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.
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 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:
- It’s a well-organized, documented, complete training system.
- 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.
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.
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,