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Posted by: In: Fitness, Health, Videos 20 Aug 2011 0 comments

Excellent presentation by Erwan Le Corre at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2011. Hopefully I’ll be able to add the slides from his presentation soon. Definitely worth watching:


 

ABSTRACT: What is the best fitness program for a panther, a wolf or an eagle? The way evolution and nature intend them to: they move naturally and become amazingly fit in the process. Why should it be any different for us? MovNat is a unique physical education and fitness system based on methodically training the full range of our human evolutionarily natural movement aptitudes. The presentation will cover the MovNat rationale, what distinguishes MovNat from conventional fitness and general physical preparation programs, and introduce you to our main training principles. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health 27 Mar 2011 0 comments Tags:

I travelled down to Brighton, England last weekend to attend an Ido Portal workshop – his first ever in the UK. It was arranged thanks to Steve Cork of Sussex Boot Camp, who I met in April 2010 at an Exuberant Animal seminar in London. Prior to booking myself on the course I didn’t know that much about Ido or what the workshop would cover. However,  I’d seen some of his amazing YouTube videos in which he demonstrates impressive agility & strength – such as one arm handstands, so I was sure he was a guy worth meeting and learning from. Thankfully that turned out to be the case. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health, Travel 26 Mar 2011 3 comments

I recently spent a couple of weeks in Thailand during which I attended a week long Movnat Workshop, which was coached by Vic Verdier on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta.

This was the second Movnat workshop I have attended – my last one being in Mexico. I had always wanted to visit Thailand and thought it a good opportunity to fulfil that ambition, while at the same time have a refresher on Movnat training, as well as increasing & improving my existing knowledge on Movnat. Read more…

Posted by: In: Books, Fitness, Health, Videos 18 Dec 2010 1 comment Tags:

I recently heard about the book Manthropology by Peter Mcallister which studies how in many ways modern man has declined compared to our ancient ancestors. It shows the effect that “civilisation” has had on us. I haven’t read the book yet, but will hopefully purchase a copy soon. The video above is in interesting talk and Q&A by the author. Below is a quote from his website www.petermcallister.com on the book:

Manthropology is a quirky, scientific look at a pressing modern problem—why are males today so pathetic? Drawing from archaeology, anthropology and evolutionary psychology, the author (a qualified palaeoanthropologist) confirms the awful truth: every man in history, back to the dawn of the species, did everything better, faster, stronger and smarter than any man today. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health, Travel 31 May 2010 11 comments Tags:

I travelled to Mexico at the end of January this year to attend a MovNat workshop.  I’ve been meaning to make a blog post about it for a while now, but kept getting distracted. So below you will find out about my experience there.

For those of you who have never heard of MovNat fitness training, I’ve provided some background on it and how I became interested in it here. If you want to find out more about MovNat, then visit the official website: www.movnat.com. If you’re interested in your health & fitness then I highly recommend that you learn about it and if possible book yourself onto a MovNat course. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health 23 May 2010 2 comments Tags:

I’ve always been interested in fitness and over the years I’ve played numerous sports and tried many different methods of fitness training – with varying results.  A few years ago, after reading various online fitness forums – mainly Parkour related, I found out about an old type of fitness training called  Methode Naturelle and about a person who had experience of this type of training – Frenchman Erwan Le Corre. From the small amount of information I could find, I felt that this could be something worth finding out more about. Fortunately, Erwan eventually setup a website to promote his ideas on fitness, which he named MovNat (www.movnat.com).

Over the last few years via different routes I have been drawn towards a number of theories on what is best fitness wise, nutritionally and psychologically. I feel very lucky to have discovered MovNat – because I believe Erwan brings together these theories – namely how we should  move, eat and act – in a way which is true to our nature i.e. the way evolution has designed humans to be. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Travel 05 Jun 2009 1 comment Tags:

I was fortunate enough to attend a MovNat Clinic in London last Saturday with Erwan Le Corre. It was a fantastic experience and I highly recommend that anybody who is interested in fitness to attend one of his courses if they have the opportunity.

Erwan was assisted by MovNat certified coach Colin Holding. There was a group of 10 of us and the clinic started at 9:30am and finished at approx 6:30pm. It was a long hot sunny day and Erwan crammed as much MovNat training as he could in the time available – however, by the end of it I was still inspired to learn more. The training took place at various areas of Hampstead Heath park, which considering we were in London was an ideal location for an introduction to MovNat.

For the first hour or so Erwan talked about MovNat – what it is, what natural movement is and talking about different types of training e.g. CrossFit, Yoga, specialising in sports, etc.

Warm Up

He then took us through a MovNat warm up consisting of: walking then running forwards, backwards & sideways. Moving onto walking in a crouched position, getting as low as possible. Moving on all 4’s forwards, backwards & sideways. Squatting & standing up, kneeling with attention to the flexibility of ankles & knees. Forward rolls, sideways rolls & backwards rolls then ending with some light sparring. I’d never done a warm up like it before – completely different to what you’re taught in a commercial gym. It wasn’t easy, but it was fun.

