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April 30, 2013

Crawling, Balancing, Rolling: The Importance of Practicing Natural Movements

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Tracy BarksdaleThis is a guest post from Tracy Barksdale co-founder of True Nature Training. Tracy will be presenting at The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar and True Nature Training in Austin and Houston, Texas this coming May 4th and 5th.

My job is essentially to get people to have fun. I am a MovNat Natural Movement Certified Trainer and Parkour coach at True Nature Training who uses play and unconventional programming to get people active without realizing they are getting a workout. It’s so common to get stuck in our fitness routines. Push ups, pull ups, squats, and sprints are all obvious choices for a primal fitness program, but when we get bored or hit a plateau it can help to widen your repertoire to introduce new things. In many cases, this great “new thing” is actually very old. Natural movement is a movement philosophy with a set of principles defined and popularized by Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat, and based on natural human movements that we have evolved doing. Our ancestors had to crawl, climb, run, jump and more just to survive. Yet with our modern luxuries, we often don’t find ourselves needing to do these things as often. It’s not uncommon to hear someone proclaim with a hint of pride that they have not climbed a tree since they were kids, like it’s a sign of being a mature adult. Natural movements are not just for kids or those who are already active. Natural movement belongs to every human being, and it’s your duty to maintain proficiency in these practical movements because you never know when you may need to use them. Here are some movements that can benefit anyone regardless of age or fitness level.

Crawling

Crawling is amazing. You connect to the earth, it’s a whole body movement, and it requires coordination. Babies instinctively crawl yet once walking is established, crawling is rarely used. Quadrupedal movements (moving on all fours) have many practical applications. Crawling can be used for getting under something low like a table or car, avoiding a dangerous situation where you might need to duck and get out low and quick, or just lowering your center of gravity while on an unstable surface.

Crawl

Let’s look at a basic bear crawl. To begin, start on the ground on your hands and knees. Your hands should be directly under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Bring your heels up so you can use your toes to move. Next, apply pressure in your hands and pop your knees off the ground around 4 inches. Your back should be roughly parallel to the ground. You want to maintain this level throughout your crawl. To begin crawling, move in a contralateral pattern (opposite hand and foot.) Move your right hand forward and left foot forward at the same time.  Then switch. Left hand forward, right foot forward. Look in front of you to see where you are going, but only lift your head as much as necessary to see. Be careful not to let your knees flare out to the side. To make sure your knees are properly aligned, keep your knee in line with your elbow.

Balancing

Balancing is a skill that is rarely practiced yet is another very practical movement. The elderly especially can benefit from balance work, but why wait till you’re old? Train balance now because you never know when you may need to use it. Balancing is really the state of not falling. You’re balancing when you’re standing, when you’re lying down, and when you’re walking on a ledge. It’s about being in control of your body positioning.

To practice balance, find a curb outside or grab a couple 2x4s to put in your house. Stand on the surface, find a tall proper posture, and look forward, not down. Use your feet (preferably bare feet) to feel your surface before you take a step. Keep your knees “soft” meaning not straight, but not completely bent. Keeping a slight bend in the knees allows for more control and encourages adjustments to be made in your knees, ankles and feet instead of flailing your arms to get balance which tends to be a waste of energy. Practice balancing forward, backward, sideways, crawling and any other ways you can imagine. Oh, and remember to breathe! Many people revert to shallow breathing or hold their breath while balancing. Make sure to practice diaphragmatic breathing at all times while balancing.

Rolling

When is the last time you rolled in the grass? Forward roll, barrel roll, backward roll? Besides being a fun and playful skill, it can also be a very practical skill to have. Rolling can be used to absorb impact when jumping from something high, or in case of tripping, rolling is often a better option than hitting the ground. Rolling requires coordination and is an excellent tool to further develop the vestibular system. For example, if you were in a situation where you needed to balance over something high, narrow and scary, you could very likely be under a lot of pressure and you could feel dizzy. Training the vestibular system further ensures that you are prepared for possible real world situations.

To begin rolling, a movement pattern must first be established before being used in combination with falls and depth jumps. To get started, kneel down on one knee, hips up, not sitting on your back foot. Place your hands side by side flat on the floor next to your foot. Move your hands away from your foot and forward so that you are set up similar to the first picture below.

Next, twist your hands away from your front foot and look at your back foot in the same direction your hands are pointed, tucking your chin and getting your head out of the way to roll as in the second photo.

