This is what is Crunning and why it is definitely the craziest trend sport of 2017

4. May 2017 - Alexander Schmidt

What is Crunning and Is the the Big Crawl Becoming a Trend Sport?


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Combine crawling with running – the result, crunning, is already the trend sport of 2017 in Australia. This is what is Crunning and why it’s worth crawling for all.

Walkers stop and turn their heads in amazement: was it just their imagination or did several apparently adult (!) people really just crawl across the park lawn at monkey speed? Is this art? A flash mob? A demo???

No! It’s crunning, the new crazy trend sport from Down-Under! But what is Crunning? It took millions of years for man to learn to walk upright and now he’s supposed to go back to crawling? Exactly that! Because as an intensive full-body workout with a fun factor, crunning is already the trend sport 2017 in the Australian metropolis of Melbourne.

Originally, crawling goes back to the training techniques of the Shaolin monks, so-called crawl-walking, and adult power crawlers or crunners were already spotted in some Chinese cities a few years ago.

Crunning was made a big trend by Australian Shaun McCarthy, who since 2015 has built up a huge crunning community in his home country, the world’s first crawling group for sports-loving adults, so to speak! On his Facebook page, the Crunmaster McCarthy also regularly gives tips on optimal training.

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What is Crunning and for Whom It Could Become the Trend Sport

Crunning might not become a mass sport, but for all those who are sports enthusiasts, like to try new things and don’t care about getting funny looks from some passers-by, crunning is definitely a hot candidate for the personal trend sport 2017!

Some Great Benefits of Crunning

  • It’s fun!!! Especially in a group with like-minded people. Besides, it is the perfect balance to the dull office routine.
  • Crunning trains almost all muscle groups of the body and those who do it regularly no longer need to worry about their beach figure. A real alternative to the classic workout in the gym.
  • The great crawl also helps you lose weight: in a quarter of an hour, crunning burns an average of 284 calories, which is 115 calories more than jogging for the same length of time!
  • Crunning also trains coordination and sense of balance. That is why it is also suitable as additional training for athletes of other disciplines where these skills are important.

What to Look Out for When Crunning

Apart from the puzzled looks and head shakes you can get, as with any sport, there are a few things to watch out for when crunning to avoid spraining or injuring yourself.

  • The correct posture: To avoid back damage and intervertebral disc problems from the outset, the legs should always be bent when crunning and the head and buttocks should be approximately at the same height.
  • To protect your hands, be sure to wear sports gloves.
  • You should also wear a head guard like the one used in rugby, because beginners in particular are still unaccustomed to the way of moving and the low view of the surroundings, and they sometimes roll over on uneven terrain.
  • To avoid running into an obstacle, constantly stretch your head forward when crunning. If you have problems in the area of the cervical vertebrae, or if pain occurs there, you should, however, consult a doctor as to whether crunning is suitable as a sport for you and, if necessary, refrain from doing it with a heavy heart.
  • The head forward is constantly forward.
  • The hands and arms are actively used in crunning for locomotion, they do not just run along!

The best thing to do, at least for your first training session, is to have someone show you how to run who has experience in it and can help you practise the correct posture and technique.

Crun-Off – Competitive Crunning for the Advanced

If you have a taste for crunning, you can challenge yourself even further by competing against other crunners in competitive crunning. By the way, the first so-called Crun-Off was won by the crunmaster himself: Shaun McCarthy – as seen here:

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Well then: On all fours! Ready!!! Crawl away!!! 🙂

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