Fan N'ATion: March 27, 2021 (Pt. 2)

In this segment, we head over to Export to check out Steel City Parkour. What is Parkour? Owner Steve Gigirolamo gives us a breakdown!

Video Transcript

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RICH WALSH: Welcome back to Fan Nation. Hey, Daisy, how is your kong vault?

DAISY JADE: My what?

RICH WALSH: What about your precision jump?

DAISY JADE: Come again?

RICH WALSH: How about your cat leap, or your underbar? What about your tic tac?

DAISY JADE: What in the world are you talking about?

RICH WALSH: Come on, Daisy, get a clue! I'm talking about Parkour and all the cool moves you learn at this one-of-a-kind 412 gym.

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STEVE DIGIROLAMO: True Parkour is getting from point A to point B as fast as possible and overcoming obstacles in your path-- whether they're walls, ledges, height drops, things like that.

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I have been doing Parkour even before I knew what it was. And once I watched the videos, and I could see what other people were doing, I was like, this is my thing. This is what I'm gonna be able to do. There's so much more that's possible.

So I started a club at Penn State. We were going to a gymnastics gym, and that started to make the wheels in my head turn-- what if there was just a gym for Parkour? Someone informed me that a gymnastics gym was going out of business. I was able to buy all the equipment really cheap, and then me and a few of my friends just spent the next month, like 12 hours a day, getting the gym ready. We only had a month to do it. So we have kids as young as six or seven years old doing crazy tricks. And then, we have a guy as old as 55 doing tricks.

DONNIE SIGUT: One of the things that Parkour has done is it helps you put your whole body into something. And you use the momentum, the physics, the rotation, everything to keep you going.

STEVE DIGIROLAMO: Push off the toes, throw the arms down, knees wide. You got it right here. Yeah, nice!

STEVE DIGIROLAMO: So if you're just first time you saw Parkour online, you wanted to try it out, it's not as scary as the stuff you see in the YouTube videos. Everything starts somewhere low.

So we start with low-impact things. We have foam blocks. We have different things to jump on that aren't gonna hurt you if you mess up. And then, right from there, we build your skill level. And then, you slowly start to work your way up.

DONNIE SIGUT: Your first jump might be through a little curve that's 4 inches high a foot away. And then, you just keep walking it back and walking it back. And you look at yourself in about, maybe, a half an hour, and you're like, wow, that thing's, like, you know, 8 to 10 feet away. I never thought I could do that. Buzz. But you progress up to it, and it's just a really rewarding feeling.

STEVE DIGIROLAMO: You're climbing, you're using every part of your body, and you're getting stronger in ways you never thought possible. The other side of Parkour that I think is really important is the mental side. You're overcoming fear, is you're conquering a fear. You're gaining confidence. So we bring in people that are very unconfident, and through movement and conquering their fears, they improve other aspects of their life that you wouldn't expect, because they're no longer afraid of it.

DONNIE SIGUT: If I was gonna say something to help my fellow Pittsburghers, I would say just get out and try it. You're gonna to feel better, and when you leave, you're gonna feel like, wow, I never thought I could do that, but now I can do something that just this morning I wasn't able to. It's just a good feeling, and you know that you're doing your body good. Getting some cardio, getting your muscles a little more toned out. It's just really good for you, and you're gonna leave feeling like you accomplished something.

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DAISY JADE: Coming up, what's the perfect cocktail to sip during the final round of the Masters? We're going back to Top Golf to find out, next.

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