Who is Carl Paoli?
Carl grew up doing gymnastics in Spain. He eventually became an elite gymnast, competing on a national level for more than 15 years. Later on, Carl fell in love with action sports (snowboarding, skiing, and wakeboarding), and eventually realized how important fitness and training were in his life.
Once Carl was introduced to CrossFit, he realized his gymnastics knowledge, coupled with his experience in various sports and ability to present well, were of great value to the CrossFit community. CrossFit athletes of all backgrounds were eager to learn how to perform certain gymnastics movements, and Carl had the right personality and skill set to effectively coach and teach them.
For the past few years, CrossFit has experienced hockey stick growth, and so did the demand for Carl’s movement know-how. He wrote the book Free+Style, a manual for CrossFitters and other movement enthusiasts.
Carl quickly rose to fame in the CrossFit community and became The Movement Guy, but admittedly didn’t initially feel completely connected to this new persona. He eventually found his calling (more on this below) and continued working on his Free+Style Connection brand, in addition to investing time as Global Ambassador at STR/KE MVMNT.