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True Life – Brianna Guy!

Brianna started gymnasts at the age of four after her parents noticed her running about the house, doing flips off the couch or on her bed, and rolling about. Her mom decided that channeling all that energy and taking classes would be a good fit, the rest is history.… Read more
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Featured Athlete – Kate De Gaetano

The french speaking Kate De Gaetano aka The Ginger Ninja, is from
Saint James New York. She found Urbanevo Alexandria after she was
stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland. Joining at a young 30 something,
originally for the gymnastics, Kate has been an active member in the
parkour, aerials, and gymnastic programs for a year.… Read more

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UE Parkour helps 8th grader make high school softball team

Check out this letter from 8th grade UE member Skylar, an inspiring green band ninja whose parkour practice helped her make the high school softball team!
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Parkour has been a big part of my life since I started in the beginning of 7th grade.… Read more
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Let motion be your lotion – An arthritic’s tale of movement!

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Finally, some words of wisdom from Queen Kong, aka Nancy Lorentz:

“Osteoarthritis is causing the weakness and pain. I’ll write you a prescription to help with the pain, but you’re going to have to learn to live with it and this decreased physical ability.” These were the words my doctor said to me less than a year ago after I lost all strength, yet gained searing pains and numbness in my arms, wrists, and fingers.… Read more

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True Life: A Gymnast Who Does Parkour! Vitja Padilla

… I consciously started slowing my breathing and tightening my back, but also relaxing the rest of my body to calm down a bit. Then I focus my eyes on the bouncing surface ahead of me and explosively levitate my body into a lounge position that in essence would allow my power hurdle create the force that would launch my 144 lbs body high in the air, and like magic, I would connect a 360 rotation through the axis of my body to the flight while doing a lay-out 6 feet above the track surface and reach a state of pure human-powered flying bliss…

But I didn’t get there this time.… Read more

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True Life: Zack Golub

Name: Zachary Golub
Age: 9
Nickname: Zack
Hometown: Baltimore MD
Which UE location do you go to? Baltimore
What is you favorite activity at Urban Evolution? Cat leaps
When did you join the Urban Evolution? August 2013
What are your goals for 2013? Read more

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True Life: I joined Urban Evolution – Nancy Lorentz

Name: Nancy Lorentz
Age: 50
Nickname:
Hometown: City of Brotherly Love

Got any hobbies besides being a momja and a locker lifting beast?
Reading, hiking, cooking
What’s your favorite skill to work on while at UE? Flow

What motivates you? Soon enough, my kids will put me in a nursing home.… Read more

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Featured Athlete: Jason Yusko (Co-Owner, Polar Fitness)

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Name:  Jason Yusko

Age:   34

Nickname: Never had one. Never gave it much thought until you posed this question. Hmmm…

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

When did you join the Urban Evolution?

I joined UE about a year and a half ago.

How did Polar Fitness get started?

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True Life: I joined Urban Evolution a Father and Son story

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Marvin: 35
Ren: 6

Nickname:
Marvin: None
Ren: None

Hometown:
Both: Woodbridge

What is you favorite activity at Urban Evolution
Marvin: This is tough because there’s so much that I enjoy about the place. If I have to pick one, it would probably be vaults.… Read more

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True Life: I joined Urban Evolution- NWNVII winner Adam Grossman

Name: Adam Grossman
Age: 29
Nickname: Marty (after Marty Glickman, a standout athlete at Syracuse in the 1930s)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Got any hobbies besides being a Ninja?
Outside of training, I really enjoy fishing. I used to fish with my grandfather as a kid and still do so today.… Read more

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True Life: Jonas and Bruce be Flippin’

Name:
Bruce Henderson & Jonas Neihardt

Age:
Bruce 28, Jonas 12

Nickname:
Bruce: Juice Man, Jonas: Air Jonas

Hometown:
Bruce: New Orleans, lives in Springfield VA

Jonas: Old Town Alexandria, VA

Favorite Activity at Urban Evolution:
Bruce: Freerunning/ Tricking class

Jonas: Flow, Basically everything

Why do you come to UE?… Read more

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True Life: I Joined Urban Evolution- Cassie Jones

Name: Cassanndra Jones
Age:13
Nickname: Cassie
Hometown:Woodbridge,VA
What is you favorite activity at Urban Evolution?
Parkour,what else?
Why do you come to UE?
I needed a PE activity,and I didn’t want to compete,so I chose Parkour. It turned out to be really fun,and I enjoy it a lot!… Read more

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True Life- I joined Urban Evolution Aerialist Sarah Mansur

Name: Sarah
Age: 28
Nickname: V
Hometown: centreville, va
What is you favorite activity at Urban Evolution?
Aerial silks
Why do you come to UE?
UE provides a fun and friendly atmosphere. I never feel rushed or like I am “working out.” Aerial silks allows me to get into a zone and learn a skill I never thought I could.… Read more

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True Life: We joined Urban Evolution by Lam Family

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Name: 

Mom-Jean (J), Daughter- Cara (C) , Son-Tyler (T)

Age: 

J—48

C—13

T–17

Nickname:

Hometown: 

Fairfax Station, VA

What  is your favorite activity at Urban Evolution

C: Aerial Silks

J:  Aerials Silks and parkour

T: Parkour

When did you join the Urban Evolution?Read more

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True Life: The 401PK Stars Share What’s On Their Mind…

Check out what Elizabeth, Nancy and Jerry have to say about their Parkour Experience
Q1. What is your advice to aspiring younger and older members who want to try parkour?
Nancy: My advice is to “go for it!” No matter what your age, you get to know your strengths and limitations very quickly.… Read more
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True Life: I Joined Urban Evolution by Rafael Raval

Name: Rafael Raval
Age: 38
Nickname: Raff
Hometown: Originally Manila Philippines but I’ve lived in Arlington, VA most of my life

What is your favorite activity at Urban Evolution
Parkour

When did you join the Urban Evolution?
Hmm.. That’s a good question.… Read more

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True Life – I Joined Urban Evolution- Elizabeth Noguchi

Name: Elizabeth Noguchi
Age: Far side of 50, short of 60
Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Classes take at Urban Evolution:
I’ve taken the mandatory introduction classes to Parkour and Urban Fit. I have every intention of taking the intro to Parkour again.… Read more

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NInja Warrior Night V – 2011 Winner Justin Frevert

True Life: I Am A Ninja Warrior Night Champion

Winner of NWNV-2011at UE

This month’s athlete spotlight features Justin Frevert, the winner of the last Ninja Warrior night! He was the recipient of a pretty sweet ninja sword and bragging rights till the at least the next competition.… Read more

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True Life: Shyam Deolalikar

 

Back in June of 2011 I got the following email:

“Hey Salil,
I am a complete beginner to parkour I was inspired by this guy. I am 243 pounds 6 feet tall recently lost 12 pounds but have alot more to go
about 17% body fat.Read more
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True Life: Emma Zayer

Here’s our second edition of True Life, UE style, where we feature new members’ reflections on his or her first month at Urban Evolution. In a two part series, we showcase the sexier side of UE, with Emma Zayer and Alexandria Asuzu, two friends who met at a pole dancing studio and have expanded beyond pole with breakdancing, silks, and capoeira classes.… Read more

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