The MovNat Level 1 Certification is your starting point for learning the fundamental skills and principles of Natural Movement® Fitness.
We believe quality movement matters, and quality movement starts with Natural Movement®.
If you want to develop your movement skills and regenerate your body in a safe, sustainable, and natural way, please join us at this special certification event where you’ll safely explore what you’re truly capable of when you start moving naturally (i.e. the way your body is designed).
Course Description: The Level 1 Certification includes lectures and practice sessions to learn MovNat’s concepts and modalities, essential movements, coaching and teaching strategies, and other lifestyle recommendations. The movement training includes small group sessions in which attendees are instructed and evaluated in MovNat techniques. Methods are discussed for optimizing both an individual’s movements and how to instruct others. Certification candidates should view the Level I Certification Course as the beginning of the journey.
Note: Completion of the Level 1 Certification requires successfully passing 3 evaluations – the written exam, physical competence test, and coaching assessment.
Who Is This Course For?
The Level 1 Certification is designed as the ideal entry-point for all skill and fitness levels, from absolute beginners to experienced professionals.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, a professional, or a serious enthusiast, we will help you deepen your understanding of Natural Movement® Fitness by focusing on rebuilding basic movement patterns, using MovNat’s “from the ground up” approach.
The people who attend our Level 1 Certification come from all walks of life and from all over the world. They are men and women, young and old, who are busy parents, office workers, doctors, aspiring MovNat trainers, and others who are looking to improve their movement skills and fitness naturally. Some are totally new to MovNat and are hoping to start feeling healthy, fit, strong, and capable for the first time in their lives. Others have been training, in one way or another, their whole lives. Many are looking for an alternative to the traditional approach to fitness, which has failed them in some way. So, this program is for anyone who wants to become the healthiest, strongest, and most capable person they can be naturally, and wants to help others do the same.
Note: The level of difficulty will be scaled for each person’s ability. The L1 certification is definitely beginner friendly, and you will never be pushed to do anything too hard, unsafe, or that you’re uncomfortable with. But you will be challenged with basic, mindful movements that deliver amazing benefits for overall fitness, mobility and conditioning.
Techniques Covered To Help You Become a Capable, Confident Mover
You will learn dozens of techniques, such as:
Ground Movement (lying, rolling, crawling, sitting, kneeling and get-ups)
Gait Movement (walking and balancing variations, technical stepping)
Airborne Movement (basic jumping and beginner vaulting techniques)
Climbing Movement (specifically on narrow vertical and horizontal surfaces)
Manipulative Movement (e.g. lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, etc.)
You will also receive teaching and coaching in Movement Efficiency Principles (e.g. including breathing technique) and General Practice Efficiency principles to help you get the most out of your MovNat practice.
PREPARE TO Learn, Adapt, and Increase Your Real World Capability
At this Level 1 Certification, you will:
Learn fundamental movement efficiency principles that will enhance your understanding of movement and immediately improve your movements skills.
Master efficient breathing techniques to instantly boost your well-being, energy levels, focus and recovery.
Learn fundamental Natural Movement® techniques that will transform your real-life movement performance and turn you into a skilled and confident mover.
Acquire a wide repertoire of movement variations and drills you can practice anywhere, with or without equipment.
Learn the essential MovNat principles you need to start your own Natural Movement® practice and keep making progress after the course.
Connect with like-minded people from around the world!
What’s On The Agenda? Your Transformation.
We’ll be rebuilding and refining basic movement patterns that most modern humans have lost, using MovNat’s “from the ground up” approach.
You can expect several hours of professional instruction per day, split between morning and afternoon sessions. Every session will first cover fundamental movement techniques and variations with a great emphasis on mindfulness, breath, position, stability, and relaxation. Your instructors will emphasize practical, mindful movement and progressive, safe skill acquisition.
Safe, step-by-step progressions for all abilities and fitness levels
Learn MovNat’s principles through experience, and how they will change how you think about the way you move
Understanding MovNat’s approach to developing movement skill and improving fitness
Special emphasis on ground movement (e.g. sitting, kneeling, crawling, get ups, etc.) for restoring stability and mobility
Introduction to each of MovNat’s movement domains (e.g. crawling, walking, running, balancing, jumping, vaulting, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, etc.)
Instruction on how to incorporate MovNat into your existing fitness routine, at-home practice, or busy lifestyle
We will be learning the foundations of this lost practice through a safe, yet challenging method. This experience will have clear benefits that you will feel immediately for overall physiological health, sustainable fitness, and reconnection to the child-like enjoyment of movement.
The exact location of this event will be emailed to participants 3-4 weeks before the event’s start date.
