Coaches

The origins of APEX began in Boulder, CO in September 2006 when Ryan Ford established the first formal Parkour training program in the Western Hemisphere. In March 2009, APEX opened it’s first gym in downtown Denver followed by more locations across the country.

The head coaches of APEX Denver are founder Ryan Ford and general manager Vinny Fiacco. Ryan and Vinny have an extensive background in fitness and athletics including weightlifting, football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, ultimate, and track. Ryan and Vinny have a combined 15 years experience teaching fitness, parkour, lifting, and other sports to adults and kids.

In addition, Ryan is a former member of The Tribe, a national parkour team consisting of the leading practitioners from around the country. In the past 7 years, Ryan has held major sponsorships with K-Swiss and Native Eyewear, been featured by ESPN and New Yorker Magazine, and performed around the world. Additionally, Ryan has spent six weeks in France and England honing his skills and teaching abilities with some of the leading practitioners in the world including the Yamakasi and Parkour Generations.


Ryan Ford

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Founder / Owner
ParkourEDU Level 3 Certified
Email: ryan@apexmovement.com

Ryan graduated in 2009 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ryan is known internationally as a top parkour athlete and coach, having performed around the world for organizations such as the U.S. Embassy, Hewlett-Packard, and K-Swiss. Also, Ryan has been featured by media giants including the New Yorker and ESPN.

In addition to founding APEX, Ryan also has a parkour video series on YouTube called Demon Drills, with over 5 million views. Although Ryan’s specialty is parkour, he has continued his movement education through certifications such as CrossFit, pole fitness, and barefoot running. One of Shape.com’s 50 hottest trainers in 2013, Ryan is an alumni of YouTube's prestigious Next Trainer program and a FitFluential ambassador.

Video: Ryan on ESPN's E:60 (2008), Boulder Tribute (2009)


Vinny Fiacco

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General Manager
ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified
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FMS LVL 2 coach
Email: vinny@apexmovement.com

Vinny is a certified personal trainer through the Athletic Certification Training Commission as well as a level 2 Functional Movement coach through FMS. Born and raised in New York (an Italian guy named Vinny from New York, go figure) he played sports for the entirety of his youth including soccer, baseball, basketball, and track. In college he started playing Ultimate and made that his full-time commitment. He traveled the land looking for worthy opponents, only to find that this was expensive. Upon moving to Colorado in 2010 Ultimate took a back seat to parkour, rock climbing, and general badass-ery. He has been training parkour at APEX since early 2011 and hasn't stopped since. Much of his training background comes from body awareness and the understanding of biomechanics, and he is excited to teach functional fitness to all ages and skill levels including you. Yes, you, the person reading this. What are you waiting for?

Video : Recovery (2016)


Jeffrey Strening

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Originally from Chicago where he was a leader in his community, Jeff helped start one of the first organized parkour classes in the Midwest called Zombiefit in 2009. Through this he developed the first parkour team in Chicago. This led him to competing in Detroit's Red Bull Art Of Motion in 2011, Urban Ninja Project events and eventually performing as a stunt double/actor in the UK film Division 19 in 2013. He holds a diploma in advanced personal training and a level 1 parkour certification via ParkourEDU. Jeff has over 5 years of experience as a parkour instructor working with all age groups, fitness levels and class sizes. He is truly a neat dude.


Rob Schihl

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

I wanna be the very best like no one ever was.

No seriously. I know it's the opening lines to the pokemon theme song but that doesn't change the fact that I want to be the best. Who doesn't? #amiright??


Austin Lutz

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Austin Lutz has been training in freerunning since 2009.  Before he started training, he was an All-State athlete in Track and Field and Football, as well as a point guard in Varsity Basketball.  After high school, he discovered freerunning while attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he trained there for two years before moving to Denver.  Austin enjoys long kong vaults, long walks on rooftops, dragons, brain washing children into being ninjas, nerd culture, and helping the community grow through teaching and organizing outside training sessions.  He loves big drops, big vaults, big jumps, exploring the city for good training spots, and helping students continue to learn new things and overcome their fears.  And dragons.  Seriously.


Stephan Armijo

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

I've have been doing parkour and freerunning for ten years. Been coaching for six years. I love working on flow and keeping my moment going in long lines. In the past I have performed for schools events, concerts, and other various entertainment events. Very happy to be part of the APEX family. See you in the gym!


