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Pics & Vids / The most detailed Parkour tutorials on YouTube
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:19:02 PM »
I've put together a bunch of highly detailed Parkour tutorials on Youtube. They are broken down into technique walkthroughs, progressions, common problems, and bonus tips. I've dedicated a ton of time to make these as helpful as possible. I hope you find them helpful to your training!

Wall Spin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdppbBTTrak (wfs)

Pop Vault - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OiW2mTCdgk (wfs)

Step Vault - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBQYahXDNGg (wfs)

Quadrupedal Gallop - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7iHtOosxZo (wfs)

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Some of the crazy kids we train at APEX Movement in Colorado! They are all between 11 and 14.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxUYR0jQznc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxUYR0jQznc</a>

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Pics & Vids / APEX Movement Bails and Fails
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:26:02 AM »
Check out this behind the scenes look at all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into our recent team video. Enjoy!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjoe3qekXgw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjoe3qekXgw</a>

And here is the actual showreel if you missed it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ly6cSrzkE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ly6cSrzkE</a>


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Pics & Vids / Roof gap gainer!!!
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:44:12 PM »
And tons of other cool shit!

Here is what we have been up to at APEX Movement for the past few years:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ly6cSrzkE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ly6cSrzkE</a>

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koU1bM4shTk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koU1bM4shTk</a>

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Pics & Vids / Parkour Tour - Las Vegas
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:08:40 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLD6FA7E673" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLD6FA7E673</a>

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Pics & Vids / Parkour Tour - Phoenix
« on: December 29, 2011, 03:09:19 AM »
Due to a van breakdown, illness, and infernal heat, our action in Phoenix was limited. However, we did squeeze in this short and sweet training session at a nice spot that Francesco Caban, a local practitioner, brought us to. Special thanks to Francesco who helped us out with lodging and transportation during our stay in Arizona. He is a talented movement artist and a prominent Parkour/Freerunning coach in the Phoenix area so show him some love!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb_QEAxerB8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb_QEAxerB8</a>

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New Mexico / Freerunning at UNM in ABQ
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:55:13 PM »
Freerunning from the APEX Movement team's summer visit to ABQ!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROu42LwuSg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROu42LwuSg</a>

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Pics & Vids / Parkour in The Land of Enchantment
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:24:18 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROu42LwuSg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROu42LwuSg</a>

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Pics & Vids / 30 backflip burpees for time - The "Korey Sarvas" workout
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:26:21 AM »
Please do this workout in Korey's honor and leave a comment or a video response with your name, location, time, and version of the workout. We would like to compile a list of thousands of freerunners around the world who have honored Korey through this workout.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFAD1VTci0c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFAD1VTci0c</a>

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Pics & Vids / How fast is your climb up?
« on: November 18, 2011, 12:37:56 PM »

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Pics & Vids / Colorado's First Freerunning Comp
« on: August 21, 2011, 01:16:30 PM »
We held the first freerunning comp in CO a couple weeks ago at APEX Movement. We wanted to do this to encourage those who want to pursue this route more seriously and get them more experience for the bigger ones out there. It went really well so we will be doing more in the near future.

Highlight reel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjdIMsxnaoA&feature=player_embedded

1st place - Jake Smith
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkBaEra5fkc&feature=player_embedded

2nd place - Dante Grazioli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AirRrGe9OM&feature=player_embedded

3rd place - Erica Madrid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_s20E3GWJE&feature=player_embedded

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Denver - Apex Invitational / Lessons Learned from Our Comp
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:08:45 PM »
Here are some things I was really happy with and some things I wasn't. If you were also there, feel free to contribute!

What I Liked

- I thought the courses were very dynamic and fun to watch.
- The night before, we had very few female competitors, and some of them were quite new to parkour. This brought up the concern about whether or not to let some of them compete due to it potentially being dangerous. We decided that this was our chance to make a statement that if we want to support more women getting into parkour, we need to give them the same opportunities to succeed. Most of the female competitors had to be talked into it enough already and it would further set them back if we treated them differently or simply said they weren't good enough to compete. So what we did was set up alternate routes at some of the difficult parts of the courses. These routes would be safer but slower. All the courses were actually designed so that anyone could finish but at the detriment of their overall time. We also decided to set the men and women's prizes the exact same to further encourage more women to get into it. I was happy with how it worked because we actually had more female competitors in the finals than expected and they all seemed to think it was a positive experience overall.
- We had the idea to project live updated results, points, and times on a projector so everyone always had a good idea of what the standings were.
- Prizes. We raised prize money and goodies through our sponsors, qualifier/open gym fees, and a Vivo Barefoot auction. If we want competitions to become more legit and widespread, there should be incentives for the "pros" to dedicate the time into training. Whether you like the idea or not, to do this as a professional, to progress the discipline to new limits, there needs to be a way for the "pros" to support themselves.
- Points system as opposed to total time sum. We decided to go with the points system (100 points to 1st place and slightly less for each place thereafter) because we wanted all the courses to be weighted the same. The Parkour Visions courses added total time so that technically, a longer course was weighted more than a shorter one. This is essentially saying that a particular course is more important than others which is going to favor whichever athlete does best on that one course. We designed 3 courses to represent an all out 100m sprint (top time was 13 sec.), an all out 200m sprint (top time was 21.4 sec.), and an all out 400m sprint (top time was 70 sec.). Obviously we didn't hit the nail exactly on the head, but we still did well on making it so the top athletes would have to show skill across long, medium, and short courses. It was our opinion that a great traceur should be able to excel on all these courses, like a decathlete has to excel across such a wide range of events. I feel that most practitioners have a bias toward short bursts of power and that they rarely train anything longer than 5-10 sec. of movement. It is my hope that through these speed comps, we can fix that, because in a real life parkour situation, you would most likely surpass that amount of time.
- Everyone was super supportive and encouraging of each other. No bad blood in these comps despite some people's fears!

