About charles

Charles is the co-founder and co-owner of the Rochester Parkour Gym - the first Parkour training facility in New York State. He holds a degree in Exercise Science and Fine Art from RIT and has worked as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Parkour instructor for almost a decade.

Alternative Avenues for Gym Support (Besides Membership)

Community members,

This is such an emotional roller coaster…  We went from tears of sadness, despair, and loss to tears of joy, gratitude, and humility.  So many of you have already come out to pledge to keep your membership active.  I’m not sure words can properly express just how grateful we are to you…

This blog post is going to address a few questions we’ve had recently from students and families who are not on a monthly membership plan.  Class packages make up nearly half of our revenue stream and that income only happens if there is a class to “go to”.  At first we didn’t know what options would be the best for this, but we put our brain storming caps on and have some alternative avenues of support.

Class Packages only result in income when they get used for a class or service on our Zen Planner page.  For those of you who wish to keep things the same by using class packages, we have a simple solution to help you support the gym during this trying time:

  • Sign up for class as if nothing changed…

I know.  It sounds ridiculous, but it is honestly the easiest way to continue your support of the gym as a Class Pack holder and to ensure that there will still be a parkour gym to come back to when this is all over.  Your reservation in a class service will help ensure a steadier stream of Class Package revenue once the gym does get the all clear and goes active again.  As is, if nothing were to change, most of our Class Pack holders would not be looking at re-upping their packages until late August or early September (depending on when we’re allowed to open our doors again).

At this time, we’ve decided to keep our class schedule unchanged.  Obviously, you won’t be able to come to participate in the class, but if you use the mental exercise of enrolling for and “paying” for a class as motivation to then block out time that day specifically for playful movement, you’ve not only helped keep yourself or your child active during this shut-down, you’ve also helped support the gym.

By all means, if you want an easier way to support the gym, membership will continue to be the most effective while also being the best value you’ll (eventually) receive for services at the gym.  Memberships make all the accounting for our expenses so much easier.

Alternatively, we’ve also decided to bring back the 3-Class Pack option.  This is a digital punch card that you can buy now to help us keep our lease, while also being a lower price point for those of you who are in the thick of it like we are right now.

Merch is still a viable option as well!  Merchandise links are down below as well.

Thanks for all your help and support.  We appreciate you!

Buy Merch
Buy a Class Package
By |2020-03-17T14:44:37-04:00March 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Alternative Avenues for Gym Support (Besides Membership)

RocPK is Closed, Movement is Not

Friends, Family, Community,

It is with deep emotion that we write today to inform you that, given Gov. Cuomo’s most recent ordinance for gyms, we will be closing our doors today, indefinitely.

This crisis will likely be one of the most challenging situations we will all overcome over the following days, weeks, and months, as businesses close, work diminishes, and expenses continue.

It is important to remember in moments like this that we are defined by how we respond in the face of adversity and struggle. We hope to remain as a positive outlet that inspires you all to stand up and face these challenges head on.

In light of this, we’d also like to remind everyone that the small businesses that surround our local communities are run by people – they are not faceless. You’ve run into them downtown, at the public market, at the festivals, or shows that we all attend. While our businesses are being forced to close, business expenses do not. Rent, insurance, utilities, and debts must still be paid in order to stay a business.

In turn, the staff we employ are also people within our community. As such, they will still need to pay their rent, utility, and grocery bills, just like we all will, but without the ability to work inside the gym they’ve come to call home.

We are pleading to any and all members who can afford to maintain their membership, to please do so. Any amount, no matter how small, goes a long way to ensure that when we emerge from this crisis, the gym will be there ready and willing to host the services that enrich the lives of our community. Any and all assistance is appreciated.

Additionally, as a personal note, I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that your personal health and well being are the most valuable possessions you will ever have. The easy path right now is to confine you and your family members into your home and do nothing. I want to remind everyone that despite our “socially acceptable” movement outlets being closed, there are still things you can do to maintain (or start!) your healthy lifestyle habits.

Movement spaces are closed. Movement is not. Movement is forever.

Now is the time to figure out how to use the environment around you to stay active and to keep the playful spirit alive. If you or anyone else needs help figuring out how to remain active or how to safely and appropriately use the environment around you for these means, please reach out to us through email.

