Photo courtesy of Steve Zavitz
My name is Max Henry. I was born on February 26, 1993 and have been a New Yorker all my life. As a child I was constantly fascinated with the various ways in which the human body could move. I was a competitive gymnast at a state and regional level until the age of 10 then moved on to more traditional sports, falling in love with baseball and playing league basketball and soccer.
When I was 14 I discovered parkour. I was immediately drawn to it and was impressed by both the movements themselves and the philosophy behind the movement. I made a conscious effort to train parkour as much as possible with as many people as possible and in my first few years of training traveled from the Northeast all the way to the West Coast jumping with friends. In 2010 I was fortunate enough to meet WFPF co-founders Victor and David and that summer traveled around California, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona with them and several of the founding WFPF athletes. That marked the beginning of my relationship with WFPF and in 2011 I was asked to join WFPF as an athlete.
Since joining WFPF I have been able to expand on my dual passions of traveling and training. I have also been lucky enough to work with the NBA, Nerf, Hulu, and several universities on live performances and commercials in addition to competing in three Red Bull Art of Motion events (Boston, Detroit, and Saõ Paulo). I also recently worked as the stunt-double to “Jax” on the feature film “Tracers,” which is slated for release sometime in the summer of 2014.
Outside of the parkour universe I am finishing a B.A. in Mathematics at Hofstra University with a minor in music. When I am not training parkour I sing baritone and tour with Hofstra’s Chamber Choir and the collegiate barbershop quartet “Lead Simply.” For those times when my voice is tired, I also play the trumpet, french horn, and guitar.
I am also active in my church here on Long Island, the Malverne Bible Church. I enjoy trying to apply both my personal beliefs and philosophies as well as those of parkour to helping others in whatever way I can on a daily basis.
Être fort pour être utile!