Ouch!

I’m usually pretty careful when I’m training, especially for parkour. I mean, it’s a dangerous sport in the first place, so it’s incredibly important to keep practicing techniques and motions until you can’t get it wrong.

But, just like any other sport, accidents happen! Like this!

Bruised ribs

OW, right?

That would be my lower right ribs after practicing a precision bar swing and losing a bit of balance, making me smash my ribs into the corner ledge of the MV’s F-block!

Luckily, it’s just a bruise and nothing fractured, but I was down for a good few minutes since it was the 7th rib and it’s a weak spot on the human body.

Even with this injury, I’m probably going to keep doing some light running this week or get into the indoor track. Rest is for the weak!!

(I’m kidding. I know I should take it easy, but I also know that breaking my running and parkour habit would completely de-motivate me!)

xoxo,

B.elle

 

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Workout Makeup Routine

I know, this seriously sounds like an oxymoron. If you’re working out, why bother with makeup when you’re going to be sweating like a pig anyway?

But, I’ve learned in the past few months that it’s a hell of a lot easier to go between working out to the rest of the day without having to stop and make sure I still look presentable to the adult world.

With that in mind, I set out to find the ultimate makeup routine that would stay put all day, makes me look somewhat like an adult and won’t end up making me look like a Picasso after some training.

Workout Makeup

Eye Primer – This is an absolute must! Without it, all your eyeshadow will wear off within minutes of any sort of workout. Plus, it helps keep your eyeshadow even and vivid, even if you don’t have a defined eye fold!

My pick: Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Eye Primer ($23CAD)

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Eyeshadow – I usually pick a shimmery neutral that goes well with most occasions, but this is where your personality will shine! I found that one layer does best for some reason.

My pick: Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow in Chopper ($22CAD)

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Eyebrows – I would say that this is completely optional since well-shaped eyebrows don’t need much to look fabulous. But, if you have patchy, thin or scraggly eyebrows (like me), it’s best to fill in the lines with a wax-based eyebrow filler so it doesn’t wash off with sweat.

My pick: Benefit’s Browzings in Dark ($36CAD)

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Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – This is KEY to keep your look throughout a good workout. Other eyeliners like kohl and pencil eyeliners will smudge beautifully for a smokey look, but they will melt down your face the second you start your workout.

Most high-end liquid eyeliners dry really quickly and don’t budge no matter how much you rub it! The only detail that you need to make sure is that it’s waterproof.

My pick: Eyeko’s Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner ($22CAD)

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Waterproof Mascara – What’s worse than coming out from a great workout, feeling fantastic and then finding out that you look like you got socked in the eyes? (You might have if you’re in an MMA tournament, but that’s a little different.) Waterproof mascara not only helps keep you looking good if you’re jogging in the rain, but it also works against mild sweating.

Don’t forget to curl your lashes before you put mascara on!

My pick: Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara ($10CAD)

*Note: The website’s picture is wrong. It looks like the washable Lash Stiletto tube but with “waterproof” written on it.

I don’t use foundation or concealer every day so that doesn’t change my usual makeup routine. If you do use foundation and concealer and want to work out with it on, you may end up with more breakouts since they’re specifically for smoothing out complexion over your own skin and pores. Once you add in sweat, it’s almost a sure fire way to aggravate your skin!

Using this combination, I went outdoor parkour training at Cloud Gardens when it started to lightly rain in the hot, humid afternoon. I was so surprised to see that my makeup hadn’t moved too much after 3 hours!

Do you wear makeup to your workouts? If you do, what do you use? More importantly, what do you do to recover?

xoxo,

B.elle

Parkour Clothes – A little advice

Okay, so the TIFF movie reviews are taking longer than I thought it would… In the meantime, look at what I got today!

Training Pants

 

New training pants!

Last week, I went to my parkour lesson and I, for some strange, strange reason, decided to wear some casual khaki capris. It was raining and kind of cool, so I figured why not wear these non-denim pants and go training in them.

Turns out, that it was a pretty stupid idea for a female parkour-er.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but women’s pants tend to be a little tighter than men’s around the hips. Can you guess what needs the most range of motion in parkour? THE HIPS.

I tried to jump onto a vault without using my hands, but because I’m still kind of inexperienced with jumping that high and because I quickly found out that I couldn’t lift my leg up high enough for me to get the height I needed because my pants were too tight around my hips and upper thighs.

I won’t tell you how badly I wiped out on the gym mat. (At least I didn’t smash my face into the vault in front of me, I’ll tell you that much!)

Anyway, my parkour tip for today: Wear VERY comfortable and NON-RESTRICTING clothes. Ladies, invest in a good pair of training pants, shorts and a sports bra that’ll lock those girls in! And, don’t be a smartass and think that you can get away with mainstream casual wear. It’ll come back to bite you in the butt. (Or worse. My shin will tell you about it.)

xoxo,

B.elle

Beginner Parkour Tips From A Beginner

Do you know what parkour is? It’s basically the art of most efficient human locomotion. So if there’s something in your way when you’re parkouring, be it a wall or a bench, you don’t go around it; you climb over that bitch and keep running.

Does that sound extreme to you? Well, it kind of is. So if you’re interested in picking up the sport/hobby, here’s some tips to get you started.

  1. Talk to professionals first or get some intro lessons down in a safe, monitored gym centre. There’s nothing worse than going out in the real world and faceplanting into solid concrete and breaking your arm in 5 places.
  2. Wear whatever’s most comfortable and least restricting, not fashionable. Trust me, you’re probably going to be moving in ranges of motion that you didn’t think were possible for a human body. If you’re a girl, invest in a good sports bra. Your boobs will appreciate how it keeps them in place and takes away some boob sweat!
  3. Sneakers. Don’t argue with a good pair of sneakers, even if they look stupid. Just don’t.
  4. Sip, don’t gulp your water. You’ll feel and move a lot better if you don’t have a lot of liquid in your stomach. Blegh.
  5. Be patient, work hard and keep moving. I picked up parkouring because I needed to get my ass back out there and be active. Sure, I saw some great YouTube videos, played Assassin’s Creed and thought that parkouring’s awesome, but I know that those parkour artists in those videos have been doing it for YEARS, not months or weeks. Like any performance-based sport, it takes a LOT of practice to even start moving fluidly at an older age, let alone flip around in free-running.
  6. Your upper body will be screaming at you the next day. Even if you do regular push-ups and chin-ups, you’re going to be doing some things that you’d normally never be doing. Be prepared for a lot of sore muscles.
  7. Accept the fact that you’re going to get hurt. This is mostly for everyone who wants to get out there and climb around stuff, but get scared that you’re going to break your arm or get paralyzed when trying out a new move. Yes, you’re going to get hurt, but they’re mostly going to be bruises, scrapes and aching muscles. Those will go away in a couple of weeks, so suck them up. I’m not going to deny that some people suffer serious injuries from bad judgement calls in this sport, but you’ll be fine if you work in a safe environment first.

    Trust me, I have a collection of bruises on my knees and shins after every class. I’m getting less and less, but you’re probably still going to get them.

  8. And finally, that leads to the most important tip I can think of: Abandon all fear.

You’re going to get hurt, you’re going to be aching like hell the next day and you’re going to look stupid and clumsy for a while. But I promise you that if you resist that fear of pain, you’ll find yourself flying over vaults and conquering that wall you could barely face.

xoxo,

B.elle