EPISODE 011 // ATHLETICS ACADEMY ANIMAL MOVEMENT BASICS


Hey Peeps, welcome to Athletics Academy Today is a very special episode for us which really hits home for us. Todays topic is Animal Movement We’ll explain why and what it actually does in your body. By the time you have finished watching this video you’ll be able to perform three basic movements And on top we’ll show you an exercise out of our Jiu Jitsu ( BJJ) training Why should you train Animal Movements? We see the biggest value in this movement based training to be in the here and now. To actually be present and aware in the moment. It’s like meditation and awareness. Both in one – When I do this exercise I’m not able to think of anything else- I have to be present in the moment. Components include mobility, flexibility, strengthening and endurance. There are so many benefits out of this, a whole page wouldn’t suffice. In comparison to bench presses, push ups, pull ups – – which are great exercises – Locomotion ( Animal Movements) are a whole different game. Welcome to the next level. First Exercise: Basic Level. Tiger Position Very important is the hand placement. Be aware of the ground. Lift your knees. You have to be able to hold this position. Now we’ll go forward in a contralateral motion. Contralateral meaning moving the opposite sides of one hand and one foot at the same time. So for example right hand and left foot. Look for about 20 meters ( or yards ) it doesn’t matter where- outside, in your garden on the street- wherever and move in an aware state of your body. Be aware of the tension in your belly area, chest, arms and legs. The whole body will be under stress ( positively) . It’s not isolated training, like most modern fitness exercises, but a full body exercise! That being said, not only your body but also your brain will be activated. 2nd basic exercise: My knee is turned outward. The front facing foot is supposed to be approximately at a 45 degree angle You’ll need good leg mobility & flexibility for this exercise. Ankles, your joints, knees and hip flexors should be flexible If it feels weird in the beginning: It’s not bad. If you’ll continue to do this exercise your posture will slowly improve. From this position, firstly we’ll go with the back hand we’ll go forward, stay low! and connect with our hand to the floor. followed by the second hand – we’ll hold shortly in the air and lift our hip up and move forward with our legs. Change the direction and again- Back to front Still at the basics stage: 3rd Exercise Side Ape Walk. (Ape Slide) I’ll push myself as high as I can. and I’ll land as low as possible. Let’s show you in action. Down to the squat position. This has to work ( heels to the ground) Again, back hand goes first- back to front. I go up – hold myself up for a short period of time- and go down slowly. I really try to hold myself up at the highest point. So I don’t just drop down but instead I want to move sideways in a controlled fashion. Push high! I want to feel weightless for a second. Only if I have this feeling I slide sideways Alright, I can already hear the comments. What is this weird stuff, why does he do this etc etc Do I really have to move like an ape ? I used to think the exact same way. I used to train a lot of Jiu Jitsu. A lot of Boxing and I thought to myself: How can I get better? There are so many strong people, how can I surpass them? Then I started looking for many different techniques of strengthening and training. Then I found Animal Movement and the teachings of Ido Portal and Joseph Bartz. And only then I realized alright this is a new level of training. That’s a new area for fitness Why not at least try it? In the beginning I really struggled a lot! My head and brain felt slow and heavy I really didn’t understand how to move this way but in the shortest period of time I understood what it does to my body, my joints and my muscles. How I increased my strength, endurance, mobility, flexibility and overall control over my body! Within the shortest period of time I started to feel comfortable in Jiu Jitsu I fought physically with people and felt mentally and physically so much stronger! Alright maybe it wasn’t easy- but a huge difference! It was so much more pleasant because the Animal Movements prepared my body for stress. Since I started doing this I don’t have injuries anymore Not a single injury for more than a year. And before I started doing these I got injured a lot ( martial arts- go figure) because my joints and muscles weren’t used to the physical stress And if the body doesn’t know the stress, you can be rest assured there will be injuries. One sudden movement- and it happens. But if you constantly move, are aware in your movement and train with these complex movements always in a deep stretch always in different, unknown angles and positions, your body will become more resistant Then your body is prepared for anything. Whatever it may be, fight , moving, playing, jumping and falling. Guys, these exercises are golden! Don’t waste your time with fitness bullshit like leg curls. Do something useful. Alright on to the special exercise. We used to do this everyday at the BJJ gym. There is no real name for it. I stand in a light split. move forward with my hands, do a push up stretch to the back and jump forward. How long and how much? We have three basic movements Look for 20 yards, do all the exercises from 1 to 4. Move back and forth. You want to accumulate 5 times 20 meters for every exercise. My advice: Take off your shoes, take of your socks. You’ll want to feel everything beneath your feet and hands to make them stronger and more resistant. Move in nature. Back to our nature. Try to feel the earth beneath your feet and move on all fours. Get out of your shoes you are in the whole day normally. Get free. Get your functionality back in your toes and ankle joints. That’s wonderful, That’s freedom. That’s us

3 thoughts on “EPISODE 011 // ATHLETICS ACADEMY ANIMAL MOVEMENT BASICS

  • May 5, 2018 at 11:18 am
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    Tolle Übungen! Hast du deine Muskeln nur mit Bodyweight aufgebaut? Danke dir!

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  • April 18, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    Really fantastic…keep going bro

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  • August 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    Super video,thank you

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