What is Parkour / Freerunning?
The WFPF has a nice history lesson on the origins of parkour and freerunning, check it out here!
Who can learn parkour / freerunning?
Parkour and Freerunning is the sport for anyone willing and able to try it. No prior athletic experience is required. The parkour and freerunning community is a very welcoming one, and we all want to see the sport grow. Give it a try, and attend one of our classes. You'll be surprised at what you can do!
How can i get started?
You can start by coming down to the gym and introducing yourself! Feel free to drop in and watch a class or even participate if you're feeling up to it! The first class is on us! All students must have a signed waiver before participating. Click here to check out our class descriptions and choose the right one for you!
Why is parkour a good idea for my kids?
What kid doesn’t want to climb, swing, jump, and otherwise act like a ninja!?
On a more serious note, we want to build all-around ATHLETES, and we want to help kids develop into smart, successful young adults! How can we do that with Parkour? With SCIENCE!
Why choose parkour over other sports?
We wouldn't force anyone to choose one sport over another, if you think parkour might be something you'd like to do, come on in! Even if you prefer another sport, parkour and freerunning will definitely help you become a better all-around athlete, both physically and mentally.
Parkour is a body weight sport that combines the use of running, jumping, climbing, and the overall control of our own body. It increases our strength and agility while performing a total body workout.
However, it's not just a physical workout, but a mental workout as well. It requires planning your routes, and controlling all parts of your body. It fosters creativity and social skills, because people approach obstacles in their own way and learn from others approaches. It builds confidence, because as your skills grow, you'll find yourself performing skills you never thought you'd be able to.
Parkour seems dangerous. I've seen those videos of people jumping roof to roof. Is it safe for me or my children to do?
Parkour as you've seen in videos is on the extreme end of the spectrum. They are trained and experienced practitioners, but they didn't start there. Just like any sport, there is a slow and safe progression so athletes don't get hurt attempting techniques that are out of their skill range. As far as the roof jumping, we don't encourage anyone to put themselves in harm's way, besides, most skills can be practiced at ground level.
What do I bring to class?
Students are encouraged to wear athletic clothing, sneakers, and a bottle of water!
Do i need special footwear?
No! However, the more you train, you may find the minimalist design of a parkour specific shoe incredibly helpful in developing your skills. We work directly with Know Obstacles, who designs shoes specifically with parkour, freerunning and obstacle course athletes in mind. If you are interested, please let us know, and we can help you find the right pair!