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    Quadrupedal Movement: Why You Should Crawl for a Superior Workout



    If you’re new to movement training and “animal flow,” then you probably have one enduring impression of the training modality; people crawling around the ground. The bear crawl exercise certainly creates a striking image!

    Whether it’s Ido Portal, Animal Flow, GMB, or Vahva Fitness, crawling is a common feature among many different approaches to “movement training.” But is it just a gimmick? Or are there real, tangible benefits to the bear crawl and lizard crawl exercises?

    Top Bear Crawl Benefits

    The short answer is yes: there are many benefits to the bear crawl exercise and other “locomotive” or “quadrupedal” movements like it. There are even more when we get a little inventive with the different variations we can do.



    Strength Endurance

    The first benefit of crawling is that it develops strength endurance, especially throughout the core. When you crawl, you are under continuous tension. This means that the muscles involved get no time to rest and are flooded with blood and metabolites that stimulate growth. This actually makes crawling a good move for hypertrophy. This is especially true for the lizard crawl exercise, as you keep your body low to the ground and therefore maintain an isometric contraction in the pecs, triceps, and shoulders.

    More to the point, this type of training will develop endurance that allows you to exert strength for a long time without getting exhausted – something that is crucial whether doing manual labour or competing in any sport (especially MMA).

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    It may help alleviate lower back stress by moving quadrupedally, but the predilection of these days to lower man to animal instincts and raise animals to the status of man isn't doing either any favours. Anyway, my immediate reaction to this video is a memory of this film:


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