We all started out laid out on the floor as babies and with prolific contact between our our hands and feet with the floor we learned about our environment very quickly.
This of course led to us progressing to more upright endeavours until we all started to sit (slouch) more.
Maybe it’s a good idea to get back to floor to rekindle all those neuro-physical benefits of ground contact. As a quick remark, I’ve found that many clients squat and deadlift better after some practice of crawling….
Baby Crawl to Beast Crawl
No one ever gets to floor, crawls a while and stands up with smile proclaiming, “wow, that was easy!”
Crawling is tough as your body ties together and links your upper body and lower body together. Crawling also activates cross bracing on the trunk, tying together your opposite shoulders and hips together, you know, natural gait like when you walk, jog, run and climb.
So here’s a great sequence for you to practice.
Start in the simplest of crawls, the baby crawl on all fours (or sixes if you count the feet dragging on the ground). Take a few steps before continuing on your feet and hands in what you can call the Beast crawl.
The rules: you must maintain nasal breathing. If you have to suck in wind through the mouth, your set is done. Rest a bit then repeat.
As the body gets stronger and breathing nasally becomes more prolonged, spend less time on the baby crawl and more in beast.
Oh, you want more…. try the above with reverse crawling, going backwards 🙂