Why Animal Flow?
Read more about Katina Gad's background and why she got certified to teach Animal Flow.
I first became interested in animal flow two years ago after seeing a video of a master instructor performing a flow on Instagram. I couldn’t get over how fun it looked, and how much it reminded me of breakdancing, but mixed together with yoga, Jiu Jitsu, and gymnastics. It brought me back to my high school days when I first learned how to breakdance with a group of guys during gym class. I became even more involved, and I spent my late teen years going out to clubs to perform and practice every weekend.
After playing around several times and copying what I saw on Instagram I decided I wanted to look for classes but there were no certified instructors in the Raleigh area. I finally decided to pursue the animal flow certification after the master coach at Spartan (I’m also a Spartan SGX certified coach) encouraged me to sign up for it. So a little over a year ago my journey began, in March of 2020 (right before the world shut down) I attended a 2 day workshop to learn the fundamentals. I spent a whole year practicing the movements, over 200 hours teaching students online over zoom, and in February this year I earned my level 1 certification. Two weekends later I took the level 2 workshop course, and am I expecting to complete that certification over the summer.
During my animal flow journey some unexpected benefits happened. Like many people I have obtained some injuries over the years, I never thought I would regain much mobility in my right shoulder, let alone the full range of movement. But about 3 months into my practice I went to perform a crab reach, a position I initially couldn’t do, and I did it, no pain, no discomfort. That was the moment I realized how important and beneficial animal flow has the potential to be. It changed my life, and I’m not the only one who has a story like this. The best part about animal flow is that it truly is movement for everybody, and there are options to make it accessible for all skill levels. Read more about the benefits of Animal Flow here.
Brit (owner of Current Wellness) has been following my animal flow journey since the beginning, and she also has had a long-time interest in this modality of training. Once I became certified she was one of the first people to reach out about hosting classes, and I enthusiastically said yes. I am excited and honored to bring this knowledge to the Raleigh fitness community, I know it has the potential to change many more lives how it has changed mine.
In my classes you will learn so much more than just the foundational ABC’s (Apes, Beasts, and Crabs) and their traveling forms, you will also learn about wrist mobilizations, activations, form specific stretches, switches and transitions, the call out language, and the fun part – how to flow!
Sign-up for the Beginner Series:
A six-class series hosted at Current Wellness in Raleigh, NC, Animal Flow® is an artistic and innovative movement program that combines quadrupedal and ground based moves with elements from various bodyweight training disciplines to create a fun, challenging, multi-planar workout. By connecting to their bodies through movement training, Animal Flow enthusiasts gain a better understanding of their bodies while enjoying increased mobility, flexibility, stability, power, endurance, skill, and neuromuscular communication. This series of classes is great for everyone, and beginners are encouraged! No experience is required.
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Animal Flow led by Katina Gad
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