Rediscover your wildside! This new workout trend will see you monkeying around in unfamiliar forms and positions inspired by the animal world.
Bizarre? Yes. Serious fat-burning programme? Definitely. It will work your muscles hard, increase mobility and balance and boost your endurance.
Firstly, withhold any scepticism: this unusual workout is winning fans around the world. Invented by American Mike Fitch, it’s like a seamless flow of yoga, strength training, martial arts and gymnastics. Lots of the moves imitate the movements of animals, hence names like “travelling ape”, “scorpion rolls” and “stork seesaw”.
You will build functional strength, and get in some serious cardiovascular conditioning. Active stretching throughout the workout will also help chronically tight muscle flexibility and improve joint flexibility. This will make it less likely you will injure yourself doing other activities.
Payoffs are mental as well as physical. Working on your hands and knees literally changes your perspective of the world and your how your body works. Mind-body connection is improved as the quadrupedal (four-footed) movements help restore connection and stabilisation throughout the whole body.
Yes! It is suitable for all ages and abilities and you can vary the intensity according to your fitness aims. Animal flow is done in group sessions or as an individual workout. You can also blend it into other workouts such as circuits and HIIT.
Because there’s no equipment, Animal Flow is also a portable, travel-friendly workout. Great if you move around a lot, or want to add variety to your bodyweight exercises.
Ready to tap into your primal instincts? Try these 3 moves to start you off:
Reverse movement back to crouch position and repeat on left side. Do 2 sets of 12, alternating each side.
Loving the names, but never seen it in a gym anywhere yet.
Now I like the sound of this! I think anything you can do without formal equipment has to be good for you. I hope this catches on and gets to my gym - I would love it.
I have to say that I am still puzzling over the position in the picture - how do you do that?