Welcome to Rising Traceuse A global resource for parkour athletes
Welcome to Rising Traceuse A global resource for parkour athletes

Discovering Tempest South Bay

As I am writing this, I am sitting in the lounge area of the brand new Tempest Academy in Hawthorne, CA. My husband Stefanno and I moved down here when he was offered a coaching job at the new gym, and now we are living the good life in sunny LA.

The new Tempest Freerunning Academy South Bay is roughly twice the size of the first academy in Chatsworth, and it is simply amazing. The central area is a huge spring floor, and a variety of vault blocks and mats are available for use. It also has a large bar set-up, Mario area, Minecraft area, Assassin's Creed castle and mini Santorini. Basically, it's a giant parkour and freerunning playground that will make any traceur or freerunner squeal with delight.

The obstacles are set up so that you can practice nearly any movement at any experience level, which is rare to find outdoors. If you want to learn flips and tricks in a relatively safe manner, the trampolines and foam pit are the way to go.

Tempest South Bay offers a number of three-hour open gyms throughout the week, some for adults and others just for kids. They also offer some great freerunning classes for every level based on a really sound teaching system. I have progressed so much since I started training at Tempest, and it has only been a few weeks!

After a several-month hiatus, I am finally getting back to Rising Traceuse, and let me tell you, some big things are coming! Later, I will share a short training video showcasing obstacles in the gym, a review of the Tempest NLS1 freerunning shoes and more thoughtful blogposts based on the new knowledge and experience I am gaining.

If you are planning a visit, comment or send me a message on Facebook so we can meet up!