Let’s start with the second post about Animal Moves. The first part was concerned with the natural movement intelligence of animals and what we learn from them when it comes to moving and physical activity. I described some important basic principles and advantages of Animal Moves. If you missed my latest blog post, click here.
This post is about hands-on experiences. I show you the best Animal Moves. As they are described in detail with images and texts you can try them straight away. Most Animal Moves train the whole body. However, some are more specific for certain muscle groups. Just give it a try!
Lizards move flat over the ground. They move one leg and the opposite arm forward simultaneously. This is exactly what we will do in this exercise. Lizard Crawl strengthens mainly the upper body, in particular arm muscles and core stability.
Frogs use their strong thighs to leap forward. Compared to their size they can jump incredibly far. Thus, the Animal Move Frog Jump trains primarily your legs. In addition, the muscles in your shoulders and upper back play an important role.
Scorpions are skilled hunters that can hurl their sting at lightning speed forward over their head in order to inject poison into their victims. During this exercise we will imitate this poisonous sting. The Animal Move Scorpion requires not only strength but also a proper portion of balance. It trains the whole body.
A lot of animals walk on four limbs, for example dogs. When they walk, they step alternatingly one hind leg and the opposite foreleg forwards. Their core is relatively stable. During the Beast Walk we try to imitate this movement. This requires especially our entire core.
I guess everybody knows the famous children’s book “The very hungry caterpillar” and from that caterpillars typical way of locomotion. The rear end of the body crawls forward causing the mid-section to bend. Then, the front end of their body crawls forward and so on. For humans imitating this movement it is the perfect exercise for a strong core.
In terms of moving, monkeys are allrounders. They not only have strong legs but also strong arms and backs. That’s why they can climb easily from one tree to another. With the Animal Move Monkey we train the whole body as well.
Dolphins are great divers. With their snout forward they dive into the water. With Dolphin Push-ups we try to imitate exactly this diving movement. It is a good exercise for our triceps. In contrast to “usual” push-ups our shoulder muscles are highly involved as well.