The Philly Fitness Instagrammer Who Turns Fairmount Park Trees Into Workout Equipment

Remember tree climbing? Well, it actually looks like quite the workout.

When was the last time you climbed a tree? Personally, I can’t remember, but I’m guessing it was at least a decade ago. I’d actually completely forgotten about tree climbing as an activity (these days, climbing the mountain that is my Netflix “My List” is more my priority, you know?) until I stumbled upon the Instagram videos of Emile Sorger, co-owner of Brewerytown’s Yoga and Movement Sanctuary and, it would seem, avid tree climber.

Lately, Sorger has been posting Instagram videos of himself climbing up, swinging on the branches of and jumping from limb to limb (yes, this does inspire gasps) of Fairmount Park trees. And let me tell you: All that tree climbing looks like quite the workout — and after watching one of Sorger’s videos, you’ll be itching to abandon your Netflix marathon and take to the closest tree you can find for a sweat session, too. (Just please, be careful.)

A few of our favorite tree-climbing (and branch-swinging) videos from Sorger’s Instagram collection, below.

Dynamic ascent and descent. #tree #treerunning #treeclimbing #parkour

A video posted by Emile Sorger (@mysticalphysical) on

Bouldering bark, an important step in the reclamation of my arboreal nature. @myphillypark @ymsphilly

A video posted by Emile Sorger (@mysticalphysical) on

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