Try It: Parkour
Your Kids Will Be Jumping Off the Walls!
When I told my children that they were going to train with a finalist from NBC’s hit show, American Ninja Warrior, they were ecstatic! They couldn’t wait to take a class with Ryan Saegert, instructor and owner of the Georgia Parkour Academy.
Parkour, also called free running, is a non-competitive fitness discipline that combines running, climbing, and vaulting through an obstacle course or in a creative structured indoor environment. Parkour develops self-confidence and critical thinking skills, teaching participants how to overcome physical and mental obstacles to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible.
Everything about Georgia Parkour Academy is unique, from the entrance (the building’s rear loading dock) to the repurposed equipment that represents obstacles found in nature. Each Parkour session lasts 90 minutes, and anyone from age four to adult can benefit from these total body workout sessions. Parents at the Georgia Parkour Academy on the day we visited mentioned having seen improvements in their children’s agility and coordination in other sports due to classes in Parkour.
Although my children didn’t backflip off the walls as they imagined, they did get to run up a wall and jump over a simulated fence. My 4-year-old daughter and 7-year-old twin boys equally enjoyed the exciting experience. I loved that although Parkour has structure, it is a wonderful way to play and learn together. Georgia Parkour Academy welcomes drop-ins; just call ahead to attend a class.
– Marteeta Cannon Spradling