The Top 5 Benefits of Alternative Locomotion: Part 3 – Multiplanar.

spartans bear crawlingby Joe Di Stefano of Spartan Coaches

Click here for Part I and click here for Part II

The human body has three primary planes of motion, the sagittal plane, the frontal plane, and the transverse plane.

All human movement can be categorized as occurring in in one of these planes depending on if it involves stressing the body as a left and right side, a front and back side, or a top and bottom; respectively.  In short, the human body can move forward/back, side to side, and up and down.

These movements are an integral part of functional natural movements that we use at Spartan Race Training Camps. Continue reading


Top 5 benefits of Alternative Locomotion Movements aka Animal Movements Part 2/5

teaching ipso crawl

Ispo Crawl when left hand is synched with right foot movement

by Joe Di Stefano

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Eliciting a more balanced training effect.

“Body weight training” not so long ago was synonymous with doing a whole bunch of push ups and sit ups each night in front of the TV. Occasionally including chin ups for some but let’s face it most either did not have access to a chin up bar, did an entirely imbalanced ratio of push ups and sit ups to chin ups, or simply couldn’t do a single chin up so focused on the other two…as for legs, they either got the total shaft or were taken care of by “running”. Continue reading