Juan Carlos Leidero convinced us at Heroic Sport to send Thierry to join him at Salinas Longboard Festival in Asturias, Northern Spain. We’re going to do some demonstrations, small classes and workshops to promote Heroic Sport and the fantastic combination of Pahlavandle™ and boardsports!
Therefore, here’s a quick little interview to present you Juan Carlos who’s the first person in Spain to run Pahlavandle classes on Stand Up Paddleboards.
What is your background?
I have always been active in sports and was in the special forces during my military service. I started rock climbing when I was 20 and it changed everything for me. This lead me to certifying in Pilates, yoga and other formations such as kettlebells, bosu, trx etc…
I see these modalities as tools for people who want to achieve a better body-mind connection.
In the last 10 years, I have had my own Pilates studio in Avilés, working with all kinds of people, as well as doing some program for TV, and different sports such as surfing and rock climbing. The last 5 years I have been operating out of an organic shop, Dhadhas. I am still very enthusiastic about the whole thing!
How did you start with Indian clubs?
I saw a video of the Pahlavandle on social medias. At first I thought it was a bit of a joke, but I was curious so I researched a bit more, and discovered it was legit. So I took contact with you guys.
What do you enjoy most about Indian clubs?
The freedom and flow of the movements. The spirals feel especially therapeutic and overall great.
Tell us a bit about Salinas International Longboard Festival, 17th edition.
We’re expecting 5000 people this year, with lots of music, competitions, workshops and street food, right on the beach. People from around the world come to participate and gather inspiration to share back with their clubs and schools.
The festival is like a giant experimental ground, and I want to share the benefits of Indian clubs with the surfing and boardsports community.
What are the benefits of Indian clubs for people?
They help us reconnect the mind to the body, become aware of how we move or tension in neck and shoulders. Better proprioception results in better balance.
I see Indian clubs as a great tool for body mapping (linking emotions and thoughts to physical experiences) and restoring a state of flow and well being.
What are the advantages of the Pahlavandle™ over other types of clubs on the market?
They are great invention! Very practical in the way you can adjust the weight up to 3kg, and I love the fact we are upcycling plastic bottles, giving a second life to trash.
Just pick up 2 bottles, and you can train your whole body just about anywhere!
How do people react the first time you show them the pahlavandle™?
Very surprised at first, but after a few swings they feel the restorative effects for neck and shoulders. They also think it is fun to train.
Do you want to add something else?
Being a passionate person with my work, I define myself as a facilitator of the mind and body.
I am confident that if one learn the right techniques, the results can only be positive.
You can get in touch with Juan Carlos on social medias.