Looking for something a step up from the traditional gym? Urban Evolution in Alexandria offers parkour classes for ages 6 and up. Known as the “ninja gym,” its walls are strewn with graffiti and the equipment resembles a back alley complete with a full set of gym equipment.
Urban Evolution prides itself in being a gym for people who hate the gym. It specializes in parkour, a training method that incorporates safe rolling habits, jumping and landing with precision, and numerous techniques for vaulting over obstacles. Similar to the video game “Thief,” youths and adults have fun climbing and problem solving through an obstacle course that just happens to also be a gym.
Classes are offered every day of the week. Urban Evolution will also be offering its summer camps again this year. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Urban Evolution in Alexandria is located at 5402 Eisenhower Ave. There are two other locations in Manassas and Baltimore. For more information, call 1-855-NINJAS1 or visit www.urbanevo.com