BREATHE PARKOUR STAFF

All Breathe Parkour Staff / All Breathe Parkour Locations
 Though all of the Breathe staff and trainers have their "home" gyms, you will often find them helping out at other locations.

 
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Calgary NoCal


#8 - 401 33 Street NE, Calgary AB

Job Title
Co-Owner & CEO
 
Specialty:
Strength Movements
 
Why I Started Parkour:
I got into Parkour as a way to become healthier and learn more about my body’s natural ability. I was amazed at what I started seeing other people doing in the early days of Parkour's YouTube glory.
 
Why I Love Parkour:
Parkour is incredibly accessible. You can do it anywhere, and it takes little to no money to get started. The community is like nothing I've experienced with other sports. My first experiences were a group of welcoming individuals, and 7 years later that still rings true today.
Job Title
Co-Owner & Chief Design Officer
 
Specialty:
I really enjoy anything to do with bars. I think it can be challenging but so rewarding to conquer a movement and fear on a bar.
 
Why I Started Parkour:
When I was first introduced to Parkour, I have to admit, I did not “start Parkour.” I enjoyed watching the people in the community, I enjoyed taking photos, and I enjoyed just being a part of the community. I took my time “starting.” As I learned more about the community and how bonded it was, I started to dabble a bit. Learning a simple movement here or there, or just running through the streets of Calgary looking for the next “spot”. Once I got a taste of Parkour through tiny accomplishments, I wanted more!
 
Why I Love Parkour:
These days Parkour can do so much for the individual. Everything from making a career out of it, to meditation and holistic ideology, to developing your creativity. You can dabble a little by adding it to your fitness routine, or you can start your own Parkour team with some of your friends. You can also travel with Parkour. The people in this community are so amazing! They will open their doors to out of towners and out of towners will be grateful just to have a roof over their head. It’s really all about the people and the connections you make in the community that make Parkour so amazing!
Job Title
District Manager
 
Specialty
Double Kongs and Kong Precisions
 
Why I Started Parkour
Like many of us, I started Parkour without knowing that it had a name (we just called it “Aggressive Walking” when I was a kid). I would climb and jump and play within my environment all the time. Then, also like many of us, I saw Casino Royale and a bunch of Youtube videos, and knew that this was something I needed to do more of. Also, back flips. I really wanted to learn back flips.
 
Why I Love Parkour
That’s a big questions for me, and I’ll spare you the lengthy answer (but if you ever want to hear it, just ask for me at the front desk). In short, Parkour went from being this awesome thing that involved flips to something that I could devote my life to. I know I won’t be able to do flips forever, but hopefully my involvement in the sport and with Breathe will introduce this amazing sport to a wider audience, and help shape the next generation to approach their environment and their bodies with the respect and understanding that they deserve.
 
 
Job Title
Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Being ridiculous! And positive reinforcement!
 
Why I Started Parkour
An awesome friend started explaining it to me, and after some examples and his super year of training, I also wanted to partake. Wait. Partake Parkour? Sounds like it could be a delicious Cake. Honestly if you carry the 7.... Parkour = Cake.
 
Why I Love Parkour
Because of Cake! Serious Discussion face engaged: Personally, it has helped me develop a mindset that carries me forward each day. Parkour is hard. You challenge yourself with learning a new move, landing something after the ump-teenth try, or push the boundaries of your limits. However, life can be harder. It can feel as relentless as a torrential downpour and hurricane winds at times. Every step makes a difference though, and they say that It's always darkest before the dawn, or the sun rises the next day... You are that Light. You carry it with you upon your shoulders, and sure there may be times where dark clouds rain down, but even then you will land that trick. You will get that job. You will overcome! Like Hercules, you can go the distance. Shine upon someone's day, Improve yourself to be Faster, Lighter, and Stronger and when it all comes down to that one moment, just remember to Breathe in and out.
Job Title
Program Director/Pro Trainer
 
Specialty
Delving deep into the minds of my students and combating their innermost demons and fears... Also, dad jokes.
 
Why I Started Parkour
I grew up in a jungle. I was found and raised by a friendly panther and his hetero life partner bear. We quickly learned that with my delicate fur-less body, I would need some way to combat the many adventures that were sure to come my way. I learned the ways of the animals and grew to become the most fearsome protector of the jungle.
 
