Ever wondered what it’s like to crawl like a tiger? Or swinging from the trees like a monkey? Well, I haven’t, but I imagine some of you definitely will at one point or another.
I actually became really intrigued by this new form of workout, named Animal Movements, a unique style of movements to make you adapt to your inner beast, exclusively hosted by Fera.
You may have seen Skot (the owner of Fera and a good friend of ours) effortlessly gliding around the city on his longboard, long hair fluttering through the breeze like an urban Tarzan. Skot really lives and breathes his work, and his commitment to it really shows; it’s why we really love him here! I actually got a taste of this at our first blogger event in November, but we went in to way more depth last Saturday at our partners Rock Over Climbing, with all kinds of movements to test my bodies strength, adaptability and flexibility.
We started with some of the basics in rock climbing (after a few years away from it, I’m very much a novice) – this involved climbing to the top of a massive (ok, it felt massive) wall and letting ourselves fall. At first this was pretty daunting, since we had to trust what seemed like a tiny bit of rope that we dangled from; thank god for the harnesses! We eventually moved on to the bigger stuff, and falling from the top actually became pretty good fun – although, I’m slightly concerned about my chances of parenthood due to the location of the harness…
Squatbot AKA Sarah and I even engaged in a duel to the top with beanbags resting on our shoulders –Sarah will agree it’s much harder than it looks to keep your upper body upright! There was even a spot of blindfolded climbing, which I couldn’t imagine doing well up in Snowdonia –again, thank god for harnesses.
We then moved on to some bouldering, which is essentially freestyle rock climbing without the harness. For some reason, sideways climbing is exponentially harder than vertical climbing –you use way more isometric energy in holding yourself upright going sideways than going up; though, the advice from that was to stick that ass out! From this, we engaged in a good-old fashioned duel –a relay race to the middle. Now, bringing out the competitiveness in any of us at MagnaPass is normally a bad idea for anyone opposing, we certainly aren’t ones to shy away from a challenge! We usually win, and this occasion was no different (kudos goes to Victoria, she whooped some ass).
Now, to the animal movements! Skot wanted to bring out the inner child in us, and he didn’t disappoint. I felt like I was 6 years old again, bringing back memories of grazes on my knees and bruises on my shins as the over-excited child I was. We crawled and moved across the studio space in many different ways, using the floor, blocks and apparatus to literally move around like an animal. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday afternoon!
We finished with some chilli and a chat with all the great people involved with the event, and left with a goody bag filled with some well earned snacks and other delights, wondering how on earth 3 hours could fly by so fast. Animal Movements – now officially 100% MagnaPass certified and recommended!