The traveling and static frog combination in this week’s exercise gives us a new animal flow exercise that brings together some powerful traveling moves with static holds building amazing strength and control. I was inspired to introduce this move while in Truro Cape Cod this past week, where I was lucky enough to have miles of private beach in both directions and an amazing sand bar that was perfect for some open space movements. Inspired by the natural beauty of this place I decided it was time to introduce a new animal form – not only a new traveling animal but the static pose of the animal as well.
For those of you who have already started working on the Animal Flow Workout, you can add the traveling and static frogs into your flows. In this particular video we are combining the two for a very challenging sequence.
Any of you doing Animal Flow will notice that the traveling frog resembles the Ape movement, with some variations in hand and leg placement. And any of you out there who have practiced yoga will probably recognize the static pose as the Frog Stand. In classic hand balancing, this pose is called a Knee-to-Elbow hold. These are just a couple examples of how there are many moves the body is capable of, and even many more names for each one of them!
We use static poses a lot in the GBT system because they play such a powerful role in neuromuscular connection as well as joint stabilization. Statics come in many different forms in the system. It may be as easy as a simple plank or as advanced as a human flag, but for this post we are introducing one of our animal poses, the frog static. The frog static we use here is incredible for the strength and support that you’ll require in order to perform more advanced movements and forms later.
Since jumping right into the advanced version of the traveling and static frog combination can be tricky, this video includes two version of the drill. The first progression includes a beginner traveling frog, coupled with a beginner static. The more advanced progression requires far more power in the travel, and an incredible amount of control and strength while jumping into the static. Either way they are a great way to challenge yourself.
No matter what your skill level, I recommend starting with the more basic version first so that your body can adjust to the movement. And be sure that when you’re jumping into the static you start with a pillow down just in case you decide to take a massive face plant!! (Notice that even I’m practicing in sand here!)
So, check out the video below and good luck with this one!
For lots more exercises using animal movements, check out these articles and videos about GBT’s Animal Flow Workout:
- THE ANIMAL FLOW WORKOUT: GET THE VIDEO
- HOW TO USE THE ANIMAL FLOW WORKOUT
- GETTING DOWN WITH ANIMAL MOVEMENTS