In Episode 66, I talk with movement coach, father and philosopher Ben Medder about his journey into coaching, how he built his practice and shares it with others, and the importance of moving with the seasons. You can find more of Ben’s stuff at:
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We are also brought to you by Play. Full., my new e-book about unleashing the power of play in your life. Find fitness freedom through play with this resource packed full of game ideas, concepts, and suggestions on how to overcome barriers to play. Great for movement practitioners and coaches alike!
Here’s a quick video I shot for the team at Primal Influence for their 30 Days of Adult Play Global Online Event! The goal was to get more adults playing and sharing with the group all the different ways they played. I was asked by Clint and Aimee to be a Play Advocate for the event, sharing what play means to me, the benefits of play for adults, and tips to get started. Check it out! And if you want to learn EVEN MORE about play, my e-book has just released at https://unleashthepowerofplay.com.
This week’s episode features one of my all-time favorite guests, Rafe Kelley of Evolve Move Play. I’ve been following Rafe’s work for years, and many of his concepts have worked their way into my own practice and teaching methodology. The “80/20” play rule, starting from a fully realized natural movement practice and working backwards to assess where isolation can be beneficial (and not the other way around), and nourishment vs stimulation – these are all concepts that have held tried and true for me and my students.
In our conversation, we weave in and out of a variety of topics – from major Evolve Move Play concepts in Part 1 of our talk to the state of Natural Movement in fitness in Part 2. We cover a lot of ground, and I think you will really enjoy Rafe’s unique perspectives.
Frank Forencich is the Exuberant Animal and, in my opinion, the father of the play movement in fitness today. His work is influential across many fields, and includes the books Exuberant Animal, Beautiful Practice, Stresscraft, and his upcoming book on The Long Body and Warrior Activism (two topics we cover at length in this podcast!)
We also touch on:
the importance of high/contrast living
habitat, exposure, and tribe
the real meaning of holistic
play, work, and the balance between
big paleo and what the current paleo movement is missing
And subscribe to his email – he gives you an awesome PDF chalk full of play ideas. Many of these featured in the original Exuberant Animal Playbook that helped inspire me to launch the Ninja Academy here at Force!
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If you want to learn more about how to put these ideas into practice in your own life, check out my online coaching program here. I’d love to sit down with your for a complementary video call to figure out if we are a great fit.
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.