The Alligator Crawl Bodyweight Exercise For Core Strength

Strengthen and Shape-up Your Mid-section and Sculpt Your Arms and Shoulders with this Fun Bodyweight Exercise That Will Have Your Neighbors Scratching Their Heads

alligator crawl exercise

You can’t see it’s teeth, but it’s an alligator all right.

Do you like having fun while you exercise? No? Then this one is probably not for you. Go back to your boring routine of endless sets and reps and forget about this animal-like nonsense. And while you’re reppin’ it out (hey, nothing wrong with that!), we’ll be over here reaping the conditioning benefits of the alligator crawl exercise – an unconventional and FUN core strengthening drill. We might even crack a little alligator smile while we’re yukking it up.

The alligator crawl is a bodyweight exercise that is a hybrid between the pushup, the plank, and crawling, which results in a great whole body, and especially core strength, challenge. Now, some of you may know that I’ve been accused of making up exercises. No joke. And I’m guilty as charged. I make up new exercises all the time! But I didn’t make this one up. Honest. I learned this little movement from Steve Cotter at a seminar back in 2006, and I’ve enjoyed using it in my routine once in awhile ever since. A couple of my clients go bonkers over this one, too. So, yes, the alligator crawl is a legitimate unconventional exercise that is accepted by a fringe minority that’s out there somewhere. It’s true.

And it’s got some unique training benefits, too. Oh, did I mention it’s kinda fun? Check it out.


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How to Move on All Fours: Basic Crawling and Quadrupedal Fundamentals of Natural Movement for the Purposes of Strength Training and Fitness

Moving on all fours should come naturally to humans. Personal trainers and strength coaches tend to label it as an animal exercise or animal movement, when in reality, it’s just natural human movement. Humans learn to crawl even before they learn to walk, and children are adept at moving on all fours in a variety of ways. We tend to lose this natural ability as we grow older and don’t practice or play on all fours anymore. The truth is that moving on all fours is our birthright, and we are completely entitled to being able to master this physical skill even throughout adulthood.

Moving on all fours is great for a lot of reasons…

1) It can be done anywhere and doesn’t require any equipment
2) It is an integrative movement, not an isolation movement that can improve strength, endurance, power, balance, coordination, and agility.
3) It can be used for fat loss, muscle building, or general conditioning goals.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to begin to rediscover the value of moving on all fours. Pretending like you’re an animal stalking prey makes it all the more fun…

How to Move on All Fours: Basic Crawling Fundamentals

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