Roll 1 Roll 2

Last, push through your back foot raising your hips in the air. Your head should be out of the way from looking at your foot, and you are prepared to roll directly onto the shoulder. Keep pushing until you must roll over your shoulder. Do not roll over your neck or head.

When you come out of the roll, you should pass over the opposite hip as the shoulder your rolled on.

To finish, you should end in the same position you started in. So if you began with your right knee up, you should end in that position.

Check out this video sequence to see what I mean:

Play

Although technique is of course very important, it’s also vital that you have fun. It’s okay to jump around on rocks or climb some trees without thinking about the mechanics and exact techniques you should be using. Just remember Law #9 and Avoid Stupid Mistakes. Go outside with your kids or grab some friends and play tag. If you aren’t enjoying yourself and having fun, you won’t stick to it. Incorporating play into your movement practice is just as vital as working out and eating right. Play helps reduce stress, encourage movement, and in turn helps keep you refreshed and motivated to eat right. So make sure to do what you enjoy, laugh at yourself when you mess up, and get creative in whatever environment you find yourself in whether it be your office, a park, your house or the gym.

These movements can help you round out your training or even help you get moving again. Let your world be your playground and find ways to move everywhere. Hand rails, curbs, rocks, and playground equipment are all great opportunities for movement. Look to your community for natural movement practitioners or better yet, come join me for a Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar. I’ll be teaching natural movement using the MovNat coaching methodology and this is an excellent way to get an introduction or refresher.

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Groktimus Primal
3 years 4 months ago

I can see the Primal logic here but as far as this portion of the Primal arena goes I think I’ll pass.

Dan
Dan
3 years 4 months ago

great post, Groktimus, like anyone cares.

Nicole
Nicole
3 years 4 months ago

This is a section for comments. That was a comment.

Given, so was yours, but that wasn’t nice. Be nice.

tkm
tkm
3 years 4 months ago

I second that.

G
G
3 years 4 months ago

Thank You, Nicole

Stace
Stace
3 years 4 months ago

+1

Mikey
Mikey
3 years 1 month ago

Personally I find useless comments more annoying than mean ones.

primal_alex
primal_alex
3 years 4 months ago

> When is the last time you rolled in the grass

I rolled on the living room floor two days ago, just to check whether I can still do a proper roll (I am a former volley player, rolling is important not to get hurt and also to be immediately ready to play, after a difficult catch).

Sally
3 years 4 months ago

I used to take primary school groups around a National Trust property. In the afternoons they were supposed to have a “Nature Trail” but mostly we did running races up the Lime Walk and rolling down the grassy hill. That finished I got them looking for bugs where they lay in the grass. End result happy kids…. and as many of these groups came from the inner city, the teachers too thought it much more useful than formal “teaching” of names of plants on a trail.

Luke
3 years 4 months ago

Funny you mention rolling in the grass I’m literally in the runway at OHare flying back to San Diego from my hometown in the Midwest.

While home I made a point to go walk in the woods and get barefoot in the grass, lay down, a few push ups and handstands were done which ultimately lead to rolling in the grass.

Sure San Diego has grass but its just not the same as thick Midwest grass! 😉

Stace
Stace
3 years 4 months ago

This has nothing to do with being primal and everything to do with volleyball…but did you know they aren’t teaching the roll anymore? It’s all about the sprawl now haha but even so I still do it all the time when I play. Old habits die hard. 😉

Nick
3 years 4 months ago

I think even if you don’t follow all these religiously they are great additions now and again. Fun, natural ways to switch it up or add an additional level of intensity to your usual routine.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago

This post basically describes how I get a lot of my exercise: moving around, surmounting obstacles, and some extra climbing/balancing (for balancing, I recommend walking on trees or their branches). I’ve barely worked out at all in months, even a couple years, compared to how I used to train. I’m not that strong, not ripped, far from a body builder, but all the natural stuff has me capable of traversing my habitat easily.
I think natural movement should be the base of any primal exercise plan.. sounds irrefutably reasonable, doesn’t it?

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 4 months ago

I recall that you built the teepee that is your avatar. I’m curious, what is your habitat?

Amy
Amy
3 years 4 months ago

The last time I camped out in a teepee, I recall the habitat being cold. 😉

(No seriously, the particular teepee I slept in had a terrible draft. I’m sure it helped with the fire, but it was a real stink-a-roo when trying to sleep.)

