Teaching humans to move like humans
When we talk about modern fitness, the vast majority of it is usually categorised into two areas, those being resistance/strength training like weight lifting or cardio(vascular) training like running with common goals of weight loss and/or increasing muscle mass. But to MovNat Founder, Erwan Le Corre, there is much more to fitness than this.
If a person was to perform a range of slow martial arts type movements, then we may be able to identify this as being Tai Chi. Also if people were to combine dancing with windmill like kicks and sweeps, then that might be Capoeira. However if we see adults running, jumping and climbing, we might struggle to understand what that is. MovNat came about as a conscious move to recognise, teach and learn the most natural way that humans can move and exercise.
Originating in Santa Fe in New Mexico, MovNat initially struck a chord in the paleo and primal health world, then spread with workshops, trainers and practitioners across the USA and the world to Australia, Asia and Europe. It has also attracted press attention from the likes of Men’s Health, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post to name a few. Le Corre was even called up to demonstrate MovNat in a giant caged ape playground erected in London’s Potter’s Field to promote the film ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. He attributes the strength of this movement to a growing demand around the world for a more naturalistic ‘re-evolution’ in how we keep healthy, with more people begin to acknowledge the relationship that has always existed between health and nature.
MovNat is a physical education & fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities that focuses upon practical physical competence in the real world. For self defence or to become a better fighter one may practise martial arts requiring them to master a range of techniques such as the ability to strike, kick, parry and grapple. Likewise the MovNat system, based upon the learning and development of a wide variety of movement skills and techniques like jumping, climbing and balancing, aims to also provide a discipline in which to master overall natural movement.
As well as the ‘martial arts of natural movement’, MovNat can also be seen as the ‘organic food of the fitness world’. Le Corre explains that just as one may choose to eat organic foods for the benefits of it being chemical free and more nutritious over processed food which may have been nutritionally compromised to make it more convenient or cost efficient to produce, the same applies to fitness. Le Corre feels that many fitness programs have become far removed from what we (humans) are and our true potential for natural movement. In that sense the back to basics focus of MovNat is ‘organic’.