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LIVE Discussion With Mike Fitch | EMP Podcast 78

Evolve Move Play Podcast

Welcome to our second ever LIVE airing of the EMP Podcast! 👉 Join us for retreat just 14 spots left https://courses.evolvemoveplay.com/retreats👉 Join for our live podcasts on Zoom https://cart.evolvemoveplay.com/plus/ Once a month, we’ll be holding live conversations just like this! With EMP Podcast Plus, you’ll get a members-only “backstage pass” and exclusive access to:🔴 Monthly LIVE Zoom calls with Rafe Kelley & EMP Podcast guests🎙 Ask your Questions Live to Movement + Meaning Experts after the show💬 Access to EMP’s distraction-free movement discussion community📹 Exclusive Monthly Response video from Rafe to member questions👟 Movement Challenges for your Daily Practice!and so much more...We hope to see you soon in our thriving movement community! Books mentioned on the podcastThe obstacle is the way: Ryan Holiday https://amzn.to/3hTy9kSMastery: Robert Greenehttps://amzn.to/3fiPz8IMaps of Meaning: Jordan Petersonhttps://amzn.to/3vls7NFThe Righteous Mind: Jonathan Haidthttps://amzn.to/34eYBNNStealing Fire: Steven Kotler and Jamie Whealhttps://amzn.to/2RKHyQWJust hit the link below to chat with us between shows and in the next live episode!👉 Join on https://cart.evolvemoveplay.com/plus/ For today’s episode, our guest is Mike Fitch! Mike is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. He is the Founder/Creator of Animal Flow, a unique ground-based movement program that has certified more than 10,000 fitness professionals in 42 countries. Mike has also developed multiple other skills-based bodyweight training programs including the Bodyweight Athlete and is a highly sought after presenter and content contributor.============Learn More about Mike FitchWeb: https://animalflow.com/IG:@mikefitch.af============👍To support the podcast please like, share, subscribe and turn on the notifications by hitting the bell icon. 👤 VISIT US ONLINE- EMP Website: https://www.evolvemoveplay.com- EMP Shop: https://shop.evolvemoveplay.com- IG: @RafeKelly - http://www.instagram.com/rafekelley/ - FB: @RafeKelleyMovement - https://www.facebook.com/RafeKelleyMovement/- Twitter: @rafekelley - https://twitter.com/rafekelley- YT Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/Faelcind?sub_confirmation=1- Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/rafekelley============

1hr 36mins

31 May 2021

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Mike Fitch - Creator of Animal Flow

