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 the book.  

As many of us know, his training philosophy is constantly evolving.  

Ido Portal is a movement sensei.  This is not to say he’s average in his movement or teachings (because he’s a world-class mover), it’s to say that he represents ALL movement.  Any shape and any form is lumped into his training philosophy.  

So, the reality is 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.  

Personally, I would still buy it and read it from cover to cover.  

I’ve been checking back with 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”.

So, instead of combing through Ido’s old blog in desperate search of a place to start (which I have done out of curiosity), I’ve researched other options. 

There are always options.  

The power of the internet has brought a number of fantastic movement training programs to people who are interested in practicing fitness beyond basic strength and conditioning methods (sets, reps, etc).

We are in the age of movement capacity development.  

It’s a powerful transition in fitness, transitioning from “Nice body”…  to “Nice body, what can you do with it?”.  

After digesting a lot of Ido’s online information, I noticed two main drivers of his training methods:

  •  Locomotion (equipment free, bodyweight ground-based movement)
  •  Hybrid gymnastics training (most of what The Ido Portal Method is built on)

Once I understood the fundamentals of Ido’s methodology, I was able to start a more specific search for alternative training programs built on ground-based movement and a hybrid approach to gymnastics-based training.

Here are the two most obvious programs I was able to find…  


Animal Flow

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Animal Flow is a bodyweight ground-based movement training system that uses animal-like (primal) exercises to create flows and sequences.

Sounds a lot like “locomotion” doesn’t it.   

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

Animal Flow founder Mike Fitch is at the top of his game right now with several other products including Global Bodyweight Athlete.  Animal Flow is currently spreading like wildfire, a great change-up to the extreme fitness trends. 

In case you’re wondering, the Animal Flow series has several distinct advantages over The Ido Portal Method:

  1. It’s a well-organized, documented, complete training system.
  2. It won’t cost you $3,000-$5,000 to learn and apply it.  

Animal Flow is essentially Ido Portal quality coaching with detailed how-to’s on locomotion drills, but at a fraction of the cost. 


Ultimate Athleticism

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Max Shank’s “Ultimate Athleticism” was one of the first training systems to connect the best of several different training methodologies. 

The cover of the training system says it all.  Hand balancing, kettlebells, barbells and gymnastics rings.

Max’s training systems are set to explode.  His coaching style combines traditional strength and conditioning, yoga, gymnastics, bodyweight ground-based locomotion drills and plenty of joint mobility to keep your relationship with fitness sustainable for decades.  

Mobility is so important, yet for many it’s commonly the first thing to go.  Improving or maintaining mobility is one of the “secrets” of people who exercise for a lifetime.   

A lot of programs build one quality at the expense of another.  Often times it’s a trade-off: health instead of aesthetics, performance instead of health, and aesthetics instead of both health and performance.  

There are no trade-offs in Ultimate Athleticism.  It’s obvious Max wanted to build a balanced product to teach sustainable fitness.  Health, strength and flexibility are at the forefront.  

Few tactics will get you more functionally strong than gymnastics-based training.  If you look closely at Ido Portal’s teachings, you’ll notice a lot of it is built from a foundation in gymnastics, in particular gymnastics rings.  

The gymnastics rings are a brutally effective tool for developing upper body strength and Max integrates them perfectly in Ultimate Athleticism.

If you’re looking for a turn-key, systematic approach to building your movement capacity (aka: bodyweight self-dominance), Ultimate Athleticism is must have.

Read more about Ultimate Athleticism here.

Closing out… 

I hope you find these resources as valuable as I have.  Both provided interesting options for bodyweight training, along with expanding my view of strength development.

Animal Flow in particular re-ignited my interest in machine-less, non-traditional cardio training.  

I’ll continue to sift through the inter webs in search of valid training systems to The Ido Portal Method, at least until I click on his “products” page and see something worth buying.  

One key thought to close this out:  Subscribing to a training system, following it step-by-step is a sure-fire way to get results.  Do this, get that.  

Training systems introduce, educate and engrain.  Your body adapts to the techniques progressively and the process is calibrated inside your movement DNA.   

Conversely, trying to piecemeal one giant, un-organized training method can leave a person frustrated with mediocre results.  

Just one guy’s opinion.  🙂



Cheers to movement training endeavors,




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?

    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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