Craig: Thanks for sharing. And of course, the final question, three words to describe your practice.
Amos: I would say for me, the experiences that just stick so far beyond the rest of my experience with parkour are those days where there’s no pressure to go work on some project, you’re not trying to film anything, you’re not trying to teach some group. It’s just going out with your friends, it’s a beautiful day, maybe the sun’s going down, there’s a nice breeze. And you’re laughing, and just trying things that you’ve never done before, and it gives you a sense of empowerment and leveling-up. But at the same time, you’re being goofy about it. There’s just no pressure, and it’s just pure enjoyment of moving one’s body and challenging one’s mind.
Amos: And so I think out of my wide ranging experience of parkour, if I said three words that would capture my ideal parkour experience, it would be passion, love, and laughter.
Craig: Thank you very much, Amos. It’s been a pleasure.
Amos: Yeah, man. It’s been a pleasure.
Craig: Training methodology, I don’t get this, people always want to talk about “I want to know how so-and-so trains, if they keep a journal.” I’m going to guess that you’re not training like you have a schedule, like “From 8:00 to 10:00, I’m doing this. And next week, I’m doing climb-ups.”
Amos: My training has been very different recently, because unfortunately the last three years I’ve been injured. That’s also something not many people know about me. It’s definitely been a rough ride, but like most things in my life, I’m very grateful for where I’m at. I have a working body, I’m so happy with what I have. But my training did change, before that, I would just play a lot. But then if I ever had a project in mind, I was pretty methodical. I’d spend a lot of time working certain lines. So I had two dance injuries, one, I don’t know if I can call one of them dance, it was like goofing off. I was trying to make this girl laugh, and I fell in weird way, and got my foot caught on this wall. I just fell in an odd way, and it hurt my knee, and I ended up sustaining a year-and-a-half injury from it. She didn’t even laugh.
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Craig: If you get up and you have a free day, which maybe all eight of them, that’s awesome, if you get up and you have a free day, do you have “My goal is to be the emperor, so here’s my 12-year plan.” Or do you just “What do I want to do today?” Because I’ve been to Boulder enough to know there’s a different vibe here, I’m from the East Coast where I did a three-point-K-turn when I missed a thing, and I’m just like, “I’m doing the turn.” And everybody was like, “It’s all good, bro. Go ahead.” And I was just like, “Oh right, this is not the East Coast.” Do you set out with goals, or do you just go whichever way the wind blows you?
Amos: I see value in both, and I’m actually a huge fan of both. I won’t dodge it. I think back to something a lot of people don’t know about me, most of my 20s, I was homeless, and I lived on the street, I traveled on my bicycle, ate out of the trash. That whole gig, very different life.
Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. Today, Amos Rendao reflects on what music means to him, flowing versus planning, and the benefits and importance of journaling. The conversation turns to the idea of success and what that means, before moving to aikido and information activism. Amos shares his insights on diet and nutrition, his journey with injuries and recovery, and how he manages self-talk.
Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.
Amos: What’s up, Craig?
Craig: Amos Rendao is a professional coach, athlete, entrepreneur, business manager, and co-founder of APEX School of Movement and Parkour EDU. He considers himself a movement scientist, and his experimentation and study of movement led him to create the Parkour Ukemi and Randori programs. Amos is an active member of both his local and national parkour communities, and a board member of USPK. Welcome, Amos.
Amos Rendao reflects on what music means to him, flowing vs planning, and the benefits and importance of journalling. The conversation turns to the idea of success and what that means, before moving to Aikido, and information activism. Amos shares his insights on diet and nutrition, his journey with injuries and recovery, and how he manages self talk.