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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 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: 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 (

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: Health 07 Mar 2010 3 comments Tags:

Received an interesting newsletter from Craig at B.A.M.F Athletics today. He sent a link to a stunning 89 minute lecture given by Dr. Robert Lustig from the University of California in San Francisco about how toxic fructose is to the human body. This is something you should watch to discover the damage to you health from consuming sugar – particularly hight fructose corn syrup. If you or your child drink a can of soda e.g. Coca Cola each day then you defintely need to watch this.

Duration: 89 minutes

After watching this lecture check out the UK Food Standards Agency blog. The UK governmental nutrition recommendations are making people fat and ill – until they wise up and change health/nutrition policies then the British will keep getting fatter & fatter.

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.