We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicolas Crequat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicolas, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Honesty, efficiency and hard work are the three founding principles behind everything I do. Many influencers and magazine love to sell people dreams and short cuts that don’t work. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. I have seen many people get discouraged and give up after realizing the magic pill they were promised does not work. The Online Calisthenics platform is here to offer an alternative to the mainstream marketed fitness, debunk the myths, and provide results with a sustainable lifestyle. We offer a global solution and detailed wellness blueprint that people can follow for the rest of their lives. We therefore let people be free of gyms, programs and diets. We strive to make people free and healthy, anywhere, anytime.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The fitness industry employs the same marketing strategies other big business do. Selling useless gym memberships, equipments, supplements and miracle 8 week workouts that get you nowhere. We instead offer people a global actionable wellness plan, with access to real people, not just an app, for all levels, from beginner to advanced. We are here as a starting point along their path to natural fitness and health. If you are already training, we can help too. Our clients become independent, debunk the BS, and get free from physical gyms and diets. Instead they learn, grow, get stronger, more mobile, and healthier. They can then make progress and move on, on their own, learn new sports and disciplines for the rest of their lives, with solid foundations. The best coaches and mentors are the ones you won’t need anymore.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Los Angeles area is an amazing place to visit. I will try to keep the list short. First, go get a taco on Rose avenue in Venice, when the food truck La Isla Bonita stops by. At night, little Tokyo is a great spot downtown for asian food and good music. You can swing by the Blue Whale, jazz club while you are there. For a cool drink on Sundays I’d go to the Standard downtown, and hang out by the pool. The Comedy Store on Sunset blvd is a cool spot if you like comedy. I’d also take my friends to Venice Beach for a calisthenics workout, around sunset, to Zuma beach to watch dolphins and up the Culver City stair for the best view of L.A.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my workout friends based in Paris. Some of these guys are the greatest athletes I’ve ever met. They had already been training when I joined them. I wasn’t nearly as strong as some of the guys there but everybody was welcoming, and sharing knowledge.The camaraderie and uplifting was amazing. I’d also want to give another big shoutout to the New York calisthenics pioneers, like @HannibalForKing and @ZefZakaveli. These guys are some of the best original street workout athletes, and their videos have inspired millions of people around the world, creating a new generation of athletes. They prove that everything is possible when you put the work in.