FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS PARKOUR?
Parkour is a training discipline, where the practitioner moves from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This may involve vaulting, running, jumping, climbing and traversing all sorts of different obstacles!
Parkour is a physical sport, but it is also very much a mental discipline: you will face your fears, overcome your fears and forget they existed in the first place!
WHAT IS FREERUNNING?
Freerunning is a cousin of parkour; while parkour is all about efficiency of movement, freerunning is all about expression of movement. Freerunners value self-expression, improvisation and movement for aesthetic purposes only; such as flips, twists and creative vaults.
PARKOUR LOOKS WAY TOO EXTREME FOR ME!?
Parkour isn’t just high roof gaps and jumping off of buildings. These types of antics usually make the news or go viral on the internet because they look dangerous and danger is sexy.
Don’t let these extreme videos put you off trying parkour – every person can benefit from the increased mental fortitude and physical training that parkour provides. We have students from as young as 6 years old, to 70 years old!
At AAPES we teach every parkour and freerunning technique using proven progressions in a safe, controlled environment. Before you learn to jump at height, we teach you how to jump on the floor. Before you learn to vault over concrete, you’ll learn how to vault with mats. You will learn how to properly assess risks and learn what your body’s capabilities are.
WHAT IF I’VE NEVER DONE PARKOUR BEFORE?
At AAPES, our classes cater to all fitness and experience levels. We promise that absolutely no experience is necessary to start learning.
If it’s your first time, we recommend you attend our first timers class, where you will learn all the basic techniques and skills to get you started, before jumping in to our regular classes.
JUST HOW SAFE IS PARKOUR?
Parkour actually has lower incident rates than traditional team sports, such as soccer and netball. This is because unlike in other sports, parkour uses just your environment, and your body. Most other sports rely on external equipment that is out of the participant’s control.
Everyone has an element of common sense built into them, so that if they see a jump or vault that is too scary (because they are not ready for it), they will normally find they are unable to do it. At AAPES we teach you how to understand exactly what your body is capable of, so you can realise whether a fear is real or imagined.
All equipment at AAPES is regularly tested for safety, and on top of the conditioning done in classes, we encourage all of our members and students to undertake additional strength and conditioning to “prehab” their bodies and keep all joints safe!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Regular fitness clothing and enclosed sneakers! We recommend sneakers that are flat-soled and one single piece of rubber. Some sneakers have plastic soles, and this can be unsafe when training, particularly on rails.
CAN I THROW A PARTY AT YOUR GYM?
You sure can! We love parties at AAPES! Learn more about our awesome party packages on our Parties page!
WHAT’S YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
We offer flexible memberships, and don’t require you to book into your class in advance each week. This means you’re not locked in to coming to the same class every week. Classes purchased with our new memberships are valid for 12 months after purchase, so if you purchased two classes this week and couldn’t make one of them, then you can make up that class the following week!
For our traditional, old school members, your classes are only valid for the week of purchase.
If you’re not sure what membership you’re on, just send us an email and we’ll let you know!
If you want to pause or cancel your membership at any time, you must send us an email with all information (including what dates you want the pause to be effective for) at least 48 hours before you want the pause or cancellation to take effect.
CAN I BRING FRIENDS/FAMILY TO COME WATCH ME?
For sure! Parkour is exciting, and we understand you want to share your passion with your loved ones. Both our Tempe and Chullora gyms have space for spectators or parents to watch the class – but we recommend bringing them along to a first timers class too!
Parkour is a social sport, and is best enjoyed when experiencing it with friends or family!
DO YOU OFFER PRACTICE TIME?
Absolutely! We encourage everyone to come in to our open sessions to train and refine the skills and techniques they learnt during class.
We have open sessions every day of the week. Check out our TEMPE timetable for Tempe open sessions, or check out our CHULLORA timetable for Chullora open sessions!
DO YOU HAVE WIFI AT THE GYM?
Yep! Ask us for the password when you’re next in the gym.
I’VE DONE PARKOUR BEFORE, DO I STILL NEED TO DO A FIRST TIMERS CLASS?
We recommend that everyone new to the gym does a first timers class, as it will introduce you to the way we teach, and the philosophy of parkour that AAPES follows. All of our classes assume that you have the pre-requisite knowledge taught in our first-timers classes, so whilst it’s okay if you can’t make a first timers class, you might find it a bit tricky to keep up in our regular classes if you don’t attend it first!
HOW MUCH ARE CLASSES?
Our casual rates are $35 for a class, and $20 for an open session.
We have a variety of memberships and class passes to suit your training needs – check out our Pricing & Memberships page for more info!
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS & VIDEOS?
Definitely – in fact, we encourage it! It can be hard in parkour sometimes to properly understand what you may be doing wrong with a technique or skill. We always recommend you film yourself and watch it back, and compare it to the demonstrations of your instructors so you can quickly gain a better sense of self and body-awareness.
If you’re going to share your clips on social media, make sure to tag us @aapes and use the hashtag #aapes so that we can see what you’re getting up to!