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Colorado / FiveTen shoe demo at APEX Movement
« on: May 21, 2009, 04:21:28 PM »
Nic from FiveTen will be in APEX during open gym Friday May 22nd 7-9 P.M. letting people try out 5.10 shoes. Admission for Open Gym will be $5.

FAQ / How do I submit my videos to the APK video player?
« on: February 08, 2009, 02:14:08 PM »
  To allow APK to display your video free of charge, follow the following steps:

1.Attach and send your video to . the video must be .mov, .mpg, .avi, .3gp or .wmv and under 100MB. (To get your video looking it's best we suggest using the "iPod video" format. This is h.264 mp4 with AAC audio. Also, use the size 426x324)

2.Put your video title in the Email subject, and its description in the letter body.

3. Submit!

Remember, please only submit video YOU own the rights to.

Parkour And Freerunning / American Parkour video player
« on: February 03, 2009, 03:26:06 PM »
In the next month APK will be launching it's own video player with the help of Smallrivers. As always, we want the content of APK to reflect the community and this player will be free to submissions  ;D
     If you would like to include your video in the player's selection please send only one video attachment per E-mail to The subject of the email becomes the title of the video, and the body becomes the description. To get your video looking it's best we suggest using the "iPod video" format. This is h.264 mp4 with AAC audio. Also, use the size 426x324. This will give you the sharpest look, but we also accept .mov, .mpg, .avi, .3gp and .wmv file formats. All videos must be under 100MB.

Also please only submit video YOU own the rights to.

Ohio / PKMI 2007
« on: September 11, 2007, 04:08:30 PM »
Our brothers to the north are going to be throwing a hell of a jam in 2 weeks.  Hak, Cloud, Frosti, Kipup, Travis... this thing is gonna rage and i plan on going. anyone else interested?

Ohio / I will be in Columbus next Wednesday
« on: September 11, 2007, 11:01:00 AM »
Who's down?

Socialize / I'm poopin...
« on: September 05, 2007, 10:34:06 AM »

I'm going to go kill myself because I can't deal with the pain of laughing at this picture anymore

Mid-Atlantic / Open Gym at Primal Fitness, 8-31 7:00pm H'Rumph
« on: August 31, 2007, 07:35:43 AM »
Inside Joke, Inside Joke, Inside Joke, You suck, Inside Joke, I'm out.

7:00-8:30, $10 open session tonight. Be there or be Duke Gremory'd into submission.

In the Media / Primal Fitness in Washington Post
« on: August 31, 2007, 05:22:29 AM »

For Parkour Fans, All the World's a Gym

By Kerry Folan
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, August 31, 2007; Page WE45

American University senior Billy Hughes rounds the corner in time to realize that he is on the brink of missing his bus. Most people would just wait for the next one -- maybe grab a cup of coffee or send a few text messages in the interim -- but Hughes isn't most people. Slinging his backpack over his shoulder, he takes off like a shot across the quad, vaulting over cafe tables, sliding under railings and drop-landing off a balcony just in time to bang on the bus's closing doors.

It sounds like a scene out of a Spider-Man movie, but Hughes, 22, is a traceur, an athlete training in the very real discipline of parkour. It is a sport best understood through observation. Search YouTube for the opening chase scene in "Casino Royale," the most recent James Bond film, and you'll get the idea. The concept is to get from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible, using only your body and your surroundings. Rather than avoiding obstacles -- the AU cafe tables standing between Hughes and his bus, for example -- traceurs acrobatically surmount them. Parkour (a made-up word based on the French word "parcours," meaning "route") can be compared to some martial arts, but without the violence; in the fight-or-flight response, parkour is the flight.

Instructor Jesse Woody clears a five-foot wall at the bare-bones Primal Fitness gym in Washington, where parkour devotees can learn to overcome fears as well as physical obstacles.
Instructor Jesse Woody clears a five-foot wall at the bare-bones Primal Fitness gym in Washington, where parkour devotees can learn to overcome fears as well as physical obstacles.

Although the average person will never commute to work by way of rooftop-to-rooftop leaps, there is one man in Washington who thinks that anyone can practice parkour, that everyone can benefit from the physical and mental demands of the sport and that he is the best person to teach how.

Mark Toorock, who was recently identified by New Yorker magazine as America's most prominent parkour disciple, runs Primal Fitness, a gym in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington. The 36-year-old is 5-foot-10 and stocky, with an expressive face, a commanding voice and an enthusiastic smile. He discovered parkour in 2002 when he came across a commercial featuring David Belle, the sport's founder and best-known practitioner, performing a death-defying series of stunts. Toorock has a martial-arts background but claims he's not a natural. "I'm a good teacher because I'm not the best athlete. It comes harder for me," he says.

