We all know that HIIT is a highly effective method for reducing the waistline and building muscle. But how sustainable is this training regime? What are the long-term implications for our physiology? Is HIIT a short-term fix driven by our need for instant gratification and results?
At Anatomē, we are learning that slow movement is essential to maintaining homeostasis of the mind and body. In this article, we will be exploring and sharing three trends that we believe embody this philosophy.
1. Callisthenics/Bodyweight Training
Up first we have Calisthenics, derived from the Greek word Kalos - meaning “beauty” and stenos, meaning “strength”. It is based on the idea of using an individual's body-weight as resistance as opposed to relying on weights. The exercises that fall under this umbrella, include push-ups, pull-ups, dips, planking and squats to name a few. Callisthenics offers an array of benefits including improved strength, agility, balance and coordination. When performing Calisthenic exercises, what we have found is that focusing on form and time under tension are the key attributes to reaping the benefits. Focussing on how your body moves and controlling this movement throughout calls the brain into action and develops motor skills. Third Space provides exceptional classes and facilities, that can help you get started.
2. Natural Body-Movement
Next up we have Natural body-movement, which builds upon the notion of Calisthenics, however, differs in many ways. It’s guiding principles are based on mobility and flexibility. It’s the ultimate goal is to get us to reconnect with our evolutionary and biological behaviour. Furthermore, we believe that it is a great way to practice mindfulness. Animal Flow pioneered by Mike Fitch has developed a program that embodies these principles and incorporates animal movements that enable the body to move fluidly and harness the mind-body connection. We recommend taking a look at Ben Medder who is a body-movement specialist and offers both indoor and outdoor movement experiences.
3. Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
Last but by no means least, we have Scaravelli Inspired Yoga. Pioneered by Vanda Scaravelli and taught by B.K.S Iyengar. It places great importance on the quality of movement, rather than the quantity. In a Scaravelli yoga session, students will focus deeply on mastering a single movement before moving onto the next. According to Vanda Scaravelli, the goal is to “learn how to listen to the body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort and strain”. This form of yoga can be especially beneficial for the spine and can assist with releasing tension. We recommend visiting The Life Centre in Notting Hill.