Corinne Chen


It is always a good thing to challenge yourself to try something new and take your calisthenics routine to the next level.  Maybe it is a skill in a different sport that always fascinated you but did not have the opportunity to try.  Join Chris as he visits childhood friend and gymnastic instructor, Jorgie Valdez for some tips on the fundamentals of gymnastics and trying out some new skills.

What are some similarities and differences between the two disciplines?  Well, for starters, some similarities are that they both use your body weight in strength training, there are some static elements involved, some of the equipment are the same – high bars, parallel bars, and they both require other skills besides strength to be proficient.

The differences are the level and location of the training.  Gymnastics is an official sport and competing at the Olympics is a dream that some gymnasts aspire to.  Most begin training at a very early age; Jorgie started when he was 7 years old, and some start training at an even earlier age.  Gymnasts train in a controlled environment with specific equipment and safety nets in place.

Because it is a sport that is performed on the Olympic stage, there are extremely strict guidelines to the scoring of a particular skill.  Also, most people who train with calisthenics do so, not only for the health benefits, but to gain muscle mass; but for a gymnast, their goal is to maximize their strength to body weight ratio so that they can have control over their routines and make it look so easy and effortless.

Hope that this video inspires you to do ‘a whole bunch of firsts’!


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