Ashton Hanke

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Growing up in the small town of Buena Vista, Ashton was just another scrawny little high school boy. He was a state track athlete, Assassins Creed player, and pretty neat guy. In the near end of high school he discovered that there were parkour gyms in Denver! Even though the gym was over 2 hours away, he committed to at least one day a week coming to Denver from the mountains to train more, and has lived in Denver since 2013. Ashton has been training parkour for over 3 years and considers himself pretty awesome. As an instructor he hopes to change the lives of everyone he meets and teach some really cool stuff.


David Boden

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

David grew up in a small town in rural mid-state Illinois. After a life of constant video games where parkour was prevalent, he was inspired to become a real life ninja.

David is a self taught athlete. After six years and much trial and error he has gained a deep understanding of movement. In the fires of failure he has forged himself into a specialist of large leaps, precision landings, and technical jumps. He also favors a good bail.

He likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, but he doesn't advertise it that much.


Christian Greene

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Hi. I like to teach parkour. I'm pretty good. At least I think so. You might not. But that would be mean. Don't be mean.

Video : Sampler (2011)


Charles St. John

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Charles has been a parkour coach at APEX Movement since 2012. He started parkour while in college as a student in the Adult Intro program at APEX Denver. His prior athletic background consists mainly of team sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, and rugby. Since starting parkour Charles has also studied movement disciplines under the tutelage of Ido Portal, Emmet Louis, and Rafe Kelley to further his exercise knowledge and fitness capabilities. Apart from training parkour, he enjoys skiing up in the mountains during the winter months.


Andrew Seidenstat

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Hi my name is Andrew. I started training with APEX after watching a TEDTalk about parkour in 2012. Four years after I started parkour, I became an instructor at the age of 16 for APEX . Parkour is one of my many passions. I love being with others who train and enjoy the sport as much as I do, no matter their skill level.


Renae Dambly

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Renae was born in a small hut in a tiny village on the coasts of Madagascar. By the time she was 3 she was fluent in 6 languages and mastered 4 different martial arts. In kindergarten, she was offered a spot on the local high school wrestling team. Her middle school science project on "The Meaning of Life" won both the Nobel Peace Prize and a full ride to Harvard, Cornell and Yale. Despite all of this, she put off her obligations and decided to dedicate her life to APEX and all that it stands for. We are lucky to have her, and she is loving every minute of her new PK lifestyle.


Evan Batky

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

You think you've reached the end... when the student has gone through so many trials and tribulations that the even the stars cannot compare to the energy he has bled forth, to accomplish what he must in the face of agonizing despair and hopelessness. The light at the end of the tunnel shines bright and though he can see it so clearly he knows he cannot reach this illusive and intangible goal that lies just beyond his fingertips... always. Though he may push the boundaries of what one may perceive as the ethereal fabric of reality, he quickly realizes that one can never achieve that status that he so desperately fights for with his every dying breath. Yes, he is dying, as we all must depart from this miserable yet oh so pleasant quagmire that we call life. He looks to the dark, lonely night sky, it's vastness draining his soul of any false sense of self-righteous significance, and he asks himself...
Can the student ever truly become the master?


Jake Vigil

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

Jake Vigil, the tall, dark, curly haired, handsome stud began training with a group of guys who called themselves "Denver Family" in October 2008. He played soccer from ages 3-13 and otherwise has little other athletic background to speak of. He has lots of friends and they all think he is pretty cool. Jake quickly wins the hearts of all he meets.

Jake is known best for his love of bacon, mad hops, fast rhymes, ability to do anything, sick beats, and stunningly good looks.

Jake would like to remind you that Jake did not write this bio himself, and that other people genuinely think these nice thoughts about him.

Sincerely,
Not Jake.


Kristine Dietrich

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ParkourEDU Level 1 Certified

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kristine grew up a die-hard Cardinals fan. There she spent 10 years doing competitive Gymnastics and thus began her love for movement. She moved to Colorado in the fall of 2009 to attend The University of Denver and A year or so later she was introduced to parkour and APEX. Unlike a lot of people, Kristine wasn't immediately hooked as she found parkour extremely intimidating. However, the spring floor at APEX Denver enticed her to stick it out for a while and the community spirit made her feel welcome. Parkour gave Kristine an invaluable outlet for the stresses of school and APEX became a refuge. She recently graduated from DU with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently working in Colorado helping to design and build a spaceship. Oh and T-rexs, bad humor, and crazy socks are awesome.