Parkour. What is it? What’s the point? Heck, who knows where or how to do it?

    Well, let me answer these questions one at a time. The “what” is easy. According to the urban dictionary, Parkour is “The activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” A physically demanding sport focused on navigating obstacles like walls, bars, and anything else, as efficiently as possible—which usually means up and over.

    Simple enough, I suppose. But there has to be more.

    Even still, what’s the point? Fun and exercise come to mind. As does super hero practice. Heck, climbing through an urban area might maybe you feel like batman (or woman) or Spiderman (or woman) and, who doesn’t wanna feel like a super hero now and then?

    Okay, okay. But how do I do it, and, moreover, who can show me how? This is where Revolution Parkour in Beaverton comes in.

    Revolution Parkour are the experts at Parkour and they welcome all fitness levels to learn from them. At Revolution Parkour, an enthusiastic team instructors show super hero wannabes and other parkour-curious folks how to master the the gravity-defying skills of parkour and free running. You will seldom catch me in a traditional gym, but, Revolution Parkour is my cup of tea.

    Inside a gym saturated in blues and whites, and acned with graffiti-style artwork (you’ll actually think you are in a true urban setting, not just a set), these instructors teach classes ranging from novice parkour and extending all the way to Parkour Fit, which stresses speed and stamina with challenging courses. You’ll get in shape and you’ll have a great time doing it.

    By the end of my parkour classes, I was balancing on beams, springing over small barricades, and swinging across bars. I had never felt so strong. I had never been so coordinated.

    My wife, ever the safety nut, was pleased to discover the emphasis that the staff places on the safety of their students, keeping ever vigilant, making sure proper techniques are used, and strategically placing cushy pads and magic carpets for the inevitable falls.

    I have to be creative when it comes to working out. I don’t enjoy traditional exercises like many of my contemporaries. Parkour is perfect for me, and Revolution Parkour in Gresham, just minutes from Portland, is the perfect place to learn. So, maybe you’ll find me climbing up walls and leaping small buildings in a single bound. Or maybe you won’t. But, either way, you’ll catch me having fun and being even more grateful to live in Portland, Oregon.

    Revolution Parkour is located at 5651 SW Arctic Dr, Beaverton, OR 97005 For more information, visit

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