As I said in the closing of Saturday’s update, “social distancing” means “physical” distancing. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the explosion of the internet, it’s that physical distance is no longer a requirement to be a part of a community. We are already laying the groundwork to create opportunities for us as a community to come together and continue our love of movement.

Today we published a new page on the website. You can find it in the menu navigation titled “Live”.

With that in mind, let’s take a moment to focus back on one of the core values of Parkour:

“Etre et durer.” To be, and to last.

Parkour is a tool that we’ve found to train our bodies to be the best possible versions of ourselves, physically and mentally. We train to become adaptable people.

Today, let’s make a move to deflect the negativity of the uncertainty that surrounds us and choose to adapt. Let’s find ways to do what we’ve always done inside the gym – to look around us and see opportunity, rather than obstruction.

Today, our gym (temporarily) ceases to be a gym, and instead, has become the largest and most interesting production studio we’ve ever known! I hope that you’ll join our community as we work to empower each other to continue being the best possible versions of ourselves that we can be.

Today, many of our adult members were prepared to gather inside the gym for Movement Circuits class at 6pm. Let’s still meet at 6pm, but digitally, and discuss the thoughts and ideas you all have as to how to continue our lives as movers through this trying time.

I hope you’ll join us as we embrace this challenge head on.

Sincerely,

Charles, Nicole, and the RocPK Family

By |2020-03-16T15:04:30-04:00March 16th, 2020|News|Comments Off on RocPK is Closed, Movement is Not

Monroe County Schools are Closed – RocPK is Open, for Now…

Community members,

Things are moving fast.

This move is going to put a huge strain on all of us Rochesterians as we figure out how to navigate the rest of our work, home, and hobby/activity lives.

Officially, Rochester Parkour is in agreement with these decisions and these moves.  Limiting physical exposure in high-traffic environments is a responsible choice to help limit the strain on our local healthcare system.

With that said, at this time, we feel like we’re in an interesting middle ground within the service industry.  Despite all of our recent growth over this last year, given our class schedule, the gym still only sees 40 visits on average per day.  At any point in time, there are fewer than 30 people in the gym.

Yesterday, we updated everyone on our cleaning procedures.   At this time, we are choosing to remain open and to continue being the positive outlet that we are for our families.  In addition to the guidelines and requests that we outlined in yesterday’s update, we are also choosing to take a more aggressive stance on ‘in-class’ hygiene.  Objects and bars are getting disinfected before and after classes.  Coughing, sneezing, (let’s be honest, with kids) nose picking, thumb sucking, or any other form of personal interaction that is known to escalate the risk of viral transmissions will result in our instructors asking the student to take a quick hand washing break.  We are asking that parents of kids stay during class to ensure that proper hygiene protocols are being met.

Additionally, given the challenges outlined in this post, RocPK is hereby temporarily suspending our 24 hour cancellation policy.  Should you decide for any reason that you or your family should not attend gym services, please let us know through text, phone, or email and one of our staff members will work with you to reschedule your visit for a later time.

Given how quickly and rapidly the situation is evolving and changing, this decision is not final and we will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.  Should the situation in our county escalate or we decide to temporarily suspend or cancel services, we will let everyone know with as much lead time as possible through our blog here, newsletter, and our various social media outlets.

In conclusion, it’s important during stressful times like this to remember that we are all in this together.  The term being used right now is “social distancing”, but what they mean by that is “physical” distancing.  More than ever, it’s important for us to remember to use our thoughts, voices, and actions in ways that help alleviate the stress of those around us, rather than add to the seemingly endless pile of negativity.

Thank you for being the awesome people that you are.  We’ll get through this together.

Sincerely,

Charlie, Nicole, and all RocPK Staff

By |2020-03-14T18:13:17-04:00March 14th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Monroe County Schools are Closed – RocPK is Open, for Now…

RocPK’s Strategy in Dealing with COVID-19

As a business operating within the service industry, we take the health and safety of our environment seriously. We’ve always operated in a manner that strives to maintain a clean gym space for all participants.

With that in mind, in conjunction with the current pre-cautionary measures being advised by our CDC, we’ve even further stepped up our cleaning procedures. Our gym floor continues to get mopped twice a day during opening and closing. Our surface cleaning schedule of twice per day (with the virucidal cleaner we’ve used for years) is being bumped to several times throughout the day. We’ve initiated a more aggressive schedule for cleaning our bars using the same virucidal cleaner. Our door handle cleaning is being bumped as well to several times per day.

