As superhuman as skilled parkour practitioners appear, Dan Edwardes reveals a very different view of the sport he helped popularize. Through running, jumping, crawling and climbing it brings us back to our roots, the functional ways that humans were meant to move, quite apart from the desk jockeying and couch denting now common. According to Edwardes, Parkour is a metaphor for life: one person’s obstacle is another’s stepping stone. As he proves, this amazing sport has the ability to completely flip flop your frame of reference.
He is a pioneer of the Parkour movement and believes that managing risk and fear is “encouraged by a holistic approach to modern living through the integration of Man’s primal nature with the increasingly
urban environment.” Who doesn’t want to be able to run up walls?
This parkour master explains how natural movement will make an extraordinary difference in your fitness. As a frequent business traveler who often finds myself without a gym, this episode had enormous value. But it will also help you to put your fitness gains to use in the real world. Equally importantly, he teaches us how to lean into our fear and take on challenges that stretch us and cause us to grow.
Resources & Mentions:
- Video and Audio Production – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
- Audio Post Engineer – Aaron Moore
- Synopsis – Matt Baatz