All About Fitness

Mike Fitch is a movement coach and personal trainer who realized that while lifting weights can build a strong body, too much could cause injuries. In an effort to find a way to strength train with a lower risk of injury, Mike began experimenting with different types of bodyweight exercises. Starting with gymnastics and evolving into parkour, hand balancing and even break dancing, he ultimately developed a method of bodyweight exercise based on how animals move, hence the name Animal Flow.Flow refers to a psychological state where you are immersed in an activity and focused only on the present moment which is a perfect name for a challenging system of exercise using only bodyweight movements. On this episode of All About Fitness, Mike shares the story of how he created Animal Flow, discusses the benefits of bodyweight exercise and identifies ways that you can start moving towards a healthier, stronger body. This is an educational and engaging discussion that will have you rethinking how you move when you exercise.Learn more about Mike Fitch and Animal Flow: https://animalflow.comhttps://petemccallfitness.comOrder a copy of Ageless Intensity: High Intensity Workouts to Slow the Aging Process: https://amzn.to/3wJHKi4Order a copy of Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simplehttps://amzn.to/3fub1YlGet relief from sore muscles and promote recovery after hard workouts; order the NIMBL XLR8 massage gun - use code AAF20 to save 20% https://joinnimbl.com/products/xlr8Dynamic anatomy; $29https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/dynamic-anatomy-recorded-webinar-and-e-book-bundle-copyLearn how your muscles and fascia function as an integrated system to move your body along with how to design the most effective exercise programs for the core, legs, inner thighs, shoulders AND glutes. 0.2 CECs - ACE, NASM and AFAADynamic anatomy e-book; $7Learn how your muscles and fascia work to move your body.dynamic-anatomy-how-your-body-moves-during-exerciseExercise program design for the fountain of youth; $49https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/exercise-for-the-fountain-of-youthLearn the science of how exercise can burn fat, build muscle AND slow down the aging process, includes workout programs to help you find your fountain of youth. 0.3 ACE, 0.4 NASM and 4 AFAAExercise for the Fountain of Youth e-book; $7Learn how exercise can help you to slow aging and find your fountain of youth.https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/allaboutfitness/exercise-for-the-fountain-of-youth-e-bookTotal Body Core Training; $67https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/total-body-core-training-continuing-education-program-for-fitness-professionalsLearn the science of exercise program design and how to build a stronger body by first creating the foundation of a strong core. The course includes a progressively challenging exercise program that will keep you working out all year long. 0.4 ACE, 0.5 NASM and 5 AFAA CECsFunctional Core Training; $7Explains how to build a strong body starting with your core muscles.https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/allaboutfitness/functional-core-training-e-bookGlute Reboot; $29https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/glute-reboot-all-about-exercise-for-the-glutesAn online course in collaboration with Master Trainer Abbie Appel; learn how the muscles of the gluteal complex work as well as a number of effective exercises to help them function (and look) better 0.2 ACE, NASM and AFAA CECs - $29Bundle: Functional Core Training, Dynamic Anatomy and Exercise for the Fountain of Youth; $17https://allaboutfitness.inspire360.com/allaboutfitness/e-book-bundle-exercise-for-the-fountain-of-youth-functional Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

22 Apr 2021

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Mike Fitch | Founder of Animal Flow

Digital Coach

Mike Fitch is the Founder/Creator of Animal Flow, a unique ground-based movement program that has certified more than 10,000 fitness professionals in 42 countries.  A sought-after presenter and content contributor to fitness Mike has also developed multiple other skills-based bodyweight training programs. Mike shares his story of transitioning from a personal trainer on the gym floor to taking a new training methodology he created called Animal Flow first globally and then more recently into the digital world.


25 Mar 2021

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Mike Fitch

Raw - Heart & Soul

In my opinion the term functional movement has been bastardised over the last 5 or so years. To the point that you can justify any movement or exercise as functional. In this conversation, Mike and I discuss what functional fitness really is and just how important the connection between quadrupedal and bipedal movement is for human health. We also talk about the importance of being conscious IN YOUR body and health and how functional movement modalities can improve not just your physical health, but your cognition and brain health! I hope this episode inspires you to be curious about how you can move more effectively for the purpose of not only longevity of life, but also to have fun. Because having fun is an essential element to any changes that occur in your body and in your thinking! Show notes: 0.50 – Who is Mike Fitch 4.00 – ‘Cutting my teeth in New York’ 4.50 – A change in movement disciplines 6.54 – Textbook anatomy versus functional anatomy 7.48 – Those who have led the way in the fitness world as leaders: Paul Chek Vladimir Janda Thomas Myers Phillip Beach 11.20 – What is Animal Flow 13.20 – The history of Animal Flow 16.50 – Educating people who educate people 18.30 – Bridging the gap between quadrupedal movement and bipedal movement 19.30 – ‘And we rarely return to the environment that was so important to our development…’ 19.50 – Not burning our development bridges 21.08 – Earning the right to fight with gravity 23.00 – Variability in load and experiences 24.00 – Animal Flow for children 27.30 – Animal Flow as stand alone or implementing it to be sport specific – adaptation 30.00 – Animal Flow in surfing 31.53 – ‘Going back to that original thing that I mentioned earlier about improving communication, connection and function…..’ 32.44 – How important is tribe and community? 35.22 – Is this your soul purpose and Mikes somewhat surprising answer 39.20 – Mike’s message to the world and giving yourself permission to be bad at something You can find Mike here: www.animalflow.com www.ondemand.animalflow.com You can find Tanya here: www.rawheartandsoul.com www.integritychiropractic.com Refernces: Paul Chek – www.chekinstitute.com Vladimir Janda – www.jandaapproach.com Thomas Myers – www.anatomytrains.com Phillip Beach – www.phillipbeach.com


