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700 Club

// November 11th, 2009 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Parkour

Three day ago on November 4th, my story was aired nationally on ABC Family in a feature created for The 700 Club in accordance with the CBN. Embedded below is the video that aired.

I will admit that at this point in time I have only watched the parts where I was doing Parkour. I specifically avoided watching any part where I was talking because as weird as it may sound, and as exciting as it may seem to be on national television, I just can’t stand seeing myself on TV! Anyways, my mother told me “you need to be aware of how you come across on camera.”..? She’s right but I still don’t plan to watch it. It’s like torture!

The interview I did for this feature lasted about half an hour. A lot of what I said was edited out (or so I hear ;-) With that said though, I wanted to make sure to give a special thanks to Purity Products. They are a fantastic nutritional supplement company that has sponsored me for over two years now. There were there when I first started taking my health into my own hands and I firmly believe that their products have been one of the most influential components in my recovery and successfully staying health ever since. I also would like to thank Jordan S. Rubin for his inspiration and for his book The Makers Diet which single handedly led me to make the changes in my diet which have been foundational to my health transformation.

Parkour by Adam Dunlap

// October 25th, 2008 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Exercise, Parkour

Our lifestyles, beyond solely our diets, have a very influential effect on the development and perpetuation of Crohn’s disease and other intestinal disorders. If you aren’t sure whether you agree with this statement answer this question:

If two people both consume 5,000 calories a day will they both gain the same amount of weight?

The answer depends on their lifestyle’s. If one person spends 40 hours a week working in a cubicle and doesn’t exercise outside of work that person’s body will definitely respond differently than a professional athletes who training for hours on end 7 days a week. The first person will gain enormous amounts of weight while the later will not even if they eat the same exact amount of food. I am unequivocally convinced that the same principle applies to how our bodies’ respond to food at the digestive level.

I’m going to go into more detail about this in a few days, but for now suffice to say exercise is an important component to controlling how our bodies respond to the food we give it. This is actually great news because now-a-days the opportunities to exercise are limitlessly abundant. A vast number of people run, walk, jog, or hike for exercise, and others bike. Both of these can be done in virtually any location or environment. If neither of these workouts are your cup of tea there is always the local Bally’s or 24 Hour Fitness to accommodate your lifting and cardio preferences. However, I do not participate in either of these types of training. Instead I do Parkour.

Without a shadow of a doubt the best type of training is functional training. Even though lifting weights or running on a treadmill are better than nothing, our bodies were not meant to sit or lie down and work out (in the case of most exercises done while lifting weights) and our bodies were not meant to repeat the same non-dynamic movement over and over again and expect to get a good workout (in the case of running). The body needs real movement. It needs to run, jump, lift, throw, climb, crawl, and balance. When the body does all of these within a functional capacity we can consider it dynamic movement or dynamic exercise.

Parkour is most comprehensive discipline for dynamic exercise because it encompasses all of these movements, and it has a purpose (so it’s not just mindless working out like lifting barbells and setting them back down or running in place – I know I’m harsh on these “mundane” methods of exercise… I’m not really sorry for it but if you could not hold it against me that would be great :). Anyway, back to my point. Parkour rocks! And it’s for everyone regardless of age, gender, athletic capability, or past physical background/experience. Here is my demo tape so you can see what it’s like.

Don’t be deceived by the magnitude of the movements I do. Parkour is not about jumping off of high things, it’s about progressing physically, learning the capabilities of your body, and learning to trust yourself and be careful. Everything in my video can be broken down to smaller components and movements. So whether your Parkour means balancing on rails or jumping off buildings it’s the same principle, it is just demonstrated at different levels of performance.

Anyway, now that you know what Parkour is I hope you are inspired to start exercising more. Even if you don’t feel like diving head first into Parkour, remember that the best type of exercise is movement. You don’t need a gym, a treadmill, or any other type of equipment to workout. Just start moving. And if you do that a little bit everyday I think you will be pleasantly surprised of how it will improve your intestinal health.