Level 1 Certification
Friday: 2pm–6pm Saturday: 8am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm
Level 2 Certification (optional)
Monday: 8am-6pm Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Note: Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for each day’s activity.
*These times are subject to change. You will receive confirmation from your instructor prior to the event.
WHAT TO BRING
Government issued photo ID
Notebook and MovNat Trainer Manual
Training gear for indoors and outdoors (e.g. shorts, T-shirt, minimal shoes, etc.)
Snacks, fluids, and lunch
Steps to Prepare
Read the MovNat Certified Trainer Manual and study the Level 1 Prep Materials (e.g. L1 Progression Manual, L1 Video Library, etc.)
Join the MovNat Certified Trainer private Facebook group
Get familiar with the movements, principles, and methodology of the MovNat system.
See the “Study Aids” tab above for more resources.
We recommend at least three months and 20 total hours of practice time to prepare for the Level 1 Certification. But depending on your fitness level and movement background, you may need more or less time to prepare.
Note: You will receive a detailed Prep Guide and additional preparation instructions upon signup.
Please join us!
The MovNat Level 1 Certification will help you build your movement skills and fitness naturally, increase your real world capability from the ground up, and help others do the same.
If you want to lay a foundation for a deeper, lifelong Natural Movement® practice, please take the next step in your movement and fitness journey, and sign up TODAY to hold yourself accountable and motivate yourself to work hard while preparing.
“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
As part of your Level 1 Certification, we provide several important resources to help you prepare and get the most out of the experience.
MovNat Certified trainer Manual
The MovNat Certified Trainer Manual is designed to bring you up to speed with the fundamental principles & terminology that govern movement and MovNat coaching techniques. Additionally, it covers the coaching techniques required to begin teaching movement effectively and safely. The Manual is an essential resource both for certification and your continued practice.
The manual begins with a detailed explanation of MovNat theory: a definition of Natural Movement, how it is practiced to ensure optimal learning, and what it’s goals are. In particular, we cover topics such as:
Movement Effectiveness / Efficiency principles
Mindfulness & body signals
Technique variation & adaptability
Formation of technique (position – sequence – tension)
Points & Base of Support
Body Weight Shifting & Transfer
Static & Dynamic balance
The manual also includes a detailed “Skills and Techniques” module, which breaks down an assortment of natural movements from various levels of our certification program. The purpose of this module is to show how the theory from the previous modules is used to deconstruct and coach the movements.
Skills breakdowns covered include:
Running (taught in our Level 2 certification)
Lifting and Carrying
Throwing and Catching
For example, the Lifting & Carrying section covers common misconceptions about weight and stress on the body, “It is not the load that breaks you down, it is the way you carry it.” We cover the essentials of muscular spinal protection, Selective Tension & Abdominal Bracing, The Valsalva Maneuver, Forceful Exhalation & Intercostal musculature, etc. Techniques covered in detail include the Dead Lift, the Push Press, The Lap Carry, & the Waist Carry. All specific techniques covered in the module contain practical application drills, progressions, and safety reminders.
THE COACHING SECTION
This section covers the best practices and considerations for teaching MovNat classes, workshops, and one on one training sessions. The specifics of the current fitness landscape, public perception, and appropriate venue are discussed. We cover all the safety concerns and practical considerations that go along with teaching Natural Movement® in the real world.
Topics in the coaching section include:
How to train at various levels
Barefoot teaching considerations
How to establish perception drills for new practitioners
How to manage training safety
Promoting the MovNat Situational Mindset in your teaching
How to deconstruct & progressively sequence proper technique
Identifying inefficiencies & addressing them in practice
How to manage training progressions
Programming guidelines for establishing a curriculum (Singular drills, Combos, Courses, Challenges & Games)
Managing class size and appropriate drills
The Video Library
Upon completing your registration, you will also be given access to our extensive video training library with nearly eight hours of instructional footage. This excellent resource is designed to make your certification process as rewarding as possible. If you register today, you can start training today.
These videos take you step by step through each movement in the Level 1 Certification. Watch Erwan Le Corre explain the principles behind each movement you will be tested on. You can train right along with Erwan as he goes step by step through each movement.
Level 1 Progression Manual
Upon registering, you will also have access to the Level 1 Progression Manual on your account. This manual will identify the key steps (i.e. progressions) to learning and teaching each skill covered in the course.
Additional Helpful Resources
All of the resources above will be provided to you upon registration, and this is all that is needed to succeed in the Level 1 Certification. However, if you’d like to go the extra mile, these additional resources will be helpful to go deeper in your journey.
Cert Prep – Guide by Danny Clark, MovNat Performance Director and Master Instructor.