Why I Love Parkour
I found it very difficult to express my love for parkour... so I wrote a poem:
Oh Parkour, shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?
Love is not love, if Summer’s lease has all too short a date.
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments of princes,
Make a famine where abundance lies.
O, learn to read what silent love hath writ:
To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.
Job Title
Pro Trainer
 
Specialty
Corkscrews and advanced movements
 
Why I Started Parkour
I grew up playing video games and watching old kung-fu movies. I always admired how the characters would fearlessly jump from thing to thing and run up walls to get where they needed. One day I decided I was going to be like my heroes, so I started practicing movements. Before I knew it I could do everything they could!
 
Why I Love Parkour
While Parkour started as just emulating the people I look up to, it is now something I can no longer describe. I'd love to be able to put it into words, but honestly I feel all words fall short. Parkour is my life, passion, challenge, growth, and fun. Parkour is everything to me.
Job Title
Pro Trainer
 
Specialty
Generalist, Power Jumping
 
Why I Started Parkour
Having played conventional sports such as basketball for most of my life, I wanted to explore physical activity in a different way. I was drawn to the raw athleticism and “be strong to be useful” philosophy displayed by the practitioners of the time.
 
Why I Love Parkour
Through Parkour, I gained an appreciation for movement from a different perspective, one that focuses on freedom, self-directed challenge, environmental awareness, and functional fitness. As I practiced Parkour, I got to know an amazing community of people who I continue to train with today. As an instructor, I have seen the benefits of Parkour in the physical literacy and confidence of younger practitioners and this has inspired me to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and teaching.
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Calgary SoCal


#131 - 10550 42 Street SE, Calgary AB

Job Title
Customer Interaction Manager
 
Specialty
The Game “Add On”
 
Why I Started Parkour
I started training Parkour because I was tired of repeating the same routine day in and day out. Sometimes it has been difficult to maintain a steady training pace throughout the past few years, but now that I have such a fantastic team around me, it has become much easier!
 
Why I Love Parkour
I love Parkour because it can be as easy or as challenging as I would like to make it. There isn't a training session that I don't find some movement that I need to add focus to. Parkour, to me, is also great for cross training with the other activities I do.
Job Title
Pro Trainer
 
Specialty
Side Flip
 
Why I Started Parkour
It looked cool. Really cool.
 
Why I Love Parkour
It's brought me some of my best friends, and there’s always a new challenge.
Job Title
Pro Trainer/Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Private training, finding progressions that work specifically with whomever I'm training
 
Why I Started Parkour
I started Parkour because I used to have no hobbies other than video games, and I decided to try something new. So I found a local Parkour gym, and ever since then I've been hooked.
 
Why I Love Parkour
I love Parkour because it's so much more than just a sport. It's a part of how I move in my daily life. It’s a passion, it's a lifestyle, it's a form of self expression, and it's all subjective to whoever is training. There are no boundaries for Parkour, as your imagination is the core of the sport, and that's what I love about it.
Job Title
Pro Trainer/Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Fear challenges and precision based training
 
Why I Started Parkour
I began my Parkour adventure with my friends and fellow instructors, immaturely climbing walls and vaulting fences. It wasn't until we found a little gym specializing in the practice that we would start to take it seriously. I wasn’t sold in the beginning, as I would have much rather been sitting in my room playing video games, but after training more and more it easily became something very special to me. To date, Parkour has brought me together with so many amazing people who just want to play, have fun, and discover the world around them through movement.
 
Why I Love Parkour
I love Parkour because it’s very personal. Not everyone is going to be the greatest, but you can figure out what you’re good at and roll with it. Parkour brings play and adventure back into your life after years of being told to grow up. It teaches you how your body moves and lets you get creative regardless of your skill level. It makes you think about life differently. No longer are you looking for ways around a blockade, or trying to find a constructed path to where you’re going. You start craving your own path and begin overcoming your own physical/mental challenges, which has given me more self confidence than anything other sport I’ve tried (soccer, baseball, basketball,etc) . Above all else, Parkour introduced me to the amazing communities here in Calgary and around the world. From the traceurs of Vancouver to Paris, the people who train Parkour are some of the best people I’ve ever met.
Job Title
Junior Trainer/Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
I'm not sure I have one, as I'm more of a jack of all trades.
 
