Parkour in San Diego | Apex: San Diego | School of Movement

Q: What is parkour?
A: Parkour is an art of movement in which you train the body and mind to move through any environment while overcoming obstacles.

Q: What should I expect at parkour class?
A: Expect a challenging, fun workout based around the natural movement of the human body. Our classes begin with a thorough warm up. Next, we move on to the introduction and practice of new skills and movements. Finally, we end with a workout, stretch, and discussion of important topics relating to parkour.

Q: What do I need to do for my first class?
A: If you are a youth (6-11), feel free to drop in to any of our Youth Level 1 classes. For Teens and Adults, you will need to start with our Intro to Parkour program. Check out our Getting Started page for more information. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to familiarize yourself with the facility, get changed, and fill out our waiver (you must have a parent signature if under 18!). Our waiver can be found here.

Q: What do I wear?
A: We recommend athletic clothes and running shoes.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Bring a water bottle and your sense of adventure.

Q: I am so sore the day after class, what should I do?
A: Even though we all did parkour as kids, you probably haven’t moved like this for years. Expect to be sore at first; it is a completely normal feeling for someone who is new to parkour! To help the soreness, we suggest you do some light exercise that day. Yes, it might hurt, but it will help quicken the recovery process! Other than that, don’t give up! Your body will adapt to the classes as time goes on.

Q: When do I get to jump rooftops and flip off walls?
A: When you can do 50 muscle ups and squat 500 lbs.! But in all honesty, parkour is not about big jumps and flashy flips. We do not promote going on rooftops or taking big drops. However, as you master the fundamentals and develop a strong foundation of fitness, we will progress to harder, bigger, and more exciting skills.

Q: How does the “Intro to Parkour” program work?
A: Our intro program is an 8-class program for teens and adults designed to progress from class 1 to class 8. This course teaches the fundamentals of parkour, promotes a high level of physical fitness, and emphasizes the relationship between the two. Students will learn basic skills and to apply these skills to complete longer movement combinations and obstacle courses. It is highly recommended that students start on class 1 of the program so that they get the full experience of our progressive curriculum. After finishing the intro program, students graduate into level 1 and are able to attend many of our other movement classes.

Q: I think the Intro to Parkour classes will be too easy for me. Can I go straight to level 2 or 3?
A: We strongly recommend that everyone starts out in our Intro classes. Even if you are athletic or have trained on your own, you probably lack certain skills or fitness that will be expected of you in the level 2 and 3 classes.