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago
I live in south central Ontario, Simcoe region. Close to the city of Barrie, where I stay or visit sometimes and swim in Lake Simcoe, but generally I abide in a small rural town just a bit South of there. There are big rolling hills, some flat land – lots of fields – also a lot of forests or patches of forest or wild land.. basically, a lot of variety. Some of the forests are fairly sparse or open and seem quite tame while others are very tangled and dense. It’s one of the latter I’ve been staying in lately,… Read more »
Tom B-D
Tom B-D
3 years 4 months ago

next–Parkour? I’m in awe of those guys. I’d love to just roll out of a controlled fall from a 2nd story window, but just can’t see doing that while Avoiding Stupid Mistakes. Not that anyone cares, Dan, just sayin

greggrok
greggrok
3 years 4 months ago

Yep, watching someone like Tim Shieff do his thing is pretty amazing.

Jimmy
Jimmy
3 years 4 months ago

Parkour is for morons. Most end up injured. EXTREME

gunderson
gunderson
3 years 4 months ago

I heard a saying once that goes like this: “If you want to lose weight, just follow your 3-year old around all day and do what he does.”

And now I know it’s true. 🙂

eema.gray
eema.gray
3 years 4 months ago

Yup. 🙂 I’ve got a 1, a 3, and a 5 year old. Even on nasty cold days when we’re stuck inside, I get a work out following them around. Quiet time isn’t so much for them as it is for me to recover a little!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago
Fun for a kid: being on top of a snowman! You don’t need to anthropomorphize it if you don’t want to. Art is strange. I bet a lot of kids would be delighted to be sitting or better yet standing on top of a snowball pile. There’s a curving staircase with a railing on one side in a nearby city that the winter turns into a slide so I hold on with one hand and go down it, using my feet to get a maximum controllable speed. Wolverines like to slide down hills and I’ve heard a first-person account of… Read more »
Jacob
Jacob
3 years 4 months ago

I sometimes will teach rolling and ground grappling in my Taekwondo classes…might try to find a way to incorporate crawling without the adults thinking I’m crazy. lol

Andrew
Andrew
3 years 4 months ago

I run a martial arts school. I use quadrupedal movement (crawling) all the time with my students (both kids and adults). I use it in the warm ups, as it is outstanding for increasing coordination, joint stability, weight transfer, etc.. I also use it as part of conditioning drills. i.e. – 10 kicks on pad, bear crawl across floor, 10 burpees, bear crawl back to pad, 9 kicks on pad, etc.. down to 1. I get a lot of my QM inspiration from the parkour world, Animal Flow, and MovNat. It’s great stuff for martial artists!

Sally
3 years 4 months ago

Gardening is a great exercise…. Crawling under bushes after those illusive weeds (maybe I should try a rolling motion too?) – then hunkering down whilst moving around planting small plants, and standing and stretching while pruning…

Other sports like doing dog agility get one out and active and trying to co-ordinate movements and signals to the dog (brain workout too)… and of course when he’s been good there’s nobody better to act the loop with and have a good ole play than your dog….

😉

Jotunsquid
Jotunsquid
3 years 4 months ago
I just rediscovered the importance of natural movement and the importance it has for general fitness and overall well-being. For my training as an armed customs officer, I have to complete a half-a**ed obstacle course that involves scaling two ladders (those gymnastics thingies you find in every other gym hall) and crawling through a gymnastics box element laid on its side. Being 6’5″ and 290 lbs, this is not exactly easy for me. So I had to practise this. I found out that Crossfit and simply going into the park and crawling and jumping around yield the best results for… Read more »
Maxine
Maxine
3 years 4 months ago

It’s amazing how many of these practical movements like rolling and balancing are neglected. I’ll be honest, I’ve been guilty of it too. It was only after injuring my foot that I went through rehab and these practical movements were used heavily. Let’s just say my balance was terrible to begin with, but is now much better 🙂

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gibson
gibson
3 years 4 months ago
Great topic! When I retired I started slowing down and didn’t get down on the ground any more. Then I thought about the “help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” image, so I got busy. I never could do a forward roll and I’ve got arthritis in my knees but the bear crawl is just what I need. I do floor exercises most days and go the the gym two or three times a week. Point is, I can get up from the floor easily now. Not like a gymnast, more like a bear. 🙂
Susie
3 years 4 months ago

I teach dance to young children and adults. It’s amazing how fearful of rolling adults (myself included) are! Kids just go for it. Adults are way more protective of their body, but they are just as capable!

