Mike Fitch on Hand Balancing - Legendary Strength Podcast

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In the newest Legendary Strength podcast I had a chance to talk with Mike Flitch from Global Bodyweight Training about improving your bodyweight training as well as hand balancing. Some of the main points covered in this podcast episode include: - Various Styles in Hand Balancing Training - Neurological training - Keep still, become fluid and strong - How to master both Slow and Fast motions - Why is bodyweight training one of the best ways to master movements - Open Practice Time vs Skill - Crossing Disciplines and its value - And much, much more! Mike Flitch recently released a DVD on Hand Balaincing which is pretty amazing, covering many exercises in four disciplines of hand balacing. Not to mention that all of these are profesionally shot workouts which will keep you busy for many years. Another good thing is that you'll be getting $10 off on his newest course if you use promocode "LOGAN14" during the check out. Moreover, you'll get an awesome bonus if you get a copy through the link below and forward the receipt to logan@legendarystrength.com . Just make sure to mention which one of my hand balancing ebook you want for FREE! Secrets of the Handstand Hand Balancing Made Easy Walking and Jumping On Your Hands How to do the One Hand Handstand Click here to grab a copy of Mike's video plus the bonus - http://legendarystrength.com/go/gbt-hb/

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  • 1.LegendaryStrengthPodcast MikeFitchonHandBalancing GetthispodcastoniTunesat: http://legendarystrength.com/go/podcast Logan:Welcome!LoganChristopherherewiththeLegendaryStrengthpodcast.Ivegotanexciting interviewforyoutodaywithMikeFitchofGlobalBodyweightTraining.Thanksforjoiningmetoday, Mike. Mike:HeyLogan!Thanksforhavingme,man!Itsalwaysapleasuretogetonthephoneandtalktoyou foralittlebit. Logan:Yeah,absolutely.ForthoseofyounotfamiliarwithMike,herunsGlobalBodyweightTraining.com whichImhappytosayIhadahandinhelpingtogetstarted.Heprovidestonsofawesomeinformation obviouslyonthetopicofbodyweighttraining.Hesrealbigwiththeideaofanimalflow.Welltalkabout thatalittlebitwhicheveryoneinbodyweighttraininghasdoneanimalmovementsbeforebuthe broughtininfluencesfrombreakdancingandsomeotherfieldstoreallycreatesomethingnewwithit, whichhasbeenawholelotoffun.Butthemaintopicthatweregoingtobetalkingabouttodayishand balancingandonceagainbringingininfluencesfromdifferentareasofhandbalancingandhowtoreally putthatalltogether.SoMike,forpeoplethatarentfamiliarwithyou,canyougivealittlebitof backgroundinformationonhowyougotstartedinthisfield? Mike:Yeah,absolutely.Well,goingbacktowhereIstartedwithfitnessandexerciseandkindofgive somebackgroundbeforewegetuptothethingsthatImdoingnow,itssomethingthathasalways beenapartofmylife.Igotintofitnessoratleastliftingweightswithmydad.Hewasabiginfluencein mylifeasfarashealthandfitnessgoes.ThenwhenIwas17,18yearsold,ImovedtoLAfreshoutof Copyright 2014 LegendaryStrength.com All Rights Reserved