Toorock says Primal Fitness, which opened in January, is the only parkour-specific gym in the country, and it is low-glam to the point of rustic. Think the first "Rocky" movie. Housed in a converted warehouse, the 1,800-square-foot room has exposed rafters and sliding carriage-house-style doors that remain open whenever possible. There are no cardio machines or mirrors, no smoothie bars or yogafied receptionists. Oversize tires (used in conditioning exercises) lean against the wall near the entrance. A graffiti-art mural, tagged with "APK" (for American Parkour, the Web site Toorock runs) and "The Tribe" (a group of young traceurs from across the country that Toorock coordinates), decorates the wall. Gymnastics equipment -- parallel bars, a balance beam, a few vaults and crudely made plywood boxes -- are scattered haphazardly across the floor. The chin-up bar is mounted by way of repurposed brackets collected from a defunct corporate gym and once used to hold big-screen TVs -- an incarnation Toorock finds ironic.

"In a regular gym, you do the same thing over and over. It loses its luster, and people stop going," he says. I think of my own gym, where iPod-packing 20- and 30-somethings line up to march like zombies on the elliptical machine, and I recall that it has been several weeks since I made an appearance there. "Every day here is something new," Toorock promises.

The open parkour sessions on Saturday mornings run from 10 to 12 and attract 10 to 20 people. The cost is $20, with the first class free. Participants tend to be serious athletes, but Toorock stresses that his clients represent a range of ages and abilities. The class begins with a conditioning warm-up outside. (In keeping with parkour's philosophy, Toorock likes to use environmental elements in training whenever possible and has been known to hold classes in nearby fields when the weather is good.) After several laps around the building and a few sets of conditioning exercises on the loading dock, Toorock gathers the group in the gym. For the four newcomers, Toorock gives a brief introduction to the concept of parkour. He emphasizes safety, small steps and endurance. "Do not try to do anything you don't feel comfortable with," he stresses. "It's like 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' -- one obstacle is going to be too big, one's going to be too small and one's going to be just right."

As Toorock gets the participants going on a drill (they are attempting "tic-tacs," which involve running full-tilt toward a cinder-block wall, jumping, planting one foot on the wall and pushing off to redirect momentum), it occurs to me that this feels more like a team-sport practice than like a gym class. The group has already bonded, and the more experienced help others, offering tips and encouragement. When a first-timer who has been struggling finally gets it right, a round of applause explodes. I try to remember the last time I have seen so many people smiling in a gym.

It's a dedicated group. Adam McConnell, 26, (who is wearing a T-shirt printed with the apt announcement, "Every good idea I have gets me in trouble") gets up at 6 every Saturday and some Sunday mornings to drive the two hours to Primal Fitness from the Eastern Shore. Amanda Henry, 27, a physical anthropology graduate student at George Washington University, has fenced and competed in horseback riding at the national level but says she is "really bad at self-motivating." She comes to Primal Fitness three times a week and has lost 10 pounds in three months. More important than the weight loss, she says, are the strides she has made in overcoming her fear: fear of getting hurt, fear of looking stupid, fear of pushing herself on tasks that seem impossible.

Henry credits Toorock with improving her confidence, and I witness this during the final hour of class, which is devoted to a parkour obstacle course. The course begins at the vault -- one of the few parkour elements that scare Henry. It takes her a few false starts before -- with Toorock's encouragement -- she launches herself over the top, legs tucked under her body in a move called a "kong." She moves on to a sheer 10-foot wall that, by some miracle of momentum, she manages to scale in a single leap.

After class, no one seems quite ready to leave: Several people linger to rehydrate and rehash the day's exploits; others continue to mess around on the equipment. Toorock encourages this: "Fun and community are so much more connected to successful training than you could imagine," he says. "That's why our program works. I tell people to forget exercise and go play."

PRIMAL FITNESS 903 Rear Girard St. NE. 202-635-1941. The parkour session on Saturday costs $20. For more information about other classes and membership fees, visit

For more information about parkour, visit

Pics & Vids / What Will has been up to.
« on: August 28, 2007, 09:25:27 AM »
 This is just a little something showing what I've been up to over the summer. After filming last night with kipup enough footage of me actually existed to make a video (sorta :P ) and some poople have been wondering what i've done with my time in DC, so here's a quick and dirty look. hope you enjoy, and i hope I'll have something with more polish and less catleaps/precisions soon  ;)

Mid-Atlantic / Meeting at Primal 7:00 7/25
« on: July 25, 2007, 01:54:07 PM »
Sorry about getting this up so late, but a few of the students from the parkour class will be meeting at Primal to go do some jamming around the city. 419-957-6873 if you need to get a hold of me for more info.