21 Mar 2021

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#45 - Mike Fitch

Behind the Movement

Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. He is the Founder/Creator of Animal Flow, a unique ground-based movement program that has certified more than 10,000 fitness professionals in 42 countries.  Mike has also developed multiple other skills-based bodyweight training programs including the Bodyweight Athlete and is a highly sought-after presenter and content contributor. In this conversation, Mike discusses his recent return to teaching weekly classes at Block 1750, and his plan to continue teaching until Animal Flow HQ opens.  He talks about our innate craving for variety and variability, creating space for failure, and welcoming the vision of attainability.  He also opens up about the roots and origins that lead to the creation of the Animal Flow system; ranging from explorations into calisthenics, parkour, circus, and breakdancing. And, Mike and Kyle vibe on their mutual love of the band Tool.  

1hr 20mins

18 Mar 2021

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Ep 168 // Mike Fitch from Animal Flow!!!!!

The Movement, Strength & Play Podcast

Did you know who was the first person to inspire Tim to learn to handstand? Who's was the first tutorial video that he'd watch to start his own handstand journey way back in 2014?.Well it was Mike Fitch from Animal Flow, who is known all around the world for his bodyweight training system animal flow. And not only did we have the massive privilege of having Mike on the podcast this week, its fair to say we're calling each other 'best friends' now... well at least we are!.When you've been in the bodyweight and movement 'game' as long as Mike Fitch then you know a thing or two about training! There is so much to take away from this podcast we hope that you enjoy listening as much as we did speaking to the legend and one of the founding fathers of the bodyweight movement - Mike Fitch.Full show notes and links here - https://schoolofcalisthenics.com/2021/03/02/podcast-episode-168-mike-fitch-animal-flow


17 Mar 2021

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090 | Mike Fitch - Animal Flow & the ABC’s of Flexibility & Strength

Stacked with Joe DiStefano

My first guest of the year is the renowned fitness innovator and movement coach, Mike Fitch. Mike is the founder of Global Bodyweight Training and the creator of Animal Flow, a quadrupedal ground-based movement practice that helps you rediscover your body’s deepest evolutionary patterns. Mike teaches people how to master movements that were once ingrained in their DNA but have now been largely forgotten due to the sedentary nature of our modern lifestyles.This episode is an absolute must-listen for anyone who works in health and fitness or is interested in exploring new types of movement. We talk about the catalyst that inspired Mike to create the Animal Flow system and we dive deep into the health benefits of quadrupedal movement and bodyweight training. This show covers aspects of topics that I’ve discussed with previous guests such as Dr. Jen Esquer, Perry Nickelston, and Steve Capobianco and it focuses on helping people to build strong, stable, and resilient bodies that will maximize their ability to pursue injury-free health and fitness for the long term.Support the show (https://www.coachjoedi.com/joe-recommends )

1hr 29mins

5 Jan 2021

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#23 Bodyweight Training with Mike Fitch

