Feet First Into Fitness: Hardcore Parkour

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New Jersey Magazine


August 4, 2014


One of these days, Ross Donolow might leap a tall building in a single bound. For now, he’s content to swing among the ropes and horizontal bars of Pinnacle Parkour Academy in Cherry Hill.

“I’d much rather do this than lift a dumbbell 20 times,” says Donolow, a windsurfer, kiteboarder and competitive runner from Philadelphia who plunged into the French discipline known as parkour about a year ago.

Although rooted in military obstacle-course training, parkour caught on among civilians as an unfettered street activity in recent decades, with participants scaling walls, vaulting over railings and leaping…

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