The Vestibular Reset

The Vestibular Reset

Rolling Over
Roll from side to side (back to stomach and back). Do each roll eight times on both sides (16 total reps).

  1. Roll over with arm, leg, and head.
  2. Roll over with arm and head only.
  3. Roll over with leg only.
  4. Roll over with head only (don’t use your legs or arms to help).

Advanced Challenges

  1. Roll across the room without touching the floor with your arms, legs, or head!
  2. The “hard roll”: Roll left and right from the back without pushing off or assisting with your hands or feet and keeping your elbow in contact with the opposite knee. There should be no separation. Very challenging.
  3. Roll across the room on your stomach and holding your ankles (how pose position).


Commando Crawl
Crawl for three minutes total, alternating forward and backwards.

  1. Crawl forward using your forearms and thighs in a cross-crawl pattern. Keep the hips down and the head and chest high.
  2. Crawl backwards using the cross-crawl pattern of forearm and opposite knee.


Do each move 16 times.

  1. Rock back and forth from all fours—hands and knees (head up with butt to heels, and rock forward until the hips touch the floor).
  2. Rock back and forth from all fours—elbows and knees (bring your hips back to the heels and then to the floor).
  3. Without allowing the knees to touch or moving the hands, rock from a support position on your hands and toes (butt to heels and hips to floor). Keep your head up.


Baby Crawling
On hands and knees, crawl in each direction for one minute.

  1. Crawl forward, making sure that the opposite hand and knee touch simultaneously.
  2. Crawl backwards, making sure that your opposite knee and hand touch at the same time.
  3. Crawl laterally to the left, and then to the right.
  4. Crawl in a tight square. Four “steps” forward, four right, four backwards, four left. Repeat in the reverse direction.


Crawling Challenges

  1. Leopard crawl: This is almost identical to baby crawling, but keep your knees off the floor and hips even with the shoulders. Your head stays up with the chest pushed forward. Take small steps at first—this uses every muscle in your body. Crawl forward for one minute, and then crawl backwards for one minute. Take care to keep the opposite limbs moving simultaneously.
  2. Sideways crawl: Start with knees together and hands apart, then move the knees apart and bring the hands together. The opposite hand and knee work together. Many find this pattern very challenging, but that’s what the reset patterning is all about. It stimulates the brain in a positive way. Crawl on each side for one minute.
  3. Spider-Man crawl: This is the ultimate, because it demands strength, balance, and constant attention to form. Unlike a bear crawl, which can get sloppy and allow your spine to sag, the Spider-Man Crawl requires you to keep your hips stay below the shoulders while your head and chest remain upright. Prepare to fall over a few times, but stick with it: “Your resulting fitness will be amazing,” Maxwell promises. Start with just one minute and build from there. Add a few seconds each day. Your goal is five minutes nonstop.


This is a great vestibular reset. It’s surprisingly cardio. Emphasize standing tall and lifting the opposite leg and arm. The rear hand reaches back to the thigh at waist height, as if reaching for your back pocket. Notice how the forefoot contacts the floor first, and then the heel. This is an excellent drill for teaching barefoot running. Do this at least 100 times.

Standing knee-to-elbows drill: Hold your hands behind your head. Try to touch your elbow to the opposite knee. It’s okay if you can’t touch—come as close as you can.