Native Free-style Calisthenics athlete brings recognition to rising sport

Posted: 6/22/2021 / 7:29 PM EDT
Updated: 6/22/2021 / 7:29 PM EDT

EVANS, GA (WJBF) – A native of Cade Hardin, Evans is the only freestyle calisthenics athlete in the entire CSRA.

“Parkour is mostly running and flipping, and it’s insanely impressive. It is calisthenics
own practice with pull-ups, push-ups and some body weight exercises. We go to extremes with freestyle calisthenics, always be creative with it so you never run out of ideas to reinvent the wheel, ”said Cade.

Prior to an elbow injury in high school, Cade was a star baseball player at Lakeside High School, and it wasn’t until five years ago that he fell in love with the sport after watching videos on social media.

“I didn’t know what to make of it then, but you know that God has a plan for everything and it works, and I’m really happy with what I’m doing,” said Cade. “I wanted to compete in something and find something competitive to challenge myself and I saw it and fell in love with it,” he added.

With no designated practice areas in the area, Cade was creative and built bar sets in his parents’ garden.

“I wanted to have the best equipment for training and it was something of a hobby of mine to come here and work on the setup.”

Cade has attended 9 events and just got his second best result in the UFCL Battlegrounds Two competition in Miami.

“You learn from every competition you do, but it takes a lot of repetition and you just have to keep getting up. The more you fail, the more successful you are. “

Hardin now wants to do his part and increase the popularity of freestyle calisthenics.

“Hopefully we were aiming for the Olympics or X-Games or something like that, just to be recognized and pass the sport on for future generations.