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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