Ryan Ford is a parkour athlete, coach, entrepreneur, and author of Parkour Strength Training. Out of Boulder in 2006, Ryan established the first parkour classes in the Western Hemisphere while also becoming one of the original pro parkour athletes in North America. He has performed and coached worldwide for organizations including the New Yorker, K-Swiss, BET, TEDx, Cisco, HP, ESPN, and the U.S. Embassy. In 2009, Ryan opened Apex Denver and since then, has helped grow Apex School of Movement to multiple locations in Colorado and California.
More recently, Ryan co-founded ParkourEDU.org, an online platform dedicated to empowering international parkour, freerunning, and art du déplacement communities by: 1) teaching safe and effective parkour coaching methods 2) researching and developing better parkour training strategies 3) building strong, authentic parkour culture & community
0:00 - Start
0:24 - Intro
0:37 - Background
3:10 - How did you get started in parkour?
5:59 - What is your definition of parkour? What does it mean to you?
15:51 - S&C influences for parkour
24:44 - Mobility for Parkour
38:31 - Mobility VS Stiffness in Parkour
49:49 - Strength training in parkour
1:09:59 - S&C programming considerations for parkour
1:15:24 - Studies in Parkour
1:37:04 - Where do you see parkour going in the next 10 years?
1:40:48 - Where can people find you online?