When I first started acro, human cleans and presses, human Turkish getups, and other getups seemed way more natural to me than any of the L-basing moves that are my mainstays today.
When I was a teenager, I was overweight and out of shape. I was 220 lbs at age 17, which is technically obese. I lost a ton of weight by improving my diet and running. By my mid 20s I was lean, and could run 32 miles at a time, but I didn't like how weak and scrawny I was.
So I started strength training, which is basically picking heavy stuff up off the ground. I did bodyweight exercise, lifted barbells, and swung kettlebells. /
So when I eventually stumbled on acro, turning flyers into weights just seemed the natural thing to do.
It's been years since I regularly lifted weights, but I still love a basic human clean and press, and frequently teach it to newish flyers. It's safe, requires that the learn to be tight and hold a hollowbody while demanding very little in the way of technical execution. It also gives them the always in-demand good photo-op.
This iteration was flown and filmed by @yogaunwind
, who showed up to a jam a few weeks back and requested something instaworthy 😀