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Can Everyone Learn Seemingly SuperHuman Acrobatic Feats? Yuri Marmerstein Tells Us How

In this episode of the Becoming SuperHuman podcast, I host Mr. Yuri Marmerstein, an acrobat and gymnast who has made a name for himself as one of the authorities on hand balancing. Yuri’s feats, which you can see in the video below, are absolutely superhuman, but what’s more impressive is that despite spending some time training with greats like Kit Laughlin, Olympian Valentin Kirichenko, and Christopher Sommer, Yuri is largely self taught, and is teaching people all over the world to perform these seemingly superhuman feats by themselves.

What he offers, then, is a very unique perspective on learning incredible acrobatic and physical feats from someone who was not born into it, and who hasn’t trained since the age of 4, like most of the elite gymnasts you may have seen. This interview is very technical and nerdy, and we go very deep into some of the skills and the path to learning them. But, if you’ve ever dreamed of standing on one hand, doing double backflips, or any other seemingly superhuman gymnastic skills, you’ll find the interview to be really fascinating and encouraging. I hope you find it very interesting, and of course, I welcome your feedback in the comments section below if you’d like to see more of these types of interviews.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Yuri’s path to becoming an acrobat, gymnast, and performer
  • What brought Yuri to become one of the foremost authorities on hand balancing
  • The psychological requirements behind seemingly “superhuman” feats like tumbling or handstands
  • How Yuri went from an “not athletic” teenager to a performing gymnast and expert in such a short time
  • Insights into the world of circus and performing arts
  • What types of tools Yuri uses to train his students
  • The most important thing to learn before you start learning tumbling
  • How important raw strength is in acrobatics and tumbling
  • Some practical tips for starting to learn handstands
  • How Yuri prevents injury and the importance of good warmup habits
  • Some tips for strengthening your wrists and hands to prepare for tumbling
  • The role of ego and judgement in physical injury
  • Yuri’s nutrition and supplementation regimen
  • The 3 biggest mistakes people make with regards to their physical health
  • The most impactful habits you can apply today to improve your health and mobility
  • Standing workstations
  • How to choose which exercise program(s) you should be engaging in
  • Deliberately creating muscle imbalances or deficits for one’s sport of choice
  • What’s Yuri working on right now
  • How much should one train, and knowing when to stop
  • What are the first steps for learning gymnastic skills?

Our Favorite Quotes:

“The more body awareness you have, the less strength you actually have to use.”
“Most injuries are not necessarily from being underprepared – it’s more just awareness.”
“A big part of it is being able to shut down your ego and knowing when to quit.”
“If you’re willing to sacrifice a little ankle health for $50M a year… go for it!”

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

As promised, a video of Yuri demonstrating his amazing abilities

Jonathan

Jonathan

Jonathan Levi is a serial entrepreneur, published author, and lifehacker born and raised in Silicon Valley. Since 2014, Jonathan has been one of the top-performing instructors on online learning platform Udemy, and has snowballed this success into the launch of his rapidly growing information products company, SuperHuman Enterprises, which produces such products as the award-winning Becoming SuperHuman Podcast; the bestselling "Become a SuperLearner" print, digital, and audiobooks; and numerous other online courses through it’s own online training portal, SuperLearner Academy. Jonathan’s media products have been enjoyed by over 130,000 people in 200 countries. He is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.