2. Kentucky.Iwassointotoreallytryingtolearnmoreaboutfitnessandmoreaboutweighttrainingand thethingsthatIhad. Atthatpoint,IhadexposuretoothatIdecidedtohireatrainer.So17,18yearsold,hiredatrainerand thisguywassoabsolutelyinfluentialinmylifeasfarasjusthiswillingnesstogiveinformation.Iwas blownawayandIwantedmore.WithinayearafterworkingwithhimIjustfinallyknewdecidedthisis whatIwantedtodo,thisiswhatIwantedtodo.Iactuallystillkeepincontactwithhim.Hesnowa doctorofChinesemedicine.Heskindoftakinghiswholejourneytoawholeanotherlevel. Anyway,Ispentthelast15yearsasatrainerinthehealthandfitnessindustryandthemajorityofthat timejustobsessivelygatheringinformationaboutdifferenttrainingstylesanddifferentphilosophiesand reallygettingintodifferentgurus,ifyouwill,butjustexploringallthesedifferentavenuesoffitness. EventuallyIkindoffoundmyselfaboutthreeyearsago,alittlebitmorethanthatnow,Ifoundmyself whereIwasjustliftingalotofweights,man,andallIwantedtodoisjustliftweightsandjustbejacked up.Basically,afterawhileIwas50poundsheavierthanIamnowandIjustfeltawful.Ididntfeelwell.I didntmovewell.Ialwayshadsomekindofachesandpainsandstuffgoingon.AsmuchasIknewabout properperiodization,bodymechanics,anatomy,movement,thingslikethatafterawhileIknewthatI neededachange. SowhatIdidwasIjustdecidedtoputdowntheweightsaltogetherandonlystudybodyweight discipline.Sothiswasat30yearsold.Idecidedtokindofcheckoutgymnasticswhichledtoparkour, whichledtocircusartsandhandbalancing,andtheneventuallybreakdancing,whichwashumbling,not beingmuchofadancermyselforhavingmuchrhythmotherthanplayingguitar.Soitjustreallyopened upmywholeideaofwhatathleticismwas.IhadallthesenewtoysandIjustgottorealizethatthere weresomanydifferentwaysthatIcouldputmyfocusintotrainingwhereIwasjustreallybadatalotof things.AsmuchasIthoughtthatIknewaboutmovementandaboutperiodization,programmingand resistancetraining,IjustrealizedthatIwasjustintheinfantilestagesofwhatnowIunderstandfitness tobeorhealthtobe. Soitwasjustthishugejourney.Itwassoexplosiveformeasfarasjustchangingmyoutlook.Thats whereIreallystartedGBT.Idecidedokay,wellIreallywanttosharethiswithotherpeoplebecauseit wassoimpactfulinmylife.ThatswhyIstartedGlobalBodyweightTrainingandthatswhenIreached outtoLoganChristopher.IbarelyknewhowtoturnonmycomputersoIneededsomehelp.Imareally bigfanoftheideaofifyouwanttolearnsomething,youfindacoachandyoupaythemwhattheyre worth,youjustbecomeastudentandyoujustabsorbasmuchknowledgeaspossibleandthatswhatI didwithyou.YouhelpedmealotandIalwaysgivecredittoyouwhenItalktopeopleaboutstartingan onlinefitnessprogramoranonlinefitnesswebsiteorwhateveritwas.Soagain,thankyou,myfriend! Logan:Yourequitewelcome.AndIhavetosayitsnicetobeabletopointtoyou.Youredefinitelymy mostsuccessfulstudentandthosearegood.Thecreditallgoestoyou.Youreactuallytheonethattook actionandranwithitandtoseehowfaryouvegonewiththedifferentthingsisamazing.Copyright 2014 LegendaryStrength.com All Rights Reserved 3. Mike:Well,thankyou.Thecoolthing,andyouandItalkedaboutitbefore,butitsjustthatideaof werealwaysateacher,werealwaysastudent.Ifweopenourmindsandwecanjustexcelandjust gatherinformationfromdifferentpeople.NowImkindofdoingthatforotherpeopleandgivingthem myexperiencewithcreatinganonlinepresenceandrelayingsomeoftheinformationthatyouvegiven meandthensomeofthestuffthatIjustpickeduponthelast,Iguess,threeyearsorsonowthathave justbeenkindofdevelopingGBTandanimalflow. Logan:Thatscorrelatedwiththetrainingaswell.Therearesomanypeopletolearnfrom,somany differentdisciplines.Youcanbothbegivingcoachingandlearningfrompeopleandbeteachingother