Some of you might remember that back in early February I attended a MovNat course held in Houston, TX and posted some thoughts from my experience. Since then, I’ve received lots of questions mostly about how MovNat differs from CrossFit and why adding MovNat elements into our routine can be beneficial. Before I share my thoughts on the subject take a look at one of the videos I pulled from the MovNat Youtube channel to see some clips from what looks like a MovNat workshop.
In my opinion, CrossFit and MovNat are distinctly different but complement one another very well. One noticeable difference is there is much less lifting and repetition in MovNat, but more focus on practical application of skills. For example, CrossFit workouts typically use deadlift, and either very heavy, for a lot of repetitions, or both. Very seldom does the workout call for more than an athlete to stand tall with a bar. In a typical MovNat session, however, the deadlift might be utilized more to pick something up so it can be carried or thrown. Less repetition and often performed with odd objects like rocks, logs, sandbags, etc. CrossFit develops one’s strength and work capacity and MovNat provides the means to makes those skills more practical with applications beyond the gym walls.
Also, MovNat sessions typically involve crawling, balancing, and climbing which most CrossFitters will say they don’t get enough practice with (unless you’re Steph who routinely had bear crawls added to her warm-up for arriving late 7pm class). The awesome part about MovNat is that it can be done with whatever is available around you (opportunistic training), much in the same way as CrossFit. Make due with what you’ve got available and get really good at it. Indoors, outdoors, almost anywhere is worthy of practicing some skill or movement. Natural Movement is something that creates the foundation for more advanced skills, as it’s common to see weaknesses in the most primitive patterns of crawling and balancing be overlooked or disregarded in pursuit of more appealing movements like the snatch, clean, and jerk. But sometimes returning to those basics is exactly what’s necessary to overcome instability, coordination issues, and even nagging injuries. Learn more about MovNat by visiting their website here.
I’m excited as I explore opportunities for Intrepid to incorporate MovNat principles into our coaching and our workouts, and to see the potential that CrossFit and MovNat have for integrating and complementing each other to create more well-rounded athletes and balanced human beings. More to come…
30 Overhead Squats (95/65)
30 Pull Ups
15 Overhead Squats (135/95)
15 C2B Pull Ups
3 Rounds For Time:
15 Overhead Squats