The gym is our sanctuary. It’s our amazing communal space where many diverse groups of people come together with a shared love of movement and their quest for a more holistic sense of well being. Being a communal space, we’re calling on our community to help do their part to ensure that the gym remains the sanctuary we strive for it to be. Below is a list of simple recommendations that everyone within the gym can follow to help maintain the atmosphere:

  • Please be mindful of the surfaces you touch while in the lounge and in the movement space. Do your best to follow the CDC’s guidelines of minimizing personal contact with others and the touching of your face, eyes, nose, ears or mouth and then touching other surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizer is located in the gym, but please note, the best and most effective form of cleaning your hands will always be washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Parents, please follow your children into the bathrooms to ensure that they are correctly washing their hands.
  • All persons in the gym should attempt to wash their hands before and after class (during?) and in between services for those staying for Open Gym or multiple classes.
  • If one family member is sick with the cold or flu, you are likely to be a carrier even if you’re not yet showing symptoms.

Thank you for standing together to help keep our community healthy as we all work to survive this financially and emotionally stressful time.

By |2020-03-12T16:22:12-04:00March 12th, 2020|News|Comments Off on RocPK’s Strategy in Dealing with COVID-19

Weekly Curriculum – Mar 9 to 16

CLASS SCHEDULE UPDATE – Monday Time Trials class is being moved 1hr EARLIER. Its new time is Monday 7pm-8pm.

Fun things on the curriculum this week:

  • Tonight’s Level 2 Time Trials is slaloms in the front bar cage and west quad using the City, Tower, and some of the Tunnel. Looks like there will a ton of level changes.
  • Tuesday’s Acro is Backflips!
  • Wednesday’s Movement Circuits class is Level Changes which is one of my favorite class prompts.
  • Thursday’s Level 2 is Climb Ups, but specifically will focus on climb ups after jump to cats.
  • Saturday’s Level 2 is focusing on Reverse Vaults!
  • Sunday’s Strength is a Max Rep day. If you’ve never done one this is a great opportunity to get some hard numbers to see where you’re at and mark progress. If you have done this before, now is a great time to track progress since the last time.

We have some new bars that we used for a pop up playground this last weekend at Brighton High School. Excited to get them out in the movement space. hopefully by the end of this week!

Charlie

  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Perpetual Add-On
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Slaloms
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Upward Strides
  • 7pm Level 2 Acro: Backflips
  • 5:30pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Level changes
  • 7:30pm Level 1 Skill: Unilateral Vaults – Lazy’s
  • 6pm Level 1 Skill: Vertical Jumps – Cranes
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Climb Ups
  • 7pm Strength: Intensity Circuits x3, x4, or x5 Rounds
  • 8pm Mobility: Activations
  • 11am Level 1 Skill: Underbars
  • 1pm Level 2 Skill: Acro Vaults – Reverse Vaults
  • 1pm Level 1 Skill: Traveling Step Vaults
  • 2pm Strength: Max Rep Day
  • 3pm Mobility: Full Body Rolling
  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Footwork
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Fast Paced Weaving
By |2020-03-09T17:33:15-04:00March 9th, 2020|Curriculum|Comments Off on Weekly Curriculum – Mar 9 to 16

Weekly Curriculum – Mar 2 to 9

Lava Tag was SO MUCH FUN! Thanks to all who came out to make it super fun. Should we do it again soon? When? Any other ideas for fun events just like it? Talk to us in the gym.

Fun things on the curriculum this week:

  • Tonight’s Movement Circuits is … late. Oops :_(
  • Tuesday’s Level 2 is Playful Dolphins – one of my favorite skills!
  • Wednesday’s Movement Circuits is Perpetual Vaults. Vault, after vault, after vault, after vault!
  • Thursday’s Strength is going to incorporate a lot of small movements, designed to improve posture, done for long lengths or many reps. This will be a good time and unlike any other Strength yet.
  • Saturday’s Level 1 is going be a Balance Course!
  • Sunday’s Level 1 is Bar Swings. Get that grip.

See you in the gym!

