It’s an approach everybody in the fitness industry is talking about right now. To some, it might seem like a silly new trend that won’t last for long, but the fact is- it’s a revolutionary workout regimen that’s here to stay. Animalistic style exercises is a clever system of movements designed to increase the body balance, coordination, and strength of all muscles in a body.
That being said, let’s dive deeper into the story about the exercises and the science that backs them up.
The system contains dozens and dozens of different movements sorted into varying levels of difficulty. While some are fairly easy to do, others require quite a high level of fitness. Exercises are named after different animals and their movements, for example, cricket hop, bear crawl, crouching tiger, Komodo dragon, monkey shuffle, and so on.
What are the benefits of the exercises?
If performed adequately and at an appropriate pace, there is no such thing as a bad exercise. Different styles of exercise affect muscles in a specific way (resistance training/ weight lifting) or affect a particular kind of activity (aerobic/ anaerobic). Here are a few health benefits animalistic style exercises are known for.
The exercises improve the strength of all muscles in the body, but the main focus is on the core. For t hose of you unfamiliar with this term, core muscles are the muscles of a body trunk (all except the muscles of the arms, legs, head, and neck). Of course, some movements target extremities as well, but those require strong core as well.
Elasticity and proprioception
Elasticity and the range of movement of different joints in the body improves. Most exercises include somewhat atypical movements that stretch ligaments and tendons resulting in increased flexibility.
However, the benefits of animalistic exercises reach far beyond that- all the way to the brain. In the ligaments and at surfaces of joints of the human body are located specific receptors responsible for maintaining the body balance and upright body posture called proprioceptors. Those little sensors continuously gather info about the joints position at any given moment and send them through the spinal column to the brain centers for further processing. The more an athlete push those receptors “out of their comfort zone,” the better is his or her body balance. The importance of this effect is tremendous- almost 90% of all ankle sprains are due to poor proprioception.
Neuroplasticity and motor coordination
The brain loves challenges! Unique movements stimulate neurological circuits in the brain never or barely used before, which improves motor coordination and agility. Those two are equally important for both recreational and professional athletes. Concerning everyday activities, improved motor coordination means reduced risk of fall and in the sports field reduced the risk of sports injuries and better performance.
Although not primarily designed as a cardio workout, specific animalistic style exercises can be combined into a rather demanding cardio session. For example, sets of bear crawl followed by monkey shuffle or lizard walk will make you huff and puff for quite a while and burn some fat along the way.
Should I give up on all other exercise styles and turn to animalistic exercises only?
It all depends on your preferences. The style is new, unusual and based on the results- a revolution in the world of fitness. The specific exercises for every age, every muscle group
However, if you want to keep your old workout routine and throw some animalistic style exercises into the routine, itis perfectly fine- at least until you fall in love with the animalistic style and turn to it completely.
By: Anthony Mendez