What will be the newest craze for the new year? According to some experts it is crawling!
Crawling involves floor work which uses the weight of the body and most of us have had experience with this new trend although for some of it it has been a few years. In fact some fitness classes have been incorporating this movement in to the routine.
Crawling is an isometric move, which means that you are working hard to hold a position under repeated tension. This helps not only with your overall strength but also endurance and core stability.You can do many different types of crawls from the standard baby crawl to the bear crawl which mixed a superman pose and involves more balance and control of the body.
How to start: It is best to start with the Baby Crawl – Basically the same movement as you would have done as a child. Hand’s centered and hip width apart, making sure your hands are aligned with your knees and crawling forwards and then backwards, with a neutral spine. After performing a few back and forth, engage your core and try lifting you knees slightly, hovering them above the ground a few inches, but in the same position. Repeat this move forwards, and then backwards, while ensuring your form is correct and your weight is equally distributed, and your pelvis is aligned and doesn’t twist.
The Bear Crawl: Think of the bear crawl like a traveling plank, with movements like a black bear. You have to maintain the same rigid, neutral torso you would while in a plank position, but now you’re moving forward, backward, and side-to-side. As your arms and legs move, the more than two dozen muscles in your core must resist the urge to rotate and flex. If you do this often enough, you’ll soon notice more stability, strength, and power in everything you do.