MovNat is a physical education system for developing real world capability (fitness) through the full range of motor skills that the human body has developed through natural environmental pressures. Natural Movement constitutes those physical adaptations that we have gone through in order to survive over the course of our evolutionary history. The range of these skills can be as simple as sitting on the ground and getting back up to standing, or more challenging and complex such as climbing over tall obstacles, and running on rugged terrain. Many of these skills have all but been lost to our rapid industrialization, and the changes to the way we live are happening at a rate that our bodies cannot adapt.
To live healthy human lives, we need to reconnect with these evolutionary movement patterns. Practical physical performance takes place in the context dictated by environmental and situational demands. Adaptation to any situation or environment is the ultimate goal. This might the situations of your daily life in the environment of your household and society, or hiking trail, or sport.
Real World Capability
"Real world" capability means the ability to perform the full spectrum of natural tasks from both evolutionary and modern perspectives. This involves training to be physically competent (skilled) and well-conditioned (fit) in both wild environments, or urban environment and society in general. The goal of the MovNat system is to develop physical capability for practical performance in every context you may face in life.
To build effectiveness efficiency, and adaptability in your movement you must have the right mindset, physical capability (movement skills), and conditioning (fitness). MovNat aims to develop these three elements through mindful practice of Natural Movement and a continuous progression from the simple and fundamental skills, to the more complex. A balance between skill development training, conditioning, and mindfulness is taught.
The overarching philosophy of MovNat is not just about moving, but about escaping the pitfalls of a sedentary life and reconnecting to living life as close to how nature intended as possible. Approached as an overall lifestyle, MovNat inclusively addresses exercises, nutrition, breathing, sleep, and the other essential biological functions required to develop and maintain health, well-being, longevity, fitness an happiness.
Movement Skills & Conditioning
We firmly believe that everyone needs physical competence in their life to be able to effectively handle situations that require a physical response. Whether this required physical response involves how you move through your environment in every day life, or how you respond to an emergency to help yourself and others. The way we define and approach fitness is focused on this practical physical competence. From our perspective, practicing the natural movement aptitudes that we have developed through evolution is the most practically and biologically relevant ways to exercise.
We classify natural human movement aptitudes into 3 domains:
Each movement domain includes a number of movement skills, or aptitudes. An aptitude is an ability that can be done natural, whereas a skill is a refined ability and expertise in doing something. The initial goal of MovNat training is to transform our natural aptitudes into finely developed skills through mindful and technical practice. Another important goal is to strive for equalization of the full scope of our available natural human movement skills. Finally, finding variations to these skills, and conditioning our responses builds adaptability; the ability to use these skills in any context.
Ground movement involves crawling, rolling, falling safely, getting up from the ground, etc.. Anything that involves moving with the center of gravity below waist-height and be categorized here.
Balance & Gait
Gait involves analysis of walking patterns, balancing, running, and sprinting; some of the most common movements for our species.
Jumping & Vaulting
Vaulting is a skill to traverse an obstacle between knee height and chest height using the hands for support. We also explore a number of methods of jumping for getting over or on top of a high object, down from a height, and across a longer distance.
Hanging & Climbing
We practice techniques of hanging, swinging (like monkey bars), as well as climbing up and over walls, bars and branches.
How to swim efficiently and make the most of each breath is covered in specialty courses.