I'm guessing that most of you haven't heard of Parkour.
According to Wikipedia, it's "a physical discipline and non-competitive sport which focuses on efficient movement around obstacles."
But that doesn't even BEGIN to describe the death-defying madness that is Parkour! Imagine extreme skateboarding- without skateboards- and you begin to get a little bit of an idea.
You seriously have to see what these men and women actually DO to believe it. And you can! I tried Parkour (TRIED being the key word) in the first episode of "I'll Take That Dare- Fitness Edition."
Check out the hilarious results after the jump!
All right, friends- Here's the video! Be sure and stick around for my BIG SURPRISE at the end:
Are you shaking your head in awe the way I was when I saw these men and women do Parkour for the first time?
It is truly amazing! And incredibly difficult! And contrary to what Oasis says, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT GRANNY TRY PARKOUR. Just sayin'.
Behind the scenes of the video, I have to tell you that I was surprised by how nice and normal the Parkour "crew" was- Watching their videos, I guess I was expecting them to be a closed group of cooler-than-me young people.
I was wrong.
They were warm, friendly, open to newcomers, and their classes, particularly the beginners' classes, include people of all ages and backgrounds. Kids in particular are picking up Parkour- and often, their parents are joining them in classes. I think that's very cool.
Whether you have a kid with you or not, the conditioning alone is worth trying out - It was INTENSE - and I love the Parkour philosophy of exercising with a specific goal in mind (i.e., I want to be able to leap farther/jump higher/run faster), as opposed to just "working out" with no real plan. I totally get that.
If you live in New York, you can go to the same Parkour class I was in! Check out NYParkour.com for details.
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I'll love you forever if you do!
Now, tell me... Would you try Parkour?