Want to try it yourself? You dont need a love bite from a radioactive spider. Just attend the Denver classes of Colorado Parkour Academy, a ten-week program delineating the basics, from jumps and vaults to landing and rolling, that starts today at 11 a.m. at Gym Riki, 3333 South Tamarac Drive. Students are not only schooled in the fascinating philosophy of traceurs practitioners of parkour but are also guided through an intense physical fitness regimen. Its really unique, its something new and its getting more popular. It emphasizes natural types of fitness, the way our bodies are meant to be used, explains co-instructor Ryan Ford, whos also a member of Tribe, the U.S. professional parkour team. We are not meant to use treadmills. We are meant to run over stuff, climb over stuff, crawl over stuff and interact with our environments. Once you master the essentials, you can graduate to the intermediate class where they teach you how to fly. Courses are $155 for ten weeks, or $20 for a one-time drop-in; for more information, go to www.coloradoparkour.com.
Starts: June 8. Daily, 2008