Get Fit and Toned with Animal-Inspired Workout Moves

Photo by: Courtesy of Mike Fitch
The Crab Reach This move is both a great stretch and an exercise that opens up all of the muscles in the front of the body, while activating (or flexing) all of the ... more 
Photo by: Courtesy of Mike Fitch
The Crab Reach This move is both a great stretch and an exercise that opens up all of the muscles in the front of the body, while activating (or flexing) all of the muscles in the back of the body, including the hamstrings, glutes and extensors of the back.For many people, this simple move-reaching your arm over your head and lifting your hips while in the "crab" position-is their favorite stretch of all time, according to Fitch. less 
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Thu, Jan 31, 2013 8:24 AM EST

Equinox's new Animal Flow class blends dynamic bodyweight movement-in other words, no equipment required-with modern athletic training to sculpt your whole body in an entirely fresh, new way.Think cross training goes primal. "After a lifetime of lifting weights and 12 years in the fitness industry, I had a ton of muscle but lacked the ability to move," says Animal Flow creator Mike Fitch. "I completely switched to bodyweight-only disciplines and discovered the true meaning of movement and its link to the longevity of our bodies. The end result, Animal Flow, is a program that works the entire body, increasing flexibility, stability, strength and endurance-and most importantly, it's fun!"

Curious? We thought so. Take a look at these animal-inspired moves. Just be sure to do a five-minute warm-up before test driving them to mobilize the wrists as well as the shoulders, spine, hips and knees.



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