Lately I have been combining two of my personal favorite methods of exercise & that's animal movement and the variations of Bridging. Since integrating these methods together in separate workouts throughout the day and evening I'm feeling leaner and more muscular in areas that I have forgotten to build on.
The Animals are my strength & cardio go to method because of the way you move in awkward positions and filling up the lungs with oxygen while putting the muscles and tendons to work as you move in the positions themselves from the shoulders all the way down to the feet. The Bridging Exercises are my go to for Flexibility, Agility & Conditioning of the entire muscular structure. Holding a bridge in the three positions (Back, Front & Gymnastic) for 1-3 minutes each is a hell of a stretch and really unlocks the muscles in the spinal areas. More than just holding, I also rock back and forth in both front and back bridges, wall walking into a bridge and touching my chest to the wall; these exercises alone really hit the spot and open up the body in a very unique way that only up until almost 20 years ago that Fighters/Wrestlers and Yogis knew about in modern western culture.
You can create combinations of different methods however you want but I feel that when you integrate Bridging with Animal Exercise, you are developing not only strength & flexibility but creating a well rounded physique that gets you lean and mean when practiced regularly. Now that doesn't mean you jump into holding advanced bridges and animals off the bat. It takes time and patience plus some exercises may not suit everybody so adjust according to your body and fitness levels. After nearly 12 years of doing these, I still have things to learn and master so don't feel bad if you don't get things going right away. Go at your own pace and be able to do things that are comfortable at first and when they become easy, move up to the next level. For some, it may take a few weeks, others months or even years to really hit advanced stages in both methods.
The best thing to do is have fun and pay attention to how your body feels; this isn't a contest to see how far you push yourself. Like with every form of exercise it's important to be careful, not so damn cautious that fear is really striking you in the face but to do the best to your current abilities. Here are the best courses for these two methods.....