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Freestyle Calisthenics: A Vehicle To Authentic Expression w/ Gina Scarangella

Gina Scarangella is a former gymnast, former NFL Cheerleader, and now a Calisthenics athlete. Just like breakdancing, I find Freestyle Calisthenics to be the intersection of art and movement. It's another vehicle to authentically expressing what goes on in the mind and body. So much depends on "feeling" and creativity. In this episode, I had a million questions to understand what goes into bodyweight mastery. We talk about the difference between gymnastics and calisthenics. What goes into the culture, community, and competition? How does someone with no athletic background get started? And so much more. Gina's journey has been so much fun to follow and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for both her and the sport itself.

Show Notes:

  • (8:22) - Handstand work

  • (9:45) - Competitions and culture

  • (13:20) - Difference between gymnastics and calisthenics

  • (14:21) - Training

  • (16:55) - Skill work

  • (18:15) - Using weight training for calisthenics

  • (19:25) - Flexibility and body maintenance

  • (20:20) - Moving by feel

  • (22:40) - Creativity

  • (26:00) - Seeking inspiration from different disciplines

  • (32:40) - Major components of competition

  • (34:17) - A day in the life

  • (35:32) - Nutrition

  • (43:00) - How do I get started?

Resources we may have talked about:

  • Raise Up: The World Is Our Gym

  • Harry Potter Series

How you can connect with Gina:

  • Instagram: @ginascarangella

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