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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Conway View Post
    I love doing MovNat style workouts. Going to a 2 day workshop in November which I'm really looking forward to.
    Cool, make sure to let us know how it went.

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    I'm sure it's fun and I would even do it of we had classes around here, but is it really that natural? I have never had to do a lot of those movements in my normal life. Normal movements include reaching for stuff on high shelves, walking, walking carrying a load, running, running from bees, riding a bicycle, stooping to clean the floor, pushing a vacuum or broom (and until you've had a hysterectomy you have no idea how much that works your abs), scraping a bow across a fiddle for hours, jumping as high as possible to see if there's anything good in a Dumpster. But not too often have I walked like a monkey on all fours or skittled along on my fingers holding a plank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I'm sure it's fun and I would even do it of we had classes around here, but is it really that natural? I have never had to do a lot of those movements in my normal life. Normal movements include reaching for stuff on high shelves, walking, walking carrying a load, running, running from bees, riding a bicycle, stooping to clean the floor, pushing a vacuum or broom (and until you've had a hysterectomy you have no idea how much that works your abs), scraping a bow across a fiddle for hours, jumping as high as possible to see if there's anything good in a Dumpster. But not too often have I walked like a monkey on all fours or skittled along on my fingers holding a plank.
    I think the idea is that it would have been natural to our ancestors to move like this. I heard an interview, and it sounds amazing. Nothing in my area, unfortunately, but I have my feelers out when it gets here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I'm sure it's fun and I would even do it of we had classes around here, but is it really that natural? I have never had to do a lot of those movements in my normal life. Normal movements include reaching for stuff on high shelves, walking, walking carrying a load, running, running from bees, riding a bicycle, stooping to clean the floor, pushing a vacuum or broom (and until you've had a hysterectomy you have no idea how much that works your abs), scraping a bow across a fiddle for hours, jumping as high as possible to see if there's anything good in a Dumpster. But not too often have I walked like a monkey on all fours or skittled along on my fingers holding a plank.
    Like the Paleo diet the idea is to get back in touch with our ancestral genes. These movements are typical of what would have been experienced daily in Paleolithic times. Also its a sense of play that many of us experienced as children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I'm sure it's fun and I would even do it of we had classes around here, but is it really that natural? I have never had to do a lot of those movements in my normal life. Normal movements include reaching for stuff on high shelves, walking, walking carrying a load, running, running from bees, riding a bicycle, stooping to clean the floor, pushing a vacuum or broom (and until you've had a hysterectomy you have no idea how much that works your abs), scraping a bow across a fiddle for hours, jumping as high as possible to see if there's anything good in a Dumpster. But not too often have I walked like a monkey on all fours or skittled along on my fingers holding a plank.
    None of those activities are actually 'natural.' What you're describing are modern activities that we just happen to be capable of adapting to. The movements in MovNat are based on what we are evolved to be capable of. Our bodies are meant to move much differently than we do nowadays, so returning to our original functions can help to offset the overuse injuries we tend to accumulate because of our modern life/activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I'm sure it's fun and I would even do it of we had classes around here, but is it really that natural? I have never had to do a lot of those movements in my normal life. Normal movements include reaching for stuff on high shelves, walking, walking carrying a load, running, running from bees, riding a bicycle, stooping to clean the floor, pushing a vacuum or broom (and until you've had a hysterectomy you have no idea how much that works your abs), scraping a bow across a fiddle for hours, jumping as high as possible to see if there's anything good in a Dumpster. But not too often have I walked like a monkey on all fours or skittled along on my fingers holding a plank.
    Thanks for this one, haven't laughed this hard in a while!

    natural movement, reaching for stuff on high shelves!

    you're a comedic genius.

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    Just signed up for the one day workshop in Minneapolis on Oct 14. Psyched

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    Based my conversations with others who have done MovNat workshops, the Paleo diet is the accepted way of eating among this group. If you are embracing the Paleo philosophy of reigniting our ancestral genes then it seems like a natural extension to embrace MovNat training.

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    That looks like a lot of fun! But don't think there will be something in my area soon....... south of France anyone?

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    Reporting in after attending the one-day MovNat seminar yesterday!

    I had a BLAST! Kellen Milad was our coach, and he was terrific, explaining just enough to understand the whys and hows of the different movements, but most of the day was actually doing things.

    We played in a perfect park in Salt Lake City; our coach was very excited about the variety of "things" we could practice on. We started by balancing on long curbs, doing squats on them, walking backwards, jumping from one to the next. Then we did some sprints along the horseshoe pits (no one was playing horseshoes of course!) We progressed to walking/balancing on a higher rail that was about 3" wide. That might sound pretty wide, but when it's 8 or 10 feet to the grass below, it's actually pretty narrow!

    We jumped--broad jumps, onto rocks, from rock to rock, off of rocks, over rocks. We did both "broad jump" type, with feet together, and split jumps for longer distances. We vaulted over rails and walls. We crawled (shhikes "monkey" style!) on the ground. We rolled on the ground. We learned transition movements (from laying/sitting/kneeling to standing).

    We did combinations of all the movements--a lot like parcour but without the fancy tricks. Smooth and graceful!

    We climbed on the swingset bars; they had perfect ones there, with long stretches bare of swings. (I needed a "spot" to jump to the high bars... a disadvantage to being "fun sized"!) We swung from side to side and learned how to get our legs up over the bar, and then to sort of flip up to straddle the bar. I could get my legs up, but I wasn't able to do the flip thing. Practice! We also climbed on these big rock pillars they had, and a rock chimney.

    We lifted and carried 50lb. bags of sand in a few different ways.

    I was tired at the end of the day, but I wouldn't usually do 7 hours straight of activity like that. I really like how we can combine the different kinds of movements into one smooth "circuit", but vary it as we wish. I also like the idea that this sort of workout can be done anywhere, which is useful to me because I travel often for business. Except for lifting/carrying the sandbags, it was all bodyweight, so there's no required "equipment".

    And it was FUN!

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