New! Member Referral Program

Movement is more fun when it’s shared and we’re making it even easier to share with your friends, co-workers, or class mates!

We’re making changes to our referral program. Starting today, referring new members to RocPK can get you huge discounts on your membership!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Tell your friends, co-workers, or class mates about Rochester Parkour and that you can get them a referral discount off membership
  2. Have your friend ask for a referral membership with your name and you’ll BOTH receive 25% off any full priced membership!

If they’ve never been to a class before, they’ll still be able to use their free trial.

We think that this is an excellent way for our members to feel empowered sharing their experience with RocPK. As a small business, it’s a challenge trying to combat the advertising budgets that big corporations have. Word of mouth is the most powerful and valuable form of advertising for small businesses, and we’re willing to thank you for that value with discounts on your membership.

There are a few details to know about:

  • Discounts and referrals can only be applied on full priced memberships – add on memberships don’t count
  • Referral discounts will be applied to current members on their next up-coming membership payment and cannot be retroactively applied
  • Discounts can absolutely be stacked! Refer multiple families, get multiple discounts. (e.g. if you have an $80/mo membership and refer 4 unique families in the same month, your next membership is FREE!)

If you have any other questions about how this program operates or functions, shoot us an email to info@rochesterparkour.com and one of our admins will help.

By |2019-09-05T11:21:56-05:00September 5th, 2019|News|Comments Off on New! Member Referral Program

RocPK 3.0 Move Day is Set!

We’ve officially been given the go ahead to start moving into our new space this coming Thursday, July 11th!

It’s been a long time coming and the move got pushed several times due to unforeseen factors, but this move means that we’ll be up and ready for action on Monday July 15th!

Official move day is Thursday which means we’ve gone ahead and canceled all Thursday classes through end of day Sunday the 14th, but it’s possible that contractors will be done in our space by the end of the work day on Wednesday. If that’s the case, we’ll be alerting everyone through our newsletter for the last minute closures of our Movement Circuits, Youth level 1, and our Adult level 1 classes. Kids and Tiny’s classes will be held as normal on Wednesday, no matter what.

The new space is really starting to pull together. Our beautiful new full pane windows were installed last week and they’re a real game changer for us.

We also have three times as many super bright LED lights!

Our front entrance won’t be completely done getting the same beautiful brick that our current entrance has by Monday, so any one coming to class will still use our current (old) entrance and will walk through our current space to the door in the back. We’ll let you know when the new entrance is available for use. The new entrance is going to be gorgeous though and we’ll have a nice big window that looks directly out into it.

Thanks again to all you amazing community members who have been patient with us during all this craziness! We appreciate you greatly and we’re excited to be able to have a space that can be more accommodating and better in every way for you and your family!

-RocPK

By |2019-07-06T12:35:00-05:00July 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on RocPK 3.0 Move Day is Set!

RocPK 3.0 Learn Skills, Not Fear Fundraiser

The Rochester Parkour Gym is about to get a HUGE make-over! This means more space, more equipment, and more activities!

Unfortunately, it also means more expense…

When we introduced RocPK 2.0 back in the Spring of 2014, we started an Indiegogo fundraiser to offer the ability for our amazing community members to help off set the unexpected costs that were going to take place from the move. Now that we’re 5 years older, we also think we’re 5 years more mature and responsible and have decided that another crowd-funding event isn’t necessary for us.

At the same time, many of you have been asking how you can help with the move and what you can do to help. While we still don’t know specifics on when exactly we’ll be moving or how much we’ll need volunteers, we’ve come up with a fun way for you to help us offset unexpected costs while also getting more awesome swag!

Introducing the Learn Skills, Not Fear T-Shirt!

A t-shirt that embodies the spirit of Parkour!

So many people in today’s society go through life feeling trapped by their own bodies! This becomes exasperated by a fitness culture that has grown to idolize how someone looks rather than how someone moves. This trapped feeling builds and builds and soon becomes an illness of perpetual self-doubt that comes to life every time a person sees something and instantly says, “I couldn’t do that,” having never tried.

