Dan Edwardes: Parkour Generations, How to Conquer Fear, and Why Biceps Curls are a Waste of Time

Dan Edwardes on The Fat-Burning Man Show

This week we’re here with Dan Edwardes  of Parkour Generations, the world’s leading professional organization for the dynamic movement discipline of parkour and free-running. Parkour Generations recently started official parkour coaching certification ADAPT and the new Parkour Fitness Specialist certification for fitness professionals.

Yup, Dan is one of those maniacs you see sprinting up walls like Spiderman. Inspiring or crazy, depending on your point of view. I’ll go with the former.

Alright, onto the show with Dan. We chat about:

  • Why bicep curls are mostly a waste of your time.
  • How to build functional strength to upgrade your performance.
  • How you can conquer fear to kick butt at anything.

Here’s the show.

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  1. Enjoy all your podcasts and I am always promoting your show, podcast or just you. I should work for you. You know shay the day love your what you do and you’ll never feel like you are working. Sounds like a man crush to me. Hope to meet you soon day. Take care bro!

  2. Interesting episode. Just one thing on the Mensur: That’s some pretty right-wing sh*t… You can imagine why it’s done in Germany. Not sure that has much to do with Parcours

  3. Hey Abel,

    Once again, I’ve just finished listening to another one of your great interviews. Very informative and helpful. The one I just finished listening to was your show with Danny Dreyer the author of Chi Running.

    On the show you were asking viewers, subscribers and podcast listeners to provide some feedback – let you know why we listen to you and how you can make your show even better. Well… I don’t know about making your show better. It’s pretty damn good already. All I know is that I love your show and hope you continue your work.

    I’m a 43 year old guy who is way overweight and your show inspires me to want to be a better person. I have a little boy who is about to turn 8 this November and I want to be around when he turns 40. He’s a great kid who’s only interest is Wushu (Gung Fu in Cantonese). He and I attend the same school. I joined so that he’d have someone work on his forms with him at home. But after only 2 years of training, he can show me a thing or two about Wushu. I think the kid is amazing… Not just saying that cause he’s my son. Check out his performance at this year’s International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) if you have time. Here’s the Youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6B0qHfUkWU. He my hero and I’m definitely his biggest fan. But I digress…

    I watch and listen to your show because of the conviction you have in spreading the word of good health. You’re sincere in your efforts – at least you appear to be. And the commitment you and your guests have to living a better and healthier life makes people like me want to keep on trying.

    Your show doesn’t put anybody down. It’s very positive in its tone and believe me, in a world where people tend to put others down only to make themselves feel good, it’s great to find someone who feels good by trying to help others to feel good. I find myself being a little nicer to the people around me after listening to your show – after all, we’re all in this together… Trying to live healthier and feel better.

    Anyways… I like I said, I’m a 43 year old guy. I’ve worked as a Software Quality Assurance geek for about 17 years. I spend so much time in front of a computer I don’t even want to watch TV when I get home. I’m 5’10” and weigh about 235 lbs. I practice kung fu about 3 hours a week and I make it to the gym about 3 hours a week. It gets a little difficult for me to get out there with my wife and my son because they’re both so slim and well… I look sort of like Poe from Kung Fu Panda. But hey… your show keeps me trying. I mean between you and Dave Asprey I feel like I’ve got some sort of hope!

    Keep up the good work man. Keep it positive and always be sincere. I think the work you do is important and necessary for the betterment of society. After all, a nation’s strength is only as good as the health of each and everyone of its citizens. If you extend that thought across societies all over the world, you sir are helping build a better world. Thanks for all that you do.

    Fin Valino

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