Playing With Movement

Movement is movement. Whether you’re practicing calisthenics, doing yoga, or lifting weights, the body moves how the body moves.

There are only so many ways that our joints can bend and flex, yet when you start playing with variations on basic movement patterns, you’ll find the possibilities are limitless.

Changing one small aspect of an exercise can vary it just enough to increase the intensity. Combining moves can also create new challenges.

Get Some Play
Working out is best approached with a joyous attitude and an open mind. Movement offers an opportunity for growth and self-discovery, but it’s also supposed to be fun! Take the time to really be present for your workout and feel what your body is doing. Exercise should be one of the least stressful parts of your day. Don’t over-think things – just move!

What’s In A Name?
A lot of people ask me what I call some of the unusual calisthenics moves that I do. Many of the moves have names, but other times I don’t have an answer. It really doesn’t matter what you call things though. That which we call a kip-up by any other name would still look as sweet.

Check out the video below to see me playing with some variations on familiar moves like handstands and back bridges. Plus a few other things that I don’t even know what to call!

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8 thoughts on “Playing With Movement

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  • By Tom B-D -

    You’ve outdone yourself again Al, that’s fabulous!

    Question–do you think that guys my age (48) should stop thinking about making significant gains–like doing pistols if never having done them before, or muscle-ups? I’m a bit afraid of pushing myself to injury (tend to overdo it). Or just keep it steady, if slow, towards those loftier goals?

  • By AdamK -

    I’ve adopted your method of being present and I find myself laughing out loud sometimes during sets of pushups or pullups. I have never had so much fun training before!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Adam! Glad to have inspired more fun in your training!

  • By Alan Jackson -

    You’re enthusiasm for the process of working out is evident throughout your blog posts. I’ve had sore muscles for the past three weeks straight “playing” with various movements you’ve blogged about (and having a great time doing it!).

    Thanks for everything you are sharing (your book will be purchased soon for more).

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Alan! As long as it’s still fun!

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