own and you can easily create individual training plans for yourself at any time. Until then, you can also join groups and communities that you know with experience or calisthenics and ask questions, everything is now very easy and possible via social media. As an example: “PARKOUR LANDSHUT

(public Facebook group, for parkour/freerunning/calisthenics)

What are you waiting for? Let’s go!

HOW DANGEROUS IS THE SPORT?

The sport is of course becoming more and more demanding, depending on the level and experience, as there will be more and more difficult exercises that can become painful with insufficient “warm up” or preliminary exercises for the training goal. However, as already mentioned, it is necessary to approach everything step by step and therefore sufficient experience grows with you over time. Since the training is practiced practically without additional weight, it is far from being as risky as lifting weights in the classic gym. To support all exercises in calisthenics, a fitness band (resistance band) or a weight vest, which increases the intensity when doing pull-ups, for example, usually helps. However, it does not cause anything dangerous that could injure muscles or the like.

Are you in? What are you waiting for? LET´S GO BE A NINJA!

HOW FIT DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

In this, as well as in the sports I have previously introduced, it is not important how old, tall or heavy you are, it is all about the art of locomotion and the fun of exercising. Through which you can feel from time to time how new insights and ideas are opening up. You start to perfect your exercises in the workout, to set yourself new challenges and to feel your body in a new way. You develop so much body control and real strength!

Because some look muscular and can’t even do ten clean pull-ups, and you as a calisthenics athlete may only look defined, but you have real body control and incredible power behind it!

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO SPEND?

You determine yourself the time required for this sport.

It always depends on what you want to achieve with this sport.

Experience shows that as a team athlete you train about 5 times a week for 1 hour and as a normal recreational athlete about 2-3 times a week for 1 hour. Both are possible in a club or privately. It is advisable to pay attention to a safe training location such as calisthenics parks, or e.g. in a gym with a stable horizontal bar, parallel bars, and possibly also trainers who support you at the beginning.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO DO THE SPORT?

Depending on the location, the cost of practicing the sport varies.

It is common to discover and practice the sport in a club, in a private sports school, among friends or in workshops. The cost of a calisthenics training in a club is of course the cheapest and one of the safest options. Because everything is most comfortable for you to train thanks to the professionally equipped gym. The monthly fee here is on average between € 7.00 and € 10.00.

The sports equipment is not expensive. It is enough if you bring comfortable sports or leisure clothes and sports shoes with sturdy soles, plus a sufficient amount of water and a juicy portion of motivation!

WHAT CAN IT ACHIEVE WITH IT?

With this sport you, as a person, achieve a new kind of perception, both extreme body control and self-assessment. Strong discipline is created, which makes it much easier to achieve your goals in sport as well as in life (e.g. to achieve your desired figure, professional athlete or trainer, as well as gain respect and increase awareness …). The sport of “calisthenics” changes the way you think and everyone who practices it. The first Calisthenics World Championship has even been held since 2011, where the best athletes were able to prove their skills on the horizontal bars, etc.

There are currently a lot of big brands that have cooperated with professional athletes and thus receive a lot of advertising, especially on social media, for their merchandise. The best example: GORNATION etc … Through championships, this sport has been put in the spotlight and has thus reached even larger audiences. There are worldwide top athletes under contract with “Gornation” who connect bring this sport to their communities.

Are you already an athlete or do you want to become one?

Then just give it a try and see how far you can get with the sport!

Maybe you will soon be a professional too?

WHERE CAN I DO THE SPORT?

You can easily reach the sport through the international communities in the social media world and thus establish contacts more easily. It is widespread, but to differing degrees depending on where you live and is mostly popular and easy to find in large cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich. However, many small cities such as Landshut are currently managing to build up their workout community and to keep up with other large cities with the leisure activities and workout parks for outdoor training. In addition, a large number of fashion items, especially for calisthenics, parkour/freerunning sports, have been released and are now being sold online worldwide (for example, “Urban Sports Clothing” by Alexander Siemens).

WHERE CAN YOU TRY THIS?

You can try the sport on your own, or you can put yourself in the hands of experienced coaches and athletes right away. That is up to you, but you should always act cautiously, only train when you feel comfortable and always decide from your inner gut feeling up to which level you want to train at the moment.

The sport itself, should you practice in workout parks or gyms, it is best to always briefly check all equipment before starting the training: keep an eye on stability, slip resistance and fall protection such as meadow or rolling surfaces in the event of a fall.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

All other questions about my services, contact details and information about our community “URBAN SPORTS ACADEMY”, both ours

You can find out “Förderverein Parkour Landshut e.V.” on the following website:

www.urban-sports.net

ONLINE SHOP: www.urbansports-shop.com

or using the search term “Parkour Landshut” in social media such as (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Tiktok …).

