Introduction: Precision Trainers for Parkour

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Have you ever wanted to practice your precision jumps, but have no where to train them? Or maybe its raining outside, and your really itching to train. Perhaps you have somewhere to train them, but its high off the the ground and you don't want to practice there until you get the move down. These are three great reasons why you might want to make these trainers, and there are plenty of more.

These trainers are very simple to make, and you can make multiple sets in under an hour! also, they are very cheap to make, as you can use scrap wood if you have to.

strong wood (we used 2x4's)
screws that will go all the way through one piece, and half into the other. (we used 2 1/2 inch)

Chop Saw/Miter Saw
Table Saw
Tape Measure
Pencil or Pen

Step 1: Measure and Mark Your Wood

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to make the trainers, start by marking the 2x4 into one section of around 20 inches (depending on how big your feet are, 20 inches is usually plenty), and 2 sections of 12 inches.
the 20 inch piece will be for the bar you land on, and the 12 inch pieces for the support legs.

Step 2: Cut Your Wood

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Using the Miter Saw, cut your pieces that you marked. you should now have 3 pieces, 1 long, 2 short. be safe! wear safety goggles!

Step 3: Cutting Again!

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Now, using a table saw, cut all 3 pieces in half long ways, so that you now have 4 short halves, and 2 long halves.

Step 4: Seperate the Peices

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at this point, you should have enough pieces cut to make 2 trainers, or 1 pair. start assembly by laying the pieces into two seperate piles, 1 long and 2 short.
then, set the short ones parallel on the floor, and the long one perpendicular on top of them.

Step 5: Drill the Holes

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Start by flipping the set up over, so that you will drill from the bottom. also, be sure to that the side you cut will be the side on the ground, so that the trainer sits level.

drill 2 holes through the short one, and half way into the long one. If your bit is to short to go half way into the long one, just drill enough through to leave a mark on the long one. then take off the short one, and finish drilling.  repeat on the other side.

Step 6: Put the Screws In

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now, drill the screws through the short piece, so that they are just sticking out on the other side. then, line up the screws with the holes on the long piece. screw the screws all the way into the long one. be sure to keep pressure on the board, other wise the screws will lift it up and there will be a gap. do it to both sides. repeat steps 4-6 to build the other trainer.

from this point, the trainers are usable, however, we suggest putting some grip on the bottom so it does not slide when in use. this is shown in the next step.

Step 7: Adding Grip to the Bottom (Optional, But Reccomended)

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for grip on the bottom, there is a wide variety of things you can use. you could use rubber, grip tape, or drawer lining (what we did.)
cut out a rectangle of liner, and place the bottom of the short one lined up with 2 side. then use a razor blade to cut out the other sides.

lay it on top of the short wood, be sure the grip side is up, and then use a staple gun to staple it down well. then use a hammer to make sure the staples aren't sticking out.

Step 8: USE IT!

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place them as far apart as you want, and jump from one, to other, turn around on it, and back!

TIPS: try to land on the balls of your feet, and bend your knees.
           need to practice balancing? put them end to end for a balance beam!
           try using them for elevated pushups, or maybe even calf raises!
           one thing we did was make multiple sets, then line them all up in a line, and jump through the whole line and back. its really quite a workout, and gets your heart pumping pretty good!
           VISIT for more info on parkour!
           Want to see the results of practicing precision jumps? check out this video! 


DonutTheGREAT (author)2014-12-27

cool why not drill some bigger holes on the end of the legs so you can put lawn stakes through them to secure it.

HalfChocolateCow (author)2014-03-30

I love parkour but don't always have a place to practice. This works great!

Lotsa Bad Luck (author)2013-09-15

I just had a thought. (Impressed? I am! LOL) Use nails, screws, or athletic cleats to keep the rail from moving on grass, dirt, and so on.

claudiorox (author)2011-08-01

Mine :D

ParkerParkour (author)claudiorox2011-08-02

very nice! are the longer ones specifically for a balance beam?

claudiorox (author)ParkerParkour2011-08-02

Yes :D but for precision too

ParkerParkour (author)claudiorox2011-08-12

cool, i never thought of making them longer

Hiroak (author)2011-08-07

Wow, I had no idea what Parkour was, it's crazy Ninja stuff. Can you really do all that?

ParkerParkour (author)Hiroak2011-08-12

Me personally, i cant do everything. but if you to the last page in this instructable, there is a link to a video of some of what me and my friend can do.

jackofclubs (author)2011-08-07

Ahh cheers man, this is perfect for me. Not sure how I never thought of it myself XD

yes, it is a very simple but excellent tool.

piperjon (author)2011-07-20

I would LOVE to do parkour, it looks like such an amazing workout and so dang entertaining!

Not sure it's really designed for the 6'1" 300# football player build I sport, but dang, it sure looks like a lot of fun. I can only imagine how strong y'alls cores are!

ParkerParkour (author)piperjon2011-08-02

It is lots of fun! and you might not be able to do all the same stuff as us smaller people, but I'm sure with a little practice and determination, you could learn some basics!

IRSisSIR (author)2011-07-21

this would be usefull for me,
(the link to the video in the last step is broken (there is a period inbetween "tube" and " / " and there is no ".com")

ParkerParkour (author)IRSisSIR2011-07-21

okay, thanks for the tip, ill go fix it right now.

Screwerman (author)2011-07-21

genial, i love parkour.
exelent tool

ParkerParkour (author)Screwerman2011-07-21


claudiorox (author)2011-07-20

Thanks !

ParkerParkour (author)claudiorox2011-07-20

no problem!

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