MovNat Training & Obstacle Course Racing: A Perfect Fit

At the time, signing up for MovNat certification was one of the scariest decisions I’ve had to make. Was I good enough? What would I do with it? Is now the right time?

These questions ran though my head repeatedly, yet something kept telling me that it was the right decision to make. Eventually, with a little encouragement from my husband, I did it. I signed up for the Minneapolis certification event. I knew it would be an amazing experience.

After all, the one-day workshop I attended was great, so why wouldn’t four days of MovNat be even greater? What I didn’t know at the time was that this would, in fact, be a life-changing event.

The certification itself exceeded any expectations I could have imagined. Erwan, Vic, and Brian seemed to have endless knowledge, yet were so personable you couldn’t help but wish they were your new best friends. In fact, everyone at the certification was genuinely amazing and supportive.

MovNat draws together some of the best people you will ever meet.

On the plane ride home after the certification I was feeling motivated and inspired, and this was also mixed with a little bit of dread about returning to my job as a high school math teacher. After a few of weeks with no change in these emotions, I made the terrifying decision to quit my job as a math teacher and instead, teach MovNat to my community.

I guess it’s true what they say, “Do what you love and everything else will follow,” because since making that decision, everything seems to be falling into place.

I have gotten a good handful of clients with little promotion on my part, and I have become the MovNat coach for Fearless Training Camp, a training camp for obstacle course races like Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash.

Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to coach 30+ people over two days to use MovNat to be more efficient to complete obstacles. I helped them re-learn how to properly climb, crawl, and balance through a natural environment and common obstacles, like low barbed wire crawls and our own climbing structure.

On the first day of the camp, I taught a handful of techniques for traversing a horizontal branch efficiently. We also went over when to use each technique, depending on when in the race the obstacle is encountered, how tired the racer is, and individual capabilities.  After only an hour of instruction, trainees showed significant improvements during the race later that day. It was great seeing people put into practice the techniques I taught them.

Obstacle course races tend to test your ability to adapt to your environment, and using MovNat training is an excellent way to develop that adaptability.

Dr. Jeff Godin, head of Spartan Coaching, attended Fearless Training Camp and learned the horizontal traverse techniques I taught. A week later he attended the Spartan Ultra Beast in Vermont, which was about 29 miles of natural terrain and obstacles.

During the race he was required to do a Tarzan swing from rope to rope and even though we did not train that specific obstacle, he remembered the efficiency principals he learned and adapted to what was required in that situation. The ideas behind MovNat quickly seep into every movement you perform whether it be simply picking up a pen off the ground, or climbing ropes high off the ground.

I am sure running my own business, MovNat Texas, will not always be a paleo piece of cake, but I am certain that if I follow my instincts and passion for MovNat, it will always be worth it. Training people to move naturally, whether it is for improving their race time or getting active after

MovNat Partner, Tracy Barksdale

a long period of inactivity, has been rewarding and truly enjoyable. I can now say that I love what I do and am proud to explain to people when they ask, “What do you do?”

Tracy Barksdale is married to Bryan Barksdale, who pushed her to do things that seemed just out of reach. Now, she is a MovNat Partner and owns MovNat Texas, which is based in Austin, Texas.  Contact her for more information.

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