peopleatthesametime.Infact,thosereallygohandinhand.Ifyouwanttogetgoodatsomething, teachingisthebestwaytodothat. Mike:Youreabsolutelyright.Ivehadtheopportunitytogoaroundandteachalotofreallyfantastic coachesandfitnessprofessionals,teachingthemtheanimalflowworkshopsotheybecomeAnimal Flowcertified.Man,justgoingandteaching,IlearnmoreabouttheprogrameverytimeIteachit.Ilearn moreabouttheprogrameverytimeIworkwiththesenewstudents.Ithinkwhenwestoplearning, werejustdead.Whenwethinkwehavenothingmoretolearn,Ithinkthatswhenwejustreallystart toregress. Soitsbeenreallypowerful,justhavingthatopportunitytogoaroundandworkwithpeople.Andeven thoughImrepeatingsimilarinformation,IreallydogettolearnsomethingneweverytimebecauseI gettowatchpeoplemoveandexploretheirownbodiesandthingscomeup,questionscomeup, feelingscomeup,andthenwegettoaddressthose.Sometimes,peoplewillbringupreallyinteresting pointsthatwellgettokindofdiveintoalittlebitsoitsjustagreatexperience. Logan:Someofyouweretalkingaboutalittleearlierthatyouvehaddoneallthispreviousweight trainingbutbodyweighttraining,thatsreallywhereitsortofopenedyouuptothesewholenewareas andrealizedhowlittleyouknewaboutmovement.Idefinitelylikeusingweightsandstillusethem regularlyawholebunchbutreallybodyweighttrainingissomethingthatIalwaysreturntoifnot somethingImalwaysdoingregularly.Idofindthatreallybecausethetoolsthatyoureusingisyour body,youreallygettoexplorethatwholeideaofmovementsomuchmoreandthedisciplinesyouwere talkingaboutandthestuffthatweregoingtotalkabouthere,justhowdeepyoucangowithit.Its trulyanamazingthing. Mike:Youreabsolutelyright.Itsoneofmyfavoritetopics.Itsnotonlymovementbutalsojustthat wholeideaofselfmasteryandskillspractice.Imeanitsjustsuchahuge,hugethingandwhenpeople kindofevenbegintostartflirtingwiththatandstartexperiencingthatonaverybaselevel,justforan exampleinouranimalflowworkshops,weusuallystartpeople,oneofthefirstthingsthatwellstart withisbasicallyjustcalledastaticbeast. Inourstaticbeast,itsthefourpointsofcontact.Itslikearegularquadripedalmovement.Theknees areaboutaninchabovetheground.Wegothroughtheseseriesofactivatingthedifferentsectionsof thebodyandthenwejusthavethemholdthisisometricpositionfor30secondsandman,justtosee Copyright 2014 LegendaryStrength.com All Rights Reserved 4. someoftheseguysandgalswhoIhavespentsomuchtimeliftingweightsandusingexternalloadsto reallyputthemselvesinaclosedchainenvironmentlikethatwheretheirentirebodyhasto communicateanddoitinawaythatsseeminglyeasybutitcanbesoabsolutelychallenging,its incredible. Andjustgettingpeoplebackinsideoftheirbodiesandallowingthemtoconnectbecauseletsfaceit, man,somanypeoplejustwalkarounddisconnectedfromtheirbodiesallthetime.Withbodyweight trainingandthingsthatfallunderthatumbrellaofselfmasteryandskillspractice,youhavetobe conscious.Youhavetobeaware,youhavetobeconnectedanditreallyforcesthatpersontocome backinsideoftheirbodyanditgivesthemaverygoodideaofwhattheyrewillingtodotoachievea specificgoal. Logan:Yeah,absolutely.Thenifyouliftonelimbwhileinthatmovementthenyouopenedupawhole newworldofdifficulty. Mike:Exactly.Now,youvegotarotarycomponentthatyoureaddingtothebodythatshowsup everywhere,sofromthehandpositionthroughtheelbowthroughtheshoulderthroughthe scapulothoracicjoint,throughtherestofthelumbarspine,intotheSIjoint.Yourentirebodyisfighting