MovNation Podcast powered by MovNat Episode 1

“The Beginning” (58:46)

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(0:00) Intro to MovNation Podcast powered by MovNat
(3:03) Natural Movement
(5:32) Contest Winner Announced!
(7:25) Special Guest, Jamie Guined
(10:27) Why MovNat?
(14:15) Fitness
(25:43) Methode Naturelle
(30:08) Repetition
(37:51) Shirts and Shoes
(41:35) MovNat in the Cold
(49:40) MovNat Goes Urban

Question 1: Megan from Vermont: “What is your definition of fitness? I just had a conversation/passionate argument with some one on that topic and it blows my mind how some people view fitness. I would love to hear a re-invention of the word! Thanks for all you do!”

Question 2: Josh from Philadelphia: “Hi, I was curious to hear about how Erwan learned about George Herbert’s method and what this method contributed to what MovNat is now. Thanks!”

Question 3: Kristian from Netherlands: “Good afternoon all, I recently heard a theory that, like calfs and fore-arms, your chest is ‘developed’ for high repetition. And thus also react better to repetition instead of for example bench press your bodyweight. What is your opinion on this one?”

Question 4: Aaron from Michigan: “What is your rationale behind not wearing shoes or a shirt while training in a harsh environment and/or in harsh conditions?”

Question 5: Alexander from Finland: “Could you give some examples of practicing MovNat in countries like Finland, Sweden, etc when it’s winter outside?”

Question 6: Arturo from California: “Living in the ‘zoo’ means people of working age have limited time and many are also limited to the city they live in. Weekends are often the only opportunity to get out of the urban environment. Is it possible to train MovNat at home during the working week? How much space would you need and what equipment? Will there be something in your upcoming book/DVD about city-based MovNat workouts? I look forward to listening to your podcasts and hopefully being able to meet one of your instructors, or attend a workshop in the coming year. Peace.”

21 replies
  1. Kyle says:

    First of all, great first podcast, I can’t wait for the second. Next, I was hoping to comment on the question posed by Arturo regarding training MovNat in an urban environment. It seems to me as though perhaps he was a little confused as to what can be considered MovNat training. From watching a number of the videos, as Erwan noted, people might get the sense that MovNat is something that is only done out in nature, moving through the jungle, running on the sand, swimming in the ocean, etc. While that would be ideal, there are plenty of movements that we can do, even in an urban environment, that will fall under the “umbrella” that is MovNat training. Things like the deadlift, the clean, the push press, the squat (as Erwan said), picking up something heavy and carrying it for an unspecified distance (some might call this the farmer’s walk), and so on. Those are just some of the more “practical” movements that you can do whether it’s in your own home, at the gym, or out in nature.

  2. John-Edouard Ehlinger says:

    Dear Erwan,
    About your answer to question 5 (41:35) “MovNat in the Cold”, you only told to “be careful” but totally skip the advantage of the cold. So first back on your explanation about barefoot on cold surface, it’s called “Hunter’s Response”. I guess you knew it, but now anyone can start to learn more about this reaction. Wim Hof scientifically proved that thank his cold training, he can improve his immunsystem. Cardiovascular system training is the 4th principle of Adeptness System. Another example to train this last one, is to reduced oxygen by only nasal breathing during an effort.
    Hugs, John

    • Erwan says:

      John-Edouard there is only so much information that can be covered per question if we want to keep each episode’s duration to an average of 45′. Secondly the question was not about the benefits of cold but rather about examples of MovNat training in the cold and I decided to mostly focus on how to keep it safe. As for my explanation about barefoot on cold surfaces, the hunter’s response will not prevent your skin to get damaged. Since you quote Wim Hof which is an athlete I highly respect, he did suffer this type of injury when he ran a half-marathon on ice, as the Hunter’s response, while allowing to prevent your toes from getting numb, will though not prevent your skin from getting soft and then torn as you run on icy hard surfaces (increasing your bodyweight and the pressure underwent by the softened sole of the foot).
      If you are interested in cold thermogenesis and overall health benefits of physiological adaptations to the cold, please send general or specific questions our way. Jack Kruse is also big on the science behind cold thermogenesis (

  3. Joey Manicotti says:

    I am having a difficult time downloading this podcast. I can listen to it streaming but I can’t find it on iTunes or save it to my computer. When I try to subscribe to iTunes from the link on it says the link is invalid. And a searchi on iTunes reveals no results. Any suggestions?

    • MovNat Team says:

      Hi Joey-

      Thanks for the feedback.

      I’m glad you got it working.

      We have applied to be added to the iTunes directory. Until we are accepted, and in case anybody else has trouble, here’s how to add us manually:

      Go to iTunes, then File, Subscribe to Podcast. Use this web address:$

  4. Paul says:

    Hello Erwan and the MovNat Team,
    First off, I love the Podcast! Can’t wait for the next one.

    I have one comment on question 4 – Shirts and Shoes.

    You’re explanation focuses on ‘Toughening Up’ which I totally agree with, but I think it leaves out a very important benefit from training this way.

    Movnat (correct me if I am wrong) is all about moving effectively in your environment. In order to do this to the fullest it helps for you to fully EXPERIENCE your environment. Training without shoes or a shirt allows you to be more present in what you are doing, and really feel what is going on around you. Humans have many senses. Most people wearing bulky running shoes with headphones on are really only working with sight, and a numbed sense of touch. Leaving the shirt and shoes behind allows you to feel your environment, and leaving the headphones behind allows you to hear your environment. I wouldn’t recommend incorporating much tasting into your training, but the other four senses are important, especially if you are taking a holistic approach to fitness, which I believe Movnat tries to do. What are you thoughts Erwan?



    P.S. Can’t wait for a seminar in southern Ontario!

    • Erwan says:

      Again, going barefoot is great for exteroception (the perception of stimuli originating outside the body) and consequently improves proprioception, but you do not necessarily need going completely barefoot to get pretty similar benefits, attending you go for a type of footwear that is truly minimal, ie a fine and very flexible sole. Sorry for the purists and romantics out there, if you personally feel like moving in nature must be done barefoot, then don’t hesitate and go for it, but please don’t make it like a religion of some sort.
      Technologies are part of human life, that includes ancestral technologies like light footwear, clothing, tools and weapons etc…all designed to improve comfort and/or effectiveness.
      I personally love going barefoot in nature and go barefoot most of the time, but depending on the terrain or my mood I also sometimes wear minimal type of footwear.
      So nothing is left out i my explanation, allowing the foot to function the way it is designed to is fundamental, but what you leave out here is that it goes beyond the debate of barefoot vs shod:
      -if you wish a certain degree of comfort or safety for your feet then keep your footwear minimal, ie very fine and flexible soles.
      -to develop or restore of high level of function (mobility, strength etc…) in your feet the type of movement patterns you practice and how consistently you practice them is as important as the type of footwear you use.
      -the environment where you move plays also a huge role, as it will impose a greater level of adaptability in your feet and to explore their full range of motion.

      Shirt vs shirtless: if you go shirtless you will let your skin breath, adapt to cold and heat, get more sun exposure (and vitamin D), and just look cool ;). But you will also tend to scratch your skin much more (not everyone wants that), can get sunburns, bug’s bites, lose lots of energy when in cold climates etc…again, going barefoot or shirtless are strategies employed to toughening the body and mind and it will also enhance your health if you do it correctly, but it also has downsides, last it is up to every movnatter to decide what level of comfort they want and what level of discomfort they are OK with. Not for the most idealistic of us to decide ;).


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