In 1982, Professor Alvaro Romano began researching eastern techniques and the movements of the primitive man. The main influence of Ginastica Natural is the ground movements of Brazilian Jiu–Jitsu. These ground movements combined with the techniques of stretching, flexibility and breathing of Hatha yoga, natural movements and the strength created through using body weight make up Ginastica Natural.
In the 90’s, Alvaro Romano decided to spread to the world his lifestyle and his quality of life. After having his university degree and post degree in Physical Education, he decided to develop a workout technology beyond anything that was ever done before: Ginastica Natural. In the beginning, Alvaro Romano perfected a type of training he would do on his own to, later, apply in class. For the safety of those practicing it, he conducted an in-depth study into the movements. His first experience applying techniques was with himself and the athletes he trained.
“As a physical education professional, my vision was to develop a training program, much beyond of just only fitness activities, I built a workout applied to health issues, quality of life and longevity; Ginastica Natural, can be practiced for everybody that wish an integration between, body and mind, following my concepts and philosophy of life. Ginastica Natural is a revolutionary training system that I use in my daily workout for decades, nowadays I can find how it contributed to my physical, mental and spiritual evolution, in my health and quality of life.” – Alvaro Romano
During his search to improve his performance as an athlete and as a professional in the field of physical education, he develop alternative and unconventional ways to incorporate power and flexibility in to his physical exercises. To deliver results and benefits to increase quality of life and health, longevity and a healthy spirit resulting in an evolution of your training to achieve weight loss, muscle-tone, and also to assure that the practitioners will be fully assisted with all advantages Ginastica Natural can bring.
About Alvaro Romano
Founder and creator of the Ginastica Natural® method, Alvaro Romano has a Post-Graduate degree in Physical Education and Recreation, author of the book “Ginastica Natural®” (Press Publishing House, 1987), Romano is also present in the collection “An anthology on physical activities” (Midiograf Publishing, 1987). Alvaro Romano studied a wealth of different oriental techniques. As a practitioner of Hatha Yoga, his aim was to improve his performance as an athlete, with training for sports as the central theme, to after begin developing his own body of work. A world-fitness leader and a specialist in Health and Quality of life, he implements Ginastica Natural® as a revolutionary physical-fitness and health improvement around the world, through hundreds of seminars, workshops and instructor trainings. Ginastica Natural has been introduced in 27 countries so far, in continents of Americas, Europe and Asia He taught Ginastica Natural courses for the Physical Therapy and Physical Education department’s of Estacio de Sa University in Brazil. Alvaro Romano has applied Ginastica Natural® expertise to agents of the FBI, DEA and SWAT in Washington DC. He participated as a Physical Conditioning coach in various MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, Surfing, Bodyboarding, Soccer, Alpine skiing events.
Top athletes of a wide range of modalities have tested and approved Ginastica Natural:
Mixed Martial Artists like Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos, Vitor Belfort, Georges St-Pierre, Rodrigo Minotauro, Rogerio Minotouro, Demian Maia, Fabricio Camoes, Mark Munoz, Rani Yahya, Jiu-Jitsu legends Roger Gracie, Alexandre Ribeiro, Saulo Ribeiro, Gilbert Durinho, Leticia Ribeiro, surfers Andy Irons (in memorian), Fred Pattachia, Mark Healey, Neco Padaratz, Cirque du Solei’s “O” performer Junior Faitau, soccer player Ronaldo “Fenomeno” Lima, among others. At the invitation of physiotherapist Nilton Petrone, he applied Ginastica Natural exercises to help rehabilitate injured soccer player superstar Ronaldo for the World Cup of 2002. Alvaro Romano is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under legendary Master Rolls Gracie (in memoriam), Carlos Gracie Junior and Rickson Gracie. He is also a brown belt in Judo, participated in triathlon races and long-distance swimming and was one of the first surfers in Rio de Janeiro to practice Jiu-Jitsu. He was present at the first “Ultimate Fighting Championship” in Denver, Colorado, in 1993 with the Gracie Family. Nowadays, Alvaro Romano travels the world to spread Ginastica Natural® through seminars and workshops.