Check out this article. Written by APEX Movement founder Ryan Ford, this guide can help answer many of your questions about parkour as well as provide training tips and videos to get your parkour journey started.
Q: What is parkour?
A: Parkour is an art of movement in which you train the body and mind to overcome obstacles.
Q: What should I expect at parkour class?
A: Expect a challenging, fun workout based around the natural movement of the human body. Our classes begin with a thorough warm up. Next, we move on to the introduction and practice of new skills and movements. Finally, we end with a workout, stretch, and discussion of important topics relating to parkour.
Q: What do I need to do for my first class?
A: Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to familiarize yourself with the facility, get changed, and fill out our waiver (you must have a parent signature if under 18!). Our waiver can be found here.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Anything you feel comfortable moving in! Most people prefer athletic shorts or pants, and a stretchy or loose fitting shirt.
Q: What about shoes?
A: Shoes with minimal tread and sticky rubber on the bottom are best. Also try for a flexible and light shoe. Most people prefer some padding on their shoes, especially as they are learning, but avoid shoes that have more than a finger width of foam. You want to have a good feel of the obstacle underneath you, and ideally be able to curl your toes around edges and rails.
We also recommend zero-drop, or minimalist footwear because they promote stronger, healthier feet. If you are interested on learning more about why excessive foam and lifted heels can be problematic, watch this video.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Bring a water bottle and a post-workout snack if you’d like. We also offer bottles of water and snacks available for purchase.
Q: I am so sore the day after class, what should I do?
A: Even though we all did parkour as kids, you probably haven’t moved like this for years. Expect to be sore at first; it is a completely normal feeling for someone who is new to parkour! To help the soreness, we suggest you do some light exercise that day. Yes, it might hurt, but it will help quicken the recovery process! Other than that, don’t give up! Your body will adapt to the classes as time goes on.
Q: When do I get to jump rooftops and flip off walls?
A: When you can do 50 muscle ups and squat 500 lbs! But in all honesty, parkour is not about big jumps and flashy flips. We do not promote going on rooftops or taking big drops. However, as you master the fundamentals and develop a strong foundation of fitness, we will progress to harder, bigger, and more exciting skills.
Q: Adult/Teenage (ages 12 and up) – I think Intro to Parkour classes will be too easy for me. Can I go straight to level 2 or 3?
A: We strongly recommend that everyone starts out in the Intro to Parkour classes. Even if you are athletic or already have some skills, you probably lack certain skills or fitness that will be expected of you in the level 2 and 3 classes.
Q: Youth (ages 5 – 11) – I think Youth level 1 classes will be too easy for my kid. Can they go straight to level 2 or 3?
A: Even if your kid is athletic or already has some skills, they probably lack certain skills or fitness that will be expected of them in the youth level 2 and 3 classes. We require all kids to pass a test to get into higher levels of the youth program. If you would like to get your child into a test, please use our contact page, or send an email to email@example.com.
Q: Do you have showers and bathrooms?
A: We have 2 bathrooms/changing rooms and one shower.
Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: Yes. We prefer cash or check, but we accept the following credit cards: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX and Discover.
Q: Is there nearby parking?
A: Yes, there is free parking in the front of the gym at 1772 Prairie Way Unit G, Louisville, CO 80027.
Q: Is there space for parents to wait while kids are in class?
A: Yes, there sure is. We have a comfy alcove with couches for your to wait while your kids are taking their parkour classes.