Parkour is the antidote for this systemic epidemic on today’s society. Through training movements, we become more capable, more balanced, more agile, stronger, and more adept. Each individual skill is a thread and the more skills we learn, the more these threads weave themselves together to become the strongest safety net we will ever have. It’s a safety net that is always in place, ready to catch you when life throws you a curve ball. It’s a safety net that is invisible to everyone but you and it’s also a safety net that can never be bought – it must be earned.

You have this safety net. Now tell the world how they can own one, too. Learn skills, not fear.

Specifications:
Athletic Wear Sport-Tek 100% Polyester Tee
Shirt Color: Iron Grey
Adult Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Gilded Fundraiser Option

If you’re interested in helping us ensure that our move expenses are met and our instructors stay fed, you can pre-order one (or lots!) of these t-shirts. There are two ways to purchase these shirts:

  • Standard: $20, standard white ink on front and back
  • Gilded: $45, premium gold ink on front

Choosing to gild your t-shirt not only helps support the gym and our instructors during this time of challenge, it also makes your new t-shirt POP!

Gilded Learn Skills, Not Fear t-shirts will never happen again once pre-orders are done!!!

How to Order

  • 2. Choose the style (gilded or non-gilded) and change the quantity for however many you’d like to pre-order

  • 3. Tell us what size(s) you need in the Notes section at the bottom of the order form before you submit the order!

By |2019-05-31T13:30:28-05:00May 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on RocPK 3.0 Learn Skills, Not Fear Fundraiser

Big Changes coming to RocPK Adult Programs!

While our big announcement of RocPK 3.0 is easily visualized with the physical change of locations, we also have big plans for changing how RocPK operates and how our members (and the public) interact and participate in our services. Of these operational changes, we’ve decided to evolve the way that our Adult Programs function.

There are many ways to experience and train Parkour: slow and methodical, fast and dynamic, or physically and mentally complex. There are absolutely reasons why someone may be drawn to only one aspect of those styles, but there’s also a lot to be gained by exploring all of them too.

RocPK’s Level program was designed to keep Level 1 curriculum mostly slow and methodical, while also providing a venue for beginner students to build their technical foundations as well as their strength and coordination. We designed the Level 2 program to house curriculum that mostly explores fast, dynamic, and technically and mentally complex movements. For safety, we’ve required students to pass their Level Test before gaining entry into the Level 2 classes.

In addition to that, our reluctance to advertise class curriculum ahead of time was a philosophical decision to remove a student’s ability to abstain from class curriculum that, while good for their movement education, they might abstain from simply because they don’t like it.

With 8 years of teaching experience under our belt, we’ve come to understand that this system is no longer the best way to function. We want to create an environment where our Level 2 students understand that just because they’re Level 2, doesn’t mean that there’s nothing left to learn from a Level 1 class. We want to create an environment where Level 1 students don’t think that all fast and dynamic styles of movement are equally as unattainable until they pass all aspects of their Level Test. We also want to create an environment that puts the power of choice and responsibility back into the hands of our students.

Given all of these wants, effective this week, the Adult requirement of passing the Level Test is no more. Instead, those ‘requirements’ will be downgraded to ‘guideline recommendations’.

Additionally, we’ve decided to cease our practice of never announcing curriculum ahead of time.

What we hope to accomplish with this change is to give our students (as well as prospective students) the ability to custom tailor their experience with RocPK classes. Perhaps you’re a Level 2 student, but it’s been a while since you’ve been to a class that just focuses on the basics of contralateral vaults. That student will now be able to locate and find a Level 1 class that fits that desire. Perhaps you’re a Level 1 student, and while you have yet to completely pass your Level Test, you see a Level 2 class with a Muscle Up focus and you’ve been interested in knowing more what drills and exercises you can practice to help you obtain that skill. That Level 1 student can now make an informed choice for themselves whether or not they can benefit from being a participant in this class. Finally, perhaps you’re a climber, crossfitter, or overall physically athletic individual and you see something on the Level 2 curriculum that catches your eye. No more will those prospective students need to perform, film, and apply for entry to Level 2 classes before being accepted.

