Cameron Pratto

Next to climbing trees and playing games like “war” and “ninja” as a kid, I’ve been training this way again for 10 years now. I started when I was 30 years old working in cubicles and data centers pursuing a career in the IT Industry.

Playing outside, crawling and rolling on the ground, balancing on rails, jumping from ledge to ledge, vaulting over barriers and climbing up walls. It’s like I was born again!

 
 
 

I sought out the pioneers of Parkour as soon as I could. I’ve trained and taught with some of the strongest and smartest people in the world. I soaked up a lot of good information that I’ve been experimenting with for years now. One thing has definitely become clear, Parkour is different for everyone.

A typical training session could be to strategically plan a single move to repeat many times, to bounce around from challenge to challenge making sure to complete the objective successfully at least three times, to pick a beginning and end point within an environment and get from point A to point B as quickly and smoothly as possible, or you could just play with a bench.

 
 
 

It’s so different for everyone that the majority of the founders of the discipline don’t even identify with the word, Parkour. They say they train Art Du Deplacement because it means something more to them. When I asked one of the Yamakasi founders one day how to translate ADD for me, he said “It’s like Martial Arts for movement.”.

I’m extremely fortunate to have become friends with, taught and trained with all the original guys from Paris who still run ADD Academy. I also have the A.D.A.P.T. certification delivered by Parkour Generations who are based in London.

How you approach the movement is as important as the movement itself.

 
 
 
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MovNat is a game changer. Natural Movement is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in the Fitness Industry. It will change your life, and I can help!

I’m a Master Trainer and one of the longest standing MovNat Certification & Workshop Team Instructors. I’ve traveled all over the world teaching Natural Movement to so many different kinds of people. Hopefully you’ll be one of them.

 
 
 

My gym in Houston, Texas is a MovNat Licensed Facility where I also teach weekly Natural Movement classes and host MovNat Workshops & Certifications.

In addition to teaching in places like China, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, having my own space and base of students has allowed me to expand on priceless movement research and refine my own unique approach.

Check out a couple of progressions I put together for one of the fundamental techniques found within the system, the Side Bent Sit Get Up. Try it!

 
 
 

Natural Movement Fitness really is for everyone! I’ve seen it enhance the life of both Doctor and Patient.

Physical Therapists marvel at its astonishing effectiveness at restoring mobility, amputees learn new ways to adapt and get around easier, and everyday householders are amazed by the real world practical applicability and the desire to play that returns. You will be, too! Watch this.

 
 
 
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I ended up doing Handstands on accident. Yoga became a big part of my life in my late teens and I quickly became fascinated with being inverted. The fresh rush of blood that came when performing movements like Crow and Crane Pose and Headstand variations was addicting. It wasn’t until years later that I would even think of a handstand, but I was still practicing.

 
 
 

There was a relatively short phase in my late twenties where I dabbled in Kung Fu and Capoeira. That’s when it started!

The foundation I developed through my years of rough housing, playing traditional sports and weight lifting when I was younger was already there. Then, the flexibility and hand balancing strength I gained from my Yoga practice was the icing on the cake. When I started to explore outside of the confined space of my Yoga practice I found I was capable of way more.

I ended up on my hands a lot in the Martial Arts classes and it felt good.

 
 
 

I still had no formal training at this point. I had only gone to a handful of Yoga classes, but we never did handstands. It was all self-taught exploration…movement research.

Then, Parkour happened to me when I turned 30. I started going to workshops and events and meeting all kinds of movement pros willing to share everything they knew. We just played by our own rules and made all kinds of shapes. “Be like a tree.”, is something that always sticks with me from one of my favorite teachers and humans, Laurent Piemontesi. Then, this kind of stuff started to happen regularly.

 
 
 
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