Charlie

  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Constant Motion
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Lava
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Acro Vaults – Playful Dolphins
  • 7pm Level 2 Acro – Handsprings
  • 5:30pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Perpetual Vaults
  • 7:30pm Level 1 Skill: Static Climbing – Stems
  • 6pm Level 1 Skill: Bilateral Vaults
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Horizontal Jumps – Precisions
  • 7pm Strength: High Volume
  • 8pm Mobility: Full Body Rolling
  • 11am Level 1 Skill: Creative Balance Course
  • 1pm Level 2 Skill: Bar Swings
  • 1pm Level 1 Skill: Bar Swings
  • 2pm Strength: Parkour Movement Circuits
  • 3pm Mobility: Hip Focus
  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Footwork
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Fast Paced Weaving
By |2020-03-03T13:20:09-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Curriculum|Comments Off on Weekly Curriculum – Mar 2 to 9

Weekly Curriculum – Feb 24 to March 2

Don’t forget! This coming Saturday we’ll be hosting another Lava Tag event! This event is suitable for all adult skill levels and is a super fun way to challenge your movement. It will also be a fun hang out event if you’d rather just watch the excitement.

Fun things on the curriculum this week:

  • Tonight’s Movement Circuits is being guest taught by Nicole and Tonight’s Time Trials is being guest taught by ME!
  • Tuesday’s LvL2 will actually be Speed Step Vaults this time. I apologize for the mess up last week 😛
  • Wednesday’s Level 1 Wall Passes. There’s a wonderful, magical world above those walls…
  • Thursday’s Strength is a 10 to 1. If you’ve never done one, do this one. If you have done one… do this one too haha
  • Saturday’s Level 2 is Bilateral Vaults. Kongs and Dashes.
  • Sunday’s Mobility is long holds and full body foam rolling. Come get bendy!

Charlie

  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Level Changes
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Slaloms
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Speed Step Vaults (for real this time :P)
  • 7pm Level 2 Acro: Aerials and Gumbis
  • 5:30pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Groundwork
  • 7:30pm Level 1 Skill: Wall Passes
  • 6pm Level 1 Skill: Creative Challenges
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Bar Skill Combos
  • 7pm Strength: 10 to 1
  • 8pm Mobility: Hip Activations
  • 11am Level 1 Skill: Contralateral Vaults
  • 1pm Level 2 Skill: Bilateral Vaults
  • 1pm Level 1 Skill: Acro Rolls
  • 2pm Strength: Intensity Circuits
  • 3pm Mobility: Long Holds
  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Constant Motion
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Lava
By |2020-02-24T13:50:51-05:00February 24th, 2020|Curriculum|Comments Off on Weekly Curriculum – Feb 24 to March 2

Weekly Curriculum – Feb 17 to 24

Fun reminder: this year is a leap year and to celebrate Feb getting an extra day we’ll be running another 1v1 Lava Tag event on Saturday the 29th. All skill levels are welcome. Tag or No Tag… the real question is: did you touch the lava?! Pre-enroll here.

Fun things on the curriculum this week:

  • Tonight’s Time Trials is an Open Format. Come challenge your ability to find the best, quickest path!
  • Tuesday’s Acro is c-c-c-combos. Come learn how to spin like Will!
  • Wednesday’s Level 1 is Creative Balance. This might be good practice for the Leapin’ Lava Tag event later this month 🙂
  • Thursday’s Level 2 is a new game I’m calling Jump Tag Arena. Don’t miss it….
  • Saturday’s Level 1 is Bar Swings. Challenge your grip and do good things for your shoulder health.
  • Sunday’s Level 1 is Rev. Underbars. They’re like regular underbars, but not….

See you in the gym!

Charlie

  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Groundwork
  • 8pm Level 2 Tme Trials: Open Format
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Speed Step Vaults
  • 7pm Level 2 Acro: Combos
  • 5:30pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Footwork
  • 7:30pm Level 1 Skill: Creative Balance
  • 6pm Level 1 Skill: Bracchiation
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Jump Tag Arena
  • 7pm Strength: Strength Circuits
  • 8pm Mobility: Long Holds
  • 11am Level 1 Skill: Bar Swings
  • 1pm Level 2 Skill: Bar Dynamics
  • 1pm Level 1 Skill: Reverse Underbars
  • 2pm Strength: Volume Circuits
  • 3pm Mobility: Full body rolling
  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Level Changes
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Slaloms
By |2020-02-17T13:07:29-05:00February 17th, 2020|Curriculum|Comments Off on Weekly Curriculum – Feb 17 to 24

Weekly Curriculum – Feb 10 to 17

BEHOLD! The elusive Joelamanian Devil! Word is the beast can be spotted in its natural habitat at Movement Circuits classes on Mondays. Be careful… it’s known to bite!

