Carl Paoli, Renowned Gymnast, Coach and CrossFit Elite, Releases the Highly Anticipated New Book: Freestyle: Maximize Sport and Life Performance With Four Basic Movements

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Unlock the Freedom of Movement With Paoli’s Customized Approach

Paoli spent over fifteen years studying human movement while working hands-on with athletes and concluded the fitness world was lacking an emphasis on “movement strength”. Paoli answered that need with his ‘Freestyle’ methodology.

Carl Paoli and co-author Anthony Sherbondy have teamed up to deliver a revolutionary new program that brings together the fundamentals of basic human movement with a simple framework that enables the reader to tap into the body's intuition to develop a deeper understanding and ultimately a mastery of how the body is designed to naturally move throughout space. Freestyle is a comprehensive guidebook for anyone looking to achieve peak physical performance and obtain an overall sense of well-being, regardless of skill or experience level.

Freestyle teaches four basic bodyweight movements and provides a simple framework that encompasses Paoli’s fresh philosophy on connecting each movement to fit any lifestyle. Every movement is broken down into progressions, allowing the reader to develop a thorough understanding of the principles behind each movement and how to adapt those to individual physical needs and performance goals.

Paoli spent over fifteen years studying human movement while working hands-on with athletes and concluded the fitness world was lacking an emphasis on “movement strength”. Paoli answered that need with his ‘Freestyle’ methodology and has since been teaching at sold out seminars worldwide. After experiencing such amazing response, Paoli partnered with Sherbondy to deliver his philosophy to the world, and Freestyle, the book, was created.

Despite Paoli’s experience as an elite gymnast and a renowned CrossFit coach, this is not a book about gymnastics, CrossFit, or any specific fitness program. Rather, it is a unique take on how Paoli studies and teaches human movement and how the reader can better understand how to move.

Freestyle shows the reader how to:

  •     Turn on and trust intuition about movement
  •     Use tools that help optimize imperfect movement
  •     Tap into the universal movement patterns and progressions underlying all disciplines
  •     Use Carl Paoli's movement framework to create roadmaps for physical success
  •     Learn what being strong really means

Freestyle is a practical manual to develop human movement regardless of discipline. It is equally applicable to veteran athletes, weekend warriors, fitness enthusiasts, people trying to pick up a new sport, or those who are simply curious about improving health.

Freestyle: Maximize Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements (ISBN: 978-1628600209) is priced at $44.95 is available in-store and online today!

Freestyle: Maximize Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements is published by Victory Belt Publishing.

About the Authors
Carl Paoli was born in the United States and grew up in Spain, where his passion for physical activity led him to delve into action sports such as snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and karate. It was his love for gymnastics that shaped his discipline for hard work, determination, and now his professional career. Carl became an elite gymnast in Spain, where he trained and competed on the national circuit for more than fifteen years. Throughout his gymnastics career, he received numerous accolades, including a National Gold Medal for Vault. Carl also studied environmental science at Universidad Miguel Hernandez and specialized in genetic engineering and coral reef ecology. After university, Carl returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in marine biology. Even though Carl found work that related to his studies, his mind never strayed far from his love of sport and fitness. He reentered the world of gymnastics in 2004 in San Francisco, where he lives and works as a strength and conditioning coach for his own practice in collaboration with San Francisco CrossFit and AcroSports. In 2010, Carl launched, currently the largest online resource for gymnastics-movement training and conditioning for CrossFit coaches and athletes. He has coached thousands of athletes around the world through the GymnasticsWOD website and by way of his Freestyle Connection seminars. In 2011, Carl was part of the coaching team for Annie Thorisdottir, who went on to become the first two-time winner of the CrossFit Games in 2011 and 2012.

Anthony Sherbondy
Anthony Sherbondy holds a PhD from Stanford University where he studied engineering and neuroscience. His research focused on finding new methods for measuring and visualizing the “wiring diagram” of the human brain, on which he has published several articles and given numerous talks. While Anthony was simultaneously preparing for his thesis defense and training in acrobatics for his upcoming Capoeira performance, he met Carl for the first time, and they began discussing Carl’s theories on human movement in between coaching sessions for roundoffs and backtucks.

Victory Belt Publishing Inc is the world’s leading publisher in health and fitness books, producing a host of New York Times bestsellers, including The Paleo Solution, Practical Paleo, It Starts with Food, Dark World, Against All Grain, Becoming a Supple Leopard, Beyond Training and The Paleo Kitchen. Started by Erich Krauss, a New York Times bestselling author, Victory Belt Publishing Inc is an author-friendly publisher geared toward producing the highest quality books on the market. Victory Belt Publishing has worldwide distribution, and its titles have been translated into dozens of languages. The company has the highest ratio between books published and New York Times bestsellers. Victory Belt Publishing‘s main office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit

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