With this change, we’d also to explicitly state three things:

  • Level 1 tier classes will ALWAYS adapt curriculum to the athletic restrictions of participating students
  • Level 2 tier classes will NEVER GUARANTEE adapted curriculum to the athletic restrictions of participating students
  • These changes ONLY apply to our Adult Programs. RocPK Youth Programs will continue to function as they have in the past.

Starting this today, RocPK will begin announcing all curriculum focuses for all Adult technique classes on Sundays via our website blog and social media (Instagram/Facebook). Our first blog post is already live if you want to see what is being offered this week!

-RocPK Team

By |2019-04-29T12:52:25-05:00April 29th, 2019|Featured, News|Comments Off on Big Changes coming to RocPK Adult Programs!

RocPK 3.0! We’re Moving…. sort of?

TL;DR – We’re moving next door and getting more space. Yay!

This month, Rochester Parkour turned 8 years old! It seems so long and so short all at the same time, but in those 8 years, RocPK has had two distinct major updates. One was our opening and then, 5 years ago, Rochester Parkour uprooted from its first home on Lincoln Ave and moved across town to our beautiful 1344 University Ave location. Everything about the space really fit with who we were and it helped us flourish. We called it RocPK 2.0.

RocPK 1.0RocPK 2.0

Today we’re happy to finally announce that we’ve come to an agreement with our current landlord to acquire some more (much needed) space for all of you awesome members! It will require us to close down and move our objects, just like before. However, whereas 5 years ago we broke down the gym and moved it from the West side of Rochester to the East side, this time we’ll be moving them a grand total of…. 100 feet!

Well, 116 feet to be precise. As many of you have noticed, Core Athletix (the cheerleader gym) moved out a couple of months ago and that space has remained vacant since. While we can’t feasibly take on the entire 10,000 sqft space, we’ll be upgrading from 3,300 sqft to 4,600 sqft.

The entrance to the space is getting a face lift just like our front entrance did when we moved into our current space. That reality also means that we don’t yet have a specific move date, but we can assure you that we will be as forthcoming as possible once we know exactly when the move date will be and how it will affect our class schedule. We are devoted to ensure there is as little down time as possible.

Our last move was extremely challenging, but we were so appreciative and humbled by all the members who reached out offering to volunteer and help in any way. We love the community here! As mentioned before, if you’re interested in lending a hand, we’ll be communicating out information on move dates and volunteer opportunities as we get closer.

We’re excited to grow into the new space and we’ll be sharing out small updates on the construction and build out as it happens through our Instagram and facebook accounts, so be on the lookout for those.

Thanks for 8 years of continued support!

By |2019-04-26T15:40:45-05:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on RocPK 3.0! We’re Moving…. sort of?

Introducing: The Strehle AirTrick!

One of the defining characteristics of our establishment is the near complete absence of soft, squishy things. We call it The Ridgid Environment and our students have learned to embrace it as one of the most important teachers they’ll ever have. The world that surrounds us is not soft or squishy and we see the over prevalence of soft surfaces at playgrounds and gyms as something that fosters poor movement habits and unhealthy technique.

With that said, there’s still definitely a lot that can be learned from trampolines or spring floors when used the right way. We’ve been debating this addition for quite some time, but the real push came when our beloved instructor Devin Strehle accepted his new job in Denver, CO.

Before leaving, Devin left a sizable donation to the gym specifically for this purpose. As a thanks, and so as to ensure that his love for flips, tricks, and acrobatic maneuvers could continue, we’ve named the mat in his honor.

What is an AirTrick?

If you’ve never heard of an AirTrick or have never used one, we’d like to first explain what it is not.

The AirTrick is not a landing mat…

Instead, the AirTrick is a training tool that is something inbetween a normal gymnastics spring floor and a small (read: not super bouncy) trampoline. The mat itself is 13 feet wide by 26 feet long and its rebounding capabilities will greatly enhance the acrobatic desires of our students.

Tumbling can now be trained more easily and more safely with the use of this mat and the concept of bailing on a flip, while still not desirable, will be a lot easier to allow.