nowthisrotaryaspectanditsjustsomethingassimpleasthat.Peoplearelike,man.Itsalmostlikea magictrick.Itslikewait,howdoesmyhandfeellikeitweighsathousandpoundsnow? Logan:Yup.Soletsdiveintotheareaofhandbalancing.Youknowalotofpeople,oncetheygetstarted withbodyweighttraining,theygetsomeprogresstheyendupdoinghandstandsagainstthewalland thatleadstohandstandpushups.Thenformanypeople,theystartthinkingoftheideaofdoingthefree standingskills,holdingthehandstand,doingfreestandinghandstandpushups.Wasthatsortofhowyou gotstartedwithitorwhathappenedforyou? Mike:Well,Ihavetoagaingiveyoucreditforyourinfluence.IhavebeencheckingouttheLostArtof HandBalancingforquitesometimeandIthinkthatsactuallyhowIeventuallyfoundthatyouwere doingcoachingasfarasdesigningthewebsiteorputtingtogetherawebsite.Again,givingyoupropsfor beingkindofoneofthepioneersinputtingoutinformationouttherethatwasbasedonhand balancing,whichisaveryspecificskill.Ithinktherearealotofpeoplethataredrawntothatbecause itsoneofthosethingswherelook,everyonewantstobeabletodoahandstandandbeabletoreally nailitandjustwalkitout.IthinkitsoneofthosekindsofsecretgoalsortalentsorskillsorwhateverI thinkthateveryonesomewherereallywantstobeabletodo,whetheritstowinabarbetortojustpull itouttokindofshowofftheirskillsability.Butwhateveritmaybe,Ithinkitreallyisjustsomethingthat alotofpeoplereallywanttolearnandtheywanttomaster. Ivehadthisverylonginteresting,sometimesvolatile,relationshipwithhandbalancingbecauseitreally isanelusiveskill.Idontknowifyoupeoplerealizejusthowmuchdedication,disciplineand commitmentgoesintoreallybecomingevenamoderatetoefficienthandbalancer.Sofrommyown handbalancing,itwassomethingthatrightawayIwasdrawnto.Rightaway,assoonasIstartedmy practicedownthewholebodyweightdisciplineroad,thehandbalancingreallyjustconnectedwithme. Copyright 2014 LegendaryStrength.com All Rights Reserved 5. ItwassomethingthatIreallywantedtolearnmoreaboutandIwouldspendthenextcoupleofyears andstillwillcontinuetospendthenexthowevermanyyears,hopefullyuntilthedaythatIdie, practicinghandbalancingbecauseinmyopinionIfeelliketheresjustnolimit.Imeantheresnopoint whereyourejustlikeallright,Iamthemasterofthat.Imgoingtomoveontosomethingdifferent. Logan:Right.Yeah.Itcangosofar.Thatsaninterestingthingaboutbodyweighttrainingreallysincethe sortofweightisstaticandyourownbodyweight,yesyoucanplaywithleverages,butasyoupursue higherlevelsofstrengthwithbodyweighttrainingitreallydoesmovemoreandmoreintoaskilled territory.Handbalancingisjustaoneareawherethatstruebutthereareseveralotherdifferent gymnasticstrengthfeatsbuttheskillworkbecomesevenmoreimportant.Likeyouresaying,itisavery difficultareathatsomeofthechallengeinwhatmakesitmoreofanachievementwhenyoucanfinally pulloffsomeskillsthatyouvebeenworkingonforalongtime. Mike:Absolutely.IalwaystalkaboutmyworkshopsandIdecidedIdontwanttodiscreditweightlifting atallbecausetheresobviouslyahugeskillcomponenttoweighttraininganditssomethingthatIused foraverylongtime.Currently,Ihaventtouchedanexternalloadinthreeyearsandallthatisjustmy ownjourney.IknowhowmuchIenjoyedthepracticeofbodyweighttrainingandIreallyseeitasa practiceasIthinkmostbodyweightpractitionersdo.Everyday,wecangetalittlebitbetterandIthink itsjustthatfocusandthatdetermination,thatcommitment,understandingprogressionand understandinghowtoalterormodifyleverage,andhowsomethingthatseemedimpossibleatoneday