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Leap of faith: Parkour helps one man find purpose

by Natasha S. Alford
Jun 12, 2014

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Parkour teachers Gerardo Carpio (left) and Kurt Gowan stretch before a session. Gowan is the owner of Parkour Ways, a studio dedicated to helping people use their bodies to develop discipline and strength.

New fitness trends come and go -- with hefty promises and sometimes even heftier equipment fees. But to do the fitness style called Parkour all you need is your body and the space around you.

 Kurt Gowan is the owner of Parkour Ways, one of a few Parkour studios in Chicagoland. Gowan says once he started scaling walls with Parkour, it changed his entire outlook on life.