Parkour is empowering and exhilarating. Every class I discover I am able to use my body in a way that I hadn't thought possible.
Dylan makes parkour approachable. Until I started training with him in January, I had been avoiding parkour (even though I felt viscerally drawn to it) because it seemed too dangerous.
Thankfully, Dylan invited me to try out his class and I realized it is a discipline that is in fact teaching me how to feel safer moving through space because I am learning how to use my body correctly and deliberately, at my own pace.
Dylan's teaching style creates an environment of creativity, challenge and support. He puts safety first and coaches us on how to make wise decisions about navigating obstacles. He presents a wide range of moves that make every class different and fun!
Dylan is excellent at breaking down moves and at reading the body. I have progressed far more quickly than I expected thanks to his confidence in my potential.
Parkour inspires me to face my fears, challenge myself and trust myself, not only when I am training, but in other aspects of my life as well.
As I started to get older, I began to feel as though I could not do the things I used to do- that my body wasn't as capable anymore. I always used to bound up stairs two at a time, but at some point I stopped doing this and gave in to the idea that I was too old for it. Then I started training parkour.
Not only do I bound up the stairs again, I am in the best shape I've been in since my thirties. I feel strong and capable and I no longer assume what I can or can't do- I test it. Parkour has given me a path toward health and fitness that I thought was long-gone. Everyone should try it.
I began taking parkour classes with Dylan almost exactly a year ago and, looking back now, I'm amazed at how much of a difference they've made. Not only am I in much better shape, I've gained enormous confidence in my own physical ability. The things I now do every week -- like wall runs, climb-ups, and precision jumps -- seemed unattainable when I started. I love how parkour challenges me to expect more from my own body and develops both my critical thinking and risk management skills.
Since the space in Kingston opened, I've loved how the classes have expanded and the participants have turned into an invaluable community of people dedicated to improving themselves and learning from each other.
Also, for anyone who feels intimidated by parkour (especially women), know that the Innate Movement classes are incredibly welcoming and accessible; the coaches always make a point to tailor challenges to everyone's varied skill and strength level.
I can't recommend parkour at Innate Movement highly enough!
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