Try to channel the animal in you | Chennai News
Chennai: Since the start of the pandemic, Mridula Joseph has taken the time to train every day. It is an important stress reliever, as it strikes a balance between working from home, taking care of children and housework. But more recently, what got the 39-year-old addicted is “Animal Flow,” a unique bodyweight-based strength training workout that doesn’t require any equipment and has psychological benefits as well.
Animal Flow Workout, a movement program designed to improve “human animal” function and communication, was founded by American fitness expert and trainer Mike Fitch. It is defined by the fluidity of the transition from one movement to another without the knees or elbows touching the ground, and is considered an integration of animal motifs with yoga, gymnastics and even breakdance.
“I took the rookie level online training. Without the lockdown, I wouldn’t have learned this,” said the Chetpet-based freelance writer.
The workout is becoming popular among Chennai fitness enthusiasts during lockdown as it can be done in any space. It aims to develop endurance, mobility, balance, flexibility, coordination and strength, and has also gained ground due to the endless creative options based on a set of ground rules. Movements can include varieties such as the Roving Bear, Scorpion Switch, and Crab Reach. “I am never bored, because I can switch between the movements I want. Deciding what might be the next best position engages both my mind and my body,” Joseph explains.
According to Ashwin Ramdas, co-founder of Simple Strong India, an outdoor training community, the number of takers for the animal feed has increased over the past month. “We started with 12 students in 2019 in our first session. Today, I have trained more than 400 students in the city, ”explains Ramdas, who has welcomed 80 new students in recent weeks. “Since Animal Flow is an art form more than a training, it attracts those who aim for fluidity, strength and movement. In an age where most places are closed, Animal Flow helps to engage. with oneself without any restriction, ”he said.
What also makes Animal Flow a success is that during lockdown, when there was a lack of body movement, we incorporate fun routines with natural flow to stay agile and fit. “All the animal flow needs is just floor space. It can increase energy levels and also harness primary body movements,” says the 25-year-old, who was trained by Mike Fitch.
He says animal feed should be viewed as an art form, which could have benefits such as weight loss or gain. “It’s an elegant movement routine where the transition from one movement to another has to be precise and smooth. It could be seen as a mix between a dance routine and a workout and that’s why there is more to it. that just weight loss. ” Animal Flow has helped fitness enthusiast and athlete Mallika Fernandes improve her balance and stability. “I feel more coordinated because it uses the core muscles,” says the 25-year-old Kilpauk who also coaches beginners.
“While all training releases ‘happiness hormones’ or endorphins, the animal flow has the ability to channel the animal within you. Psychologically, it could help release the negative energy that could have been built up.
over time, ”explains psychologist Mini Rao.