Training Journals / Willgrind's Fitness Journal
« on: April 05, 2007, 02:15:08 PM »
This is here to remind myself to not slack off, to remind me what I have already accomplished so that i can accomplish more, and to monitor pattern in eating and sleep in relation to physcial performance.

(Note: I try to achive zone balance with all meals. "???" means i have gotten as close as possible with what is available, but dont know the exact zone value)


Late Breakfast/ lunch: steak and egg sandwhich, westren omlet and hashbrowns. (zone breakdown: ???)
Dinner: 1 can of tuna, 1/2 avacodo, 1 1/2 apple, 2 pieces of toast. (zone breakdown: 5 blocks protein, 10 blocks fat, 5 blocks carbs)
Late dinner: 1 steak, 2 brats, 2 handfulls of grapes, 1 1/2 cup of broccli (zone breakdown: ???)
Bedtime snack: 2 ounces of turkey, 2 slices of toast, 1 large tablespoon cream cheese (zone breakdown: 2 blocks protein, 2 blocks carbs, 4 blocks fat)

50 meter sprints: 7.25,7.69,7.66,7.12,7.47
5 chinups, 10 puchups, 15 squats for 7:00 for rounds: 5 rounds + 2 chin-ups


15 minutes working on low weight dumbell cleans.
Kipping pull-ups, 25 over 1 1/2 hour.

Ohio / Improve.
« on: March 31, 2007, 02:19:54 PM »
As some of you may know I have spent the last week here with gearsighted in DC, and I have been using this time to regain some of the ground I lost when I couldn't train in NY.  This sudden urgency to improve made me reflect on the way I used to go about parkour, how I used to train previously, and how I will train from now on. What I would like to see in Ohio is improvement.  Every time you go out, improve. Even if its by so small a margin that you're the only one who can tell, improve either your physical ability (maybe work on precision distrance or drilling wall top-outs, whatever, just get a good workout), technical ability ( polish those rolls or get that kong a little cleaner), or your level of self-confidence (got a spot you know you can do, but havent done yet? Nail that bitch). As always, Be safe, and know your limits, but that doesnt mean we can't push our limits one more inch every time we lace up our trainers.
      It also occured to me this week how many jams I have gone to and come back with nothing more than I started with. Every time Traceurs get together, we have fun, and its not that I think that's not enough, I just believe we can come away with so much more in addition to that.

Ohio / Home next weekend
« on: March 09, 2007, 06:06:34 AM »
a 90% chance i will be home next weekend, but not sure for how long. Anyone up for a toledo or BG jam?

Ohio / Cold Jam
« on: December 05, 2006, 08:13:09 PM »
well boys and girls, I'm coming home in 6 days for christmas hiatus, who wants to jam?!

P.S. i'll be home for almost a month and a half, so the rush isn't that huge.

1 P.M. Saturday, December 16th at COSI in toledo at ,  meet by the voice throwing things at street level. Anyone has any questions my Cell# is 419-957-6873

Ohio / HAHAHAHAH! check this out flips!
« on: October 02, 2006, 07:35:56 PM »

Pics & Vids / Not parkour by VERY worthwhile!
« on: September 09, 2006, 09:28:02 PM »

amazing what the human body is capable of with training.

New York / Central Park today
« on: September 08, 2006, 10:06:40 AM »
hey guys, this is just coming out of my need to get off my ass and do something. nothing big, just want some exercise and  mabey meet a few new people. i'll come back and check this out in a couple hours before i go, and if nobody comes i'll probabaly make my way to the rocks by the waterpark for some bouldering.

New York / Looks like i'm gonna be here for a while
« on: August 23, 2006, 08:12:21 AM »
yo, Will from Ohio here. Me and Moses got some work in NY over the next several months so i'd like to get to know some of the communtiy around here a bit better. I will be back in OH after this weekend till around the 22nd of Sept but other than that i'm interested in meeting up.

Ohio / we ARE jamming!
« on: July 11, 2006, 09:47:00 PM »
i get back from vacation the 22. when i come back i AM  planning a jam and you WILL be there, haha. iff we still havent gotten solid word on good palces to hoast down south, i will hold it up in Toledo like we did last Fall. lets do this guys.

Ohio / Little Inspiration for next time
« on: April 18, 2006, 06:59:58 PM »

 behold PKMI3 deliciousness! now dont miss the next one you scrubs!  ;)

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