Movers Mindset

We explore themes like independence, self-direction, and human excellence through podcasts, website content, and a community of like-minded people. In the podcast, Craig interviews movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This podcast focuses on the journey of self-improvement and its underlying motivations, as well as movement’s fundamental place in society.

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Three words to describe your practice

Craig: Cool. Alright, so I’d like to end with the final question. But I’ll give you a little setup. Normally, people wouldn’t hear all the setup, but the setup is, you can answer the question any way you want. You don’t have to have three specific words, when I ask you to describe your practice, sometimes people give me three words and unpack them. Sometimes people have no clue. But they kind of talk around little paragraphs come up with some like three ideas. And it’s fun to hear the thought process. But you can do anything you want with the question it’s just meant to give you a last chance to do whatever you want. So the final question is three words to describe your practice.

Ryan: Absorb, reject, add.

Craig: I was hoping you were going to go back to that.

On crypto-currency

Ryan: Bryan Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase had some quote recently, or last year sometime that is like, “The majority of people are actually aren’t actually going to buy crypto, they’re going to earn their first crypto through there’s all these different websites and apps and stuff that like, people don’t realize that all this stuff already exists or is like about to be here. And if you’re the early adopter, not only is that like fun and interesting and cool, and you get to teach your friends and parents and stuff.

Ryan: But if you were to just … who knows what’s going to happen, but if the more you learn about this, for most people, the more confident they get that if invest in it, or earn it or hold on to it. For five, 10 years, it’s going to be significantly more valuable than it is now. And we’re potentially looking at one of the biggest wealth transfers in the history of humankind. And I want to see the young people in Parkour, like young people in general or all people, like the younger people are going to be a little more willing to-

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On parkour and crypto-currency

Ryan: How can we match up Parkour and crypto? So we just tried our first experiment, I guess, there’s a thing called And this is built on Ethereum. And what it allows you to do is essentially say, I need this. And so mostly right now it’s being used for like software development, like I need somebody to help me code this thing. And I’m willing-

Craig: There’s my definition of done.

Ryan: And here’s my definition of done. And here’s what I’m willing to pay. It’s nothing like super revolutionary like this is Fiverr. This is some of these other kind of websites-

Craig: Except the implementation is completely new. But how it works.

Ryan: Yeah, so this is decentralized. And what we just did was we put up #Parkourbountyone. And we want to try to do more of these, to see where we can take it. But Parker bounty one was essentially, we wanted to open it up to the locals of Apex communities first, or make it easier on them at first. So we said, all all you got to do is you can take a new clip or an old clip. So even out of towners have clips from apex, you just got to post it up on your Instagram, say something you learned at Apex and submit it to this page or this link on And we’re going to take our top five favorite ones, and you guys are going to get 0.2 Ether which is I believe at the time it was worth about 30 bucks.

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On arbitrage

Ryan: Yeah. So this is a very intimidating subject for a lot of people who maybe they think they don’t deal well with tech, or they don’t understand anything about coding or whatever it may be, it’s new, they’re like isn’t that about the dark internet and terrorists or something, like we still have this stigma. And this is actually I’m used to this I got in Parkour when nobody knew what it was. And I had to like, just be patient, keep explaining it. And this is kind of where we’re at with crypto and block chain too, is we have to be patient, we have to help people understand that this is revolutionary, this can literally change the world for the better in many, many ways. And it’s not as hard as you think. And you don’t even need to know everything, but you need to at least understand like, what is application? Or how can I use this?

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On inspiration

Ryan: And specifically going to your question, I think I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration for this and this is kind of a touchy subject. I won’t get too much into it, but there are certain programs out there, where I’m kind of anti-guru, I’ll get that out of the way. I don’t want to be anyone’s guru. I don’t really like the fact that some people think they can only learn from one coach. They’re like “This is my guru. I’m going to have to put blinders on to everything else”.

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051. Sean Hannah: Designing curriculum, teaching seniors, and the mid-range

051. Sean Hannah: Designing curriculum, teaching seniors, and the mid-range

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Sean Hannah takes us deep into curriculum development; how he researches, the importance of games and fun, and developing with specific audiences in mind. He discusses his role in designing the curriculum for the PK Move Study with Marymount University, and the specific challenges it presented. Sean shares advice on coaching and designing for adults and seniors, before unpacking his current personal curriculum and goals. 

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049. Ryan Ford: Full transcript

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. In this episode, Ryan Ford shares his thoughts on his Parkour EDU program, various coaching methods, and his experience of building a community. He discusses the idea of a talent hotbed, how and why it occurs, and how to apply those ideas, before delving into the world of cryptocurrency. Ryan explains what cryptocurrency is, why he’s so interested in it, its potentials for growth, and the similarities he sees between crypto and parkour.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Ryan: Hey, how you doing?

Craig: I’m good.

Ryan: Welcome to Boulder.

Craig: Thank you. Ryan Ford is an American original, among the early parkour professional athletes and coaches. He is the co-founder of Apex School of Movement, and more recently Parkour EDU, as well as the author of Parkour Strength Training. Ryan is passionate about parkour education and best practices, and his entrepreneurial spirit reflects this. Welcome, Ryan.

Ryan: Thank you for that intro.

Craig: You’re very welcome. So, since were doing this just kind of straight through, and just chillaxing, we’ll start with something that I think people would think is an obvious topic to start. So, you wrote Parkour Strength Training three years ago-

Ryan: Yes.

Craig: Depending on exactly when. But you probably started on it four years ago, or five years ago. But, roughly three years ago, when everybody else saw it. And then, I understand that what you’re doing now in Louisville, if I’m getting my Boulder pronunciation correctly, in Louisville is, you’ve begun creating a physical program, like actually take that to the ground. And, I’m wondering if you want to unpack some of your experiences with that, what went well.

Ryan: Yeah. So, what we’ve been doing for the past couple months here, I think we started building this Parkour Strength for Adults program, in Apex Louisville, started it in mid-December. So we’re at, I guess a couple months in and I’ve learned a lot. Basically, the program is based off the book. So everything I’ve learned about, tested on myself, trained others, coached others. Many different types of people, kids, teen, adults. I think, in parkour, at least at the businesses, gyms and stuff, tend to be a bit more focused on kids and teens.

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050. Movers Mindset Team: Roles, remote work, and passion

050. Movers Mindset Team: Roles, remote work, and passion

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In our special 50th episode, the Movers Mindset team gets together to discuss what we do, and how far we’ve come. Each team member explains what they do in the team, and how all of our roles fit together. We talk about working remotely, the freedoms and challenges that come with it, and some of the strategies we use to help with that. The team discusses favorite episodes, things we’ve learned, and what each of us has found to be very special about the project.

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Three words to describe your practice

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.

On training methodology

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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On goals

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.

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048. Amos Rendao: Full transcript

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.

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