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Exercise For Confidence: Circle Crawl

Exercise For Confidence: Circle Crawl

As a single 26 year old, going to the beach is an opportune time to get wasted, scope out the Tinder scene, and wake up in a stranger’s apartment.

Well, not really. And this couldn’t be more far from the truth of my recent trip to Ocean City, MD.

Instead of paying to turn into drunk idiots, my friend Robyn and I got PAID by drunk idiots. It was glorious.

So off to the boardwalk we went with my soccer ball, her hoolah hoop, and a hat to collect tips.

We made $18 in less than 20 minutes, which is better than a shitty full-time job with benefits. Plus, we met amazing people, got to do what we love, and shared our talents with the world. Just some things to ponder about the current state of the world. ;-0

ANYWAY.

What does this have to do with this week’s Exercise For Confidence? Check out this trick I showcased to the people of Ocean City:

Certainly, there’s a high degree of skill involved, but also, core stability, shoulder stability, and postural balance. In order to perform in our sports – whether that is cutting quickly, dazzling with fancy footwork, or plowing through defenders – we must be able to move well and control our bodies. 

Indeed, these are all reasons why I laud crawling patterns to my soccer players.

Here is this week’s Exercise For Confidence:

Why I Like It:

– Excellent for upper body strength and shoulder stability. If you’re tired of doing conventional crawling, this is a great progression to kick things up a notch.

– Activates the vestibular system and challenges your coordination with contralateral movement of the arm and leg. The movement of the opposite arm and opposite leg is a bitch when going in a circle.

– Sets your posture in the right place and helps to overcome forward head posture. Make sure you keep your eyes up and your tongue in the roof of your mouth.

– Great exercise to perform on a recovery day, as warm up, or in between strength training sets.

– Helps you get one step closer to landing a soccer ball on your back. ;-0

I stole this exercise from my strength coach, Mark Shropshire, who stole it from the guys of Original Strength, who stole it from newborn babies.

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Truth be told, however, crawling is fantastic. And you should do more of it.

Because sometimes learning to play like a kid again is the single best thing we can do for our physical and mental health. 🙂

2 Comments
  • Steve
    Posted at 08:44h, 21 August Reply

    I never heard of some of these crawling techniques, but I agree, Erica, we need special techniques to have more control over our bodies. Athletes must be flexible and maintain a steady balance during the entire time they play. You need to learn how your body moves to avoid falling or, even worse, breaking a bone. I’m looking forward to hear more innovative tips from you in the future. (Also, I couldn’t agree more on the “paying to become drunk idiots” thing. What you did is far better in every possible aspect.)

    • erica
      Posted at 11:01h, 21 August Reply

      Thank you, Steve!

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