Hi, I’m Max Henry and I’m writing to you from the recent past! I was born in 1993 and am a native New Yorker, although at the moment I’m living on the road in my Ford E-250.

Working on ankle dorsiflexion exercises at my JUMPfest 2016 seminar! Photo courtesy of Jacob Cormier and MüvMag

Working on ankle dorsiflexion exercises at my JUMPfest 2016 seminar!

Photo courtesy of Jacob Cormier and MüvMag

As a kid, I was fascinated by movement. It started with baseball (my first word was “ball”) and eventually moved to gymnastics, where I competed at a state and regional level for three years. I discovered Parkour with my best friend Calvin in 2007, five years after leaving gymnastics behind. I was immediately drawn to it - impressed as much by the philosophy behind the movements as the movements themselves. By the time I saw my first rail precision, I was hooked!

 

Through a fortuitous series of events, in 2010 I was invited to join a group of WFPF athletes (including Tim Shieff, Pip Andersen, Daniel Arroyo, and Phil Doyle) on a three week road trip around the wild, wild West. This was my introduction to the international Parkour scene, and kickstarted my personal progression as a practitioner. Since 2011, I’ve been lucky enough to work as a professional Parkour athlete with companies like Asics, American Eagle, Hulu, the NBA, Nerf, Red Bull, and Smart Car, and had the opportunity to coach internationally with the WFPF, American Parkour, The Movement Creative, and Parkour Generations Americas.

 

Outside of Parkour, I was valedictorian of Malverne High School in 2010 and have a B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Music from Hofstra University. I like to spend rest days singing and playing the banjo, mandolin, guitar, trumpet, and french horn. If I’m not playing an instrument, I'm likely somewhere cozy reading epic fantasy, 20th century American poetry, or books about mountains.

 

Être fort pour être utile!

 

-Max

 


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