Saturday, September 28, 2013

Incorporating MovNat

Lately I have been incorporating MovNat principles and skills into my workouts.  "What is MovNat?" you ask.  Well...

MovNat is a physical education & fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities. These include the locomotive skills of walking, running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing & swimming. In addition we practice the manipulative skills of lifting, carrying, throwing & catching. How we move is how we train.

Erwan Le Corre is the founder of “MovNat”, a synthesis of his long-term passion for real-world physical competency, his love of movement in nature, his extensive knowledge of Physical Education history, and his personal philosophy of life. He believes it is everyone’s universal and biological birthright to be strong, healthy, happy and free. He calls this state of being our “True Nature”.

I first came across MovNat by way of this video a few years ago.  I thought the video displayed a unique and sensible take on fitness and also looked like a lot of fun.  The more I researched MovNat the more I started to understand their philosophy.  Originally I simply thought the point was to take your workout outside and use your bodyweight to increase fitness, but it is so much more.  Granted I have not taken their certification (something I would like to do in the future) so I cannot elaborate on the actual system of training, but I do feel I have at least a grasp on their general philosophy.  From what I gather MovNat is about moving in a way that is safe, functional, and efficient.  It is not about working a specific muscle, or muscle group, but rather accomplishing specific movement tasks and skills.  Your muscles get worked in the process.  This is their form of strength and conditioning coupled with movement competence and efficiency.  For more information on MovNat I highly encourage you to visit their website.

Now moving onto today's blog.  I want to share with you how I have been incorporating MovNat into my own workouts.  I will say up front that I do not perform these kinds of workouts exclusively but rather blend them into my overall fitness regime to add variety and increase my own movement capabilities.  Although I believe these workouts are highly functional and effective, and could be done exclusively, I still like using the gym to work on other specific lifts/skills/exercises.  These are movements that were inspired from the MovNat daily workouts or adapted by my own creativity.  You can perform all of these movements in one session or just sprinkle them into your regular routine.

 Roll Up & Roll Down

Waist Carry, Chest Carry, and Shoulder Carry

Balance Tripod Position

Jump to Land

Muscle Up

Balance Carry

Leg Swing Jump

Hand/Foot Crawl

You can also perform what is referred to as a Combo Workout.  It is simply a series of tasks/skills performed one after the other with no rest and a smooth transition.  The series can be repeated for as many rounds as you wish.  The following videos are some Combo's that I created at a local park.  The idea is to use your own environment and get creative.  The first video is a combo for a beginner while the second video is a combo made for an advanced person.

Beginner Combo

Advanced Combo

So if you are looking for a good way to increase your movement competency and improve your overall function then give some of these drills a try.  They are a fun way to increase your fitness and enjoy the outdoors.  You can just as easily perform these tasks at a gym, or indoors, but getting outside and connecting with nature is part of the process.  So get outside, have some fun, and MOVE!

 Stay Fit,
   Amerson Fitness