“Crawling” is the name of a new fitness trend from the USA that is currently preparing to spill over to Europe. What is it exactly?
The latest US fitness trend is particularly strong in the social networks and is already reaching out to Europe to take it by storm. Or not, because crawling doesn’t just look strange at first glance. After all, you don’t see larger groups of adults crawling around one another in fitness clothing every day. Here are the key facts:
The idea behind it
Crawling is very important for the development of motor functions in babies. What is important and good for babies can only be good for adults. That is the basic idea behind this sport.
Crawling sees itself as a holistic method. So not only the muscles, but also the brain and nervous system are stimulated. When crawling, a strong focus must be placed on well thought-out and well-considered movement sequences, otherwise you lose your balance and fall over.
How does it work
Crawling ties in with proven training methods, but combines them in a new way. When crawling, you breathe with concentration and do various exercises. That is why crawling is physically very demanding, which at the same time makes it a highly efficient training method, the approach of which has long been established in physiotherapy.
So-called planks are the basis of crawling. The body tension is kept as long as possible in various positions (e.g. the forearm support). These isometric exercises are very effective, which is why crawling is always promised quick results.
Crawling is cheap, efficient, and flexible. That’s simply because no equipment is required. Your own body and your own body weight are sufficient. Each exercise always demands several muscle groups and always in interplay with the nervous system. In this way, a dimension of holistic demands is achieved that is almost impossible with any other training method.
Who is crawling for?
In principle, all healthy people can do crawling. However, if you have knee problems or problems with the neck, shoulders or wrists, it is better to leave it alone, as these areas are most likely to be used.
Some praise crawling and believe that arms, legs, hips, shoulders and even fingers have a completely new, special training experience. The nervous system is restarted and coordination skills are increased, while body awareness is improved at the same time. Others, who are a little more nuanced, say crawling is nothing new. Very similar approaches have been around for years, but these have remained largely unknown to this day.
It’s only a matter of time before we also offer crawling. So if you don’t have a problem with not moving gracefully on all fours, why not give this efficient training method a try. We definitely wish you a lot of fun.