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5 Minute Crawl
Variations on this WOW are encouraged. See the “How-to” and “Variations” sections below.
Time to complete: 5 minutes
No, this is not a recipe post, and I didn’t misspell “stock.”
Time wasn’t always of the essence in the Paleolithic. Sometimes, one had to exercise caution and proceed unseen and unheard. Take the hunt, for example. Crashing through the brush with a high-speed Grok crawl sprint is a terrible way to sneak up on prey. Stalking an animal with hypersensitive ears and nose precludes raw (human quality) speed and surprise from being effective. If Grok wanted to get in range to make the kill, he had to crawl slowly.
This week, you’re going to be performing a painfully slow and drawn-out five-minute crawl. Crawl-sprinting is tough enough, but at least it’s over quickly; going as slowly and quietly as you can takes serious strength and stamina, and it never seems to end! Good luck.
Get into the pushup position and be sure to form a plank with your body. Keeping your hips low (letting them drift up makes the crawl easier), crawl. Pull yourself along the ground with zombie-like conviction and deliberation. If you must, rest (bonus points for resting in the plank position), but know that the rest period doesn’t count towards your five minutes. A good way to ensure you’re going slowly enough is to make sure momentum plays no role in your movements. Each foot forward should be its own individual movement, if that makes sense. It helps to pause in between.
Remember to keep it fun and be creative with your crawling motion. You may be surprised by how many different ways you can move along the ground on your hands and feet.
Perform the crawl in a natural setting full of obstacles. If there’s a tree in your path, climb up it and then back down. Crawl slowly over boulders or through creeks. Crawl uphill, up stairs, and down stairs. You can also do the actual crawling with some different mechanics: crawl with an upper-body focus, where you’re pulling yourself across the ground without help from your legs; crawl with a lower-body focus, where you’re pushing with your legs and using your arms simply to support your body.
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