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This Latest Fitness Craze Wants You To Act Like A Baby

There aren’t an awful lot of times when it’s acceptable to crawl as an adult; in fact it’s usually associated with moments of weakness/drunkenness. But no longer. Fitness experts are claiming that crawling is your next favourite fitness craze. So drop to your knees and begin wincing sequence.

The training system Original Strength has a lot to do with the latest fitness craze: crawling. The system, according to their website, believes that by mimicking the movements of children, “you can remember and regain the strength, mobility, and stability you once had as a child. In other words, you will lay a solid foundation from which you can build a solid structure which can perform and move graciously.”

Co-founder and author of Becoming Bulletproof, Tim Anderson thinks there is a reason we learn to crawl before we can walk, telling the Washington Post, “It should take four limbs to walk.” Those of us who have forgotten this, he believes, are in pain as a result.

Justin Klein, a US chiropractor leading the charge of crawlers, believes the child-like act serves as a way to “press reset” on your body, allowing people to reclaim strength and mobility they’ve have lost over time.

As for it’s actual day-to-day health benefits, crawling like a baby isn’t too dissimilar to some movements that are seen in an average high intensity circuit class; by utilising your core and back muscles to support your limbs, you’re not only improving strength but also your overall posture, joint strength and stability.

It’s quite similar to the workout move called “The Spiderman,” which, at its most basic, sees you using arms and legs to propel your body forwards and backwards. Be warned though – similarly to the plank (where you hold your body off the floor with your arms/elbows and feet, keeping it as straight as possible by switching on your core) – it looks easy but actually proves very testing.

The best part, according to the Original Strength co-founders, is that everyone knows how to crawl, so it’s accessible to all ages and fitness levels. You just need to be game enough to drop and crawl next time you’re down the park.

[h/t: Sydney Morning Herald]


Esther is a freelance writer, editor, publicist, content maker and dog patter. She has written for Interview Magazine, New York Press, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and local titles Broadsheet, Beat and Tone Deaf. Please tag her in photos of dogs @esthersaurus.