Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fun with Midline Crossing Movements

It may come as no surprise to you, but I love cross-crawls. I think everyone should do them every day. Cross-crawls are a midline crossing movement. For whatever reason, midline cxrossing movements like cross-crawls offer many of the benefits that we discussed in Becoming Bulletproof. But one of the main benefits is that they get both of your brain hemispheres working together and they can help develop new neural connections in your brain. Cross-crawls help you move better. There are other midline crossing movements that may make a great addition to your movement and training tool bag as well: skipping and sprinting.

Skipping is a great midline crossing movement that not only will get both your hemispheres talking to each other, it can also improve your coordination and your athletism. Skipping can be incorporated into a great warm-up, or be used as an integral part of a play session. Skipping can actually be quite fun. That, and it may make you feel like a kid again!

Sprinting is also a midline crossing movement. However, sprinting is a midline crossing movement that is fast and powerful. Sprinting is what your body was made to do. It will make you lean and powerful. If you haven't sprinted in a while you should give it a shot. Just start out easy and don't jump in too deep. Sprinting can really help you find all the muscles you've neglected over the years!

If you're looking for more tools to use in your play sessions and you wnat to get extra benefit from the tools you choose, give skipping and sprinting a look.

Today's play session:

Cross-crawls in a pushup position for 10 minutes. (elbow to knee while holding self up in pushup position)
Battling Ropes velocity for 10 minutes.
Sprints - 80 yards

  • half speed x 3
  • half speed to 3/4 speed x 3
  • half to 3/4 to full x 3

Thats it! Have a great day


Karen Rossler RKC said...

Skipping is awesome. And according to my 4 year old nephew, "it's easy peasy". lol We spent the better part of 1/2 hour skipping and running with his 8 year old sister. Playing is so much fun. Thanks for the reminder!

Tim Anderson said...

Thanks for sharing. Easy peasy is a good thing. I wish I had the energy kids have. 30 minutes of skipping sounds like a tremendous training session!