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17.05.2018

Bangalore commutes are a bore: who wouldn’t prefer a live-wire obstacle course that throws in complicated movements allowing you to go from point A to point B in style. Okay, ready? Here’s some added inspiration from the crew at The Office

We tumble into Chaos Faktory’s 4,000 square feet gym to hit up an obstacle course where many traceurs come for trust falls under the watchful guidance of two former IT professionals. Founders Delson and Chetan D’Souza are now full-time Ninja Warrior aspirants, fitness gurus and film stunt directors, who are also Netflix celebs: they were competitors on Ultimate Beastmaster, the 2017 series produced by Sylvester Stallone. And - oll!

Parkour has been around for a while, but facilities are notoriously thin on the ground in India; Chaos Faktory boasts the only routine in the entire state that features certified Parkour trainers and training programmes (we’re told it’s one of only seven in the country). Delson tells us that they’ve been caught by the traceur bug since 2012, as young men in their coastal hometown of Udupi, specialising in varied martial arts.

“The essentials of parkour is agility and that requires high fitness levels,” Delson says, as we refresh our memories of Anthony Minghella’s last feature film, Breaking and Entering, which was all about smooth cats leaping and rolling in the art of forward displacement. Don’t worry, you don’t have to look like Juliette Binoche to come here: Delson promises that “it really is a great all-round workout.”

Parkour has been around for a while, but facilities are notoriously thin on the ground in India; Chaos Faktory boasts the only routine in the entire state that features certified Parkour trainers and training programmes.

They have no regular gym equipment; any standard weights and cardio is used only for the mandatory 20 minute warm up. The exercise floor is peppered with walls, hurdles, vaulting boxes, impact mats, ropes and monkey bars. (Okay, help us, Juliette Binoche.) It’s here that you cartwheel, backflip and land gently under the supervision of a sixteen member instructor team.

Come to Chaos Faktory and they’ll set you up with one of two programmes: parkour fitness, which includes animal movements, body weight training and handstands; and ninja movement, which involves MMA, free running, mobility training and calisthenics. They’ll conduct a trial to assess your fitness level before you’re allotted to a particular sequence. “We also have an in-house sports medic who conducts a physical assessment every two months to ensure that no one is punching above their weight,” Delson says reassuringly.

While all training takes places at the HSR Layout Faktory, they’ll do training jams with you once every two months in real world scenarios. They’ve just flipped and flopped through Cubbon Park, and say they’re hoping to take it to more challenging terrains and neighbourhoods soon. Maybe some of our MLAs could use a lesson this week?

Getting there:  L-61, Sector 6, HSR Layout, Bangalore 560102. Log in here for a free trial class. Classes start at Rs 7500 for a minimum two month session (40 classes). They also conduct junior batches.

This story was contributed by Anjana Appanna, city based voice over artist and writer.

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