Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham, demonstrates Friday morning how to use one of three stations he set up in the Elm Street School gym in Mechanic Falls. The exercise is called parkour, a French word that means obstacle. Whitehead’s wife teaches at the school and they wanted to introduce students to the fitness training culture that he says is as much about mindset and culture of free expression as it is about exercise. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Xavion Rodriguez vaults over an obstacle Friday morning in the Elm Street School gym in Mechanic Falls. The exercise is called parkour, a French word that means obstacle. Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham, led the students. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Social worker Tracey Comeau lends a hand Friday to a student after navigating an obstacle in the Elm Street School gym in Mechanic Falls. The course was set up by Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Elm Street School students cheer for a classmate Friday after they got the courage up to try one of the obstacle stations in the school gym in Mechanic Falls. The course was set up by Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham, demonstrates Friday morning how to use one of three stations he set up in the Elm Street School gym in Mechanic Falls. Whitehead’s wife teaches at the school and they wanted to introduce students to the fitness training called parkour, a French word that means obstacle. Whitehead said it’s as much about mindset and culture of free expression as it is about exercise. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A student vaults over an obstacle Friday in the Elm Street School gym in Mechanic Falls. The hands-on demonstration called parkour was presented by Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham, background. Parkour is a French word that means obstacle. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A student vaults over an obstacle Friday in the Elm Street School gym in Mechanic Falls. The hands-on demonstration called parkour was presented by Ed Whitehead, owner of The Movement Lab Collective in Windham, background. Parkour is a French word that means obstacle. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal


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