I was delivering a level one course in Essex where his gym is based and I went there to do some formal testing for the end of my training program, and one day we just did some max tests for some lifts. My deadlift’s okay, my bench press is horrific because my arms are really long because I’m a gibbon. Sorry everybody. Then on the second day of testing, which was after a rest day, we measured what’s called my dynamic strength index, and we set up what we called a mid-thigh pull, which is a static barbell set into a rig, that is just above the height if my knees, and that you cannot move. On the floor is a force plate, and you set yourself for the deadlift position where the bar is just above your knees, and you just pull on this bar as hard as you can and what it essentially does is it measures how strong your deadlift is from that position because you’re pulling yourself down into the force plate.
You take this number and you compare it with a bit of maths to the standing counter movement jump, which is like the acute sports science jump where you put your hands on your hips, you bend down, you jump as high as you can. We did three readings on each, just going for maximum effort, you compare the two and you see how balanced you are. The mid-thigh pull tells you the maximum force that your body is capable of producing, your maximum strength, and the counter movement jump gives you your maximum power. The relationship between the two shows you if you’re strong but not powerful, powerful but not strong, or balanced.
Dan, I mentioned in the beginning that you were on the board for Parkour UK, and I’d like if you would, to take the opportunity to ask you to unpack from the NGB down point of view, what is Parkour UK’s, what’s the missions for it and what’s the purpose, and what is it actually doing?
Yes, so I guess on paper, it’s the NGB, it’s the national governing body for parkour in the UK. It sounds fairly self-explanatory, and I guess it is. It’s the interface if you like, between the community, primarily the coaching community at the moment, and the government or other larger authorities, maybe local authorities, to be the mouthpiece for what we do and what the collective mission is of parkour practitioners in the UK.
Then when you were on the Parkour board, can you give me the timeframe and what you felt the organization was really primarily focused on, and what its challenges were at that time? Then if that’s changed and you see it has a new challenge that it’s facing now, I’m curious how it’s changing over time.
Craig: Welcome to The Movers Mindset Podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. Today, Dan Timms describes his journey with injury and recovery, and how it helped to shape his thoughts about sustainability. He discusses training methods, the forces involved in parkour, and his approach to coaching. Dan unpacks parkour UK, what it is, what it does, and his involvement with it, before sharing his insight on designing parkour parks.
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Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.
Dan: Hi, I’m Dan Timms.
Craig: Daniel Timms is an engineer, parkour coach, coach educator, athlete and director of JUMP Parkour. He has served on the Parkour UK board and was one of the first Parkour UK level 2 certified coaches. Dan designed and helped construct a parkour specific park in his home town of Leicester, as well as other sites around the UK. Welcome Dan.
Dan Timms describes his journey with injury and recovery, and how it helped to shape his thoughts about sustainability. He discusses training methods, the forces involved in parkour, and his approach to coaching. Dan unpacks Parkour UK, what it is, what it does, and his involvement with it, before sharing his insight on designing parkour parks.