maybethreemonthslateritsjustyourwarmup.Itssuchaprogressiveskillandthatswhenweget intothatwholeideaofskillbuilding. Ialwayssaythecoolthingaboutbodyweighttrainingisitisapracticethatwecandofortherestofour lives.IwanttolevitatewhenIm70.IcantrememberwhenIwasweighttrainingalotputtingfive poundsonmybenchpressbutIllneverforgetthedaythatIgotmyfirstmuscleup,ormyfirsthuman flag,orthefirsttimeIreallylockedinaflatbackorhollowbodyhandstand.Justthosethingsitslike man,justthelevelofaccomplishmentandgratificationthatyoucanexperience,itsundeniablehow potentitcanbe.Evenjustwithhandbalancingandwiththevideo,whenIfirststartedhandbalancingI learnedanarchedbackhandbalanceandthatwaswhereIbecamecomfortablewith.ThenIhada gymnasticscoachwhochallengedmeokay,whydontyoutrytoreprogramandlearnmoreofaflat backorahollowbackorahollowbodyposition?Justretrainingthattookmesolongitwasso frustrating. Logan:Yeah,thatsahumblingexperience.Iveworkedtowardsastraighthandstand.Yeah,itsamuch moreadvancedskill.ThatssomethingIliketotellpeople.Ifyourejusttryingtodofreestanding handstands,youcangowiththearchedback.Itreallyisaneasierskilltodo.Buttherearedefinitely benefitsyougetwhenyoucanmasterthatstraightbodiedorgymnasticposition. Mike:Yeahandtheneveneventuallygettingtothepointwhereyoucanalternatebetweenthetwoand youhaveallthesedifferentbodymanipulation,thingsyoucandowhileinyourbalance.ButIgottotellyouevenfromthetimethatweshotourhandbalancingvideoandevenjustgoing Copyright 2014 LegendaryStrength.com All Rights Reserved 6. backandeditingit,nowIcanseetheimprovementsthatIhavemadeinmyownhand balancingpracticesoclearly.Imjustlikeugh,sometimesImcringing,man,ifIcanshootthat againnow.ThenImsureIwoulddothesamethingfiveyearsfromnow. Logan:Iveseenpeoplethatyoulookatapictureandtheyreseeingaperfectlystraighthandstandline buttheysay,ohinthispictureitsfromayearlaterandjustseeitsthatmuchbetter,anaverageperson justlookingatit,youcouldnteventellthedifferencebutitreallycanbethesubtlethingsthatdomake ahugedifference.Itcantakethatlongtoreallygetthatpositionbecausethatsatrickypositiontohold. Letsjustputitthatway. Mike:Yeah.Justlikewesaidbeforeitcanbeaveryelusiveanimal.Somedays,especiallywhenyoure kindofinthatbeginningphasewhereyourereallylockinginthoseneuralconnectionsandthe neuromuscularconnectivityisonedayyoumayhaveit,twodayslateryoumaybeallovertheplace, especiallywhenyougetdowntoreallyfinetuningthosepositions.Youweretalkingaboutallthattactile responsescomingfromyourhandpositionanditsreallyaboutthekineticchain.Talkabouthow everythingisconnected. Imean,ifyouflexyourbigtoethatchangeseverything.Itreallygivespeopleagoodideaofhow everythinginthewholebodyiscompletelyconnectedandjusthavingallthatproprioceptivecontact andcommunication,andjustallowingyourentirebodytocreatethatcommunicationandcreatethat superhighwayofinformation,Ialwaysliketosay,itsanincredibleart.ItssomethingthatIjustrespect somuchandImstillcontinuingtolearnabouteverysingleday. Logan:Yeah.Soinyourvideo,whichIhadachancetoviewanditsawesomewegotsomuchstuff whatIreallylikeaboutitisyourenotjustcoveringonestyleofhandstands.Youtalkaboutthecurved versusgymnasticbutreallyyoubreakitupintofourdifferencesetsthegymnastic,parallettes,pbars andbreakdancing.Idlovetoknowyourthoughtprocessandhavingthesefourdifferentareasand reallyhowdoyougoaboutcombiningthem?Orwasitreallyl...