Sarasota Fitness Community Rallies for Josh Hill

sarasota-fitness-communityOn March 11, 2015, local Parkour legend, Josh Hill, was in a motorcycle accident that nearly took his life. In fact, it would have likely killed anyone lacking the body movement skills and control Josh spent many years cultivating, and helping others to do the same. To aid in his recovery, people from all around the area and even out of state came together, led by the Sarasota Fitness Community, and through raffle prizes and donations, raised over $3,700 for Josh at two separate events.

The first, a joint endeavor between Fit941 Magazine and Whole Foods, took place on April 10th from 6 to 9 pm right outside Whole Foods in downtown Sarasota. The free beer tasting, delicious food, and many vendors added to the enjoyable evening, but the main draw was the exciting 10 minute demos from many local health and fitness clubs including Orange Theory, CrossFit Lakewood Ranch, Definition Fit, and Synergy Fitness. The last to perform were members of Sarasota Parkour Facility, a place that only exists because of Josh Hill’s influence. The Parkour devotees stunned the on looking crowd by traversing slack lines, doing back flips off of boxes, and essentially twisting and jumping like circus acrobats.

On Sunday, April 12th from 12 to 5 pm, Fitlorenzo Training Center in Palmetto hosted a Ninja Warrior type event. Josh often came to Fitlorenzo, working relentlessly to perfect his Parkour movements. After Josh’s accident, his close friend Ed Lorenzo, owner of Fitlorenzo, knew he had to find a way to help, and so teamed up with Sarasota Parkour Facility. The event at Fitlorenzo allowed adults and children to play, train, and experience what the Ninja Warrior sport is all about. After this, a three stage competition began for teenagers and adults. Josh even made a surprise appearance, thanking the crowd for their incredible support.

The success of these events brought something positive to an unfortunate situation. People had fun, learned about the many health and fitness options right at their fingertips, and most importantly, were able to help someone in need.

Donations are being accepted through a local company for Josh Hill’s recovery. To donate, visit