By: Jodie Darell, Staff Reporter | Photos By: Jonathan Gamboa, Production Manager
Albuquerque’s first parkour gym, Zero Point Parkour & Fitness, will host its grand opening on Friday Sept. 14. , said former student, former Ninja Warrior competitor and Zero Point Instructor Josh Kronberg.
The gym, located at the Northeast corner of Third St. and Mountain St. will offer refreshments, grilled food, music, gym membership sign-up and Parkour demonstrations and competitions complete with prizes starting at 5:00 p.m., said Ninja Warrior contestant and gym Co-Owner Daniel French.
“I think this gym is going to get people more interested in fitness,” said Kronberg.
Parkour is a training of movement with the combination of gymnastics and military-style obstacle courses. It is the training used by most “American Ninja Warrior” competitors, said French.
The gym features obstacles such as the Warped Wall, as seen on “American Ninja Warrior,” a salmon ladder, foam pits, cargo nets and a rope climb, said French.
“We really want it to be a community-based gym for people that don’t like traditional gyms, but want to explore Parkour as an activity,” said French.
The goal of the Zero Point Parkour & Fitness is to introduce people to Parkour training and learn the necessary training techniques in a safe environment, said French. Parkour can be dangerous to learn because it is not in a controlled setting.
“Parkour is a method of training to officially get to from point A to point B. It’s training for your body to physically adapt, be agile and get anywhere you need to,” said French.
“It’s about realizing you don’t need anything. You don’t need this gym. You don’t need the right pair of shoes. All you need is the air in your lungs and that desire to better yourself.”
Zero Point Parkour & Fitness
- Monthly membership starting at – $50
- Per session – $10
- Schedule of classes available online at zeropointparkour.com or call (505) 238-2009.
- Student discount available upon request.
- Parkour – the sport of moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to get around or through various obstacles in the quickest and most efficient manner possible, as by jumping, climbing, or running.