About

Hi.  I'm Chris Salvato.

Hi. My name is Chris.

I’m a normal guy who does normal things – but I always liked to take it to the next level.  I help people unlock a more impressive version of themselves.

Oh, and I live a pretty unconventional life, living in two countries and traveling around the world.

Maybe you’re here because you want to learn how to impress some girl.  Maybe you’ve looked all over the internet for progressions and tutorials, but find they don’t actually produce results.  Maybe you’re ready to take things to the next level, but you just don’t know how.

Or Maybe…just maybe…you want to enjoy life by becoming more impressive and inspiring.

My goal is to help you make positive changes that will turn you from normal to impressive in a matter of weeks.  I do that by inspiring and educating you on how to get there.  I’ll bring to light goals you never thought possible, and show you how to accomplish them.  I will show you how to do things that you thought you couldn’t do “in a million years.”

And you will do all of this more easily than you ever imagined.

I live by a simple quote, “If I get 1% better every day, in 70 days, I will be twice as good“.

If I do my job right, you will start tomorrow as a better version of yourself – every day.  Eating a little better, getting a little stronger, and moving a little faster each day will have made you an inspiration not only to others, but also to yourself.  And I do it all by showing you how to take it one step at a time, and the right step every time.

Small changes do add up to huge results.

You are capable of being awe inspiring if you’re willing to take one very small step each day. If you’re interested in learning how you can start moving in the right direction, you can start with the handstand, and surprise yourself in 7 days with the progress you will make.

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So, why listen to me?

I started at the bottom, as an overweight, unhappy and unhealthy person well into my twenties. When it came to fitness, strength and impressive skills…I sincerely didn’t know what I was doing.  I used to look online for breakdancing tutorials, because I thought it was cool, and never made any progress at all.  I started at the bottom of the barrel, as unfit and unimpressive as anyone could be, and I stood there for a long time.

But then I hit my inflection point.

When a bunch of friends convinced me to take martial arts classes, I was very reluctant – even scared – to join them.  I jumped out of my comfort zone, though, and started taking one class a week.  That turned into one class a day…which turned into 3 classes a night, and 2 on weekends.

I made change upon change, small as they were at the time, to build my way up into incredibly impressive skills, including one armed handstands, one armed chinups, a 60-second freestanding handstand, human flags, front lever and planches.  I learned how to move like a cat, running up 10 foot walls and land silently from a fall.

Along the way, I made every training mistake known to man.  Some of these mistakes ended in disaster.  I suffered through hundreds of shoulder dislocations, 4 shoulder surgeries, a separated shoulder, a dislocated elbow, Osgood–Schlatter disease and knee tendinitis.

Even with my “broken body” I was always able to get back on the horse and teach my body skills that most people deem impossible.

I have been training these skills, researching the science of human performance, and overcoming mental and physical  barriers for the better part of a decade.  I figure that there much be thousands of others who could benefit from the lessons I learned along the way from my own experiences and teaching others.

And thus, chrissalvato.com was born.

The main theme of this site is to get just a little bit better, every single day with a very small step that you don’t even notice you are taking.

I am not a professional acrobat. Although I love the skills I teach, and trained with some of the most impressive athletes I have ever met, including Cirque performers and Olympians, I am in the trenches, just like you.  I take small steps every day to get better at the most important things in my life – everything from fitness, to family to even video games (I’m a huge Starcraft 2 fan..)

If you want to take your fitness to the next level, I can get you there.  If you want to learn to handstand or just WOW your friends, family and the opposite sex, I can get you there.  If you want to learn the one armed chin up, its going to take a lot of work and dedication – but I can get you there.

Let me help you become more impressive.

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My Philosophies

Workouts

Exercise should be fun. I don’t think anyone should work out in any way that they find boring or miserable. There are so many ways to get more impressive, and enjoy your workouts, that you don’t need to ever do anything you don’t want to do. Too many people find themselves in a “grind” of working out – which is why they fail.

I train to do impressive things because I enjoy them, and because they let me live a rich life. These skills inspire myself and inspire others, and I truly enjoy training them. You should definitely find what you like, set a goal, and then find the most enjoyable way to hit that goal by taking small incremental steps, just as I outline in The 15-Second Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide.

Goals

Goals are absolutely crucial to becoming more impressive.  They will drive how you train, what you train and how much satisfaction you get from your training.  You need goals!

Goals don’t need to be big and fancy.  When starting on handstands, you can start with a goal of a 15-second wall handstand, or even a 10-second plank.  Your ultimate goals, like your first 15-second handstand, can be broken down into component parts that will help you become the impressive person you always dreamed of.

When it comes to fitness, business, and life in general, I always focus on the smallest goal possible, and build upon that progress towards my ultimate goal.  When I’m satisfied, I always move on to something new.

Perseverence

Mindset and mental attitude are way more important than most people realize.  Everybody can make excuses when they aren’t where they want to be, or how they should give up when things get difficult.  It is the successful people who push through the hard times, including the most important (and hardest) time of all – getting started.

We all have responsibilities – jobs, families, kids, relationships.  And these things will hinder progress and its easy to feel that these things just “get in the way”.  In order to be a success, we need to work our goals into our daily lives by taking one small step at a time.

I’d love for you to join my list as you get started on your journey to take your fitness (and your life) to the next level.

Lifestyle

I didn’t realize it until I had been living it for several years – but my lifestyle is wildly non-comformist and unconventional.  Maybe that’s why the ideas in Chris Guillebeau’s 279 Days to Overnight Success really struck a chord with me.

I do believe its possible to live outside of the box, have a great time, and enjoy every day.  Whether that means standing on my hands when everyone is doing biceps curls, or being self-employed when everyone else chooses to live a standard 9-5 – I believe the purpose of life is to enjoy it, and surrounding myself with likeminded people…I hope you’re one of them!

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