Woody Allen once wrote, "Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach...teach gym". In the worlds of fitness and acrobatic performance, that statement couldn't be further from the truth. After a successful career, many entertainers and competitors segue into instruction, sharing the valuable knowledge they've gained with the next generation of their chosen field.
For Mathieu Bolillo, prospective students aren't just upcoming athletes, but anyone who wants to achieve health, inner peace, and confidence. In other words, a point of balance in their lives. He gained that very thing when the longtime gymnast suffered a serious injury.
Chances are that you've seen Mathieu Bolillo perform at least once. Bolillo spent six years with the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s KA at MGM Grand, defying gravity nightly in the long-running epic production. In order to set himself apart in the competitive world of athletic entertainment, Bolillo created a new apparatus that he calls the Balance Wheel. His innovative design and self-taught act garnered him the 2016 U.S. Aerial Champion Award for “New and Innovative Apparatus”. Bolillo and his Balance Wheel have been in numerous productions and events around Sin City.
"I have one sister and we were born in Bordeaux, France. I’m raised in France with Spanish, Arabic, and international influences due to the origins of my parents and my high-level gymnastic background." Returning to his home country of France in 2010, he contracted a very serious case of chickenpox that nearly claimed his life (adult cases are much more severe than the childhood variety). It took a year to recover and get back his strength and physique.
Not only did the charismatic performer recover from a serious illness, but his entire world threatened to come crashing down at one point when he sustained another major setback.
"Life gave me a lesson. When you start to be comfortable in the industry, this is when accidents...injuries can happen. For me it was like the world was falling apart when I broke my leg. As an acrobat, you don't exist anymore - you feel useless. But my mind just switched in a kind of revelation. Saying to myself "Well, if I can't use my legs, why don't I use my hands?" Simple as that!"
The basic concept of the handstand became Mathieu's salvation. It not only changed his way of performing but gave him a new clarity of life. Now he's sharing that experience through classes and online programs. "I use handstands to transmit and channel self-confidence...fun, focus, and transformation into the body, mind, and spirit. This is what people are looking for in their own life. Balance. It's all about that."
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"The courses I do for people, they are for everyone. Even people that never did a handstand in their whole life. You don't have to be strong and confident. Everyone has the right to have fun."
The three-month Boli Balance Program integrates a 12-week handstand challenge with kettlebell workouts for strength, power, and fluidity of movement. Motivational training combined with holistic techniques can aid your success in career, relationships, and personal health. "You will perform handstand drills and calisthenic drills, have better energy, look and feel better, and have knowledge that you can carry for the rest of your life."
Bolillo is so confident in his program that he will continue to train, at no extra charge, until the goals described above are achieved. But clients have to be entirely committed from the very beginning. Dedication is an absolute must.
Sometimes students become the best teachers, and Mathieu Bolillo has learned plenty from the men and women who follow his lessons. As he sees it, "The fears we face become our own limits. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hands. Balance your life."