Do you already know Oliver Thorpe?

If not, it’s time to check him out now! He has been a part of the ETRE-FORT story as an athlete from the very beginning. Born in Denmark and raised in Australia, he is now back in Denmark and teaches Parkour for the organisation Streetmovement. We met him back in 2011 at the wonderful playground of Fontainebleau close to Lisses, in France. His nature impresses everyone, modest and open-minded, however powerful in motion. In the video below, there are a few examples of what he’s capable of – we hope you enjoy watching him move as much as we do!

Read more about Oli in this interview:

How long have you been practicing Parkour and how did you discover it?

I’ve been training parkour for about 12 and a half years now. Back in high school, one of my friends saw a video on YouTube and sent me a link so I could watch it when I got home. After seeing it we both were pretty much like “we need to try this”. I found an online forum where some people would coordinate training and asked if we could join for a training. That’s pretty much how it started.

What inspires you?

Training with, and meeting passionate people. I love training with people from all over the world in new spots and being inspired by their way of movement. It always creates opportunity for new challenges you wouldn’t have thought of yourself!

Why opt to work with ETRE-FORT?

I really like the clothes and I feel that Roger and Felix have the right mindset about ETRE-FORT. They don’t do it for the money, they do it because they want functional clothes to train in and to support members of the parkour community in different ways.

Describe your personal training, how do you train, what do you focus on?

My personal training varies quite a bit. I try to train almost every day (not only parkour, and some days more than once), even if it’s just a little training session. I do quite a bit of strength training and really feel like it helps me keep in shape.

What’s your favorite spot?

In Copenhagen I think my favourite spot is Streetmekka. I love being able to train on the street, but the street spots we have in Copenhagen aren’t the best (in my opinion), and streetmekka has possibilities to train almost anything.

être fort pour être… (be strong to be…)?