I am totally interested in MovNat and am going to be perusing the archives at the website but was wondering how many of you practice MovNat and how did you start? Any suggestions for how to start when you are very unfit and your muscles have atrophied a bit?
This is relevant to my interests.
Only discovered MovNat a few days ago while browsing this forum, looks and sounds interesting to say the least.
I went to a two days seminar last September and I was very disappointed. It was way too expensive for what it was. You'll get the same results and even more for cheaper if you choose the right sports and physical activities.
I'd suggest starting Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, parkour, etc. or joining a gymnastics or an olympic weightlifting club. Any other activity that focuses a lot on movement quality will do. You'll get much more out of your experience.
If you're out of shape, I suggest starting with Tai Chi or yoga and working your way through more complex/demanding stuff over time.
I want to eventually do parkour and thought that they would compliment each other well. I guess I'll look up parkour training type exercises and modify them to my current abilities. And I do yoga but find that it doesn't do me too much good except in positions like downard dog (because my arms aren't very strong) because I am so flexible. I can do pigeon pose with extreme ease... Huh, I guess I'll just go with the flow, so to speak. Thanks for the advice winterbike.
I was very inspired when I saw my first video on MovNat, however when I discovered the cost to go to a seminar or workshop I was more than a little discouraged.
Good thing is, the movements are all natural. You don't necessarily need an instructor to teach you this kind of stuff. Its ingrained in our DNA. All it takes is enough time and patience to re teach the body. Spend your time outside climbing, jumping, running, swimming etc. and eventually your instincts take over. It all comes down to frequent movement patterns. Play. Have fun with it. If you look at is as play, it becomes more spontaneous and therefore more beneficial to your health and fitness.
I hadn't seen you're still over 300lbs, that might be an issue. Do you have any physical limitations at the moment? Starting boxing or kickboxing could be a good way to start moving at a higher intensity for now. It's pretty technical, but it's a lot of fun (and it's badass) and body weight is less of an issue than in other activities like running or jumping. Once your weight goes down a little, you can start adding more Movnat-y stuff like tumbling or climbing depending on how you feel.
Originally Posted by metalsporks