Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Amal Murad decided to try Parkour training at her cousin’s calisthenics gym, Gravity DXB, at the age of 22. ‘Parkour’ stems from the French word ‘parcours’ meaning ‘the way through’ or ‘the path’, which Amal discovered during a year of dedicated, intensive training. Her skill level was noted by her cousin Yousuf Al Gurg, who helped her achieve her goal to become the first all-ladies Parkour trainer in the region. Murad, who was a full-time graphic designer at the time, would spend her mornings at her day job and her nights and weekends training ladies and children. Her classes demonstrate the fundamentals of the freestyle sport that involves controlling movement, running, climbing, flipping and vaulting over obstacles. For Murad, Parkour is a form of expression and the way one flows through movement. Apart from the physical aspect, she helps her students build confidence and overcome their fears. As the first female Emirati Parkour trainer, her aim is to inspire more people to discover what their bodies are capable of.