As the name suggests, this mat is inflatable – it can be inflated in about 20 minutes and it can also be deflated in roughly 5 minutes and folded up to take up no more than 20sqft. That means that for us and our small foot print of a gym, the mat will not always be inflated so that we can still utilize the square footage of the cubby when we need it.

Rules of Participation and Apparel Restrictions

The inflatable nature of this mat also means there are a few restrictions on how we allow students to use it. Restrictions are as follows:

  • No shoes allowed (even indoor shoes)
  • Socks only (no bare feet). They do not need to be the specialized rubbery socks that you find at trampoline parks, but if you have them, by all means, feel free to bring and use them
  • Absolutely no metal or plastic on clothing, whatsoever – zippers, snaps, buttons, rivets, or anything else
  • No items or accessories  in pockets or on the body (such as glasses or jewelry)
  • Participants are limited to practicing or training skills and techniques that they’ve been taught by an instructor. Just because this mat can be used for acrobatics, doesn’t mean you should try any acrobatics without the proper knowledge or instruction.

AirTrick Availability and Schedule

If you are interested in utilizing this new tool, the schedule** is as follows:

  • *Mondays 5pm – 8pm & 9pm – 9:30pm
  • Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Saturdays 2pm – 5pm

*Priority for the AirTrick will always be given to the Acro Class on Mondays from 8pm – 9pm, but there may be days that the class will not be utilizing the mat.

**The schedule as stated is preliminary and subject to change. We welcome any and all feedback to ensure that the gym space works for you, whether that includes the new AirTrick or does not.

Currently, the only plans we have for the actual use of the mat will be for Mixed Open Gym times. This is, in part, due to the fact that we do not further restrict the clothing and apparel choices of our students past the indoor shoe requirement. This means our instructors cannot plan an entire class’ curriculum around the AirTrick, given the possible scenario of one of our students showing up in jeans (or other restricted apparel item), without a change of clothing, that would result in their non-participation.

While not guaranteed, use of the AirTrick for warmups, technique training, or other various drills could be made of use by our instructors should the entire class of students satisfy the apparel restrictions.

Final Thoughts

The AirTrick is an excellent way to play around with techniques and tricks that would otherwise be a challenge to learn due to the possibility of bails – things like handstands, dive rolls, flips, handsprings, kip ups, or other dynamic techniques that could result in a hard impact on the floor. Obviously, most of these endeavours might seem either too challenging for you and where you are on your movement journey right now or may not be something that interests you.

At the same time, this mat can also just serve as a great way to build lower body strength and power by simply jumping on it for a set period of time, practicing broad jumps without all the impact the floor provides, practicing dynamic QM techniques like monkey jumps or ground kongs, or any other simple bouncing drills. Instructor Charles will be using the RocPK Instagram and our ZenPlanner Workouts site to create a database of helpful drills and exercises that can be done on the mat suitable for all skill levels. Those videos should be coming out later this week.

We’re excited to be including this item into our new “Bag o’ Tricks” (pun intended) and we’re excited to see you all use it to enhance your training. Let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding the mat, its use, or anything else.

Sincerely,

The RocPK Team

By |2018-11-21T23:32:14-05:00October 22nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Introducing: The Strehle AirTrick!

Introducing – Family Plans!

The Background

Of our ~250 families, more than half are currently on one of our membership plans. We see this as huge win for us not only as a community, but also as a small business. The membership tiers give our students the best value for their budget and also make our job scheduling, coordinating, and offering classes and services easier. It’s a win-win.

Additionally, ever since we introduced the membership plans nearly 7 years ago, the “Family Discount” of 25% off each additional plan has afforded even more savings to most families. Most, not all.

This Fall, RocPK is looking to change that and make it even easier for families to choose Rochester Parkour as one of their main fitness and recreational outlets by making it way more affordable!

New Family Plans!

Starting September 1st, 2018, Rochester Parkour will be adding in additional discounted memberships for families looking to add 3 or more people to a membership. These discounts could mean $20/month savings, but could also be upwards of hundreds of dollars for some of our larger families!

