Up&Go #TheDawnBreakers Series: Parkour
On Saturday I was invited to the first instalment of #TheDawnBreakers series hosted by Up&Go.
Hailing from Australia, Up&Go provides nutritionally balanced breakfast drinks that provide carbohydrates for energy. Packaged in a nifty carton, Up&Go provides both energy and fibre, in the form of wholegrain oat flour, in addition to protein, in the form of skimmed milk. It's also filled with B vitamins, including Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12, which help our body to use the food that we eat as fuel. It has all the nutrients you would get in a bowl of cereal and milk, but it's in a takeaway carton!
Offering three delicious variants - vanilla, chocolate and banana & honey - Up&Go was the perfect start to our day before what the team had installed for us...
The session was all about celebrating the people who get up early to conquer the day by trying something new. Up&Go teamed up with Parkour Generations to create an amazing day led by some of the world's best Parkour practitioners.
The sport originally termed Art Du Deplacement, now also often referred to as Parkour or Freerunning, was founded in France in the 1980s by a group of nine young men. The founders are David Belle, Yann Hnautra, Chau Belle, Laurent Piemontesi, Sebastien Foucan, Guylain N'Guba Boyeke, Charles Perriere, Malik Diouf and Williams Belle.
The term 'Parkour' was first introduced by David Belle in 1998. Parkour derives from the French word Parcours meaning 'route' or 'course'.
I have never done Parkour before, and just recovering from an injury, I didn't think it was the sport for me. But we were slowly eased into it with help from the professionals and became experts in no time.
We were taught a standing jump, a roll balance, a wall run, a tic tac and a step vault. All were pretty tricky but it's not difficult once you attempt it a few times. I found that my fear of walls or heights was all in my head. Once I started to believe in myself, I was able to do it properly.
Luckily the weather was on our side. Once we had practiced all the moves indoors in the gym, we took it all outside and practiced some wall jumps. If you don't think Parkour is hard, you aren't trying hard enough because I was 1) sweating and 2) absolutely knackerd.
It definitely takes it out of you. I didn't realise how much energy it takes out of you to swing yourself round a pole or lift yourself up onto a platform. It certainly uses different muscles compared to when you're running!
But I thoroughly enjoyed myself and even more so after a whole morning of electric energy was welcomed back to the gym with a tasty and nutritional breakfast.
So what was my favourite Up&Go drink? Hmmm... CHOCOLATE!
A huge thank you to the Up&Go team and Parkour Generations for an incredible day. If you're a fan of breakfast drinks or need something to tie you over during a busy morning, or if you wake up early for work and don't have time to make a big breakfast, then Up&Go is for you. It's belly filling, tasty, and super healthy. No more skipping breakfast when you've got something this easy! Click here to try the drinks. Enjoy! x