Movement Training for Humans

NATURAL MOVEMENT CLASSES IN SEATTLE​

Notice:

EMP IN-PERSON EVENTS ARE ON PAUSE ⏸️

Due to the changing situation with COVID-19, our in-person classes, workshops, and other live vents are on pause until further notice. Find out more about our status and how we’re responding here. 

But there’s good news! Our Intro to Natural Parkour (INP) course is 100% online and can be safely adapted to your environment. It’s a great way to learn the skills and tools to keep our movement practice alive during times when we need it most.

EMP WEEKEND MOVEMENT SEMINARS

Want to reclaim your flow, grace, power, and joy in movement? Join us for our weekly movement training classes in Seattle. Our movement and parkour training classes will help you reconnect you to your body, to the natural world, and to a tribe of like-minded individuals. You will become stronger, faster, more fluid, and precise in movement.

WHERE: JOIN US EVERY SATURDAY AT VOLUNTEER PARK IN SEATTLE!

In the Seattle and Capitol Hill area, we are fortunate to have parks and public spaces with tons of amazing trees, rocks, small hills, flora, and fauna. It’s a truly dynamic and enriching place to practice natural movement and connect with nature in general. Our Seattle parkour training classes are taught at beautiful Volunteer Park, home of the sprawling cedars featured in several of our most popular natural parkour videos like Treerunner.

Disclaimer – This is nothing like your average gym workout

Sure, you’ll get in your cardio, conditioning, and strength training. But EMP is so much more than group training and exercising. Each week, we will cover the following facets of a natural movement practice to support your overall health, wellness, and personal goals:

WHAT YOU’LL DO AT EMP’S NATURAL MOVEMENT CLASSES IN SEATTLE

Disclaimer - This is nothing like your average gym workout! 

Sure, you’ll get in your cardio, conditioning, and strength training. But EMP is so much more than group training and exercising. Each week, we will cover the following facets of a natural movement practice to support your overall health, wellness, and personal goals:

NATURAL PARKOUR

What exactly is natural parkour? Our bodies evolved to move through complex natural terrain. Many movement arts are derived from the basic capacities we evolved over millions of years in the natural world. For example, swinging on the high bar, dancing on poles, or playing on the rings, even rock climbing, primarily derive from our evolution as tree-climbing animals!. Of all the movement arts, natural parkour is the closest to the primal roots of how we evolved to move. At Evolve Move Play, we have taken the basic techniques and principles of parkour and adapted them to moving through nature, going one step further back toward moving like a human.

ROUGHHOUSING

Roughhousing or rough & tumble play is one of the most fundamental forms of play. Roughhousing is a drive that is deeply set in our neurobiology and a form of play that helps us develop body maps, coordination, agility, strength, mobility, and beyond. Physiological development is key for developing courage, sensitivity, negotiation and communication skills. And roughhousing with other humans in a natural environment promotes this physiological development fully.

JOINT INTEGRITY & HEALTH PRACTICES

Our sedentary lifestyles can cause the joints to atrophy. Often when we train, we simply route around dysfunctional joints resulting in movement dysfunction. To move like a human, you need to recover joints that can allow for real movement and increased range of movement. We focus in every class on basic drills to maintain and develop the health of the joints to support the rest of our practice and our long-term health.

DYNAMIC MOVEMENT GAMES

The world is a complex and ever-changing game. Through training our perceptual and cognitive systems using complex movement challenges that involve reaching, catching, and throwing, we can help refine those capacities. Dynamic movement games train us to better understand the nature of being able to move well through the world.

ALL FITNESS LEVELS WELCOME!

Do you want to get into functional fitness training in Seattle OUTSIDE in nature?

Do you want to become more agile and fit?

You don’t have to be familiar with natural movement or natural parkour training to join us!

Our natural movement classes are some of the best outdoor activities in Seattle! Everyone from beginners to martial artists and personal trainers love to move with us. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME. Plus, cultivating physical fitness represents just one facet of our movement practice. At Evolve Move Play, we’re here to support all your aims on your quest for personal development:

  • Health and fitness goals
  • Mental health goals
  • Human connection
  • Nature connection
  • Self-transformation
  • Intellectual curiosity and
  • stimulation
  • Outlets for fun and play
  • And more!

What are you waiting for? Come move with us!

Questions?

Have questions about our Seattle parkour training classes, natural movement, or the Evolve Move Play method? Check out our FAQ page or drop us a line.

Don’t put your movement practice on hold

We created our ONLINE Intro to Natural Parkour (INP) course with COVID in mind to keep you moving and grooving safely.

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