September 25, 2021
Animal Flow

Animal Flow

They say a new breed of athlete is quickly emerging. One that is no longer satisfied with bench pressing and squatting in the gym. No they prefer to focus on how well they can defy gravity. Carving a perfectly symmetrical physique from lifting their own body weight.

Today I interview Mike Fitch, Founder and President of Global Bodyweight Training. Which is the place where progressive Bodyweight System and the Animal Flow Workout has emerged. He has been a fitness professional for 13 years.

He is also a master Trainer for Equinox’s Equinox Fitness Training Institute, teaching anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. He will be here in Sydney Australia on Feb 7th to run workshops for personal trainers who are interested in becoming an animal flow instructor.

I reacon this is the next biggested thing in the fitness industry! Make sure you check out his website, or drop me a comment if you liked the interview.

Animal Flow

Transcript

Animal Flow

With Mike Flow

  • New breed of athlete emerging, one that is no longer satisfied with bench pressing and squatting in the gym. They prefer to focus on how well they can defy gravity, carving a perfectly symmetrical physique from lifting their own body weight.
  • Mike Fitch: Founder and President of Global Bodyweight Training; the place where progressive Bodyweight System and the Animal Flow Workout have emerged. Fitness professional for 13 years.
  • He’s also a master trainer for Equinox’s Equinox Fitness Training Institute, teaching anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
  • He will be here in Sydney Australia on February 7th 2015, to run workshops for personal trainers interested in becoming an animal flow instructor.
  • The next big thing in fitness!
  • All he wanted to do was lift weights all his life until one day lifting things no longer resonated with his body and he didn’t want to do it anymore.
  • He did the opposite- put down the weights and decided to focus on body weight-only disciplines such as gymnastics, circus arts and break-dancing.
  • Stripped away tools- experienced his abilities on a personal level and gained clarity.
  • Animal Flow: heavily inspired by body weight disciplines he was involved in. They all use a lot of crawling patterns- took these movements to improve the function of the human body.
  • Flow: movement potential and windows; experience from breakdancing. Continuous movement and how we use our energy and external influences such as the ground and how these two things can communicate to create continuous flow.
  • Some people are intimidated by Animal Flow, whereas other people want to jump right in to the ‘cool stuff’- have to build the foundation first with the basic mechanics and the cool stuff comes later!
  • Language- movements have a basic name that go together- within an hour can follow along with the call-outs and can follow along with the flow, learn and understand the movements.
  • He’s still learning the program and still developing his skills in the program.
  • Contact with the ground is a powerful place to be. A lot of potential for the body to learn how to communicate with itself. People so use to lifting weights, they have to learn how to control their own body and its capacity.
  • People think they’re very athletic- challenge them using nothing but their own body and its very humbling to learn what they need to improve on. Looking good is very different to functioning at your best. Why not have both? It will make you able to train longer and better at your normal training.
  • Learning to be a better mover will make you perform better with everything else!
  • Many of the moves can be incorporated into rehabilitation programs for physiotherapists.
  • If coming back from injury, may enjoy and get more from integrated movements. If it’s not enjoyable people may get bored of rehab!
  • Ground people and connect them to the floor leads to stabilisation of the body through movement. The body learns to communicate with itself.
  • Mike’s favourite movement: crab reach- opens front and lateral line and rotation, opening up the hips: good for people sitting all day.
  • Levitating side-kick-through is another favourite move: has a good connection to the ground and seamless movement through to the next kick.
  • Mike’s Tour: Teaching 5 animal flow workshops: 2 days for each workshop. Set up in 2 options:

-Fitness professional: become certified to teach the animal flow program and you’ll then be tested on how you teach it to someone else.

-Can also take the course just out of interest but can’t be certified unless you have another accreditation.

-Animal Flow DVD is available if you want to learn the moves.

  • Key learning’s:

-Do exercise that will make you excited and you’ll like! If you’re passionate about it you’ll do it for a long time because you’ll be engaged.

-Start from basics- find an instructor that you like and you enjoy their classes. Know you have to start at the basic level first to build on your skills- you’ll have a feeling of accomplishment when you progress.

-Get back in to functional stuff. Going to the gym- these types of exercises doesn’t have much function; not working our body to capacity and they can be very repetitive which isn’t good for our joints. Not working on stabilisers or flexibility for our body. Doing different moves for our body and opening it up and stretching is very beneficial especially if all we’re doing is repetitive exercises at the gym (that can cause injury).

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