The discount tiers couldn’t be more simple:

  • 1st Membership – Full Price (no change from current membership plans)
  • 2nd Membership – 25% Off (no change from current membership plans)
  • 3rd Membership – 50% Off
  • 4th+ Membership(s) – 75% Off

These new memberships are just additions to our Membership program, they are NOT replacing them. If you are currently on membership, nothing is going to change. If you have less than 2 people in your family and are interested in membership, nothing is going change, either. You will continue to be able to set up membership plans on your own through our Zen Planner site and will be able to add on additional memberships at the 25% off tier.

Examples

5 Person Family w/ Everyone on 5x/Month

5 Person Family Old Price New Price
Person 1 $80 – 5x/month  $80 – 5x/month
Person 2  $60 – 5x/month  $60 – 5x/month
Person 3  $60 – 5x/month  $40 – 5x/month
Person 4  $60 – 5x/month  $20 – 5x/month
Person 5  $60 – 5x/month  $20 – 5x/month
Total  $320  $220 ($100 Savings!)

Mix & Match! 5 Person Family on Different Membership Tiers

5 Person Family Old Price New Price
Person 1 $115 – All Access  $115 – All Access
Person 2  $71.25 – 8x/month  $71.25 – 8x/month
Person 3  $71.25 – 8x/month  $47.50 – 8x/month
Person 4  $60 – 5x/month  $20 – 5x/month
Person 5  $60 – 5x/month  $20 – 5x/month
Total  $377.50  $273.75 ($103.75 Savings)

5 Person Family on All Access Plans

5 Person Family Old Price New Price
Person 1 $115 – All Access  $115 – All Access
Person 2  $86.25 – All Access  $86.25 – All Access
Person 3 $86.25 – All Access  $57.50 – All Access
Person 4 $86.25 – All Access  $28.75 – All Access
Person 5 $86.25 – All Access  $28.75 – All Access
Total  $460  $316.25 ($143.75 Savings!)

Plan Features/Requirements

In order for us to offer these new Family Plans, we’ve had to make some changes regarding the user experience in order to ensure that everything is set up correctly. One of these compromises is that in order to create your family’s plan, you must have a RocPK Staff Member set it up for you either in person at the front desk, over the phone, or through email. Besides that here’s a brief overview of how these plans functions:

  • Every 3+ person Family Plan must be set up by a RocPK Staff Member
  • Every Family Plan is set to auto-renew on the 1st of every month
  • Families can set up their plan at any time and our system will prorate the memberships based on when they begin. After that, the total amount will always be billed on the 1st of the month.
  • Each family member can have their choice between a 5x, 8x, or All Access Plan
  • The highest tiered plans will always be set up ahead of lower tier plans
  • Families can upgrade or downgrade individual plans at any time during a month by RocPK Staff
  • Minimum 1 full monthly cycle – RocPK cannot set up a prorated plan and cancel it before the next bill goes through.
  • As usual, there is no set up fee, no contracts to sign, and no termination fees. Retroactive cancellations and refunds are subject to a 20% refund fee.

Fill out the form below to request more information on setting up your customized plan!

By |2018-11-21T23:32:14-05:00August 10th, 2018|Featured, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Introducing – Family Plans!

New Gym Layout, New Gym Challenges!

Very few things in life are immutable. Here at Rochester Parkour, we’re proud to have created an environment that represents the ephemeral nature of life – things evolve, adapt, and inevitably change.

Two week ago the gym underwent another major layout redesign in time for our Summer Camps:

We’ve begun the process of creating and adding new challenges to project during Open Gym. For those of you missed our last blog post about our new workout features, click here to learn about it!

As is still the case, you’ll need to head over to our ZenPlanner site via a Mobile Browser in order for the Instagram links to work. The ZenPlanner url is listed below:

https://rochesterparkour.zenplanner.com

Once there, hit the “Workouts” button and then click on the day of the Open Gym to be presented with this page:

The first section you’ll see will be generic recommendations on how to spend your time during Open Gym.

This section will change semi-frequently, but it’s possible that it will be the same from one day to the next.

This section will typically have no tracking features and is basically just word text to help guide and inspire you to be creative and move on your own, however, any time you see an exercise that is bolded, it means that this exercise exists in our database and progress, reps, or scores can be tracked for them.

The second section will be where all of our challenges will be housed.

