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What do you think of when you think of “a gym?” Do you conjure up that old school weight room with that unique iron and sweat aroma?  Maybe you think of a warehouse CrossFit box with a rig, barbells, and lots of burpee space. Maybe you recall a classic globo-gym with rows and rows of machines, pulleys, and mirrors. But Parable… what do you think of when you think of Parable? I think of my friends whose smiles greet me when I walk in the door. I think of the kind of programming that biases the longevity of my body more than it considers the big weights—though we do love to see amazing feats of strength! I think of the assessment boards on the wall that are in place to ensure my body is bulletproofed before it is pushed to its limit. Integrity precedes intensity. I think of the fun...
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Motivation is defined as: “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way; the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” Anyone can spout off reasons as to why it’s good for you to workout… “improving your brain health, weight management, reducing disease, strengthening your body…” and the list goes on! But, what happens when I lose sight of those things? What if I don’t really care as much about my own health as I used to? Why should I get out of bed and workout when I could sleep an extra 2 hours? Well, in short… it’s because you are WORTH IT! Speaking from experience, I actually don’t FEEL like working out most days. There are days where I have even made it into the parking lot of the gym but still… ‘I could just go home and sleep more’… But then I remember all of...
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Parable Bulletproofing: Armoring Up through the Lens of Delayed Gratification <<TRIAL CLASS JANUARY 3 @1pm: ALL ARE WELCOME>>> Instant gratification: the desire to experience pleasure of fulfilment without delay or deferment. It is the stuff of instant responses on social media, instant responses to texts, phone calls, and emails, and of instant delivery from Amazon. It is how we wish PR’s and goals inside and outside the gym happened. In this era of instant gratification, putting your head down to work hard, build firm foundations, and lay good groundwork is often overlooked and skipped to get to the ‘good stuff’; the goals, the dreams, the instant here and now. Delayed gratification, therefore, is countercultural; it is hard to do because it is so un-normal in our world today. In the gym, delayed gratification is what actually creates the foundations of  fitness and results (this applies outside the gym as well...
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My Kinetic Gym Hymn Physical training has—for as long as I can remember—been a grounds for my spiritual training.  There is a phrase I refer to as my kinetic hymn, which often takes place as a kinetic gym hymn (I like rhyming, unapologetically). It’s like this. There’s a physical DNA that gets expressed in the phenotypes (my size, build, structure) and the way my body adapts to various sport and fitness. The physical is how I experience everything that is unphysical. When I was 4, I started relating to God, and asked Him if He would show me more. It was then that I started the expression of my spiritual DNA, and it was much later that I would learn to work out the pursuit of who He says I am. In essence, He became my Coach and training became my kinetic hymn. I learned to RESPOND to Him, knowing that...
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Parable Philosophy We believe in a genuine and passionate community. We believe in fun. We believe in mastery. We believe that, to engage our community and empower their lives, programming and exercise must have a rhyme, a reason, and an evolving quality of relevance to the member at hand. We believe you must never be comfortable, and you can find joy and passion in the uncomfortable. Parable Gymnastics Our Gymnastics program is designed to emphasize focus on the core movement patterns of the human body, through development of body weight movement and mobility. Emphasis will be placed on identifying correct movement patterns, faults in current patterns, mastery of the current movement patterns, and progression into more challenging movements.  The classes will run one hour in length and will have a warm-up component, two core movement focuses, accessory movements that compliment the core movements, and a mobility component as a cool...
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