I’ve been doing street workouts for the last 5 years and I’m actually the oldest guy in Portugal doing it. Soon I will be 40 years old soon and I’m still competing. I have been Judging in different countries on and off Europa and I competed in about 10 other countries aswell. Actually I’m more outside Portugal than I am inside. I’m basically trying to spread the word all over Portugal about calisthenics.
What makes calisthenics such a great sport
For me it has changed my life. I used to have back pains and I couldn’t even carry my children. Then I started working out and everythings changed a lot. I strengthened my core and I was just getting stronger and stronger. One day someone invited me to compete and since that moment I really fell in love with the sport.
Calisthenics talent in Portugal
We do have some strong kids which I think are not that far behind compared to other countries. The only problem is, they have less experience with battling and competing. That’s mainly because we only have 2 competitions a year in Portugal. And one of them is my own event.
I struggle a lot to get the talent up in Portugal, with building communities for example. I used to have 20 kids that were working out with me, but suddenly they lost motivation and they’re not so dedicated anymore. So to get the level up, we have to organize more events. Everytime I organized an event, I got a lot of positive feedbacks from kids. If there wouldn’t be any events, the kids don’t know about the sports and they don’t get motivated.
Calisthenics as an olympic sport
Why not. It really depends on us and what we do, but yeah why not?
|2nd Freestyle Nacional Championship||Olhão, Portugal||2016|
|National Championship||Coimbra, Portugal||2015|
|Battle of the Bars||Madrid, Spain||2015|
|National Championship||Olhão, Portugal||2016|
|Freestyle World Championship||Moscow, Russia||2016|
|Defis des Gladiateurs||Genk, Belgium||2016|
|City Battle RoyalBarzz||Eindhoven, Netherlands||2016|
|Battles of Gods||Seville, Spain||2016|
|World Power & Strength Championship||Riga, Latvia||2017|
|Artcorps Cup||Strasbourg, France||2017|
|International Calisthenics Cup RoyalBarzz||Veldhoven, Netherlands||2017|
|NL Contest||Strasbourg, France||2018|
|VR Streetworkout Cup||Quarteira, Portugal||2018|