Talk about getting back to basics. I spent the last 4 days crawling, climbing, jumping, balancing, lifting, carrying, throwing, and catching. Things that most of us may not have done since being a kid, and getting back to those roots really brings out the inner child. My entire weekend wad spent learning the elements of MovNat by doing, understanding how to deconstruct seemingly complex movements into manageable elements, and exploring my own personal limits and accomplishing things I’d only seen in videos. I’d be lying if I said I’m not having a blast.
Many elements of MovNat are similar to Parkour like the vaulting in the video, but the 3ft barrier I cleared could have easily been a rock, log, or any other obstacle one may encounter in a natural environment. What you don’t see in the video is the 15 minutes prior building up to the side vault (aka speed vault) where I started by simply stepping onto the box on one side and off on the other. With several successful consistent passes I’d add complexity usually by making less contact with the vault or adding speed. The same approach works for any of the elements I mentioned earlier and each person is able to find their level of complexity for that given session only adding complexity when they feel they’ve earned it.
Another take away from the MovNat certification is the importance of mindfulness. All too often we crank up the music to drown out our thoughts, often looking to zone out. Sure the level of complexity in most of the workouts at Intrepid requires our brains to stay on even if it is to just count, but being mindful implies more of a mind-body connection with an awareness of one’s environment and one’s body. Definitely something I find needs improving not only in myself but most folks I work with.
After passing my MovNat Level 1 certification, today I test for my Level 2. I’ll definitely be challenged and is one of my first certifications where I am unsure if I’ll pass on the first go. Whether I pass today or not, this experience has been invaluable and I feel provided me with the missing link in my training and coaching I’ve been looking for. I encourage you to research their workshops and coaches to look into their certifications as it’s money well spent (both at movnat.com).
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