Ido Portal movement training is quickly becoming the standard for building physical fitness.
Improving the control you have over your bodyweight is a noble pursuit.
Before you view the videos below, remember that advanced variations of movement/exercise, while being incredibly entertaining watch, are within everyone’s capacity to achieve.
The movement achievement recipe is simple:
Find an effective/potent training system/philosophy and practice it relentlessly.
Practice until you are sick of practicing. Then practice some more.
The more you practice, the better you become at what you are practicing, which then grants you access to more challenging progressions and higher level practice.
Practice boosts understanding, awareness and insight, motor control, strength/stability/endurance/power/mobility.
The elite become elite because they are understand the value of practice, and how to leverage practice to rise above.
Now, while doing something is generally better than doing nothing, it is possible to practice incorrectly, which is why receiving feedback from a mentor or a teacher so valuable. The teacher is an advanced at practicing, at a level that you are trying to get to. The teacher, through experience has acquired understanding, knowledge to share with students.
The best teachers maintain the humble student mentality despite being considered experts.
With movement, more specifically body position, it is very easy and quite common to think that you are practicing technique correctly when you are not.
Improper body alignment or stopping short of full range of motion are two extremely predictable situations that a teacher has the eye and understanding to verbally cue or re-position to ensure that your time spent practicing is technique appropriate.
Below are a several examples of the Ido Portal ground based movement philosophy, performed by Ido himself.
QDR: Beginner Rotational Push-Ups
NDA Beginner Lateral Push Ups
Harop Curl Beginner
The knock that I currently have on Ido’s portfolio of work is that there isn’t a clear and defined starting point for his movement systems. Combing through his old blog provides some insight, but making sense of his system still remains a mystery for most. I completely understand him wanting to keep the integrity of his movement system intact and avoid distortion (which often happens as the word spreads).
However there are some exceptional gymnastics-centric training systems available that can fill the voids that currently exist while serving as a great stepping stone as you transition into Ido’s movement philosophy.
Here are some those essential bodyweight training resources, which can found and purchased easiest on Amazon…
Whether you’re a novice or advanced trainee, a simple equipment set up can make a dramatic difference in your progress and overall enjoyment.
Gymnastics rings and parallettes are the best starting point and will provide big bang for your buck, and seemingly endless exercise progressions and variation.
L-Sit progressions, tuck and push-up variations, vertical and horizontal pulling exercises, hanging challenges are all best executed using gymnastic rings and parallettes.
The Nagoya Gymnastics Rings (Amazon, $30) currently have a 5-star rating and over 1,007 customer reviews. You’re welcome to shop around, but for the price and quality, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal for similar quality.
Best-selling author and movement enthusiast Tim Ferriss has raved about these gymnastics rings after testing them himself in past newsletters and blog posts. Gymnastics rings are an essential component for true bodyweight training, and an unbeatable buy in my opinion.
Personally, I built my parallettes from PVC pipe using these exact instructions. It was inexpensive, simple and fast to assemble. They work fantastic.
If you aren’t in the mood to DIY, I recommend these parallettes.
Cheers to you.