Category Archives: Food for Thought

The Zombie Apocalypse Is Here!

The first time someone sees a MovNat practice session (jumping, climbing, crawling, etc.), they’ll often joke that it looks like I’m training for the Zombie Apocalypse.  I’m all for this comparison, because it starts a conversation.  I explain the real world application of these skills, and how it’s not only fun but keeps me strong and healthy.  They usually nod their head in agreement, but I can tell they feel like it’s so far removed from what they’d ever have to do that it’s almost fantastical.  Sure, it’s great and all to train for the oncoming Zombie hoards, but how can that help me NOW?

Walking out of Kroger the other day, an epiphany smacked into my brain space – the Zombie Apocalypse is already here!  But before you grab your crossbows and head underground with a drum full of coconut oil and as many Primal Pacs as you can muster, let me explain.

In the classic zombie tale, we fear the end of the world coming through some sort of transmittable disease that renders us mindless; decaying bodies barely holding together as we limp around the countryside in search of our next meal.  Isn’t this remarkably similar to what’s happening right now? Continue reading

How to Integrate MovNat Into Your Strength and Conditioning Routine

To build your own MovNat program, it’s important to understand the relationship between conditioning and skill acquisition.  Far from being mutually exclusive, your current strength and conditioning program can absolutely feed into a rich natural movement practice.  The key is progression – a relationship I call the skill-conditioning continuum.

Conditioning-Skill Continuum Arc

Gray Cook writes in his book “Movement” that we should never add strength to a movement dysfunction.  This sentiment is echoed in MovNat’s philosophy – you will gain conditioning through training movement skills, but not necessarily the other way around. Continue reading

My Training

Hey all!  Today I’d like to post a piece I did for my gym newsletter.  It details my daily routine, training goals, nutrition, programming, etc.  I thought it would be a good resource to put on the blog.  I hope you enjoy it!

Tell us what you are trying to accomplish with your training and nutrition right now.  What are your goals? 

My goals are multi-layered.  First and foremost, I train (and eat) to be healthy, vital, and expand my boundaries.  This is why I will continue to train for the rest of my life.

Second, I train to be strong so that I may help others.  What is strength if I cannot use it to benefit those around me?  The results aren’t only physical – I train for inner-strength that comes from dedication, perseverance, and confidence as well.

Third, I train for fun.  For me, this means exploring how my body can move and acquiring new movement skills.  I train natural human movements ALA MovNat.  In my current program, I’m focusing on hand balancing, explosive jumping, and the ability to safely roll out of a fall.  If you’re training isn’t fun, what’s the point?  As Alwyn Cosgrove states in his first three rules of lifting:  “1.  Do something.  2.  Do something you love.  3.  The rest is just details.”

Why did you choose this goal?  What motivated you?  Continue reading

I’m Not a Freak

The other day, I had a client mention that he saw a photo from my last Whole30 challenge.  He paid me a really nice complement, saying “You looked shredded dude.  I’ve never seen someone look like that.”  Then he followed that statement up with:  ”You’re a genetic freak man.”

Now, I know this client was trying to give me a compliment and had the best intentions, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it bothered me. Saying someone is a “genetic freak” takes away from all the hours, months, and years of hard work they put in.  It also sets up a situation where you can make an excuse.  ”I don’t have the genes for that kind of body.”  ”I’d never be able to get there.”  ”I can never compete with guys/girls like that.”  That’s not how you #getyourmindright.  It’s simply setting you up for failure before you’ve even begun.

Let’s be clear.  Genes set the stage, and probably determine what our maximum potential is, but it is how those genes are EXPRESSED, i.e. our phenotype, that truly determines how much of that potential we achieve – and that is dependent on environment.  And environment IS something that you can control, at least in part.  Here are four different environments I focus on in my life and with my clients: Continue reading

Re-imagining the Fitness Industry

Why do you work out?  Why do you eat the way you do?  What is your end-goal?  While these questions may seem simple on the surface, I think it’s time we took a good, hard look at what truly motivates us and why.

You see, the fitness industry is ill.  It’s been infected by negative images, misinformation, and too many people trying to sell you on why you aren’t good enough, and how to fix it.  I can’t stand it any more.  Nothing drives me up the wall like listening to good, caring, hard-working people talk about how they hate their bodies, about how they’ll starve themselves to lose 5 more pounds, about how they just wish they looked like this, or could get rid of that fat under their arm.  And don’t think I’m only talking about women:  men are in the same boat, though the overall pressure on them to fit into a certain body-type is arguably different.

Let’s take a look at different messages we are fed by the media, our peers, and ourselves, why they suck, and how things could be so much better. Continue reading

UPDATE: No soap, no shampoo experiment

After several more months of my no soap, no shampoo regimen, I started having dandruff issues.  Not horrible, but there all the same.  It started with the hot summer weather.  Eventually I decided to try a natural alternative to shampoo recommended by Nature Mom‘s:  baking soda and lemon juice.

So far (2 months +) my experience has been great.   I wash my hair twice a week by taking about 2 Tbs of baking soda, adding a splash of water, and scrubbing the resulting paste into my roots.  After you rinse it out, your hair will feel, for lack of a better term, “waxy”.  This is where the lemon juice comes in.  I take a table spoon or two, pour it into a small cup, and fill the rest with water.  Pour the lemon juice over your head and scrub one more time, and then rinse thoroughly.  No more dandruff problems, and I smell great after a shower.  Plus you still avoid all those nasty chemicals that can be found in shampoo.  Check out the Nature Mom’s post for other natural solutions to combat frizzy hair, greasy hair, and itchy scalp.

Still no body soap necessary.  Just a bath towel to scrub with.

Note:  I’ve updated the original post to contain this info as well.  :)

-So fresh and so clean.