Paleo-curious
3 years 4 months ago

I am terrified of rolling! Love to crawl, balance, play & move in general, but I’m very afraid of hurting myself in a roll. I would love to be able to conquer this fear though. I remember when I was little, loving somersaults & “winterpeppers” as we called backwards somersaults. 🙂

Any tips on getting past the fear?

Tracy Barksdale
Tracy Barksdale
3 years 4 months ago
The fear is definitely there for a lot of people! Take it slow. Find somewhere really soft to try it. When you go to put your shoulder down to roll, do so very slowly to see that even though it might be an awkward position, it’s not so bad just to put your shoulder down in the set up. From there it just takes a little harder push and you’ll go over that shoulder. (back of the shoulder, not top.) Also, make sure to round your back 🙂 As long as your head and neck aren’t touching the floor when… Read more »
Paleo-curious
3 years 4 months ago

Thank you so much! The step-by-step really helps. I am going to try this, I vow! Just need to find a good soft surface. All our floors are hardwood… & it’s raining so the yard won’t work right now. 🙁

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 4 months ago

My rolling skills peaked in college…

raydawg
raydawg
3 years 4 months ago

‘Cause that’s how use you used to roll? 🙂

Kim
Kim
3 years 4 months ago
I took an aikido class about 20 years ago. In an hour, we practiced rolls for at least half the time (which is a long time when I really just wanted to learn how to throw someone off-balance). From what I remember about rolling, it was similar to the video above, but there was no hand placement. Instead, we tucked our -hand/arm under our bodies, so basically your shoulder, neck and head follow the roll-line of your arm. My husband once saw aikido students (advanced) running, leaping and aikido rolling down the big sand dunes in Kitty Hawk (where they… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 4 months ago

I did a few classes of aikido about 15 years ago. What stands out was my wrist was sore after every session. I kept wondering if my attacker would always conveniently grab my wrist. 😉

Kim
Kim
3 years 4 months ago

For the record, we execute what we practice. I think the aikido rolls I described above might be safer because, for example, if you accidentally end-o off your bike, you don’t want to plant your hands, but tuck and roll through your hand/arm etc. My husband was once in a high school musical with a kid who was a diver. The kid fell off a ladder on stage and literally dove into the wood floor. Later, in the hospital, the kid swore he saw blue (pool water, not the floor).

Just sayin’.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago
Once something fell out of my pocket while I was biking through a parking lot fast. In reaction I squeezed both brakes almost immediately. The bike stopped rolling forward, the back wheel lifted up, and I went flying over the handle bars with my arms out, Superman style. Time seemed to almost freeze while I was in the air (something that’s regular for me when in desperate situations – it’s kind of like watching a scratched DVD, I see frames, and make calculated decisions while examining them). I had a clear thought that I was “flying” and enjoyed it. I… Read more »
Joy Beer
Joy Beer
3 years 4 months ago

Hilarious visual! Did anyone see your accidental total awesomeness? I hope so!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago

Not sure. I hope so as well, and looked around briefly as I unnecessarily dusted myself off, but there was no one really close and I felt it prudent to get back on the bike quickly and continue on my way. Let’s just say I wasn’t biking fast for the sheer thrill – what fell out of my pocket was freely acquired merchandise that I planned to quickly ingest once I got somewhere secluded.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 3 months ago
It happened again. I was fired up on beer, thought it’d be a good idea to bike along a slightly curving road at night with my eyes closed briefly.. I opened my eyes in time to see a car approaching from behind, crossed the road, the front wheel hit the guard rail, the bike stopped and stayed in place conveniently on both tires leaning on the metal, as if I had left it there on purpose. I pitched forward into a somersault going down a steep ditch, and quickly turned around. I was unharmed, somewhat thrilled, and briefly angry at… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 6 months ago
These flips off bikes must be getting a little old by now but here’s part three. This happened in the summer but I kept forgetting to write about it. Like any well-done threequel, it’s the most intense and radically incredible one yet. The story begins with a cheapish bike that’s slightly too small for me. I was sitting in a small forested area in a park with some acquaintances in the early evening when it was still light out. I left briefly and came back and while biking on the “trail” (most open path through the trees) I was looking… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 6 months ago

I should have proofread before posting. I was distracted by my brother talking to me while trying to type the end of the story.