Movement Made Better Podcast

This week's podcast episode features Mike Fitch, an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with over 18 years of experience in the fitness industry. As the founder of Global Bodyweight Training, he’s developed multiple programs that focus on skill-based bodyweight training, including Animal Flow and the Bodyweight Athlete Program. Today Mike remains dedicated to the various bodyweight-based disciplines, but still draws upon his accumulated knowledge to develop new training programs. You’ll see him integrating kettlebells, VIPRs, and heavyweight training into his multi-disciplinary training regimes. In this episode we discuss: Mike's background... @0:16 Bodyweight vs weighted training... @3:00 Bodyweight foundational training for teens... @7:38 Cultural differences on bodyweight training... @10:10 Breakdancing & Animal Flow... @11:23 The parkour experience... @17:19 Carryover to board sports... @19:01 The 3 main concepts of Animal Flow... @21:28 Animal Flow kids program... @26:13 The international expansion and adaptation of Animal Flow... @31:40 Tips for building good business partnerships... @39:03 What goes into building a brand... @43:16 More from Mike at:  https://animalflow.com https://www.instagram.com/mikefitch.af/ 


28 Sep 2020

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5D 5G Corona, Cannabis, & Consciousness Chat with AmimalFlow Founder 🐾 Mike Fitch

The Breaking Normal Podcast

Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with 18 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is the founder of Animal Flow and loves sharing his experience and knowledge with others. Connect with Mike Fitch Instagram https://animalflow.com/ _ Connect with Daniel Eisenman BELOW! ↣WEBSITE: http://breakingnormal.com ↣FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DanielEisenman ↣INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/DanielEisenman ↣TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DanielEisenman _ Daniel Spoke a book! Get the book on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071SBC7NC/…

1hr 28mins

11 Mar 2020

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Unleash the Beast and Become a Balanced Athlete With Mike Fitch

Knowledge For Men Archives

Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator focused on bodyweight training, skills-based practices, and multi-planar, fluid movement. As the president of Global Bodyweight Training, he has developed multiple programs (including Animal Flow) that celebrate movement. All of his work embraces the philosophy that anybody can excel at bodyweight training and advanced skills building with practice and proper progressions. With 18 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Mike has used and taught a range of styles from Olympic lifts and kettle bells to sports-specific and Speed-Agility-Quickness training. Favorite Success Quote “You must suffer through the structure in order to conquer the chaos” Key Points 1. You Have to Put in the Time No matter what you want to accomplish in life, you have to put in the time. Mastery takes time, it takes patience, and it takes an intentional practice that pushes your limits each day. You cannot expect to see world class results unless you are putting in world class time and effort. 2. When You Hit a Plateau Take a Step Back  So often, on our paths to mastery, we get stuck in a rut. Maybe, for you, your business has made the same amount for 6 months straight, your dating life has been mundane, or you have been doing the same workout for weeks without seeing any strength or muscle gains. When this happens… Just take a step back. While there are a number of things you can do to improve your practice to help break through plateaus, the first thing you need to realize is that there is no rush. You have the rest of your life ahead of you and there is no reason to get impatient with your goals. Take the plateaus as the come and keep moving forward. 3.  You Have to Learn to Move  We live such sedentary and immobile lifestyles that most of us have forgotten how to move. We are riddled with aches and pains, joint problems and inflamed discs and such a long laundry list of other health issues that we could write an entire encyclopedia. The solution to almost all of this, as counterintuitive as it may seem, is to start moving. Not just lifting weights or running, but reconnecting with your primal side and moving like an animal, down on the ground, with all of your joints firing. Whether this is through animal flow or yoga, getting back into your body and re-learning how to move will improve your overall health in ways that you could not imagine. 4. The Goal is to Develop a  Balanced Body  The purpose of all physical training, whether it is with weights or just your bodyweight, should be to develop a balanced athletic body. Who cares if you can deadlift 600 lbs. if you cannot touch your toes? Who cares how flexible you are if you cannot move weight around without snapping like a stick? You have to build a balanced physique that will allow you to take full advantage of this wonderful gift called life. 5. Take Your Rest as Seriously as You Take Your Training If you really want to succeed with your training, start taking your rest as seriously as you take your time in the gym. Get on a sleep schedule, cut out the electronics, don’t eat more than three hours before bed, turn the temperature down, and black out your room. The better your sleep is, the better you will perform in the gym and in life.


17 Feb 2020