Some of the movement practices today can be traced back to ancient times when those were forced to run, fight, and actually hunt food on their own. We as humans have evolved, but have we evolved to be sitting behind a desk for 8 hours per day? I think not. Proper joint motion and alignment is imperative prior to embarking on any of the following movement arts so be sure to get checked by your local motion and alignment specialist. Here’s a few of these new workouts that are increasing in popularity, and some coincidentally referred to as “primal training”.
THE OLD MACE…. upgraded from your basic club in the Paleolithic era, these predominantly metal weapons were used both while on horseback and by foot soldiers. They oftentimes included sharp objects at the ends with the ability to pierce their opponents’ armor.
ENTER THE NEW MACE… while it resembles the old mace in the metal club aspect, the maces designed for training these days are predominantly steel and have a ball on one end (sometimes on both ends). There are a myriad of exercises that can be done with the steel mace and one can utilize multiple muscle groups in a short training session.
The combat arts of ancient times were …let’s say…lacking sportsmanship. Alright they were more like death battles. They would require brute upper body strength, unshakable grip strength, a kill or be killed attitude. Some of these included spear fighting, wresting, and death boxing.
These days the mixed martial arts take bits and pieces of ancient movement arts in disciplines like Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu both allowing one to work on controlling the opponent. Of course the option to tap out is a nice alternative in assuring you’ll see future training sessions 😉
These are just a couple of great ways to stay in shape while sticking to the roots of ancient movement.
– Dr. Mike Isseks