Alternatives to The Ido Portal Method Movement Training Book That Will Never Be…

Ido Portal
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“Coming soon” since 2013…

A lot of people (myself included) would happily fork over the money for a Ido Portal book, how-to guide, program manual, online training portal diagramming the foundational elements of The Ido Portal Method.  

Heck, most of us would find some value in a hand-written chicken-scratch compilation of notes from one of Ido’s infamous MovementX training camps.  Instead we get poetic postings and rants from his Facebook page.  

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At this point, I am sure it is not going to happen folks.

In interviews, Ido’s mentioned on several occasions he doesn’t want to chain his work to the “foreverness” of a book.  

As many know, The Ido Portal Method training philosophy is constantly evolving and expanding  

Ido Portal would have to write a 10,000 page book on movement, which would still have to be updated and revised on a regular basis.  

I would still read it from cover to cover.  

I’ve been checking the Ido Portal website for over 4 years, waiting for the “store” link to send me to a page with products.  Nothing, yet.  Still “Coming Soon”.

Rather than sift through the posts on Ido’s old blog, I found other training programs that in my opinion are just as good, if not better than The Ido Portal Method.

For several years I attempted to piecemeal any info I could find about Ido Portal Method which left me frustrated.  

Movement capacity development is a powerful transition in how we do fitness.  The question is:  “Nice body, what can you do with it?”

After digesting a lot of Ido’s documented work, I noticed trends.  

At the core, The Ido Portal Method is comprised of:

  •  Locomotion 
  •  Gymnastics

Understanding this made my search a lot easier and much more specific.  

Step 1:  Find ground-based movement training.

Step 2:  Find a strength-based built around elements of gymnastics.

My search led me to these these programs. 

Animal Flow

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Animal Flow is a bodyweight ground-based movement training system that uses animal-like exercises to create pre-planned flows and movement sequences.  Eventually, the goal is to transition from planned movement sequences to improvised flow work. 

Much like the Ido Portal Method, Animal Flow is a melting pot of movement disciplines cherry-picking the best elements from Parkour, Yoga, Bodyweight Training, etc.

Ground-based movement exploration, or locomotion, is a HUGE part of Ido Portal Method.  I’ve seen impressive results in movement capacity, strength and mobility since using more crawling patterns.  

The Lizard Crawl is a brilliant movement pattern.  


Locomotion training removes exposes the body to uncommon positions and removes a lot of fear or hesitation toward moving into and out of these positions.  Quadrupedal training is also great for upper body strength and core development.  

If you enjoy Ido’s locomotion exercises (lizard crawling, etc), you will find Animal Flow to be comparable and possibly more interesting.  

I’ve integrated Animal Flow into my own workouts from several different angles:  dynamic warm-up tool, as part of interval conditioning or as pure skill work.  It’s an extremely dynamic movement training system adaptable to suit many different goals.  

Here’s a simple flow…

 

Animal Flow 2.0 is designed for long distance coaching, which is fantastic for people who want to train at home (as I do).  The program design is progressive and structurally sound.  It’s also priced right versus spending $3,000+ for The Ido Portal Method.

More details about Animal Flow here

Global Bodyweight Training

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Strength is the foundation of movement and control over one’s bodyweight.

The Bodyweight Athlete Program reinforces strength-based calisthenic movements, dominance over bodyweight.  This is a brilliantly structured fitness training program for anyone interested in exploring the potency of bodyweight training.  

Again, we are paralleling the Ido Portal Method progression of movement with Bodyweight Athlete.

Skill progression is primarily focused the following:

  • Muscle Ups
  • Handstand Push Ups
  • Single Arm Push Ups
  • Single Arm Body Rows
  • Pistol Squats
  • Handstands
  • L-Sits
  • Human Flag (aka: body levers or Dragon Flags)
  • Back Levers

All of these exercises are an important part of the Isolation training phase in The Ido Portal Method.

Like Animal Flow, you do not have to be an advanced mover to make gains with this program.  It’s structured for everyone.  The progressions are designed to be scaled for everyone, beginner or elite.  

 

Smart exercise progressions are powerful and when paired with simple mobility, stability and flexibility training… gains are often rapid.  

Joint mobility and core training, self myofascial release and breath work are also a big part of The Bodyweight Athlete Program.  Keeping joints buttery and healthy, core strong through all planes of movement, muscles supple and pliable will protect the body from injuries.  I’m impressed with the attention given learn how to breathe properly.  

Breathing can either help or hinder.

