Parkour: You Have to See This to Believe It! (VIDEO)

Lindsay Ferrier The Stir Exclusive

ParkourI'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 for details.

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I'll love you forever if you do!

Now, tell me... Would you try Parkour?

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