Today we welcome to the show one of our good friends, Mike Fitch, the creator of Animal Flow.
Over his 18 years in the fitness industry, Mike has developed multiple bodyweight training programs including the Bodyweight Athlete Program and Animal Flow. Today we dive in deeper to the AF system, discuss the many benefits of bodyweight training, and even have Mike give his latest film recommendations. Mike is also a good friend so you’re in for a great conversation! Enjoy!
0:00 – Who is Mike Fitch?
2:00 – Mike details his humble beginnings in the fitness industry
6:45 – How did Mike gravitate to bodyweight training, and ultimately, create the Animal Flow system?
10:15 – What drew Mike to bodyweight training? #humility
11:45 – We discuss the cognitive benefits of Animal Flow, and the importance of the language within the AF system
15:10 – What is Animal Flow good for and who is it good for? We dive deep on all the benefits of the system.
22:00 – Mike talks about some of the main benefits of bodyweight training that he experienced in the beginning.
24:45 – Why weight-training “strength markers” are arbitrary and not for everyone.
27:00 – The importance of progressions- and patience- in bodyweight training (and why social media can hurt people)
28:45 – Dain throws out a plug for the Animal Flow ON Demand channel (link below).
32:15 – We discuss why injuries aren’t random, and how bodyweight training helps you tune into your body to better prevent injury.
35:15 – What does Mike’s current training look like?
39:15 – How has the fitness industry changed over the past 10 years?
40:45 – We talks about the Animal Flow Master Instructor team. His one piece of advice? “Don’t work with shitty people!”
44:15 – Mike praises the Animal Flow Instructor group and how they truly are a family. Again, community is critical for health.
49:15 – Need movie recommendations? Mike gives you some!
52:15 – Mike’s book recommendations:
– The Story of the Human Body, by Daniel Lieberman
– Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
– The Emperor’s Handbook, by Marcus Aurelius
53:40 – Mike’s non-negotiable daily self-care tool: Morning coffee & movement
54:00 – Where can you find Mike and learn more about Animal Flow?
55:00 – A shout-out to upcoming events in Boulder, CO
More about Mike Fitch and Animal Flow:
Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with over 18 years experience in the fitness industry. As the founder of Global Bodyweight Training, Mike has developed multiple programs that focus on skill-based bodyweight training, including the Bodyweight Athlete Program and the main topic of our discussion on this podcast, Animal Flow.
A gifted communicator and teacher, Mike loves sharing his experience and knowledge. He has taught thousands of individuals around the world as a featured presenter at major fitness conferences, as a contributor and subject of countless media pieces, and through both online and in-person educational courses.
Animal Flow is a ground-based movement made fun, challenging and effective that’s designed to improve the function and communication of the ‘Human Animal’. The system is designed to improve strength power, flexibility, mobility, and coordination for all levels of fitness enthusiasts.
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