"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot." Truman Capote
I realized that it's very hard to find training in Syracuse for specialty skills like handstands, muscle ups, acrobatics, and overall full body mobility. I decided that I wanted to change that. Over the past few years I have looked outside of Syracuse in search of that training. I've attended workshops, festivals, and private lessons with numerous cirque du Soleil performers. While each of these coaches and experiences was skill or sport specific, there was another huge factor that was always stressed. Flexibility and mobility in regards to proper form and recovery. Not only have I learned from some of the best athletes in the world at their respective skills, but I have also had a deeper look into their training as I learned the important pieces of their flexibility and recovery routines.
This fit my journey perfectly because, above all, my goal has always been to feel good doing any activity I decide to participate in, as well as feel my best in my day to day activities. In my opinion, the balance between strength and flexibility is most important. Well before I got into fitness, I heard a lot of people talking about how bad it felt to hit their 30's because their bodies felt so horrible. I could not accept this as my truth.
It has just been a bonus that I can actively train handstands and partner acrobatics into my mid 30's. I still continue to feel my best and perform my best 8 years into my fitness journey. I have not accomplished all of the goals I set out to, and I am not as flexible as I may want to be or need to be for certain skills. However, as I get older, I continue to get stronger while maintaining flexibility and mobility. I have maintained longevity in my body, allowing me to pick up new hobbies, like running when I turned 34. I have done that while also regularly doing things I never knew existed, let alone thought I was possible. I have learned skills that some people may never want to do. I have learned so many functional ways the human body can move and explore the space around us. From balancing on our hands, to using another person as a form of working out. You could be amazed at some of the feedback your body gets from trying to balance on your hands, or the way your body connects with another to form the perfect workout exercise. Have you ever used a friend to do squats or a chest press? Let's not forget how good it feels to feel good, have healthy wrists, mobile shoulders, and loose hips. These sure do make every day life much easier to get through.
I have learned how to transfer my knowledge in to progress and information for others. No two people are the same so there is no one size fits all programming. However, there is a powerful formula that seems to be a universal language for the best of the best. Finding the people who speak that language is only half the battle. Having the willingness to keep learning, and the drive to apply with consistency over a long period of time is what will really set you apart.
I'm proud to provide some of the most unique and quality training in the Syracuse area. I teach weekly classes for calisthenics, hand balancing, acrobatics, and stretching. I'm proud to share this incredible fitness journey with my students and honor my responsibility to safely guide you down this path. Thank you
Below is just a small list of some of the coaches and athletes I have had the pleasure of learning from.
Kenneth Gallarzo - World renowned trainer and creator of Systematic Calisthenics
Sascha Bachman - Professional Acrobatic Performer, Cirque du Soleil Luzia.
Nicolas Monte De Oca - Cirque du Soleil Axel
James Heugh - Touring with Cirque du Soleil Crystal.
Nathan Price - Creator of Standing Acrobatics - Acrobatic performer for the world’s top circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil and The 7Fingers.
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