Helga
Helga
3 years 4 months ago

“You cannot do much better than looking at judo or jujitsu falling and rolling technique…”

Yes, but it helps to have some body fat/padding, especially for the falls. 🙂

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago

Before I read this article with an enticing title and concept I want to ask myself, “Why am I scrolling down facebook while I have unread MDA articles in other tabs?”

Sharon
Sharon
3 years 4 months ago
One day, while rushing around cleaning the house before my in-laws arrived from out of town, rule #9 reared it’s ugly head, again, and I took a wrong step at the top of the basement stairs and fell backwards. I had it in my head that if I ever fell down the stairs I would tuck and roll since that seemed like what the stunt people do in the movies. I did exactly that and as I was rolling down I was thinking…. this is going well…. which it was. What I didn’t plan for was hitting my head on… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago

Interesting. I like knowing people conquering rough situations like that.
I present a lot of my high-light stories here and feel a bit concerned that some people think I’m just being boastful, but no, desperation that forces inspiration rocks my boat.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago
One of the coolest parkour moves I did was after climbing up an inverted corner of a brick wall lining a parking lot and edging and cutting off the slope of a hill. I ran lightly down the slope on the side that wasn’t steep, did a u-turn and kept my momentum while jumping off the wall with it to my left, put my hands on the top of the bricks, facing the wall, continued using momentum to spin almost a 360 in the air to the left so I ended up with just my left hand on the bricks… Read more »
Anne D
Anne D
3 years 4 months ago

I can see the sense in all this.
At our circuit training a couple of weeks ago the instructor put us in pairs. Made one of us kneel on all fours while the other had to jump over and then crawl under the other one for a minute.
We were all giggling like school kids and had great fun.

Steve
Steve
3 years 4 months ago

I like to crawl up and down the block. Someone should invent crawling gloves because the pavement can be rough on the hands.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago
Leather gloves or mitts are useful possessions to have. I think they’d suffice in your case. I have leather mitts and use them to lift pots off the grill over the fire and stir the cooking food and may use them to protect my hands while moving supplies for a shelter I’m thinking of constructing so my tent is fortified and weather resistant. I’ve got some stuff strewn about already from a plentiful source of scraps: sheet/cage metal, forklift trays (which make good low walls when something flat is in them like the sheet metal), some rolled up chain-link fencing..… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago

*make that two raccoons. Guess I wasn’t that observant. oops.

Andrew
Andrew
3 years 4 months ago
Great article. I had the chance to train with Tracy Barksdale at a seminar she taught is San Diego. She’s a great coach, knows her stuff, and communicates it in a positive and enthusiastic way. If I was in Austin, I would go to her gym in a heartbeat! Personally, I love mixing calisthenics, and bar workouts, with natural movement. I kinda see it as the pull ups, muscle ups, dips, etc.. train your body to be strong. The natural movement like crawling, rolling, balancing, vaulting, climbing, etc.. teach your body to use that strength in a useful way. Besides,… Read more »
Tracy Barksdale
Tracy Barksdale
3 years 4 months ago

awwww thanks, Andrew!

donna
donna
3 years 4 months ago

I incorporate most of this kind of play into my workouts (including handstands and the like), but I’ve noticed when I roll either forward or backward I get dizzy. This seems to be part of overall motion sickness I’ve developed with age (e.g., I can’t swing too high or too long on the swings without feeling it). Can the vestibular system be (re)trained, much like balance and flexibility?

Tracy Barksdale
Tracy Barksdale
3 years 4 months ago

It sure can! Just a trick to help with dizziness: make your hand flat and put it between your eyes. So your hand is vertical and sideways, not flat against your face like a facepalm. Then look at a static spot in your environment and usually the room will stop spinning 🙂

Helga
Helga
3 years 4 months ago

Some people just have a greater tolerance for height, speed, inversion, etc. (otherwise we would all be gymnasts or Cirque du Soleil performers).

Sean
Sean
3 years 4 months ago

+1, I’m in my mid 30’s and have tried a tumble or roll from time to time, and it usually results in severe dizziness. Go to know the vestibular system be retrained, I will certainly be working on this. Getting motion sickness over simple things makes me feel much older than I am.

Alexandra
3 years 4 months ago

I do this Everyday!!!!!