Key Movements

For the rest of the day Erwan demonstrated and had us practice some of the key movements in MovNat:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Balancing
  • Walking on all fours
  • Climbing
  • Lifting
  • Carrying
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Defending

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to learn about the twelfth MovNat key movement – Swimming – but I was pretty tired by then, after trying out all the other movements, so probably best that we left swimming for another day…..

Combos

The training ended with Erwan explaining how to combine different MovNat key movements into a combination that you could use for a workout. Each of us created our own combo and went through a number of circuits. Mine consisted of walking along some fallen tree branches (balance), jumping between logs, vaulting a fallen tree, running to another tree and climbing one of its branches – repeating this approx 5 times. It was quite tough, especially climbing the tree branch (similar to doing a muscle up).

Erwan then created another combination for the whole group – a workout consisting of running, vaulting a fallen tree, moving on all fours & crawling under some fallen branches, jumping between small logs, running, then climbing along a rope between two trees, then running back to the start – repeated as many times as possible in 10 minutes. By this time I was exhausted, but it was a great example of how you can use the environment around you for a really good workout.

Erwan

The Frenchman Erwan speaks perfect English and is an excellent coach. He had recently returned from Tanzania in Africa and had been ill for a few days before the MovNat clinic – he said he wasn’t sure what was wrong with him – some tropical bug perhaps?? But he had fasted for a couple of days and was determined to turn up for the clinc.

It was only a few days later that I heard Erwan had actually been very ill after the clinc – he ended up in hospital the next day & was treated for malaria. He was admitted into hospital for tropical diseases for several days. Last I heard he has been let out, which is good news – hopefully he will make a full recovery.

He had mentioned to the group that he was not feeling 100%, and with hindsight it was remarkable that he was able to complete a full days coaching – talking & demonstrating for hours. A testament to his high levels of fitness.

What Next?

This one day MovNat course has inspired me to learn more. Hopefully I will be able to attend a MovNat seminar later this year or early in 2010. There was only so much that Erwan could teach in one day, and only so much information that I was able to absorb in one day, so a week long seminar would be great – I can’t wait….

Whether it’s one day or one week, if you have the opportunity to receive MovNat coaching from Erwan then don’t miss out on it. MovNat will improve and possibly change your ideas about how to achieve greater health & fitness.

Links

To learn more about MovNat click on the URL’s below:

MovNat – official MovNat website

Article about MovNat by Graham Averill of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine (PDF)

Men’s Health Magazine (USA), April 2009 – article A Wild Workout for the Real World

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health 25 Oct 2008 0 comments

If you’re interested in health & fitness, then Art De Vany’s Evolutionary Fitness website is well worth reading. I’ve signed up to his members blog and it’s worth every penny. Lots of really interesting posts that turns conventional thinking on it head.

Evoltionary Fitness is about learning about how our ancestors ate & lived and how we should learn from there lifestyles to improve our health. Your average Westerner is overweight and unhealthy. If you want to get healthy then learning from Art De Vany is a step towards a healthier future. Below is a short extract from one of his blog posts about the hunting of an animal by the Kung San Hunt tribesmen – accompanied by a video of the hunt:

At a critical point of the hunt, a specialist takes over to make the last run, taking the animal to the point of dehydration and exhaustion. This is a technique once used by North American Indians to run down horses, though that run would take more than a day. The human hunting niche in the desert and in the African Savanna is the hot period of the day, a time when predators are resting to stay out of the heat, and the hunted animals are more readily driven to exhaustion from dehydration.

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health 25 Oct 2008 0 comments

Since starting CrossFit I’ve been looking into changing / improving my diet – mainly by reducing &/or eliminating carbs such as pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, etc. CrossFit recommends the Zone Diet – which I plan on trying sometime. Until then I’m trying the Paleo Diet, which is quite similar to the Zone Diet, except there’s no weighing & measuring of food.

Wikipedia defines it the Paleo Diet as: The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly called the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is intended to emulate the ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human (Homo) species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet. Based upon commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of: lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts; and excludes: grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

I’ve been on a Paleo Diet for about 3 weeks now and I feel better for it – more energy and have lost some weight, even though I’ve been doing hardy any exercise. Fortunately, I don’t really need to lose any weight, I’m mainly doing it to improve my health – plus I think it’s an interesting experiment to try out, but the Paleo Diet is proving a bit expensive :( My biggest suprise so far is that I have not felt that hungry while I’ve been on it – very few cravings for carbs or sweets, etc.

There are a lot of interesting fitness/diet websites, blogs, etc which I’ve been following and some good books too. One of which I’m planning to read is Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes. Check out his lecture video below (approx 1hr 12 mins – but worth watching). Gary Taubes wrote the article What if it’s All Been A Big Fat Lie? which challenged traditional medical/nutritional opinions – the debate has been growing ever since and his book will only add further evidence to his cause.