I got to know calisthenics in Vienna, where I also live at the moment, and I am currently a student. I normally work between 15 and 30 hours a week for a calisthenics organization. Besides that, I’m also an athlete, which is not my main profession, but it’s very important for me. I train up to 15 hours a week, which is actually quite a lot.
I got to know calisthenics about 2,5 years ago by accident. I use to do a lot of sports, like gymnastics, dancing and climbing, but I stopped doing gymnastics when I moved to Vienna for my study. Somehow I managed to tear the ligaments in my left food apart and I also created liquid in my ankle. The day that happened, I saw 2 guys freestyling in the gym and I thought: what are they doing? So we starting talking and afterwards they were already joking around with me and tried to make me smile again. They asked me if I wanted to come to a try-out, so when I went there I quickly found out that I’m kind of talented. I learned it very quickly and was actually the first girl in Austria that started doing freestyle calisthenics.
What makes calisthenics such a great sport
The creativity; if you compare it for example to gymnastics, which is very strict, it’s totally different. With calisthenics you can invent moves and combine it differently. Also you can work with music, which I like, because I also love dancing. It’s really a great mixture of strength, creativity and it also has a great range of different movements you can combine. I love the variety behind it, and of course the mental work.
How accessible is the sport
I believe it’s for everybody. I think if you look at the bodyweight exercises, it’s something I can do with my grandpa. With him I am doing like basic floor exercises and he’s turning 80 in 2 years!
It’s just a matter of marketing. The freestyle sport is still a lot more known on social media right now.
Calisthenics talent in Austria
Austria has a very special calisthenics scene, for example if you look at Spain or France, they work in small groups, like 6 – 7 people in it. In Austria we have a few big communities. We have some competing athletes, but non of them are really focussed on competing. We have a very positive supporting community and we’re not really into competing.
Also for the community. That part really makes it very special for me. It’s very different when you compare it to gymnastics, that’s super strict and you wouldn’t really talk to anyone else. But with calisthenics that’s totally different, for example I was cheering on Carmen when she was competing.
The most beautiful thing, when I look around in the community, is that fact that we’re all doing the same and there are no boundaries. I love how you can learn from each other as well.
Calisthenics as an Olympic sport
By far not yet. I think for an Olympic Sport you need an organisation that is above it. Right now a couple of organisations claim to be the biggest, but they all have their own judging system and neither of them are perfectly formed out. So there’s still a lot that has to happen to make it interesting for the Olympics.
|2nd - FIBO Barheroes||Cologne, Germany||2018|
|1st - Artcorps||Strasbourg, France||2018|
|2nd - International Calisthenics Cup RoyalBarzz||Utrecht, Netherlands||2019|
|2nd - Beast of the Barz||Stockholm, Sweden||2019|
|FIBO Barheroes||Cologne, Germany||2018|
|International Calisthenics Cup RoyalBarzz||Utrecht, Netherlands||2019|
|Beast of the Barz||Stockholm, Sweden||2019|