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See&Do w/ Julie Angel

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This week I am so thankful to have the amazing Julie Angel on the podcast!  Julie is an independent filmmaker, author (“Breaking the Jump”), and has perhaps the coolest PhD thesis of all time, “Cine Parkour:  a cinematic and theoretical contribution to the practice of parkour”, AKA observing and talking to parkour athletes to better understand what they do and why they do it.  Why didn’t I think of this when I was in school?!

We cover a lot of ground here, including:

  • How she first got started in MovNat and Parkour
  • What it takes for movement “ignition”
  • Yamakasi: the beginnings of parkour
  • The evolution of coaching in parkour
  • Breaking the Jump
  • See & Do

…and much much more!

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Some of the people referenced in the podcast:

For more bios, check out Julie’s book website:  http://breakingthejump.julieangel.com/

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What is MovNat and How Can It Help My Business?

Note from the author:  this is an article I wrote originally to be published in Fit Business Insider, but I decided to share it here instead.  Over the years, I’ve gotten about a dozen emails asking me about MovNat, the certification, and the benefits.  This article will tackle some of that.  It is geared towards gym owners and coaches, but I think there are lessons in here for everyone.  Hope you enjoy it!

The Human Zoo

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Photo Credit: https://flic.kr/p/4XKydZ

Have you ever been inside a big box store and just watched how people move?  Chances are, most of them aren’t walking tall with a neutral spine and a proper gait.  They might be draped over a shopping cart as if they can barely hold themselves up, or have a slight limp from an old surgery, or simply move stiffly from years of muscle disuse.  After all, it doesn’t take much movement nowadays for people to get where they’re going (i.e. the car, the kitchen table, the toilet, the desk, and the couch).

That’s where we come in.  We’re here to help people get in shape and get up off the couch – to fight the good fight against the obesity and orthopedic epidemics sweeping the nation.  And with more than $100 billion being spent each year on low back disorders in the U.S. alone, there’s never been a time when we’ve been more needed.

Looking at our physical states today, one can’t help but wonder whether our ancestors ever had to deal with these issues?  How did they get prepped for a hunt without a foam roller and some voodoo floss?  How can we recapture the level of fitness and robustness that our ancestors so obviously possessed, short of throwing ourselves back into the stone age and hunting & gathering our food?  It’s simple: we can do what they did by practicing the very same movements demanded by their daily lives and facilitated by our mutual physiology.

Movement is the Key

Enter MovNat – a physical education system based on these same human movement skills.  In MovNat, we train how we were meant to move.  Running, Crawling, Climbing, Balancing, Lifting, Carrying, Jumping, Throwing and Catching – these are the movement categories that are universal to the human experience and our physiology.  Or at least they were, before the advent of the modern lifestyle.

So what?  Why should you, as an owner or coach, take note of MovNat?  How can it benefit your service and your clients?   I’m going to get to that.  But before I do, let’s step back for a minute and talk about what it is we provide our clients.

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Parkour and Ninja Warrior w/ Travis Noble Graves

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This week we have another special guest on the pod, Travis Noble Graves!  Travis and I met back at one of the original MovNat certifications in Boston in 2012.  He designs all the conditioning programs for American Parkour, runs classes at their location in D.C., and teaches a Parkour certification instructors across the country.  If that weren’t enough, he’s also been a Finalist on American Ninja Warrior!  In this episode, we cover:

  • What is Parkour?
  • Is it dangerous and who can practice Parkour?
  • Overlaps between Parkour and MovNat
  • The importance of mindset (this was my biggest takeaway)
  • Community and History in Parkour
  • Conditioning in Parkour
  • and of course, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR!

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Overtraining vs Under Recovering

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This week Jake comes to the table with a question he’s been wrestling with:  how much training is too much training?  Specifically, he’s asking about young swimmers who spend 12 hours a week in the pool and are looking for more training to do outside of the pool.  What advice is best?  This sparks a discussion that covers:

  • What is overtraining?
  • The Stress-Recovery Cycle and Minimum Effective Dose
  • How to tell if you are working out too little or too much
  • Symptoms of overtraining
  • And basically how we can fix youth sports in America…

No punches were held back.  Take a listen and give us feedback on the FreeFit Guy facebook page! (which just had a bit of a makeover).

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Break out of the zoo.

-The Human Animal Team

Body Image w/ Molly Galbraith

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This week we have the amazing Molly Galbraith on the pod!  Molly is a trainer, lecturer, writer, and all around great person.  I was fortunate enough to meet Molly during the Train Like A Girl 2 Seminar (which she hosted and spoke at).  We’ve been keeping up with each other ever since on a topic near and dear to our hearts:  promoting healthy body image and mindset in our clients, friends, and family.  Molly jumped on the pod to discuss just this and other topics as well!

You can find more of Molly’s work here [and you’re going to want to :)]

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