MovNat Online Coaching – The absolute best way to be prepared for the event, and integrate the teachings after the event to ensure maximum retention.
We trust that if you make use of these extensive resources, your certification experience will be a complete success.
The MovNat Certification has applications across a wide variety of disciplines. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to our students explain the benefits of MovNat.
Q: What are the movement techniques covered at the Level 1 Certification?
You will have ample opportunity to learn and practice the following natural movements during the course, and most students experience great improvements in their skill throughout the event. However, it would be helpful to develop a basic level of proficiency in these movements prior to attending.
Crawling & Get Ups
Leg Swing Jump
Single-handed Side Vault
Double-handed Side Vault
Forward Swing Traverse
Side Swing Traverse
Side Swing Throw
Push Press Throw
Side Swing Catch
Push Press Catch
Note: The skills taught may vary from event to event.
Q: May I attend the Level 1 Certification even if I am NOT a health or fitness professional or don’t want to get certified?
Yes! The Level 1 Certification was created for both professionals and enthusiasts alike, and anyone can participate. MovNat founder, Erwan Le Corre, said it best: “The way I originally designed the level 1 was to enable many to train themselves and practice on their own better, but also to start sharing with people around them the power of Natural Movement® thanks to the proven effectiveness of the MovNat method. You do not have to be a fitness professional and not even to consider becoming one to pass it. All you need is the intention of learning, bettering your own movement, body and mind, and the heart condition which is to share with others the beauty and potency of what you have learned yourself.” Many of our students are not professionals and simply want the “full experience” to learn how to move better.
Q: What are the requirements to earn the Level 1 Certification?
To become a MovNat Certified Trainer, you must be at least 18 years of age, hold a current CPR/AED certification, and successfully pass the following three evaluations:
Movement Technique – Instructors will evaluate your movement technique of the Level 1 skills throughout the weekend. Learning and practicing these movements is essential for success at the MovNat Certification. There are extensive instructional materials in the MovNat Trainer Manual and in the Video Library.
Coaching Ability – Instructors will evaluate your ability to coach others using a test scenario in a group format. Candidates will be expected to be able to verbalize and demonstrate proper technique for all Level 1 movements as well as identify and correct inefficient movement patterns.
Written Test Evaluation – The written evaluation has been designed to guarantee a competency and fluency with the concepts and ideas of Natural Movement®. As a trainer, it is essential to be able to communicate these concepts to clients and the public. The test contains 25 multiple choice questions, and a passing score of 80% or better is required. All of the test questions come directly from the lectures, video library, and the MovNat Trainer Manual.
SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS:Q -What are the 4 grips? A. Crossed fingers grip, Wrist grip, Gable grip, S-grip. B. Wrist grip, V-grip, Crossed fingers grip, Plough grip. C. Gable grip, V-grip, Plough grip, Crossed fingers grip. D. S-grip, Crossed fingers grip, Swing grip, Wrist grip.Q – The following description is about which technique? This technique is primarily used after a depth jump (or a jump from height). It is useful in dispersing a significant amount of the impact forces throughout the entire kinetic chain, rather than leaving them localized primarily in the lower body. A. Squat Landing B. Slap Landing C. Swing Landing D. Rotational Landing
Failure in any area of evaluation will result in no certification being issued to the participant. However, there is a 3-month grace period for completing any incomplete or failed tests. Upon passing, a certificate will be issued backdated to the date of the event. Also, logistics permitting, the candidates who fail some of the tests might be allowed to re-take the tests during the same weekend. We want you to succeed!
Q: May I attend without testing or pursuing certification?
A: Absolutely. You may opt out of the certification and/or any of the tests.
Q: How difficult is this program? Is it really accessible to all ages and ability levels?
A: The Level 1 Certification is an accessible, but tough course, and you should expect to be challenged mentally and physically if you want to earn the L1 MCT credential. If you take your preparation seriously and are willing to consistently practice – even if you are unfit, older in age, or struggle with certain movements – you have a good chance of earning this certification. However, this is not an easy certification to earn, and some people don’t pass, usually because they are not prepared. This is why we provide so many helpful resources as part of the program along with many other ways to support your journey toward better movement (e.g. MovNat E-courses, MovNat Online Coaching, etc.). Please note that our certification team instructors are experienced with helping people of all ages and abilities, and they provide a safe environment for improving your movement skills, regardless of your current ability. Also, our performance standards for the physical tests are adjusted based on age and gender. Furthermore, in rare cases, we provide testing exemptions for students with chronic, debilitating injuries (on a case-by-case basis).
