In a remarkable display of skill and daring, professional parkour athletes Harsh Maurya and Gurpreet Rawat have taken the world of parkour by storm. Their recent video, shot amidst the ancient ruins of Lucknow, has gone viral, captivating audiences with their awe-inspiring abilities.
When we typically think of parkour, we envision urban cityscapes in Western countries. However, this video transports us to the historic remnants of Lucknow, where Maurya and Rawat effortlessly navigate steep concrete slabs perched high above the ground on an old building.
The video comes with a stern warning: “WARNING: The stunts you are about to witness are performed by highly trained professionals. Do not attempt.”
This adrenaline-pumping video has garnered over six hundred thousand likes and an avalanche of comments. Many viewers admitted that watching it raised their anxiety levels. One Instagram user marveled, “Bro walks like he has 10 lives,” while another confessed, “I literally watched the full video with my mouth wide open.”
This isn’t the first time a parkour video has taken the internet by storm. In a different setting, a group of young enthusiasts in France made headlines as they skillfully switched off illuminated shop signs that remained lit late into the night, despite the stores being closed. Their nimble parkour moves and ability to reach high switches left viewers in awe. In France, businesses are required to turn off exterior lights and electric signboards after 1 a.m. or when their last employee leaves, but not all establishments adhere to this rule, resulting in unnecessary energy consumption.
More recently, Austrian parkour athlete Lorenz Wetscher achieved a world record for the farthest standing sideways jump, covering an astounding distance of 2.83 meters (9 feet, 3 inches) in Rum, Austria, on May 13th.
Parkour continues to push boundaries and capture the imaginations of people worldwide, showcasing the incredible feats that the human body can achieve through skill, precision, and courage.