The strength work in The Bodyweight Athlete compliments ground based locomotion of Animal Flow.  

Pairing the two creates a powerful training program which really is a great alternative to The Ido Portal Method. 

More details on The Bodyweight Athlete Program

Strength

Strength training is crucial.  It opens doors to more advanced movements.  

Dedicated strength work is a major part of the Isolation phase in the Ido Portal Method.

The underlying pursuit is to establish self-dominance over bodyweight.

To achieve this, it’s important to train big movements.  Exercises like single arm push-ups, pull-ups and chin-ups, body levers, pistol squats, L-Sits, etc.  

Gymnastics style workouts build incredible functional strength, as does single arm and single leg bodyweight exercises.  Both are examples of high tension training techniques.

If you look closely the Ido Portal Method you can see gymnastics roots.  There is plenty of tumbling, bodyweight patterns and work with the gymnastics rings.   

Training with gymnastics rings is brutally effective tool for increasing upper body strength.

Follow a training system… 

I’ll leave you with this… 

Find a training system and follow it relentlessly.  

Don’t make the mistake of trying to do only bits and pieces.  You’ll make some progress but not nearly as fast as you would have had you gone headfirst into a training system.  

You’ll make incredible progress by following the carefully designed progressions of a movement system.  In this post I’ve provided you with a couple options I feel are amazing alternatives to The Ido Portal Method.

Animal Flow and Global Bodyweight Training fell into my lap and I’ve been using them and recommending both ever since.  

Do your homework, but I think you’ll find these programs to be worthy alternatives to The Ido Portal Method program that may never be.  

 

Cheers to movement training endeavors,

Kyle

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7 thoughts on “Alternatives to The Ido Portal Method Movement Training Book That Will Never Be…

  1. hey kyle whats up,
    thanks for the post, very useful!
    any particular reason to not include coach sommer at yout library?
    cheers,
    caue

    1. Hi Caue, I apologize for the delay in response. To be honest, I was in the process of learning what Coach Sommer was all about, including his Gymnastics Bodies program. I’ve since become a HUGE fan. His interview with Tim Ferriss was fantastic. I definitely endorse his body of work.

  2. Some huge pieces are missing, like Charles Poliquin books (for programming and “structural balance” stuff), Thomas Kurz (for flexibility-loaded progressive stretching starts here), Wushu stuff (look for Emmet Louis on youtube), Handbalancing (Yuval Ayalon and Yuri Marmerstein are good resources, the first one studied also with Claude Victoria), Gold Medal Bodies GMB (for flows and some acrobatics), Kit Laughlin (stretching), look Nauli on youtube (for breathing stuff), David Bercelli (Trauma exercises), and so on. Ido has provided great info but in my opinion has been a fool. Just mentioning great stuff but only provide it for 1000 dollars leaves a huge gap that has been taken for many others.

    1. Hi bigpapa, thank you for the comment. I 100% agree with you regarding your comments. The post wasn’t intended to be an end all blog post on resources, just a starter for people who are interested in Ido’s body of work. His programs are expensive yes, but his results with those who do the work speak for themselves. I don’t believe that any one of the YouTube videos of his online clients that demonstrate progress across a time period are examples of outliers… but rather people who invested in his advice and chose to do the work. Kit Laughlin is great, I agree, I have been hammering a select few of his stretching techniques lately and it’s fantastic. Charles Poliquin is great as well… however if you look around in the blog I have been an advocate of the Gray Cook FMS for years. It’s important stuff. Injuries happen yes, but they are very preventable in most cases. Gold Medal Bodies are great yes, I do like their platform and how they have taken very challenges principles of gymnastics training and made it pallitable for the masses. Chris Sommer is a badass. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to his interview with Tim Ferriss… please do. His experience and body of work is incredible.

      Again, thanks for swinging by, I love talking shop and it’s great to receive recommendations from readers. Never stop learning and exploring! 🙂

      1. Hey, thank your for the nice comment, I haven’t study Gray Cook so I’ll take a look into it 🙂 I’m actually grateful that Ido stuff is so costly, because it has force me to learn so much that I think I would in a 3 month online coaching! Now I’m fascinated with learning a little bit about the human body everyday. It looks like it’s your experience too.

    1. Hey Jeff,

      Thanks for stopping by…

      Yes I follow GMB closely also, they are doing great things with their programs and have really raised the bar in the gymnastics space. Ryan’s Instagram page is awesome, definitely a program worth looking at.

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