What I Didn't Like

- The only main thing that didn't go well was that the comp went for way to long. Next time, I would cut the finals competitor field down by 25% or so. I would also enlist more volunteers to help us get through runs faster and help us build the next courses faster. It is important to either have the timers with an order list or somebody else queuing up the next runner so that there isn't downtime waiting for people to get ready when they are up. It also helps to have a time runner who will relay the time to the score keeper. I would also consider designing it so 2 courses could be running at the same time.
- We had an open gym running at the same time so people could train and watch at the same time. I would also announce a pot luck/bbq for the next one so people could "tailgate" as well. This would help these events become even more fun, social, and likely to be repeated.

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Results / 2011 APEX Movement Invitational
« on: August 16, 2011, 11:23:59 AM »
Won by APEX Movement's Jesse Clark and Erica Madrid. Check this link for full results: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjX5hxY0MqFddExjNDdoLWNmSmE3dXMxZFhXTmJxQ0E&hl=en_US

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5FNzRDxFWQ&feature=channel_video_title

Check out http://www.movebeyondpossible.com for photos and blogs from the tour.

The 2011 Move Beyond Possible Tour toured the western USA to attend gatherings, run workshops, and document the parkour lifestyle. Photos and videos were produced along the way as the athletes from APEX Movement pushed their limits, explored new places, and met new people. The tour was sponsored by APEX Movement, Movemental, Native Eyewear, XingTea, mix1, Vitamin Cottage, Vivo Barefoot, Pretty Lights, Paleo Treats, Larabar, and Illegal Pete's.

May 22-24 -- Denver, CO
May 24-26 -- Albuquerque, NM
May 26-28 -- Phoenix, AZ
May 28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV
May 29-30 -- Joshua Tree National Park, CA
May 30-June 2 -- Los Angeles, CA
June 2-3 -- Morgan Hill, CA
June 3-6 -- San Francisco, CA
June 6-8 -- Redwood National Park, CA
June 8-10 -- Portland, OR
June 10-12 -- Seattle, WA
June 12-14 -- Vancouver, BC
June 15-16 -- Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, ID
June 16-18 -- Salt Lake City, UT
June 18-19 -- Arches National Park, UT

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Utah / APEX Movement visiting SLC in June
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:08:48 AM »
Hey everyone,

The APEX Movement team (Ryan Ford, Jake Smith, Cosmo Dudley, Erica Madrid, Dylan Baker, and Amos Rendao) is going on a big west coast tour this summer to photo/video document parkour communities, spots, gyms, and people in all the places we visit. There will be 6 of us coming through Salt Lake City in June. We are looking to meet up with lots of locals for training and fun. We are also hoping to set up a huge jam on June 16 or 17. Anyone who can help us out with any of this organizational stuff, please reply here or send me an email at coloradoparkour@gmail.com.

Looking forward to visiting. Thanks guys!

Ryan

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Idaho / APEX Movement visiting Boise
« on: April 14, 2011, 07:18:12 PM »
Hey everyone,

APEX Movement is going on a big west coast tour this summer. There will be 6 of us coming through Boise on June 14. We are looking to meet up with lots of locals for training and fun. Also, we would be forever grateful to anyone who can give us a floor to crash on for the night of June 14. We are also hoping to set up some huge jam on the 14th in the late afternoon. Anyone who can help us out with any of this organizational stuff, please send me an email at coloradoparkour@gmail.com.

Looking forward to visiting. Thanks guys!

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Nevada / APEX Movement team visiting Vegas
« on: April 14, 2011, 06:51:32 PM »
Hey everyone,

APEX Movement is going on a big west coast tour this summer. There will be 6 of us coming through Vegas at the end of May. We are looking to meet up with lots of locals for training and fun. Also, we would be forever grateful to anyone who can give us a floor to crash on for the night of May 27 and 28. We are also hoping to set up some huge jam on the 28th. Anyone who can help us out with any of this organizational stuff, please send me an email at coloradoparkour@gmail.com.

Looking forward to visiting. Thanks guys!

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Pics & Vids / 10 second drill
« on: February 07, 2011, 05:33:01 PM »
Here's a recent Demon Drill focusing on a fun game that we play a lot around here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4moONJvlAuw

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