Interview with David Gergetz before the World Street Workout Championship 2014 in Moscow

Athlete Information:
Name: David Gergetz
Age: 18
Country: Austria
Instagram: gergetz

What is your daily routine?
I’m still a student, which is why I stand up at 6:30. I eat breakfast and have a shower then I go to school. When I come home from school I do at least some handstands, front levers and pushups even if it’s not my workout day. I just can’t do no training the whole day. If it’s my workout day I train 2-4 hours. After that if I have a test or something like that, I study for it. I go to bed between 22:00 and 23:00.

Tell us something about your experience?
I’m doing street workout now for one and a half year. And I don’t think I have much experience. I still have to learn very much. All I can say is that hard work is worth it and if you really want something do it.

Do you prefer to work in a team or individually?
I prefer to work in a team, because it’s more fun and you can learn from each other. A further advantage is that other people can watch your form and give you constructive criticism.

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you since you start doing street workout?
I was hurt and didn’t work out for about 2 weeks and after that i suddenly were a lot stronger. I can’t explain myself, but I liked it.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as a bar athlete?
Learning muscle ups. In my opinion muscle ups are the perfect exercise for your upper body. It trains every muscle of the upper body and you can do endless variations and combos with this exercise.

What’s your most memorable moment?
The winning of the Austrian Street Workout Championship.

Do you have any rituals or a mantra that you use to pump yourself up before a competition?

How do you mentally prepare yourself to do such complicated routines before you compete?
I just stay calm.

Do you think Street Workout should be an Olympic sport and if so why?
Yes, because street workout should become more popular. The more people do street workout the better the community will become and the level will increase.

What do you expect from World Street Workout and Calisthenics Federation in future?
That the Federation will make the sport more known and it will unite the community.

What was the first thought in your mind when you qualified to Street Workout World Championship to represent your country?
Now I have to train even harder.

This year rules are split in categories and in order to win World Championship you must be perfect in static, dynamic and mixed elements. How do you perceive these changes in rules?
In my opinion the new rules are very good, because you have to be good in everything and the winner is the “completest athlete” and worthy of being the champion.

This Street Workout World Championship will bring together national champions from 65 different countries. How would you rate your chances to become a world champion?
I believe that I have no chances to win This Street Workout World Championship, but I just want to have fun and show the best I’m able to do.

What’s next for (athlete name)? Competitions? Hard Moves?
At the moment I’m working on Impossible dips and the planche.  The next competition I will compete after Moscow will probably be the next Austrian Street Workout Championship. But until then, I want to be much better than I’m now.

Any advices for someone who wants or his goal is to compete on Street Workout World Championship?
Train hard, live healthy, be creative and most important point is to have fun.

What can you say to all the participants before the championship? 
I’m looking forward to see them all. Many of them inspired me and I can’t wait to see them in real life. I want to see some sick moves of which I can learn something and get new ideas. Also I want to get a few tips from them.