These challenges have been curated by RocPK as fun, interesting, or particularly challenging feats that are great ways to hone various skills or track progress and proficiency.

Challenges will always be accompanied by a short video that can be accessed by clicking on the blue title.

Nearly every challenge will have a full-speed view as well as a slow motion view to help you better comprehend what is involved in the challenge.

Submit Your Own Challenges!

Students may absolutely submit their own challenges to us!

Take a short video (landscape view, as little camera pan as possible, and ideally 60 frames per second or more if possible) of you completing a short challenge that isn’t already listed.

Rules for submission:

  • May only use permanent layout features of the new layout (e.g. no vault boxes, balance bars, or other piece of equipment that would need to be moved or set up)
  • Combination tasks will be considered as Challenges (e.g. Jump to Cat, Underbar to Precision, or Jump to Lache to Cat)
  • Sequence patterns incorporating 3 or more movements/skills will be considered as Movement Lines and will be given a number, if approved by RocPK
  • Movement Line submissions must be less than 8 moves long
  • Climbing challenges may be submitted so long as they can be completed in 30 seconds or less and stay in only one gym zone (e.g. a climbing course that uses the Tunnel and the new bar cage may be accepted, while a climbing course that starts at the Tunnel and continues all the way to the Rock or then to the City may be denied as it takes up too much space)

If you want to submit a challenge or movement line, find the Open Gym Supervisor and ask them to either help you video it or ask how to go about getting it in our hands so we can review it and post it.

By |2018-11-21T23:32:14-05:00July 24th, 2018|Featured, News, Parkour Training|Comments Off on New Gym Layout, New Gym Challenges!

Introducing: Workout Tracking!

A new way to experience all that Rochester Parkour has to offer! Motivate, inspire, and track all that you do inside (and possibly outside) the gym with Zen Planner’s Workout Tracking feature set.

Currently, the full functionality is only accessible through your phone’s mobile browser because most of what we do is visual and hard to describe through text alone. In order to be able to click links and be taken to a video of a challenge, exercise, or drill, you must first head to https://rochesterparkour.zenplanner.com.

Once there, you’ll need to login to your account and you’ll be able to check any workouts that have been added to an Open Gym or other session and you can also track your own progress for any of our listed benchmarks like push ups, pull ups, max length bar hang, and many more!

We’re really excited for what this can do to enhance your experience with and at Rochester Parkour. This entire system is still in the works and there’s a lot more that we want to be able to do with it.

As always, feel free to let us know what you think about this new system or what you’d like to see added to this system to make it more accessible for you or to help motivate you more to move, progress. and become a stronger mover.

Have fun!

RocPK Staff

By |2018-11-21T23:32:14-05:00June 14th, 2018|News, Parkour Training|Comments Off on Introducing: Workout Tracking!

RocPK’s 2016 Halloween Gorilla Gauntlet!

Halloween is coming… and so is this year’s Halloween Gorilla Gauntlet!

The Gorilla Gauntlet is an obstacle course unlike any other, designed to test your strength, speed, stamina, and skill. Rochester Parkour will be hosting two separate events – one adult course and one for kids and teens.

These courses work differently than most you’ve seen on tv or have done elsewhere. Our courses allow you to choose your own course difficulty on the fly to scale to your unique athletic ability. This means that ANYONE, regardless of athletic prowess, can participate and enjoy the challenge of our obstacle course.

Adult Gorilla Gauntlet
Friday Oct. 28th6-8pm
Ages 18+
Open to the public

Kids & Teens Gorilla Gauntlet
Sunday Oct. 30th4:30-6:30pm
Ages 6+
Ages 4+ permitted with parenthelper if actively enrolled in our Tinies classes!
Open to the public

Costumes encouraged! We are giving away prizes to the best 2; Juststeer clear of excessively loose clothing that could impede your climbing abilities! This event is free to watch and $15/person to participate. Members are only $10. Spots are limited so enroll early! See you all there!

By |2016-10-19T13:24:13-05:00October 19th, 2016|News, The Gym|Comments Off on RocPK’s 2016 Halloween Gorilla Gauntlet!