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Functional fitness: Back to basics

Few of us use our bodies as they were designed to move – but there are some functional training concepts that go back to the basic movement patterns of animals and humans alike. Kath Hudson reports

By Kath Hudson | Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 3

THINK WITH YOUR BODY

Discipline: MovNat

‘Think with your whole body to move with your whole mind’ is the MovNat philosophy, which teaches people to reconnect with their body’s natural ways of moving. The end goal: to help the body to become strong and balanced as one coherent unit, and with it more resilient.

The workouts can take place either indoors or out and are based around natural human movements: crawling, lifting, carrying, walking, running, throwing, catching, climbing, jumping and landing. Founded by Erwan Le Corre in 2008, the MovNat concept was informed by the sports he took part in as a child – including activities such as rock climbing, karate, Parkour and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Another key influence was the physical training method, Méthode Naturelle, developed by French naval officer Georges Hébert in the early 1900s. With its motto of ‘be strong to be useful’, Méthode Naturelle focused on developing skills and strength that would be of use in the real world. MovNat is now bringing this philosophy into the modern era: “If a movement isn’t helpful in everyday life, we’re not very interested in it. From carrying the groceries to fleeing danger, our movements are based on need,” the company confirms.

Currently there are four MovNat affiliate gyms in the US, but this is set to grow this year, with international locations also on the cards. There are already thousands of certified MovNat trainers around the world.

Fitness instructors can contact MovNat directly to undergo a training course and become a licensed trainer. The company also sells a range of small equipment that’s suitable for use in MovNat classes.

www.movnat.com

MovNat follows the ethos of ‘be strong and be useful’
MovNat follows the ethos of ‘be strong and be useful’
MovNat is based on natural movements such as climbing
MovNat is based on natural movements such as climbing

BREAK DOWN, BUILD UP

Discipline: Animal Flow

The Animal Flow concept combines quadrupedal and ground-based movements with different elements from various bodyweight training disciplines to create a fun, challenging, multi-planar workout. 

The programme includes a wide range of exercises and movement combinations, all designed to elicit specific results: increased mobility, flexibility, stability, power, endurance, skill and neuromuscular communication.

Many of the movements are multi-planar and rotational. This is important because many people now spend the majority of their working day seated, hunched over a computer, and then sit on a machine when they get to the gym. However, staying in the same plane of motion all day can lead to muscle imbalances and eventually injury; Animal Flow has therefore been designed to break up movement patterns and make the human body strong and effective while in rotation or the transverse plane.

Fitness instructors can take the Animal Flow Certification, which includes attending a two-day workshop and passing a competency test. Workshops are offered all over the world on a regular basis and group discounts are provided to clubs that want to send multiple staff members. US gym chain Equinox was an early adopter, offering Animal Flow classes to its members since 2012.

In addition, an Animal Flow Kids exercise programme is being introduced this year, as well as a new training module for small group training formats.

www.animalflow.com

Staying in the same plane of motion can lead to muscle imbalances and injury; Animal Flow has been designed to break up movement patterns
Staying in the same plane of motion can lead to muscle imbalances and injury; Animal Flow has been designed to break up movement patterns
Animal Flow develops flexibility and power
Animal Flow develops flexibility and power
Movements are multi-planar and rotational
Movements are multi-planar and rotational

MOVEMENT, PURE & SIMPLE

Discipline: Ido Portal Method

Created by the self-styled Ido (I-do), this range of graceful and fluid movements was inspired by his early love of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira. From there, he trained with numerous movement teachers: yogis, dancers, athletes, circus performers and fighters, but found all of the disciplines to be too restrictive.

He set about creating a movement programme informed by the range of different disciplines he had trained in, to create a bigger picture – one that focused on simply moving the human body, rather than worrying about which discipline was being practised. “Specialising is great – but beyond our specialities we are all human first, movers second and only then specialists,” he says.

www.idoportal.com

Moves are influenced by diverse disciplines
Moves are influenced by diverse disciplines
Ido was inspired by his early love of capoeira
Ido was inspired by his early love of capoeira
The approach combines art and movement
The approach combines art and movement
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features

Functional fitness: Back to basics

Few of us use our bodies as they were designed to move – but there are some functional training concepts that go back to the basic movement patterns of animals and humans alike. Kath Hudson reports

By Kath Hudson | Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 3

THINK WITH YOUR BODY

Discipline: MovNat

‘Think with your whole body to move with your whole mind’ is the MovNat philosophy, which teaches people to reconnect with their body’s natural ways of moving. The end goal: to help the body to become strong and balanced as one coherent unit, and with it more resilient.

The workouts can take place either indoors or out and are based around natural human movements: crawling, lifting, carrying, walking, running, throwing, catching, climbing, jumping and landing. Founded by Erwan Le Corre in 2008, the MovNat concept was informed by the sports he took part in as a child – including activities such as rock climbing, karate, Parkour and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Another key influence was the physical training method, Méthode Naturelle, developed by French naval officer Georges Hébert in the early 1900s. With its motto of ‘be strong to be useful’, Méthode Naturelle focused on developing skills and strength that would be of use in the real world. MovNat is now bringing this philosophy into the modern era: “If a movement isn’t helpful in everyday life, we’re not very interested in it. From carrying the groceries to fleeing danger, our movements are based on need,” the company confirms.

Currently there are four MovNat affiliate gyms in the US, but this is set to grow this year, with international locations also on the cards. There are already thousands of certified MovNat trainers around the world.

Fitness instructors can contact MovNat directly to undergo a training course and become a licensed trainer. The company also sells a range of small equipment that’s suitable for use in MovNat classes.

www.movnat.com

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The programme includes a wide range of exercises and movement combinations, all designed to elicit specific results: increased mobility, flexibility, stability, power, endurance, skill and neuromuscular communication.

Many of the movements are multi-planar and rotational. This is important because many people now spend the majority of their working day seated, hunched over a computer, and then sit on a machine when they get to the gym. However, staying in the same plane of motion all day can lead to muscle imbalances and eventually injury; Animal Flow has therefore been designed to break up movement patterns and make the human body strong and effective while in rotation or the transverse plane.

Fitness instructors can take the Animal Flow Certification, which includes attending a two-day workshop and passing a competency test. Workshops are offered all over the world on a regular basis and group discounts are provided to clubs that want to send multiple staff members. US gym chain Equinox was an early adopter, offering Animal Flow classes to its members since 2012.

In addition, an Animal Flow Kids exercise programme is being introduced this year, as well as a new training module for small group training formats.

www.animalflow.com

Staying in the same plane of motion can lead to muscle imbalances and injury; Animal Flow has been designed to break up movement patterns
Staying in the same plane of motion can lead to muscle imbalances and injury; Animal Flow has been designed to break up movement patterns
Animal Flow develops flexibility and power
Animal Flow develops flexibility and power
Movements are multi-planar and rotational
Movements are multi-planar and rotational

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Discipline: Ido Portal Method

Created by the self-styled Ido (I-do), this range of graceful and fluid movements was inspired by his early love of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira. From there, he trained with numerous movement teachers: yogis, dancers, athletes, circus performers and fighters, but found all of the disciplines to be too restrictive.

He set about creating a movement programme informed by the range of different disciplines he had trained in, to create a bigger picture – one that focused on simply moving the human body, rather than worrying about which discipline was being practised. “Specialising is great – but beyond our specialities we are all human first, movers second and only then specialists,” he says.

www.idoportal.com

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Ido was inspired by his early love of capoeira
The approach combines art and movement
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