Dan
Dan
3 years 4 months ago

I tell anyone that will listen if you want to lose a quick 5 pounds just come weed eat the ditch out in front of my house! Takes about an hour and a half.

Belatrix
Belatrix
3 years 4 months ago

When I started Crossfit and the coach was surprised that I could do a pull up I gave him a sheepish look and mumbled “I still climb trees”.

Susan Alexander
3 years 4 months ago

As my grandmother loved to tell people, well into her 90s, “I could do a forward roll til I was 85.”

🙂

Dr. Mark
3 years 4 months ago

When I began taking Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes a few years ago, the instructor would make us practice various rolls before class as part of the warm-up. At first I was like, “Whuuuuuhhhh? Man do you know I’m in my late 30s?” and then was shocked at how natural it felt doing them, not to mention a ton of fun. You might also find me bear crawling around my house when I get bored with my other fitness routines. It’s incredible on your shoulders and quads. +1 for this post.

Michael Hourigan
Michael Hourigan
3 years 4 months ago

Best man to go to about these matter is Ido Portal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6BBk3Nvj9k

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Kem
Kem
3 years 4 months ago

Hey! I’m a 67 year old dude… and still can climb trees. MovNat is much more appealing to me than CrossFit. I have nothing against CrossFit though.

Peter
3 years 4 months ago

I used to do similar drills in football training – a good workout.

I wouldn’t try it in a kids park – you might get arrested!

Amber
3 years 4 months ago

I love this. I coach cheerleading and I try to maintain all my gymnastic skills and I’m even trying to learn some new ones. I mean… if I’m teaching them, I should know how to do them, right?

And in a few years I’ll be popping out some kids and I definitely want to roll around with them 🙂

Christin
Christin
3 years 4 months ago

This post inspired me to go home and beg my husband to play hide and seek with me. We had a blast! Running around, heart beat elevated, strange looks from the neighbors. It just so happened that yesterday was the Mexican holiday “Dia de los Ninos” and even though my husband and I don’t have kids yet, we felt like kids at heart.

Dr. Cory
3 years 4 months ago

Crawling is also a great way to strengthen the muscles of the rotator cuff! I had to try a few rolls in the limited space I have in my treatment room between patients 🙂

Matt
Matt
3 years 4 months ago

Cool post. I do these things with my kids not realizing all the true benfits.And yes i still climb trees as part of my workout 1-2 times per week depending on the weather.

iluvoptics
iluvoptics
3 years 4 months ago

where do you guys find trees to climb without looking like a social outcast? ‘Cause seriously my fear of society’s ‘rules’ is what holds me back from trying this. I don’t have young kids anymore and really want to climb a tree without needing others to do it with me so I don’t look weird.

iluvoptics
iluvoptics
3 years 4 months ago

holy cow I found a tree to climb while walking through a park area! It was in a small forest but still close to a few roads and I could see cars driving and people walking, but they couldn’t see me 😉 this is just what I wanted! I only got 10 feet up and it felt high enough! (for now)

Mark Pompeo
Mark Pompeo
3 years 4 months ago

I like to climb trees in the middle of walks. It’s pretty fun. Not many trees by me, though, that are both suitable for climbing and tall which is unfortunate so I’ve never gone higher than maybe 25 ft.

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C Gajowski
C Gajowski
3 years 4 months ago
Wow – it occurred to me that it has been years since I rolled – in a judo class in my 20’s and sometimes on the ski slopes – just because I fell and it was a fun quick way to get righted. But never have I ever thought to analyze HOW to roll because I forgot! Not quite true – shoulder rolls did have a technique, plus back in Judo we prepared over and over for falling, tucking etc. Just maybe I’ll try – but not the barefoot part – too many injury possibilities, not to mention widespread poison… Read more »
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Clif
2 years 4 months ago

I like this idea. It’s reminds me of a more holistic, less agressive crossfit.

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Mr dinosaur
1 year 11 months ago
Working as a playschool worker the kids do this everytime its brilliant and demonstrating the various movement to adults including kids brings back what we already did at one time in the past! I have started to speed crawl doing races for fun its a heck of a workout to add to with what you already do. I’d recommend some good hardwearing gloves on concerte however grass is better unless there is a doggie poop about :O Saying that variety is the spice of life and even if it looks like your some super hero doing crazy moves at least… Read more »
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