This video by David Blaine and David Allen is well worth watching, for it shows more than just a needle trick—it demonstrates that there are multiple types of movement involved, and they are all part of a bigger movement that I call the “Body/Mind” method. As someone who has been around long enough, and read enough about body mechanics, and who’s used a few different body mechanics, I thought I’d offer some advice, to help you avoid pitfalls.
Before we do anything with this video, I’ll share a word of disclaimer: Blaine will sell you his “Climb Like a Champion” (CLICK HERE TO READ HIS POST OR CLICK HERE TO READ HIS BLOG) program and sell you this video in exchange for referrals to his CLIMB LIKE A Champion blog. The “CLIMB LIKE a Champion” program and blaine’s post both involve an elaborate sequence of exercises to make the body the target. I’m not offering this advice to take anyone down that path. This video is merely a demonstration of how some of the movement techniques are done, without requiring you to jump down that path yourself.
The key, for me, was to be able to break the sequence down even further and start from the ground up in terms of body mechanics, or “mind over system.”
For that, here are the steps and their explanations:
STEP 1: Take a step up
The first technique is a standing push up. This is a fairly simple form, but it is a simple exercise. It’s basically a variation of the standard push up, minus the legs. Basically, from one foot, push yourself up until your hips aren’t over your head. In the beginning, you’ll want to take a bit of a short step, and then gradually work your way up. It doesn’t really matter how tall or short you are—when you start climbing and step one foot up, do the same for the other.
STEP 2: From the ground up, take another step
This is the “jump down.” Step off the ground, but then return back to the same position you were in a moment ago when taking the first step. Once you are able to take another step, do this to the next level. Each level of the sequence is a new position; each one is a different sequence of step-ups.
STEP 3: Step off
For the final step, take a step off the ground. For this final
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