What is freerunning?

Freerunning is originally from France and was developed by Sebastien Foucan. The sport is a mix of parkour and breakdance and therefore looks very spectacular. Just like parkour, freerunning is one of the most popular trend sports worldwide. The sport is practiced by more and more people from year to year. You are probably wondering what that looks like? The stunts in action films are the best example of this. They are played by a stuntman or mostly by professional freerunners.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO LEARN?

Learning this sport on its own is quite demanding, because the acrobatic movements are very risky without a trainer and exercise facilities with adequate fall protection. In freerunning, every athlete develops his own style after a certain period of time, and soon you too! The fluid crossing of several obstacles one after the other with some freestyle elements such as wheel strokes or kicks and you have already created your first “combo”. As with breakdancing, everything should be fluid, explosive but also controlled. If these things can be felt in you, you are guaranteed to amaze your audience and be proud of your skills. The more you deal with this sport, the more ideas come to you for new flow combinations and the more extreme you can practice this sport for yourself. And then at some point a backflip, which seemed impossible for you a year ago, is now natural and easy. Nevertheless, it is essential to always pay attention to a clean execution and do not be too hasty, otherwise unnecessary careless mistakes will quickly arise, which can seriously damage you later and which you will frustrate you. Therefore, it is better to practice a few more times in the hall, and under safe fall protection, before you take more risk.

When the movements are perfect, just approach them fearlessly and confidently outside!

HOW DANGEROUS IS THE SPORT?

The sport is of course becoming more and more risky depending on the level and experience. However, as already mentioned in Parkour, the most dangerous things in sport are fear, ego, impatience and defiance, which can lead to serious injuries. Because if you manage to convert your fear into respect, your impatience into pleasure and your defiance into gratitude, and keep your ego in balance, you are sure of the path to becoming a successful extreme athlete, and you will become one of us. What are you waiting for? LET´S GO BE A NINJA!

The instruction and the beginning of your training is of course still recommended with a licensed trainer and should also be accompanied regularly up to a certain performance level.

HOW FIT DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

In this sport it is not important how old, tall or how heavy you are, it is all about the art of locomotion and the fun of exercising. Through which you can feel from time to time how new insights and ideas are opening up. “The eye of the freerunners is awakened”, a different kind of perception for urban surroundings emerges unconsciously, which makes the whole urban world look like a playground with obstacles and in every freerunners, and soon in you, the urge to cross the obstacle and acrobatics. You not only develop limitless creativity, but also a fascinating kind of body control. In this way you not only expand your mental, but also your physical way of thinking and performance.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO SPEND?

You determine yourself the time required for this sport. It always depends on what you want to achieve with this sport.

Experience shows that as a team athlete you train about 5 times a week for 2 hours and as a normal recreational athlete about 2-3 times a week for 2 hours. Both are possible in a club or privately. It is advisable to pay attention to a safe training location at the beginning, e.g. in a gym with fall protection, gymnastics boxes and trainers who support you.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO DO THE SPORT?

Depending on the location, the cost of practicing the sport varies.

It is common to discover and practice the sport in a club, in a private sports school, among friends or in workshops. The cost of a parkour/freerunning training in a club is of course the cheapest and one of the safest options. Because everything is most comfortable for you to train thanks to the professionally equipped gym. The monthly fee here is on average between € 7.00 and € 10.00.

The sports equipment is not expensive. It is enough if you bring comfortable sports or casual clothes and sports shoes with sturdy soles, a sufficient amount of water and a juicy portion of motivation!

WHAT CAN IT ACHIEVE WITH IT?

With this sport you, as a person, achieve a new kind of perception, both extreme body control and self-assessment. Strong discipline is created, which makes it much easier to achieve your goals in sport as well as in life (e.g. to achieve your desired figure, professional athlete or trainer, as well as gain respect and increase awareness …). The sport of freerunning changes the way you think and everyone who practices it. The first German Parkour Championship has even been held since 2020, in which the best freerunning combos of each athlete were rated. The so-called “Art of Motion” is also organized every year by the Red Bull brand in international areas for world championships in the trend sport freerunning and broadcast digitally (freerunning = mixture of parkour and somersaults, acrobatic freestyle elements from breakdance and gymnastics).

There are currently a lot of big brands that have cooperated with professional freerunners and thus receive a lot of advertising, especially on social media, for their merch. The best examples: ADIDAS, RED BULL, GOPRO etc … Red Bull has put this sport in the spotlight under its name through championships, and has thus reached even larger audiences. The Red Bull company has even created its own department for this sport, in which many international freerunners have been contracted.