Fun things on the curriculum this week:

  • Tonight’s Time Trials is LAVA! Wear protective clothing…
  • Tuesday’s Acro is Swing Gainers. Good way to +1 your acrobatics.
  • Wednesday’s Level 1 is Unilateral Vaults. Think Cowboys, Hip Rolls, and maybe some funky cartwheels?
  • Thursday’s Level 2 is Acro Vaults. I’ll be focusing on Roll Up Top Outs. Don’t know what those are? Don’t miss this class.
  • Saturday’s Level 1 is Creative Combos. Prepare for wackiness. Although, I suppose that’s probably every class that Josh teaches…
  • Sunday’s Mobility is Activations. Please don’t skip this. I know you just made a face, but it’s good for youuuuuuuu!

See you in the gym!

Charlie

  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Perpetual Vaults
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Lava!
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Climb Ups
  • 7pm Level 2 Acro: Swing Gainers
  • 5:30pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Perpetual Add On
  • 7:30pm Level 1 Skill: Unilateral Vaults
  • 6pm Level 1 Skill: Wall Passes
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Kip outs – Roll Up Top Outs
  • 7pm Strength: Intensity Circuits
  • 8pm Mobility: Hip Focus
  • 11am Level 1 Skill: Creative Combos
  • 1pm Level 2 Skill: Climbing Dynamics
  • 1pm Level 1 Skill: Contralateral Vaults – Thief Vaults
  • 2pm Strength: 1 to 10 (Yes, I know this is backwards…)
  • 3pm Mobility: Activations
  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Groundwork
  • 8pm Level 2 Acro: Open Format
By |2020-02-10T13:44:11-05:00February 10th, 2020|Curriculum|Comments Off on Weekly Curriculum – Feb 10 to 17

Weekly Curriculum – Feb 3 to 10

Final reminder for all students, Acro class has officially moved to Tuesdays 7-8pm and Time Trials has moved to Mondays 8-9pm. Is there a class idea that you have that you think we should consider adding to our weekly schedule? Let us know!

Fun things on the curriculum this week:

  • Tonight’s Level 2 is Turn Swing circuits. Get those callouses prepped!
  • Tonight’s Acro class focus is Side Flips
  • Wednesday’s Movement Circuits is a Level Changes focus. If it’s anywhere similar to as fun as Monday’s was, then you’re in for a treat!
  • Thursday’s Level 2 is a kong class like you’ve never experienced before! No for real, we’ve never done this. I’m so pumped!
  • Saturday’s Level 1 is Pop Vaults. These are the foundations of Kongs, so if you want to learn how to best prepare for those, this is a great class for it.
  • Sunday’s Strength is ISO-Sore Day!

See you in the gym!

Charlie

  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Footwork
  • 8pm Level 2 Time Trials: Fast Paced Weaving
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Turn Swings
  • 7pm Level 2 Time Trials: Side Flips
  • 5:30pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Level changes
  • 7:30pm Level 1 Skill: Bracchiation
  • 6pm Level 1 Skill: Contralateral Vaults
  • 6pm Level 2 Skill: Kongs!
  • 7pm Strength: Max Rep Day
  • 8pm Mobility: Full Body Rolling
  • 11am Level 1 Skill: Bilateral Vaults
  • 1pm Level 2 Skill: Vertical Jumps – Tacs and Plyos
  • 1pm Level 1 Skill: Tacs
  • 2pm Strength: ISO-Sore Day
  • 3pm Mobility: Long Holds
  • 6pm Level 1 Movement Circuits: Perpetual Vaults
  • 8pm Level 2 Acro: Side/Front Flips
By |2020-02-04T17:24:16-05:00February 4th, 2020|Curriculum|Comments Off on Weekly Curriculum – Feb 3 to 10