Meet our Parkour Coaches

Parkour Coaches, Nicholas Zaleski

 
Nicholas Zaleski, Founder // Head Coach
Post-BA MCD Biology, CU Boulder
BA Movement & Sport Sciences, Purdue University
Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
HEADS UP Concussion Certified, CDC
CPR/AED Certified, AHA
Teva: Mountain Games – Vail, June 2011 – Parkour Performer
NBA: Halftime Show – Detroit, April 2011 – Parkour Performer
Red Bull: Art of Motion – Tampa, September 2010 – Competing Athlete

 
Nick began his Parkour training compelled by his passion for human movement. He discovered a parallel between Parkour and life in persevering to overcome challenges. Whatever the problem, he chipped away piece by piece in search of the answer. This practice took him from novice practitioner to competing and performing with RedBull, the NBA, and various charities as an outreach method. Participating in these events gave him a deeper understanding of the power that movement can produce to build communities and foster growth. He co-founded the first Parkour club at Purdue University, followed by the first Parkour school in the Midwest, and since 2011, the youth Parkour program at Superhuman Academy. Outside of Parkour, he works as a physical therapist aide providing patient care in return for invaluable insight and education. To kick back he spends his time fine-tuning the culinary chemistries, playing piano, and venturing out and about the mountains of Colorado.

 
 

 
Parkour Coaches, Adam LaPlante

 
Adam LaPlante, Owner // Head Coach
BS Technology, Purdue University
HEADS UP Concussion Certified, CDC
Fractal Tribe – Boulder, September 2015/2016 – Acrobatic Performer
TEDxBoulder – Boulder, September 2015 – Acrobatic Performer
AscenDance Project – Boulder, 2013/2014 – Climbing Performer
NBA: Halftime Show – Detroit, April 2011 – Parkour Performer
Ninja Warrior: Sasuke 26 – Tokyo, October 2010 – Finalist
Red Bull: Art of Motion – Boston, September 2010 – Competing Athlete

 
 
Adam has been doing backflips since the age of three with the help of his father. It would make sense then, why his sense of body-awareness is nothing short of extraordinary (well there’s more to it, but let us add that there are some cool studies on acrobatics in children and developing proprioception). Adam understands why it is crucial to begin balance and coordination training at a young age, regardless of movement context. Whenever he’s not focusing on Parkour, Adam is consistently tapping into his creative side in carpentry, drumming, and voice-acting. And speaking of creativity, maybe you saw him in the beautifully choreographed climbing performances, Ascendance? Oh, and did we mention he was one of the last American Ninja Warrior’s to head to Japan as a finalist? He’s doing something right and he wants to share those lessons and experiences with the up and coming generations of the Parkour community.

 

 
 
Parkour Coaches, Kyler Knuton

 
Kyler Knutson, Coach // Media-Man
BA MCD Biology, CU Boulder
CPR/AED Certified, AHA

 
Kyler was painfully shy going into high school. He was a lot smaller than his peers which caused a lot of confidence issues. He also felt disconnected from everyone around him because he had no interest in participating in conventional sports like soccer or basketball. Parkour changed his life. As he began his Parkour journey, he discovered that many of the barriers he faced in life were self-created. Sure enough, he started learning how to conquer these mental obstacles and broke out of his shell. The more his skills grew, the more confident he became. Along the way, he fell in love with movement and the loving community that accompanies Parkour. Additionally Kyler is passionate about film which he implements into his instruction, as it holds a key role in the expansion and progression of Parkour.

 

 
 
Tricking Coaches, Adem Hasanaj

 
Adem Hasanaj, Coach // Tricking Extraordinaire
BS Astronomy, CU Boulder – expected May 2019
First Degree Black Belt, XMA
NBL World Title: 15-17 Hard Creative Forms – Hilton Head, December 2015

 
Adem just wanted to be a power ranger when he was younger. Between an impressive amount of energy (still obvious today) and on a quest to master himself, he gravitated toward Extreme Martial Arts (XMA) – a mixture of Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Tricking. For 12 years his passion for the discipline has led him to acquire the first degree black belt and winning a world title in XMA forms. He is now coaching tricking classes as a means of empowering students to make the right choices while having fun. For his own edification he continues to advance his training in tricking and currently studies Astronomy at CU Boulder. Adem believes in the power of love, perseverance and in manifesting his dreams by going straight for them!

 
 

Our Mission


su·per·hu·man [soo-per-hyoo-muhn]
— adj
1. going above or beyond what is human
2. exceeding normal human ability or experience

We utilize parkour as a medium for instilling confidence, creating friendships, and having fun.
With academic backgrounds in human movement and 10 years of professional experience and instructing roles, we utilize an approach that fosters creativity, perseverance, and safety. We educate and inspire our students to become confident and responsible, in the gym and the community.
 

Parkour Coaches, Nicholas Zaleski & Adam LaPlante
Best bros.

Adam LaPlante | Nicholas Zaleski
Superhuman Academy