Bodyweight training can (and probably should) be the foundation of any home workout.
No matter where you go, what equipment is or isn’t available, bodyweight based exercise is a card that can be ALWAYS be played.
There many ways to design and organize a bodyweight workout.
Varying the tempo, joint range of motion, training on one leg, changing levels, balancing, transitions between exercises are all ways to keep bodyweight training fresh and effective.
Today’s workout is non-traditional, imagine that.
If Yoga, locomotion, and calisthenics got together, partied and made a baby, this flow would be the result.
Flow training is like a more dynamic form of Yoga.
I find myself sharing a lot of slow-tempo movements and flow sequences on YouTube and Instagram.
Subconsciously, it might be a knee-jerk reaction to counterbalance all of the high-intensity training videos out there.
Removing momentum from movements can reveal strengths and weaknesses with regard to what positions and motions you own versus what you don’t.
Here’s the bodyweight flow:
This flow is designed to be mirrored on the right and left side and can be performed as a warm-up or as the workout itself. Changing legs on the single-leg squat will keep you alternating sides.
If you choose to use it as a workout, set a timer and keep working for the duration non-stop.
Aim for 20 minutes. If you get 20 minutes, go to 25 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.
You’ll be exhausted (in a positive way) moving like this for long periods, and it might be an eye-opening shift away from high-intensity training.
Muscles will fatigue and heart rate will elevate, even though you’re moving slow and steady.
This flow is low-impact on the joints but does require a decent amount of joint mobility.
Focus on momentum free movement.
Especially with the modified hip CARs (controlled articular rotations). Do your best to ONLY articulate the hip joint without changing posture to do so. Obviously, in the video, I’m moving elsewhere but the goal is to keep the movement at the hip.
CARs are incredible for joint health, especially the hips which are supposed super mobile, but oftentimes aren’t.
Most people lack mobility at key joints like the hip, which forces other joints to try and pick up the slack, but so commonly ends up creating greater issues (aches, pains, injury).
MyDailyMobility.com is a really good follow along resource to keep up with daily mobility work. The guys upload new workouts all the time. Last time I checked they had 5 months’ worth of workouts for customers.
Similar to resistance training (muscle) and cardio (endurance), mobility must be practiced consistently for maintenance and improvement.
Use it or lose it.
[You can see me lose balance returning to the single-leg stance. I could have reshot the video and uploaded a perfect rep, but I decided to keep the original because this flow will test your balance.]
After the single-leg deadlift (Warrior 3 to the Yoga peeps) descending to the floor gracefully is the next order of business. While this flow is controlled, learning how to fall is a skill people could really benefit from, especially older folks.
Lowering down to the floor stress your pushing muscles and core. You’re basically hitting the brakes on the way down, and stepping on the gas to stand back up.
Lastly, expect the final move to make you cramp at the hips. It’s aggressive. Squat down, lift the hovering leg as high as possible and REACH.
Find the floor, transition through the middle and get deep into the Cossack squat.
Stand up and start over.
Movement sequences like this are perfect for a home workout.
No equipment is needed, it’s just bodyweight, balance, expressing strength and mobility while flowing into and out of various body positions.
🤔 Want to make this flow harder? Add a weight vest,slow down the tempo ever more or speed up the tempo and move quicker.