“You have to understand I trained for this for nine years,” says Latvian parkour athlete Pasha Petkuns (@pashatheboss). “If you see my videos on Instagram, don't try to repeat them straightaway.” Pasha was inspired by watching online videos of parkour, a form of street gymnastics. “It's a pretty cheap sport. All you need is your shoes.” 

But parkour can be dangerous and requires extraordinary discipline and physical strength. “I never get serious injuries because I practice everything step-by-step and do physical strength training.” “If you want to start, start slowly,” Pasha says. “Gymnastics gyms are great for beginners because everything is soft and safe.”

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