At A4 Fitness in Los Angeles, students hit the floor on all fours to crawl their way to better health, from crab crawls to a more traditional toddler move.
Instructor Adam Lerner includes crawls in his classes, each one activating multiple parts of the body.
"Your triceps are working, your chest is working, your abs are working, your hips are working," Lerner said.
Experts say crawling offers more than just a workout. Some claim it can essentially reset your body, bringing back strength and mobility most people lose over the years. Crawling is an essential movement that helps babies develop core functions like balance, reflexive strength and hand-eye coordination. Experts say for adults, crawling fires up muscles that don't always get used the way they should, activating everything.
"Absolutely, absolutely, I mean you'll get in really good shape if you're just crawling and pulling," Lerner said.
"It takes a little while to kind of get used to it," student Jamie Alexander said.
Alexander says while the crawling concept may seem simple enough, it takes more focus than you might expect.
"For me, my brain is being activated the whole time as I'm crawling. You've got to keep everything really tight but at the same time you have to have the coordination to have the arms and legs move at the same time properly," Alexander said.
Getting the body back to basics and better health, one crawl at a time.
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