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Posted by: In: Books, Business, Videos 11 Mar 2012 0 comments Tags:
Posted by: In: Books, Entertainment, Travel 02 Oct 2011 0 comments Tags:

It took me 3 hours to drive down to the Wigtown Book Festival yesterday, but it was well worth it. It was the first time I’ve been to Wigtown and it’s a nice little town, with an attractive market square lined with many old buildings. Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and is now home to over 20 book-related businesses. So, its an ideal town shopping wise for book lovers like myself – I ended up buying five books while I was there. 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: 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: Affiliates, Business 20 Mar 2010 0 comments Tags:

 

I went along to the New Start Scotland exhibition today at Glasgow’s SECC. Held every year, it’s a two day event which provides advice & info for existing businesses & people who are planning to start their own business.

Unfortunately, I missed yesterday’s seminar by Doug Richard of SchoolForStartUps – and former dragon from BBC’s Dragons’ Den. His seminar was on “why 2010 is the best year in history to start a business“. That’s one seminar I wish I could have been at. Nevermind, hopefully I’ll be able to attend one of his  SchoolForStartUps events this year – fingers crossed he’ll hold one in Scotland.

Shaf Rasul

I attended New Start Scotland last year, and I was pleased to see that yet again there was a great range of seminars on offer. The most interesting seminar I went to today was by entrepreneur Shaf Rasul, who entertained the crowd with his numerous business success stories (however he did admit near the end that he has had a few failures as well… so he is human after all.)

The funniest story Shaf told was how he got involved in the optical media business – which over the years has earned him millions. It turns out a supplier first contacted Shaf desperate for him to buy a cancelled order from them. The suppliers salesman, a guy called Kieran – (who later ended up working for Shaf) was incredibly persistent in trying to get Shaf to buy from him.

Kieran kept phoning Shaf’s office, but Shaf told him he wasn’t interested. Kieran then flew up to Scotland from London, turning up at Shaf’s office uninvited – again to be told Shaf didn’t want to speak to him and was out of the office anyway. Despite Shaf telling his PA not to tell Kieran that he was at the gym, Kieran somehow managed to track Shaf down to his gym, where he walked up to Shaf – who at the time was running on the treadmill! Kieran then started walking on the treadmill next to Shaf….

Unsurprisingly, Shaf was not pleased with Kieran’s interuption - again telling him he was not interested. But Kieran offered to buy him lunch – Shaf agreed and then in the end came to an agreement to take some of the optical media stock off Kieran.

To Shafs surprise the optical media stock sold out in only a few days, he then bought the whole lot off Kieran and from this experience discovered a profitable business which had a huge demand.

One of the questions from the audience directed at Shaf, was how small businesses can get to the “decision makers” of companies they want to sell to. Shafs answer was “persistence – and sighted Kieron as an example.

A self-made multi-millionaire it was fascinating to hear how Shaf made his fortune. He claims he’s been very lucky – that may be partly true, but I think he’s just being modest. He’s obviously a smart guy who has a talent for spotting opportunities and then taking action.

Online Dragons’ Den

It turns out that Shaf is an “online dragon” too, for BBC’S Dragons Den. I’ve watched a few of the TV shows, but never the online versions. Shaf mentioned the online version has proved so popular that’s its now being shown on TV. When I’ve time I’ll definitely check out the online Dragons’ Den.

Shaf has written a book (which will be on sale next month)  Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur: A Business Dragon’s Guide to Success. After hearing him talk for 30 minutes I can’t wait to read it – if it’s half as interesting as his talk, then it’ll still be a great read.

Shaf owns & invests in a number of businesses including Ship It Direct – which had a stand at the exhibition. It specialises in internet fulfilment and logistics. I know a company which uses their services successfully, so I was pleased to speak to their MD John Abate to learn more about what they can offer. I was very impressed with them. I think they could be a huge help to many online businesses – saving a lot of time, money and hassle for business owners.

Business Gateway

I went to a couple of seminars on business planning and marketing run by Business Gateway – which is a great organisation providing practical help, advice and support for Scottish businesses – all for free.
 

Brad Burton – Get Off Your Arse

One of the most entertaining seminars was by Brad Burton – author of Get Off Your Arse and MD of Business Breakfast Network www.4networking.biz.  He spoke about how he started off his business – working in his underpants in a box room! It was an inspirational story and I look forward to reading his book.

I had spoken to one of Brad’s colleagues at the http://www.4networking.biz/  stand earlier on in the day and to be honest I didn’t think his networking events would be suitable for reaching the type of companies I work with. However, after hearing Brad explain how his events work, I have since reconsidered and think they could be worth attending for me.

Local Exhibitors

There were businesses from throughout the UK at the exhibition, but it was good to see some Scottish ones – including Web Wise Business and Gary Ennis of NS Design.

The last seminar I went to was by Alex Ogilvie of  Web Wise Business. His seminar was titled  ‘Sales are easy and marketing is free’ – which caught my interest… “sales are easy, eh??”  Turns out I already knew most of what he talked about – which was mainly about online promotions/marketing, etc – but it was interesting to hear his experiences of using company newsletters and I picked up a few tips which made it worthwhile. For anybody new to online sales, it he would have taught them a lot of valuable lessons – a good example of how useful the exhibition seminars could be.

All I need to do now is start putting what I learnt today into practice….

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, 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