In this episode of Oh My Heath … There’s HOPE! Jana talks with Mike Fitch
Animal Flow is a ground-based, bodyweight workout designed to improve strength, power, flexibility, mobility, and coordination for all levels of fitness enthusiasts. It includes a range of movements and combinations grouped into categories called the “six components,” each component designed to elicit a specific result. The six components can be mixed and matched, allowing you to incorporate one, some, or all of them into your workouts.
Animal Flow was created by Mike Fitch, an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with over 18 years of experience in the fitness industry. As the founder of Global Bodyweight Training, he’s developed multiple programs that focus on skill-based bodyweight training, including Animal Flow and the Bodyweight Athlete Program. Mike enjoys sharing his expertise and has taught thousands of individuals around the world as a featured presenter for major fitness conferences. Mike has also been a contributor and the subject of many press features at outlets such as Good Morning America, TODAY Show, Men’s Health, and more.
Mike was certified as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and also received qualifications as a CPT from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Additionally, he’s certified in Kettlebell Athletics, is a C.H.E.K Exercise Coach, AAHFRP certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and IFPA Accredited Personal Trainer.
Animal Flow was created in 2010, making its debut into the fitness industry with inclusion on many “Top 10” lists. More than 12,000 students have completed the Level 1 professional training workshop; 4,000 fitness professionals have become Certified Animal Flow Instructors, and a diverse team of 20 Master Instructors have been hired to teach the workshops in more than 40 countries. Individuals can now learn Animal Flow-through live group classes and personal training sessions; or by subscribing to the Animal Flow On Demand platform/app.
Animal Flow is dedicated to keeping the program grounded in science. In recent years 3 separate peer-reviewed published research studies have examined different aspects of Animal Flow, each finding positive results with the use of the program. The most recent study by Dr. Jeffrey Buxton called “The Effects of a Novel Quadrupedal Movement Training Program on Functional Movement, Range of Motion, Muscular Strength, and Endurance” was published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Additionally, in 2020 Keene University began offering a course on Animal Flow that is an elective open to students in the Athletic Director degree program. The course is taught by Animal Flow Master Instructor Chris Flores, with the goal of introducing students who are studying exercise science to understanding the benefits and importance of ground-based or quadrupedal movement.
Mike was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is currently based in Colorado. In his free time, Mike enjoys hiking, snowboarding, playing guitar, singing, and more.
Jana and Mike Fitch talk about:
1) The start of the Animal flow
2) Years of working on your body may not give you the movement you need
3) Taking ownership of your own body
4) Getting immediate feedback to your body
5) The four pillars of building up your body
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In this episode, Jana and Mike discuss the start of Animal Flow and how years of working on your body may not give you the movement you need. Taking ownership of your body and getting immediate feedback through movement. Mike also shares his four pillars of building your body.
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