When I stumbled upon Erwan Le Corre’s MovNat site, I knew right away that I had found something that had the potential to change the way we think about fitness and performance enhancement. Little did I know that it would become the impetus for a paradigm shift of my own philosophy on general fitness, exercise, and strength and conditioning.
After having the great privilege of receiving instruction from Erwan himself during a one-day workshop event in Houston, Texas, I came away with an understanding not of something that I had forgotten, but of something that I had never known. Movement that is primal, natural, instinctual, and meaningful. MovNat explores all facets of human movement, not only in a way that is physical, but also in a way that is cerebral and perhaps even spiritual.
Through interactions with the environment in new and challenging ways, MovNat forces you to adapt at all levels of your Being. The complexity of the movements stimulates new or forgotten neuromuscular pathways that, after time, result in more efficient movement. The implications for having the ability to positively impact human performance cannot be overstated. After the workshop, I came away with a better understanding of what my functional and adaptive limitations are, and how I can use MovNat to improve them. In my personal opinion, and also speaking as an Exercise Scientist and strength coach, MovNat training should be at the heart of every good athlete’s physical conditioning program. After all, you can’t build a skyscraper without a strong and solid foundation.
To take it one step further, I also feel that MovNat is the way to go for the ‘Average Joe’ who may be looking to improve their health and fitness. MovNat is scalable to the extent that it can be tailored to suit the needs of anyone and everyone. MovNat by its very nature is inclusive, and not something that is exclusive like many of today’s popular exercise programs. If you think that MovNat is nothing more than running through the woods, skipping rocks, and hanging from branches, I challenge you to put your own skills to the test and join Erwan for a workshop or retreat. You will come away a changed person and will have more respect and a greater understanding of the movement potential we possess as “human animals.” Move more. MovNat.
Jamie R. Guined, MEd, MBA, CSCS
Exercise Physiology & Countermeasures Project
NASA–Johnson Space Center
A major thank you for visiting us here in Scotland. I was blown away by the clinic today. I will post a full account on the blog but I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it and what a fantastic teacher you are. I have had the good fortune to train with some very influential coaches and teachers over the last few years. Whilst I can’t compare learning a specific skill i.e., kettlebells, with being introduced to the concepts of MovNat, I can say that no-one has laid out a more lucid, congruent and applicable philosophy for the human condition.
I struggle with the way so many “Gurus” couch their teaching in jargon and pseudo science, peppering their teaching with theorems and obscure numerology. You speak in plain English (even if you do have an accent) without the need for deference and present in a way that is immediately practical. It was a complete breath of fresh air.
There is no doubt we are drawn to the things that resonate with us on a personal level. It is easy to read things into system or philosophy simply because we want to have something we can label and take ownership of. What you have distilled removes all that mumbo jumbo. It is a rare person who can actually keep the simple…simple, without trivializing its significance.
Fitness coach and founder of Simple Strength, Scotland
I had a great time last Saturday learning from you! It was really fantastic to see that you have dedicated your life to understanding human movement. As a student of life and movement, I can really appreciate the determination to develop a philosophy that is “outside of the box.” I also appreciate your humility and spirit of teaching.
I have been training for life fitness for over 10 years, by way of challenging the body in non-traditional movement patterns. I used to be consumed with the traditional thoughts/paradigms of training. I have been trying to teach my clients that it is not only important to be physically strong in the gym, but to train the body in such a way to prepare each individual to their fullest capacity for whatever life throws their way.
What you consolidated into the fundamentals program gave me a better understanding of how continue to guide my faithful clients in developing their individual life fitness.
Regarding your workshop in Discovery Park, Seattle, I want to thank you, Erwan, for a day that far exceeded my expectations. Our one-hour lunch turned into a short 20-minute break for food then back to work, and we kept going until an hour and a half beyond our stop time. Talk about getting our money’s worth! You are a gifted teacher who passionately lives his vision and is patiently, yet enthusiastically sharing that vision with the rest of us. Being a student of Tom Brown Jr’s Tracking, Nature, and Survival School, I find your MovNat an exceptional enhancement to the study of survival and closeness to the earth. Your philosophy of adaptability of movement across and within the natural landscape, with its focus on effortless conservation of energy, opens the senses and awareness to our natural place within nature. That is life changing. Oh yeah, and I was bodily sore for a week after that Saturday session.
Absolutely loved it!” Chris Hampton
Thanks for putting on the clinic last weekend. No doubt you covered as much material as possible in a single day. Even though I’m a “gym rat,” lifting weights typically four times a week, I found myself sore pretty much all over the day after. I have already begun to mentally train myself to do things more efficiently, like when I was shoveling two feet of snow the other day. It seems MovNat can be adaptable to any given circumstance. I look forward to hearing and seeing more of MovNat in the future.
Scott Van Overmeiren
I attended a one-day MovNat course with Erwan Le Corre, and was thrilled with the experience. I was both hugely humbled and wanted more more more. I run 50+ miles a week, with some marathons and ultra marathons thrown in, and thought I was in decent shape. Erwan’s course greatly broadened my sense of fitness and human possibilities. I was utterly amazed at his skill and strength. I was even more impressed with his insights, thoughtfulness, and kind manner. I highly recommend digging into the MovNat perspective and applying what works to your life.
M. Kelley Harris, Santa Barbara, California
Monsieur Le Corre,
I attended your MovNat day seminar in Oakville on the Sunday. I’d like to express my gratitude for a great course and a potential life changing experience. I arrived at your seminar, skeptical of what the day would bring. I have been following your updates and MovNat ever since I read about it in an article. I have a great background in the science of exercise as a student Kinesiologist at the University of Waterloo. I’ve learned the science behind the common exercise techniques, and I was greatly interested in seeing what your method had to offer. Your explanations of your method were not only clear, but very logical. Your approach was more and more interesting the further you explained it. It showed a much more logical, and fun way of training. It introduce a unique way of life that seems much more natural then going to the gym 3 times a week.
After your seminar, I felt sore everywhere! However, my joints, especially shoulders, felt great! I suffer from shoulders impingement and it was a tremendous feeling to not get the usual post exercise tightness in the shoulders. Your focus on working with your body limitations, rather then pushing it pass its limits, made for a more enjoyable experience.
Finally, as I am also a member of the Canadian military, your training was EXTREMELY practical, and can very well be a great training method for the military. I will use your philosophy and your principles in my future training. I found that your methods incorporated many of the scientific theories that I learned in school and in the military. But the way you had everything come together, was incredible. This was an enriching experience to say the least.
Once again, thank you for a wonderful experience! And I hope it continues well for you!