Category Archives: MOVE

OS Play – August 23rd in Bloomington, IN


OS Play is coming to Bloomington, IN on August 23rd!

This is our second OS Play Course EVER!   This 4 hour course will be all about playing (obviously)! We will teach you games and concepts that you can implement into your own training or into programming for your clients, students, patients, or athletes.

We’re going to rediscover the superhero in each of us through play – you’ll learn why play is important, how play can fill in the gaps in your current fitness program (or even replace it), how to start your own ninja academy, and experience tons of games old and new to get you started.

For more details, feel free to contact me using the link in the top bar up above, or check out the event page:

Why I Stopped Working Out Entirely – And What It Could Do For You!

I have another guest blog up at the Force Bloomington website.  It’s all about “Reframing Your Workouts” so that they have meaning specific for you.  This one was really fun to write and I think you’ll enjoy the inherent  in it.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Let me give you an example.  My personal WHY is to be able to play and provide for my family for as long as humanly possible.  My pursuit of fitness only matters in how much it empowers me to do these things that I care about and love.

So, for me, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to beat myself up to the point where I”m too sore to move, dance, or play.  It also doesn’t make sense for me to do things I don’t like doing, because I know plenty of things I DO enjoy, enough for me to spend a lifetime practicing and exploring.”

Continue reading here:

New Guest Post – Coaching Yourself to a Great Kettlebell Swing

I have a new blog up on the Force homepage on Self-Coaching the Kettlebell Swing.  The goal of the series is to help you teach yourself to do an exercise with more efficiency using a series of self-awareness drills.  I understand that not everyone has access to a qualified coach – so hopefully this will help you feel confident in your swing even if you don’t have someone giving you direct feedback.  Even if you have a coach, these drills can help you become more aware of your position, tension/relaxation, and timing in the swing.


Why We Don’t Exercise

Episode 52: Why We Don't Exercise

At The Human Animal, we believe in the power of self-discovery through discussion.  Our goal with this podcast is to start a conversation, but not finish it.  The process of exploring what it means to be a human animal is uniquely your own, and yet you will find many shared experiences with those in your tribe.  Often, we discover something about ourselves through the people closest to us.  So enjoy – connect – reflect – and most of all, embrace the journey.


This week, Jake and Matt sit down to discuss the concept of the “85%” of people not currently engaged in an exercise/movement practice.  Is it so crazy to think that what the fitness industry has to offer doesn’t appeal to 85% of us?  We don’t think so.  So where does that leave us?  What are the entry points to movement and fitness that are being left out?

We’ll cover:

  • Why the 85% of us who don’t “exercise” might not be crazy at all
  • Is fitness “fun” anymore?  Was it ever?
  • How to work at the edge of your ability (in more ways than one)
  • Play as an entry point to fitness and movement

…and so much more!

We really enjoyed this discussion and hope that you will too.


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Program Design Basics

Episode 50: Program Design Basics

In today’s episode, we dive into training program design.  If you on your own without a coach, what movements are a part of the most effective training programs?

As always, it depends.  However, wherever your functional “gaps” are (i.e. the most basic movements that you DON’T do on a regular basis) is where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

We go on to discuss different movement categories, considerations when you are on your own, is strength training supplemental, and how play might be better than any regimented training program you can do (again, within a specific goal set).

We hope you enjoy the episode!  As a bonus, we’ve laid out our Program Minimums below.  Look for a full blog post on this and video links to come!

Efficient Program Design

Pick one from each of the following two categories.  One of these will go in “Workout A”, the other in “Workout B”.

Bilateral Lift
-Goblet Squat
-KB Swing

Single/Split Lift
-Step Up
-Split Squat/Forward Lunge

Pick one from each of the following two categories. One of these will go in “Workout A”, the other in “Workout B”.

Upper Push
-Push Up
-1-Arm KB Push Press
-Iso Push

Upper Pull
-Pull Up
-TRX Row (suspended row)
-Iso Pull

Pick one from each of the following two categories. One of these will go in “Workout A”, the other in “Workout B”.

-Front Rack

-Weighted Crawl
-Weighted Sled Push
-Weighted Sled Drag

  • 2 days/week to start.
  • Perform 3-5 sets of 5-10 reps (each), or 10-40yds (each).
  • Rotate exercises every 3 weeks.
  • Do some sort of ground movement or “reset” between each set or each exercise.