Not That Fit: Landing Triple Backflips with Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Jon Vellner

August 25, 2020 by
Photo Courtesy of Christina Russo

After my convo last week with Icelandic strongman, Stefán Sölvi Pétursson, I’m feeling bulkier but #NotThatFit overall. There are still nine components of fitness to master, and today I’ve chosen one of the most mysterious: accuracy.

According to CrossFit coaching legend Ben Bergeron, accuracy is the ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity. For me, this means being able to, say, jump off one side of a seesaw, do two flips and three twists, and land on the other, or to hit a twisting cartwheel directly into a 540 that you land into a forward roll. These are but a few of the steazy tricks from Jon Vellner, a former trampolinist, Canadian national team aerialist, and Cirque du Soleil performer and brother to CrossFit Games silver medal holder Pat Vellner.

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