The Animal Flow training system is proving to be a PERFECT mixture of ground-based movement, yoga and snippets of some of the things that Ido Portal is teaching inside of his training system, The Ido Portal Method.
Linear strength and conditioning exercises are still a very important part of my training regimen. I’m hammering away on these every other day, definitely not letting go of that.
That being said, mixing in some Animal Flow drills has increased my movement capacity quite a bit and helped a lot of my lifts.
One the greatest results of working these Animal Flow drills is how quickly I’ve can gained confidence in body positions that were previously very unfamiliar to me.
Most workouts lack twisting and rotational movements. Mine certainly did.
Rotational movements like Scorpions, Low Transitions, etc… have been very influential in building my ground movement skills (which still need a ton of refining).
Below, are some examples of some simple beginner Animal Flow exercises and mini-workouts, which I also refer to as sequences.
By Ido Portal Method standards, each of these are probably best categorized as Isolation.
In other words, I am practicing Animal Flow movements in Isolation, removed from any kind of pre-programmed flow training, and definitely breaching the realm of Improvisation.
I highly recommend exploring ground based bodyweight training. If you’re worried that the movements don’t look like a tough enough workout, I will tell you flat out you’re mistaken.
10-15 minutes of ground based movement training can leave you exhausted, particularly if you’re new to it and inefficient. Soreness in the days after is to be expected. Newbies to ground based movement training should consider implementing such training before more linear resistance training takes place, when the body is fresh.
Training total body ground movements can improve all other areas of fitness.
If you want to learn more about Animal Flow, here’s a link to the official website.
Give these movement patterns and sequences a shot and let me know how you made out…