Many of us exercise enthusiasts are always on the lookout for our next great workout. Primal Movement Training under the brand name ZUU could be such a program. ZUU founders refer to their program as a training style “based on high intensity primal movement patterns mixed with strength and endurance bodyweight exercises.” This is a fancy way of saying ZUU Fitness is basically a calisthenics workout with some more exotic moves than the familiar sit-ups and push-ups. Some ZUU workouts call for the use of an “Ankorr.” This is a kind of fitness harness with attached flexible bands that allow you to use resistance for certain exercises.
“The body consists of integrated systems working together, so Zuu’s primal movements are ones that people get into in everyday life.” By improving the functionality of your body, you increase strength, reduce the risk of injury and help recover from existing injuries (source).”
ZUU Fitness 101
Zulu Fitness is based around bodyweight exercises or Primal Movement Training to make intense workouts that improve strength and cardio fitness. Most people are familiar with jumping jacks and pull-ups, but are you doing Chameleons, Half Hindus and Kick Sits? If not, you’re in for a treat. We’re not talking rocket science here, but you probably will want to view the clips and practice the movements before incorporating them into a workout.
Once you are comfortable with a handful you can try more movements like Gorillas and Reverse Walks as parts of a whole-body workout.
A Day at the ZUU
ZUU instructors and exercisers appear to be cultivating a Cross Fit – like camaraderie and exclusiveness as part of the workout experience. Interesting and efficient workouts aside, the sense of belonging to an elite group can be a powerful motivating force. ZUU Fitness is often practiced as a group exercise event, but the primal movement training is also ideal for solo workouts in the comfort of your own home. Performing the workouts in your home is a good way to master the ZUU movements if you aren’t interested in attending a ZUU group workout.