Free-Running, Flips & Twists: Get Fit With This Super Cool Parkour Group In Chennai
Chennai’s own Parkour Club, named Chennai Parkour, is everything you need to become the next Spiderman. With experienced coaches at the helm, their classes are both fun and rewarding.
What Makes It Awesome
To the layman like you and me, parkour is a form of urban traversal (remember the first chase sequence in Casino Royale?), where the practitioner (also called a traceur), uses his or her body to weave through obstacles and get to an end point. But for the folks at Chennai Parkour, it’s more than just getting from A to B.
The founders of Chennai Parkour started their own journey through parkour around a decade ago, and through disciplined practice, YouTube videos, and a lot of falling, they’ve made it their livelihood.
At first, they were relatively unknown, practicing in a park in Mylapore where onlookers used to look at them quizzically as they cat climbed up walls; they have grown into respected traceurs leading a well-run and successful organisation. They’re so good, they were hired to showcase their talents in seven Tamil movies, they’ve been flown out to different countries to compete and even been recruited by the government to train Military Commandos!
The folks at Chennai Parkour are big on making parkour accessible for everyone. Men, women, girls, boys, young and even the elderly. One of their oldest members is 62! The cool thing about parkour is that it can be scaled depending on the fitness, experience, and skill of the trainee. So the only thing that separates you and your fellow trainees are efforts!
With such a big spread of trainees, safety is the next logical question. Not to worry, each class, is carefully run by their coaches, right from stretching, warming up, knowing when to stop and how much to push oneself. Their rigorous system of progression (scaling) also ensures that you’re never doing something your body can not handle. That said, in case of an emergency medical supplies are always at hand.
They run classes in two locations around Chennai – one in Anna Nagar and the other in Mylapore. Prices start at INR 1,000 per month (three classes per week) for students and costs slightly more for working professionals.