Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Individuality and Inspiration

We all admire gymnasts, especially ring-men for their amazing strength and control. The problem is that the scoring system in gymnastics encourages everybody to do the same moves. As a result they do push themselves to amazing heights (like Chen YiBing's maltese to inverted cross, or Danny Rodrigues' Victorian), BUT for the most part they are all doing the same moves. It gets boring to watch 10 routines when they are all doing the same moves.

The Bodyweight strength scene is still young though and there are still many different competing styles. The creativity has not been killed by standardization. Here is a great example. Guinness World Record Flag Master Dominic Lacasse shows that pole dancing isn't just for girls:

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