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How do parkour athletes get so fit and strong, despite not using traditional gym training methods? Simply put, they move more! Vaulting over obstacles is a signature element of parkour, and one that holds multiple physical benefits for those who practice it regularly, from the development of power to balance in flight, coordination, spatial awareness, proprioception and more.


Movement Matters – The Parkour Vault

Learning the basic principles of vaulting allows you to add this amazing movement pattern to your own training, which will help you become a far better mover than you can imagine. Check it out now!

More about Dan…

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Dan Edwardes is a founding member and CEO of Parkour Generations, the multi-award winning international professional organisation for the dynamic movement discipline of parkour.

Dan has studied practical movement and physical fitness his entire life, with an elite background in fighting arts before he discovered parkour in 2002. In addition to establishing the world’s largest professional organisation for the discipline, Parkour Generations, and the world’s first recognised National Governing Body, Parkour UK, Dan also created the A.D.A.P.T® parkour coaching certifications which are now the globally recognised coach education for parkour having been delivered in more than 30 countries, as well as the groundbreaking Parkour Programs® and Parkour Fitness®, now the recognised certifications for fitness professionals to access parkour movement and fitness knowledge, and the Parkour For Schools Programme and the unique Animal Paths™ movement curriculum for young people

Following degrees in history and Japanese at Cambridge University, Dan embarked on a lifelong journey into practical skills, applicable philosophies, fighting arts and movement training, and has delivered courses, workshops and presentations to tens of thousands of people in more than 30 countries, helping many go on to become certified parkour or fitness professionals themselves through his programmes.

Dan has appeared in numerous high-profile media projects as a performer and choreographer for Hollywood movies, TV commercials, live shows and public displays. He has also produced a considerable body of literature on parkour which has been translated into several languages and published across various media, including the original Handbook of Parkour and Freerunning.

His articles have been featured in publications ranging from The Telegraph, The Independent and The Times to Men’s Fitness, GQ and Timeout, and he has appeared across multiple world-leading podcasts such as FatBurning Man, Barbell Shrugged, SpartanUP and more, and presented at hundreds of conferences, summits, expos and events. In 2019 he was featured in the UK’s Top Ten Movers List.

Dan travels extensively helping others learn how to coach and to move, and regularly gives keynotes, presentations and seminars around the world with a particular interest in encouraging a holistic approach to living and training through integrated paradigms that engender flow and mindfulness and encourage positive engagement with fear and risk to understand and improve the self.


Photography by Viktor Andersson

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