Access Parkour is a coaching organisation with a range of classes in Edinburgh. Our classes focus on non-competitive, enjoyable physical training based on parkour, for all levels.
Along with regular parkour training, we offer Accessible classes. These indoor classes focus on developing basic movement patterns, based on the conditioning and mobility work developed by parkour coaches to strengthen the body. These classes are aimed at those who are brand new to exercise or those who need help developing their full range of motion and mobility.
Our regular Parkour classes will always be outdoors, and are demanding, physical and technical. Outdoors, you will learn to use the environment to challenge yourself, overcome obstacles, get stronger, fitter and more confident in your own abilities.
We also have Youth classes in partnership with many of Edinburgh’s schools and Edinburgh Council, bringing Parkour and effective movement to a whole generation of children.
Access Parkour is a solution to a problem.
Somewhere in the last few decades, we stopped moving and started sitting. Children stopped playing and started gaming. The majority of employment moved from physically demanding activities to nine-to-five office jobs. Many would argue that this is good. Life is not as hard as it used to be, and most people live more comfortable lives.
But through living comfortably we forgot how to live any other way. Any action you do not perform regularly is an action that you forget. If your day involves nothing but sitting, and occasionally moving from one seat to another, eventually, all you will be able to do is sit.
We are not talking about putting on a pair of trainers and going for a run every other week. Access Parkour believes in the fundamental tenants of parkour; constantly challenging yourself allows you to constantly overcome challenges. And so we strive to live in a world where we are constantly challenged, constantly adapting and constantly achieving.
To achieve this, Access Parkour introduces people to movement and challenge through parkour training. But we also strive to convert others to our cause. The more people who live with the same ethos as us, the better off we will all be. Whether that is simply attending an Access class once a week so you can reach the bottom shelf in the kitchen, or dedicating your life to parkour, we are here to help you every step of the way.
We aim to reclaim P.E. It should be physical education, rather than just another hour of playing sports. It is our firm belief that without sufficient grounding in movement, we lose out in all aspects of life. Our brains are designed to control our bodies, and Access Parkour aims to help schools and schoolchildren rediscover the joy of both learning and play through movement.
We want to initiate a wider discussion of how we, at all levels, interact with physical exercise. As children, we are introduced to exercise as a method of getting involved in competitive sports. Almost all PE curricula and games initiatives constantly revolve around competitive sport. We seem to have removed physical education from our PE. This has a number of problematic knock-on effects:
• Our children are immediately ranked on their competence in terms of sport and those who do not excel are told that exercise simply is not for them.
• We continuously link competition with physical exercise.
• We forget to impart physical education: proprioception, dexterity, functional fitness.
At Access, we want to interrupt this cycle. We do not want to get rid of all competitive sports, but we do want to create an understanding: that there is more to being fit than being competitive. And parkour; with its focus on personal goals and non-competitive achievement; is a solid basis for this reclamation of physical education.
Many of our classes are run in partnership with Active Schools and are therefore reserved for Children at that school. If your local school does not appear and you wish to discuss developing a class at your school, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a beginner, can I try Parkour?
Yes! The entire point of a parkour class is to provide beginners with a way to get into the sport. The outdoor classes are a bit more adventurous than the indoor classes, but all of our classes are aimed at beginners and you will be safely led through the basic movements from the moment you enter your first class.
What should I wear?
Clothes you feel comfortable moving in. Normally jogging bottoms and a tshirt in summer and then add a thermal layer and a jumper in the winter. Comfy trainers are best. The thinner the better. Bring water. Water is good for you.
Can I pay online/in cash?
You can pay for a class in cash when you arrive or you can pay online by card. You make our lives very slightly easier by paying online but we really dont mind either way.
Can I book from my phone/tablet?
Yes you can! Just goto www.bookwhen.com/accessparkour to book into any of our classes from any device connected to the internet.
Do I need to book?
We use booking to make sure that enough coaches are booked onto each class so that we can accommodate the demand. We never guarantee that drop-ins will be able to take part in a class but we will always do our best to make sure that they can if there is space. So feel free to risk it. But booking is very easy. So please do your best.
How do I know where the outdoor parkour class is?
You need to join the outdoor class mailing list. Email us at email@example.com as soon as possible and we will get you hooked up.
I'm worried everyone will be a crazy back flipping 18 year old monkey man.
Our regular students range in age from 18 into their late 60s. Our outdoor regulars are both male and female, young and old and all keen to welcome new folk. If you are still unsure you can come along to our Back in The Game classes and then graduate outdoors when you feel secure and ready. We have never met anyone who is too unfit to join in the Back in The Game classes and trust us, you will not be an exception.
I'm really confused about something that this FAQ hasn't answered
That's perfectly normal. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.