So what did you do this past weekend? I’ll be honest — November is not my favorite month in Summit County. As an outdoor enthusiast and longtime local, the idea of taking one run at a local ski resort on the White Ribbon of Death has lost its appeal. Luckily, with our recent good fortune of white gold from Ullr, hiking up the mountains to catch a few powder turns has been epic this month.
Nonetheless, this past weekend was my escape from the mountains to play indoors at Apex Movement’s training facility in Denver on a quest to learn parkour. When I shared my weekend experience with friends, they asked me, “What exactly is parkour?” Surprisingly, the core of the sport has been around for hundreds of years, yet it was not until I took a trip to Colombia, South America that I first saw a group of kids performing incredible tricks in a local park.
Parkour, in general terms, combines philosophies and fundamentals from gymnastics and martial arts, yet breaks free from structure. The sport can be described as a free-flowing art form, utilizing the most efficient means possible to get from Point A to Point B. Since I love to step out of my comfort zone, it was time to get challenged.
You have probably seen these maneuvers performed on a YouTube video and thought to yourself, “Wow! That is incredible!” Parkour’s core fundamentals focus on movements as an expression of art to overcome obstacles. Before I was ready to jump eight-foot gaps between two tall buildings in a single bound, just like a superhero, the professional guides at Apex Movement taught me the core basics to improve my performance. Read more....
When looking at the entire parkour process, you might think to yourself that it seems impossible. But Austin Lutz, my professional guide, reminded me that nothing is impossible — your brain has just not yet learned how to do it.