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Moving Naturally With MovNat
I will admit that a long time ago, I was a complete gym nut (sort of). I am talking about going to the local gym and hitting the weights for 3+ hours, 5 times per week. Then after working out, going to train in combat for another 10+ hours.
That was my life.
I would wake up at 5am every morning to the sound of my self defense instructor knocking at my window (2 feet from my head), and yelling at me to get the heck up. From there we would go run 5 fricken miles and then head to the gym. All in all we were training around 14-17 hours per day. going to the gym was only 5 days a week. But training in self defense was daily (7 days per week, 365 days per year) NO DAYS OFF..
If I was sick, you know what, I still had to train.
I loved it though. The self defense training I mean. Not the gym. I sometimes (most of the time) hated going to the gym. To me there is just some sort of ‘disconnect’. It was always just so boring. In fact, it was more like punishment. Go in, lift this weight this many times, then go do this isolation exercise this many times, etc. I just wanted to hang myself with my own straps.
Then one day while I was actually at the gym, I saw some guys running and jumping over stuff outside. I went out and introduced myself and asked what they were doing. They said they were doing something called Parkour. They told me what it was about and I was hooked and been doing it since.
About 3 weeks later while practicing Parkour and talking with my new friends, they kept talking about moving naturally (whatever that meant). I finally asked what they were talking about. One of them responded with “Look at yourself. Have you ever been able to do this type of shit before? Have you ever been this fit before? Have you ever had this much fun before?” I paused for a few seconds and thought wow, he’s right. I was having fun. And in just a few weeks I have been able to achieve things I never would have thought I could do. Not to mention I have gone from double digit body fat to now low single digit body fat.
He then went on to explain the idea behind moving naturally. And talking about how going to the gym did not give us the proper tools and efficient movement we needed. What we evolved for.
From that point on, I quit going to the gym and instead focused my time and energy in learning how to move better, more natural, more efficient, and more powerful.
Ok, to be honest, pretty much all I did was go out into the woods and do what I thought was moving naturally. Instead, I was just working out (like a gym), just outside. I still felt like something was missing.
MovNat is a system of moving naturally created by Erwan Le Corre. Erwan and others in the MovNat system are essentially creating a full out revolution ensuring you will be in the best physical and mental shape of your life.
I had 1 whole group down pat (the combative skills) and a couple other skills. But not the whole shebang. And I am sure that the skills in the other areas of locomotive skills and manipulative skills could have been drastically enhanced.
When I found out about MovNat I went to YouTube and searched for every video I could find. I found 3. That erked me like crazy. I wanted to know everything I could about this system. And at the time I could not find much info. You can now find out much more on Youtube and even their website. Below this article I have posted a great talk by Erwan.
Erwan is a charismatic and very passionate person who believes our true nature is to be strong, healthy, happy and free. He travels all around the world to rehabilitate “zoo humans”, as he calls us, to escape the confines of their conventions and lead happier, and healthier lives.
I think the thing I love about MovNat is it is incredibly primal and is maximized to develop and enhance efficiency in movement. As well as other skills.
There is no going to the gym to pump out 3 sets or this many reps with this much weight. Instead MovNat focuses on functional fitness. Things like balancing, swimming, climbing, and yes even running. It is about the expression of ‘natural movement’.
Erwan and the whole MovNat group hold 1-day, 5-day, and week long seminars all around the world. I have yet to go to one (simply a money issue), but one day I seriously hope to go to a 5-day or the 7-day Thailand seminars. Or maybe they will come do one down in Belize (I hope). I will get to one though, it is just a matter of time. The reason, I completely and wholeheartedly believe in what Erwan is trying to accomplish.
MovNat fits perfectly into what I envision as the perfect lifestyle. Self defense training, a primal (Paleo) diet, and moving naturally (MovNat). All surrounded by a lot of “off-time” to spend with the family, meditate or even just take a nice nap in a hammock.
To learn more about MovNat please click here. If you don’t, I’m coming after you.
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