Q: What if I can’t perform some of the movements or fail to pass the testing requirements in order to get certified? Is the training and instruction scalable to my ability level?
A: Yes. Every movement and protocol can be adjusted to meet your individual needs. If you are uncomfortable or unable to perform a certain movement, your instructor will provide an alternative that is more suitable to your ability. You will never be pushed to do anything too hard, unsafe, or that you’re uncomfortable with. Also, in the event that you fail some of the tests during your certification, you will be granted a 3-month grace period to re-test after the event has concluded. We want you to succeed, and we’ll do everything we can to support you.
Q: How long will my new certification be valid?
A: Your new certification will be valid for 2 years from the date that it is processed. This is to ensure all MovNat Certified Trainers knowledge and skills are sharp, that you continue to meet our standards, and are up to date with current editions of educational materials.
Q: Is there a deadline to register for this course?
A: No. You may sign up anytime. However, space is limited and many of our courses sell out, sometimes months in advance.
Please email us at email@example.com with any additional questions you have regarding MovNat Certification.
More Information about the Certification Process.
Pre-Requisites for Certification
Certification candidates must be at least 18 years old and CPR/AED certified. If you do not have a CPR certification within 90 days after your course has concluded, you will void your MovNat L1 Certification.
The default language for the Level 1 Course is English. However, some of our Team Instructors are multi-lingual. Also, depending on the local logistics, some courses might have a local MovNat Trainer who could translate some lectures. The written exam is always in English, though.
All participants are required to register for the Level 1 Certification at MovNat.com.
Payment plans are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set one up.
Arrangements to pay by check or other method are permissible. Please email us at email@example.com to obtain specific details.
We are unable to accommodate refunds. However, transfers are available, subject to limitations. See below for more information.
What are the Terms and Conditions of a MovNat Course?
MovNat is a US-based company and all our prices are listed in US dollars. All our sales are final (workshops, certifications, retreats, etc.).
MovNat does not accommodate refunds for event registrations (i.e. Workshops, Certifications, Retreats, Specialty Events, etc.).
There are no exceptions to this refund policy.
If you are a registered participant for an upcoming MovNat event, you may transfer your registration to another similar event, at no charge, if the request is made at least 7 days in advance. You may also transfer your registration to another person, if you prefer.
If there are unforeseen, extenuating circumstances (e.g. sickness, family emergency, etc.), you may transfer your registration to another similar event, if the request is made at least 24 hours prior to the event’s start date. There is a $50 processing fee associated with last minute transfers.
We reserve the right to cancel any MovNat event at our sole discretion. If we must cancel an event, you will receive either a full refund or the option to transfer to another similar event. We will make every effort to notify you of any cancellations at least 2 weeks prior to your event’s date, unless there is an unexpected disaster/calamity, which renders our event and the surrounding environment hazardous to any participants. If you must book travel and accommodations prior to this, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Both “MovNat” and “Natural Movement” are USPTO registered trademarks. MovNat LLC owns the exclusive right of use in commerce of both trademarks. The use in commerce of both the MovNat and Natural Movement trademarks by MovNat Certified Trainers is subject to specific limitations (see below).
For information regarding becoming a MovNat/Natural Movement licensed facility, please click here.
MOVNAT CERTIFIED TRAINER RIGHTS & Privileges:
List your trainer certification on personal business materials, as follows: your name, MovNat Certified Trainer (or MovNat Natural Movement Trainer)
Designate that you are a “MovNat Certified Trainer” or “MovNat Natural Movement Trainer” on your website, business cards, and all promotional materials.
Use the MovNat Certified Trainer logo which will be available upon completion of the course.
Access to the private MCT Facebook Group.
Being listed in our MCT locator on movnat.com.
(Limited) Right to use the “MovNat / Natural Movement Certified Trainer” title and logo on your business cards, website or printed material.
MovNat is here to support you in your quest to spread the word about the practice. However, there are a few limitations that are in place to avoid brand confusion and promote the growth of a reputable gym/class licensing program.
Use of the MovNat/Natural Movement trademarks and graphics can be used in a business context with permission. Please ask us for guidelines beforehand to ensure optimal and mutually beneficial usage.
Linking to MovNat’s content is acceptable, encouraged, and appreciated.
Unless you are enrolled in our licensing program, you cannot use the MovNat or Natural Movement trademark and name in your business name, videos, web address, class name, or facility name.
Any MovNat videos you develop for your website must be high-quality, professional and approved by MovNat, LLC.
Natural Movement® is for everyone. MovNat endorses the principles of equal opportunity. The MovNat Certification Program is available to all participants regardless of age, race, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, sexual preference or orientation.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions you have regarding MovNat Certification.
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