Natural movement exercises for your workout
Apparently us modern Brits have nothing on fitness compared to the humble caveman and his range of natural movement exercises.
Yes according to a study, we’re pretty much unfit when pitted against the put-upon cave-dweller.
With an increasing number of people hitting the gym, SportsShoes.com surveyed some Brits, 2,000 of them, to see whether the nation would be fit enough to cope in a Stone Age era.
Their research found a meagre 10 per cent have the physical prowess necessary to survive if they were transported back in time.
With that in mind, historic fitness expert and natural movement pioneer, Erwan Le Corre has provided some natural movement exercises to incorporate into your workout – ‘caveman style’.
Lifting & Carrying
1. Find an uneven object to use as your load (e.g. a large log or rock)
2. Assume a strong square stance, and with an elongated spine keep your arms extended
3. With a firm grip on the object, extend legs and lift the load off the ground
4. Carry the load at hip level, driving your hips forward and leaning slightly backwards
5. Stop and reset as you require
The Deep Squat
1. As a beginner, have something you can hold on to for balance
2. Assume the deepest squat position you can and gently bounce
3. Then shift your body weight from side to side
4. Practice the movement until you can do it unassisted, then practice several times a day making each squat last for longer and longer periods of time
The Tree Climb
1. Assume a double-handed hang (from a bar or raised surface)
2. Swing forward and use the momentum to hook one leg above and over the bar
3. Use your hands to pull your body up and bring both armpits on the bar (the same side as your hooked leg)
4. Swing your free leg to create momentum and push down on the bar to lift yourself up
5. Repeat and rest as required