Are you already a freerunner or do you want to become one?

Then just give it a try and see how far you can get with the sport!

Maybe you will soon be a professional too?

WHERE CAN I DO THE SPORT?

You can easily reach the sport through the international communities in the social media world and thus establish contacts more easily. It is widespread, but to differing degrees depending on where you live and is mostly popular and easy to find in large cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich. However, many small cities such as Landshut are currently managing to build up their parkour and freeunnning communities, and to keep up with other large cities with the leisure activities and workout parks for outdoor training. In addition, a large number of fashion items, especially for parkour and freerunning, have appeared and are now being sold online worldwide (for example, “Urban Sports Clothing” by Alexander Siemens).

In order to contact professional athletes in the parkour and freerunning sector, so-called parkour and freerunning jams are held regularly, at which all athletes practice their passion together and exchange ideas. Professional athletes from Red Bull to amateurs and career changers come to visit, so take a look around and be there!

WHERE CAN YOU TRY THIS?

You can try the sport on your own, or you can put yourself in the hands of experienced coaches and athletes right away. That is up to you, but you should always act carefully, only train when you feel comfortable and always decide from your inner gut feeling up to which level you want to train at the moment. Because there are always bad days when nothing works the way you would like it to and in this sport you must never forget to keep your inner balance in order to prevent injuries!

The sport itself, should you practice in nature or in the urban environment, it is best to always briefly check all obstacles before starting the training: keep an eye on stability, slip resistance and fall protection such as meadow or rolling surfaces in the event of a fall.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

All other questions about my services, contact details and information about our community “URBAN SPORTS ACADEMY”, both ours

You can find out “Förderverein Parkour Landshut e.V.” on the following website:

www.urban-sports.net

ONLINE SHOP: www.urbansports-shop.com

or using the search term “Parkour Landshut” in social media such as (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Tiktok …).

What is Parkour?

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT PARKOUR IS?

Parkour is a very popular trend sport that is becoming more and more popular from year to year. The sport originally comes from France and was developed by the founder David Belle under the name “Le Parkour” and presented worldwide as well as filmed several times.

This type of locomotion was originally developed for fleeing in war and describes the fastest and most efficient type of locomotion from point A to B, “the direct route”. The people who practice this sport are originally called “traceurs” (Le Traceur = the runner/he who draws a line).

IS IT DIFFICULT TO LEARN?

Learning this sport is not difficult, because everyone does Parkour in everyday life without noticing it, including you! Just crossing a step is parkour, because life consists of obstacles, but everyone crosses them according to their own level and speed. The more you deal with this sport, the more possibilities you will discover for yourself and it will be easier and easier for you to master and overcome the obstacles in life.

HOW DANGEROUS IS THE SPORT?

The sport is of course becoming more and more risky depending on the level and experience. However, the most dangerous things in sport are fear, ego, impatience, and defiance, which can lead you to serious harm. Because if you manage to convert your fear into respect, your impatience into pleasure and your defiance into gratitude, and keep your ego in balance, you are sure of the path to becoming a successful extreme athlete, and you will become one of us. What are you waiting for? LET´S GO BE A NINJA!

The instruction and the beginning of your training is of course still recommended with a licensed trainer and should also be accompanied regularly up to a certain performance level.

HOW FIT DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

In this sport it is not important how old, tall or how heavy you are, it is all about the art of locomotion and the fun of exercising. Through which you can feel from time to time how new insights and ideas are opening up. “The eye of the traceur is awakened”, a different kind of perception for urban surroundings emerges unconsciously, which makes the whole urban world look like a playground with obstacles and in every traceur, and soon also in you, the urge to cross the obstacle emerges. You not only develop limitless creativity, but also a fascinating kind of body control.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO SPEND?

You determine yourself the time required for this sport. It always depends on what you want to achieve with this sport.

Experience shows that as a team athlete you train about 5 times a week for 2 hours and as a normal recreational athlete about 2-3 times a week for 2 hours. Both are possible in a club or privately. It is advisable to pay attention to a safe training location at the beginning, e.g. in a gym with fall protection, gymnastics boxes and trainers who support you.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO DO THE SPORT?

Depending on the location, the cost of practicing the sport varies.

It is common to discover and practice the sport in a club, in a private sports school, among friends or in workshops. The cost of a parkour training in a club is of course the cheapest and one of the safest options. Because everything is most comfortable for you to train thanks to the professionally equipped gym. The monthly fee here is on average between € 7.00 and € 10.00.

