While I was training in Tampa, Florida at CrossFit 813, I started joining in on their Animal Flow movement class each Tuesday evening. It was one of the best decisions I have made for my athletic development because it targeted specific limitations in strength that I had, and still have today. After seeing my snatch go up sixty pounds, my clean and jerk improve by thirty-five pounds, and my back squat improve I was completely hooked and knew it was something I needed to implement at Summit Strength and CrossFit SSP.
The past week I have started implementing a lot of animal flow movements into the workout of the day for the CrossFit class, as well as into my own training and warm ups. Additionally, our athletes always do animal flow for a warm up because it targets the tightest areas in most people, namely the hips and thoracic spine. But, what are the animal flow movements? Unfortunately there are more than I can get into in this short post, these three are the easiest to learn and implement daily:
These three movements are a good start to learn an animal flow. You can implement them as a warm up, conditioning sequence, or even a core strengthening routine. By doing these, you will definitely improve core strength, overall mobility, and strength in any overhead position.