Tempest Freerunning – Urban Acrobatics – Sweat Inc., Season 1

Tempest Freerunning – Urban Acrobatics – Sweat Inc., Season 1


My name is Paul Darnell,
I’m the founder of
Tempest Freerunning. While in college,
I started doing some research and found out there
weren’t any freerunning
companies out there, and so I came up
with Tempest Freerunning. Although freerunning
originated from parkour, they are two completely
different practices. Parkour focuses on getting
from point A to point B in the most efficient way
possible. Freerunning is actually about
the freedom of movement, creating an aesthetically
pleasing journey that involves acrobatics
and other tricks. How many people
do freerunning? It’s interesting.
It is growing
so much throughout the years. Every major city
has gyms now. Business: What’s your plan?
Where are you at? There’s two studios,
gyms that we designed specifically dedicated
to freerunning instruction. And how long have you been
operating these studios? The first studio has been open,
now, in operation for 4 years. Okay, so. Okay, so it’s mature.
That’s a nice proof of concept. All right. I’m ready to try
this. Are you guys ready? I’ll just take you through
kind of what freerunning is, about expressing yourself
through movement. Tempest Freerunning
is a total body workout because you’re going to be
training arms, midsection, the legs. The first section
is moving just on the floor, then we’re going to move
into a skill-based section. You’re gonna vault
over one of the blocks. We will be starting
at basic levels, but there’s this much higher level that you
can achieve if you stick with this discipline. So, we’re gonna move
down to what we call
quadripedal movement. We’re going to crawl
on our hands and toes. I love this because
it’s core, shoulders, it’s chest, it’s quads. Check your heart rate.
He’s at 140. That took, what,
30 seconds? So, what we’re going
to move on to is vaults. Okay, so we’ll walk
into this one. Okay. Hand, foot,
step through and down. Okay, this is definitely fun,
that’s for sure. Freerunning is an intense
workout on every level, but the moves
are very difficult. I’m not sure
the average person starting to exercise
is going to get very far. So, let me put together
a little course that we can go through. Follow me. All the way.
Bring it home. You got it. My heart’s 130
in about 30 seconds. ( gasping ) This is definitely
a total body workout, but I’m not sure everybody could do these
kind of exercises. If I was to give a negative,
it would be this. I see it working
in a very specific niche, and it’s boutique only. Hey, you’re talking
body weight. You’re talking functional
movement. I mean, that’s right in our zone
at TRX. The one thing that I will say,
it’s only a negative to the extent
that we’re talking the next great scalable
fitness phenomenon, but that doesn’t mean that
it ain’t a great business. What are your thoughts
on innovating to that degree, where you don’t
need a studio? That’s something
that I have thought about because you can do freerunning
anywhere. The thing would be is focusing more
on the exact fitness side, limiting the amount of skill
someone learns and doing more repetitions
and the more basic things that will build a solid body. All right, guys.
On to the next entrepreneur. After demonstrating
my workout to the judges, I have to say
I’m a little on edge. I think people
learn so many skills and have a lot of fun doing it,
so do the judges want just a calorie burner,
or do they want to learn some actual skills
and build some strength?

One comment

  1. I am excited to finally see my episode next Tuesday November 17th on Spike T.V. Meeting Paul and being trained by him personally was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life.

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