The sports equipment is not expensive. It is enough if you bring comfortable sports or leisure clothes and sports shoes with sturdy soles, plus a sufficient amount of water and a juicy portion of motivation!

WHAT CAN IT ACHIEVE WITH IT?

With this sport you, as a person, achieve a new kind of perception, both extreme body control and self-assessment. Strong discipline is created, which makes it much easier to achieve your goals in sport as well as in life (e.g. to achieve your desired figure, professional athlete or trainer, as well as gain respect and increase awareness …). The sport “Parkour” changes the way you think and everyone who practices it. The first German Parkour Championship has even been held since 2020. The so-called “Art of Motion” is also organized every year by the Red Bull brand in international areas for world championships of trend sports in connection with freerunning and broadcast digitally (freerunning = mixture of parkour and somersaults, acrobatic freestyle elements from breakdancing and gymnastics).

It is also important to note that the sport of “parkour” is actually not a competitive sport and that this does not serve the purpose of competing with other “traceurs”. However, it was inevitable for the big advertising media like ADIDAS, RED BULL, etc … through championships to put this sport in the spotlight under their name in order to a larger advertising audience.

WHERE CAN I DO THE SPORT?

You can easily reach the sport through the international communities in the social media world and thus establish contacts more easily. It is widespread, but to differing degrees depending on where you live and is mostly popular and easy to find in large cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich. However, many small cities such as Landshut are currently managing to build up their parkour community and to keep up with other large cities with the leisure activities and workout parks for outdoor training. In addition, a large number of fashion items, especially for parkour and freerunning, have appeared and are now being sold online worldwide (for example, “Urban Sports Clothing” by Alexander Siemens).

To contact professional athletes in the parkour and freerunning area, so-called parkour jams are held regularly, at which all athletes exercise their passion together and exchange ideas. Here you can visit professional athletes from Red Bull to amateurs and career changers. Take a look in your area and be there!

WHERE CAN YOU TRY THIS?

You can try the sport on your own, or you can put yourself in the hands of experienced coaches and athletes right away. That is up to you, but you should always act cautiously, only train when you feel comfortable and always decide from your inner gut feeling up to which level you want to train at the moment. Because there are always bad days when nothing works the way you would like it to and in this sport you must never forget to keep your inner balance in order to prevent injuries!

The sport itself, should you practice in nature or in the urban environment, it is best to always briefly check all obstacles before starting the training: keep an eye on stability, slip resistance and fall protection such as meadow or rolling surfaces in the event of a fall.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

All other questions about my services, contact details and information about our community “URBAN SPORTS ACADEMY”, both ours

You can find out “Förderverein Parkour Landshut e.V.” on the following website:

www.urban-sports.net

ONLINE SHOP: www.urbansports-shop.com

or using the search term “Parkour Landshut” in social media such as (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Tiktok …).

Weather – what you should know about weather as a sailor!

European air currents – it goes around

When sailing in Europe, the following contexts can help you to better understand weather phenomena overall. Various air currents converge over Europe. We are dealing with southerly currents that can be very warm. These are called tropical-continental air masses. In addition, there are tropical and maritime crowds across the Atlantic from the southwest. Polar-maritime currents reach us from the northwest. And the arctic-maritime air comes rolling in from the north. Polar-continental masses pour into Europe from the east.

Do you want to know what the weather is like – it’s worth taking a look at the sky

Carefully studying the weather forecast is an essential task of every sailor! Therefore it is important in any case that you can draw the right conclusions from the cloud landscape. Then you are well prepared and can really enjoy your trip right from the start. Before going on a trip, it is good to study the weather. Knowledge of cloud types and shapes will help you here. The so-called “cumuli” are very common. If these are very low, they can indicate a change in the weather. If they get bigger, rain showers combined with stronger gusts can be expected.

Weather forecast made easy

As a sailor, find out about the weather phenomena that can occur in your sailing area. How do low pressure areas arise and what are anticyclones? How do thunderstorms or storms arise? In the beginning, you can deal with the weather system that is influenced by land masses. The local warming of a coast by morning sunshine creates convection currents. These heat up over the land and rise (air pressure drops). Above the lake we have relatively cooler air moving into the zone of lower air pressure. This creates a cycle that is driven by the convection currents: Sea wind! The clouds that mark the top of the convection currents are called cumulus clouds.

Beware of downdrafts – you have to prepare for this near the coast!

Are you planning a trip near the coast? Here you are well advised to know about downwinds. Strong winds are particularly common in steep coastal areas. These are formed at night when the land cools down quickly. Cold air flows down over the cliffs. Here the downwind is enriched with land wind. The warm air mass rises above the water (low pressure arises).