Getting fit with Parkour: the future of exercise today

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Updated: 5/15 11:01 am
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Parkour is, to say the least, a workout. Never heard of it? Well, think ninja meets dance, meets a great time. Even if the word doesn't sound familiar you may have seen in it in commercials and action movies where 'street athletes' use everyday objects like handrails and 10-ft. walls in their own personal obstacle course.

The word Parkour comes from French military obstacle training that was taken into the city by military officials, so anything that you can see can be used in this particular sport. From the bars to boxes, even trampolines--nothing is off-limits. 

"It's an art, it's fun, it involves running jumping and flipping and it includes everything, just exposing your skills and athletic ability," said Beau Stevens, a teacher at Carson ATA Martial Arts where Parkour is offered.

So who can partake in Parkour? Well, ATA has students of all sizes and heights, from the little guys to grown men. Monique Lemay is 43, and she takes the class with her two sons ages 5 and 7. She finds the "no limit" attitude of the class inspiring.

"Some of the kids in here say 'Don't think, just do it... they motivate me and they're just 10, so I love it!'" Lemay said.

Carson ATA and Martial Arts is located at 3242 Research Way, Ste 101 in Carson City. For more information about their classes, or to register, visit www.carsonata.org.


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