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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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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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).
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 :)]
This week we pull back the veil and uncover exactly how we think about coaching someone to long-term success. We use this framework to inform our decision-making, whether it be in a one-on-one sit down, an initial intake, a meeting with a client who feels “stuck” or wants to continue their progress to the next level, or even yourself!
This is our best episode yet (in my opinion). Whether you are a coach or just someone looking to cultivate a healthy lifestyle, this will give you the template for how to start and never stop.