Why I Started Parkour
I used to play soccer, and I wanted to be able to celebrate victories by doing a front flip.
 
Why I Love Parkour
I've always been an athlete and loved to move, but there's a feeling of freedom in Parkour that I never got anywhere else. Also the community is by far the nicest I've ever met.
Job Title
Junior Trainer/Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Flips with twists
 
Why I Started Parkour
I started Parkour because I wanted to challenge myself mentally as well as physically, and to get in better shape. After I tried my first class, I was the most sore that I had ever been, but I was also hooked.
 
Why I Love Parkour
There's no single reason why I love Parkour. I love it because there is a very powerful feeling of accomplishment that you get from overcoming a fear or landing a trick for the first time. I love Parkour because the people that make up the community are some of the nicest, most accepting and most encouraging folks out there. I love Parkour because it encourages me to be healthier and to improve what my body is capable of. I love Parkour because I've met some of my best friends through our mutual love of this sport.
Job Title
Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Kong Pres and Huge Plyos
 
Why I Started Parkour
I started Parkour because it gave me freedom of movement, and plus it was super fun! It gave me a big challenge every time I went out to train, and that's what really got me hooked on the sport.
 
Why I Love Parkour
I love Parkour because there are so many opportunities to challenge yourself. Around every corner everywhere in the world there could be a new jump or environment to conquer, and that's what keeps me so excited when training. I also love this sport because of the incredible community! I've met so many wonderful people since I started training, and every year I meet more and more. Parkour is a sport like no other, and one that I want to push forwards together with the community.
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Lethbridge


221 22nd Street North, Lethbridge AB

Job Title
Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Determination and Perseverance
 
Why I Started Parkour
I have been interested in sports since I was a little kid. I primarily played team sports and wanted to try something that was focused on the skill of the individual rather than the skill of the team. Parkour allows me to do just that.
 
Why I Love Parkour
I love Parkour because it has enabled me to view the world through a more creative lens. There isn’t a time of day where I am not visualizing theoretical lines that could be done. Since I started Parkour, every object, every structure, is just another obstacle waiting to be conquered.
Job Title
Pro Trainer/Front Desk Rep
 
Specialty
Creativity/Flow
 
Why I Started Parkour:
I was introduced to Parkour by some friends, and immediately fell in love with it. I had always been interested in this kind of movement, and my friends helped me see how easy it was to start learning.
 
Why I Love Parkour:
I love Parkour because it allows me to let out my creative side. I am not very creative in any other way, but I love to explore different movements. I also enjoy Parkour because I can pass on my experience to my students. Parkour has given me so much happiness, and I love being able to share that with others.
Job Title
Pro Trainer/Front Desk Rep

Specialty
Tumbling

Why I Started:
I started out as a national gymnast and my friends started doing Parkour, so I tried it. I liked the variety of skill and creativity involved and I got hooked.

Why I Love It:
I love testing my body and challenging myself. When I learn a new movement I feel accomplished and look for ways to use it in different circumstances. It's also fun to just jump around and have a good time!
Job Title
Parkour Trainer
 
Specialty
Coming Soon
 
Why I Started Parkour
Coming Soon
 
Why I Love Parkour
Coming Soon
Job Title
Motivator, Inspirator, Facilitator, and Parkour Coach
 
Specialty
Wall Tricks and power
 
Why I Started Parkour
I liked flipping and doing stuff everyone else thought was crazy or impossible, then I found out they had classes just for that! I thought the first gym that I walked into was like an adult playground and Parkour was a way to let the inner child out, and I haven't grown up since!
 
Why I Love Parkour
It provides a way of expressing yourself that is unique to everyone. It is an individual sport that is perfect for challenging yourself and pushing personal limits but the community is like one big family.
Job Title
Jr. Trainer/Front Desk Rep

Specialty
Rudys (Front Flip 540)

Why I Started:
l loved watching Parkour videos online and l had to try it! Parkour has turned into a daily form of movement for me. l have gone all the way from flipping off my couch to vacuuming the gym floor!

Why I Love It:
l love the sense of freedom it gives me, l can fly through the air and be safe about it. l feel so accomplished when l learn something new, and it’s a great way to stay healthy!
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