World Leisure Jobs - Gymbox and Parkour Generations join forces to harness trends towards true movement practices...
17 Aug 2022 World leisure: news, training & property
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

01 Aug 2022

Gymbox and Parkour Generations join forces to harness trends towards true movement practices
BY Frances Marcellin

Parkour Generations and Gymbox have joined forces to provide parkour sessions in four London clubs

Parkour Generations and Gymbox have joined forces to provide parkour sessions in four London clubs
photo: Parkour Generations

Parkour Generations has joined forces with Gymbox to bring parkour into the UK’s mainstream fitness scene.

The 45- or 60-minute sessions will run across four of Gymbox’s London clubs, Ealing, Elephant & Castle, Victoria and Farringdon and will be led by Parkour Generations coaches, including Chris Keighley, Arturo Vigil Jimenez, Calvin Lok and Roberto Regueiro Santiago.

Gymbox members can join the classes for free. They will initially master the fundamental disciplines of free running and parkour movements inside the club, and then go on to train outside to overcome obstacles in open outdoor spaces.

“Gymbox’s vision and values align with Parkour Generations’ movement and philosophy, which teach people disciplines that will help them overcome physical obstacles and mental challenges,” said Boriss Visokoborskis, events manager at Gymbox.

“The classes are designed to give members something far greater than a challenging workout. They give participants the opportunity to learn the discipline of moving freely, over and through any terrain, using only the abilities of the body. Running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement on gym floor and equipment will help gear up Gymbox members with all the skills to then apply in the great outdoors.”

Parkour Generations operates two models with its global roster of partners: direct coaching and Parkour Programs. The former – which is how the Gymbox tie-up works initially – brings Parkour Generations coaches on site. This option only really works if the partner is local. The latter sees Parkour Generations’ coaches train staff up so that they can lead the sessions themselves – Gymbox will evolve towards this model as the partnership progresses.

“Our classes at Gymbox involve a whole-body workout, utilising a combination of skill acquisition and general physical literacy development,” explained Dan Edwardes, CEO and founder of Parkour Generations, in an exclusive interview with HCM.

“A highly active, mobility-based warm-up gets things going and then each class focuses on one or two of our ‘family groups’ of movement for the main movement training element, followed by an intense ‘finisher’ activity utilising those same movement skills.

“We always end with active recovery, based on stretching, breathing and myofascial release to restore balance before participants head home. No two classes are ever the same – this forces variability and adaptation, which is the best way to train the body and mind.”

Edwardes says that the fitness industry is seeing a general evolution toward true movement practices and that any health club or gym can implement Parkour Generations’ parkour classes.

“It's an incredibly fun, efficient, and engaging way to get fit, healthy, agile, mobile, functionally strong, mentally resilient, creative and self-reliant,” he said. “As an added bonus, you also burn a huge number of calories doing parkour.

“It's not a gimmick or fad, it's based entirely on natural human motor patterns and helps people reach a level of movement capability they never thought possible. People are much better educated about health and longevity and they're seeking more sophisticated, more challenging and more engaging practices.

“Parkour is a huge part of that movement – no other discipline asks quite as much of you physically and psychologically and yet is simultaneously so naturally playful and child-like in its practice. In truth, it's the fact it builds on our innate desire to play and move that makes it so effective.”

Parkour Generations has rolled out Parkour programmes across many territories in the past, including the USA and Asia. The organisation – which Edwardes has self-funded throughout – has five international branches and multiple facilities and academies all over the world from Brazil to the USA, South Korea and China.

“We've implemented the parkour programmes in individual clubs and independent boutique gyms, but very few large gym operators have the vision and, dare I say it, the guts to climb out of their existing paradigm and try something new,” said Edwardes.

“This partnership is a world first – a formal collaboration between a major health club operator and us, the world's largest parkour organisation, doesn't exist anywhere else,” he added.

“Gymbox is a fantastic partner, in that they ‘get it’. They're not afraid to try something new, to take that risk and introduce a different way of training to their members. Their attitude and philosophy resonate with our own, so we're very happy to work with them – and the real beneficiaries are their members, of course.”



Connect with
World Leisure
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Hydrow cuts staff to "right-size the business"
Hydrow cuts staff to   15 Aug 2022

At-home rower maker Hydrow is one of the latest connected-fitness companies to announce staff cuts. The tech company which won celebrity backing from .... more>>
Chanyapak Suwankantha promoted to Chiva-Som’s director of wellness
Chanyapak Suwankantha promoted to Chiva-Som’s director of wellness   15 Aug 2022

Integrative health and wellness resort operator Chiva-Som based in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced the appointment of Chanyapak Suwankantha as .... more>>
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa concept to arrive in California in 2023
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa concept to arrive in California in 2023   15 Aug 2022

Destination spa and wellness operator Miraval Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to open its fourth Life in Balance Spa in the US. The new facility .... more>>
World Gym launches strength-only club concept
World Gym launches strength-only club concept   14 Aug 2022

World Gym International has launched a strength-only gym concept, which it says will cater for a need to provide franchisees with the option of a .... more>>
Company profile


Mindbody

Mindbody is the leading technology platform for the wellness industry, featuring an app that allows users to discover and book fitness, beauty and integrative health services, and industry-leading software for business growth and management.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

i-Tech Industries’ i-Boost treatment concept aligns body and mind

i-Tech Industries’ i-Boost treatment concept aligns body and mind

The powerful connection between healthy skin and body movement serves as the driving force behind i-Tech Industries' innovative full-body treatment concept, i-Boost. More>>




in this issue

• Virgin gets right to wipe out rent arrears
• Fitness industry mourns passing of Jan Spaticchia
• STA offers mindfulness resources



World Leisure jobs




Lifeguard
Salary: £21,470 - £22,833pa
Location: Boreham, Chelmsford, UK
Company: New Hall School
Sports Coach/Activity Leader
Salary: £10.00 - £15.00 per hour
Location: Wembley, London
Company: Everyone Active
Recreation Assistant x 2
Salary: £20,134 – £20,400pa
Location: Northumberland Road, Sheffield, UK
Company: University of Sheffield
Club Manager
Location: Acton
Company: énergie group
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

03-04 Sep 2022

HEALING SUMMIT 2022 - The Healing of Everything

Pine Cliff Resort, Portugal


12-13 Sep 2022

2022 Salt Therapy Association Conference

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Promotional feature: Alliance Leisure
The future of leisure in times of austerity More>>
  Profile: Aaron Simpson
Quintessentially is an exclusive concierge service for some of the world’s richest people. Co-founder Aaron Simpson reveals what wealthy people want More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Community: Bright Hart Lane
Grant Cornwell on the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s community work More>>
  Talking Point: Cruise control
The cruise industry is expanding, but concerns are growing about pollution More>>


Published by Leisure Media Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd