Benefits of using Animal Flow for AthletesAnimal Flow is a fun and unique method helping keep athletes engaged and giving them new challenges during their warmup. Animal Flow can be integrated as part of a warm up with young athletes to practice basic movement patterns, activate muscles, challenge mobility, improve coordination and spacial awareness. It puts athletes into new, challenging postures, improving body control and general athleticism, providing a good foundation for future athletic development.Workshop contentIn this 90-minute workshop you will learn how to utilise Animal Flow with your youth athletes. You will learn key positions in Animal Flow and movements you can perform from those positions. Next we will work on combining movements into flows and at this point Matt will teach specific drills you can take away to use in your sessions with athletes. Finally, well work on getting creative and how you can create your own drills combining elements of Animal Flow, Mobility and callisthenics. A link to YouTube demos of the drills will be provided.Session detailsWrist mobility - prepares wrists to bear your bodyweight, improves flexibility in wrists, good for overall wrist health and helps with rack position when Olympic lifting.Static Positions -These are the starting points for all our movements. Well go over key coaching cues for each position.Crawls and walks -This gets the static positions moving. These challenge core stability, coordination and begin to load weight throughout the body.Crab reach, Scorpion, Under-switch -These are our key animal flow moves that will make up the drills we will be learning. These bring in further challenge to strength, mobility and coordination.Mini Flows -These short flows are simple drills you can add into your warm-ups. These will be the key take home drills you can begin using with your athletes.Getting creative -Well finish off with some partner and group drills that look at making up your own drills and how you can add different elements of exercise into Animal Flow.Our Trainer: Matt WhaleMatt has been working in the fitness industry for 12 years. First as a martial arts coach from his background in Muay Thai and later moving into gym work, personal training and various group fitness classes. Matt passed his level 1 Animal Flow instructors qualification in 2015 and it quickly became part of his own and clients training programmes. He has taught Animal flow classes at Napier Universitys gym: Engage Sports Centre and Projekt 42, a mental health charity in Leith, as well as taking sessions with Edinburgh and Glasgows Rugby Academies.Please note as this workshop combines theory and practical elements so please wear appropriate clothing for physical activity.