Interviews with Six Movement Masters On Natural Movement Fitness (Part 2)
by John Sifferman
Erwan Le Corre has been called the world’s fittest man, and many have likened him to a modern-day Tarzan. Since founding the MovNat Natural Movement Fitness System, he’s taught thousands of people how to move naturally in order to become strong, healthy, happy and free. Below, you’ll hear from some of Erwan’s top students who are now ambassadors for MovNat all over the world.
Note: These are all MovNat Level III Trainers: the highest designation in the MovNat coaching system, and/or Team Instructors: those who lead our certification events.
We asked these movement masters about how MovNat has rocked their world, what they think people should know about natural movement fitness, and also for some practical tips for those who are new to MovNat. They shared a wealth of good advice and timeless wisdom for the aspiring fitness enthusiast and natural mover.
What’s extraordinary about these people is that they all come from very different backgrounds, and yet, have each found a common bond with MovNat. If you pay attention to some of the common themes in their responses below, you’ll be well on your way to mastering your own movement potential.
1) What is your background and what inspired you to pursue and train with MovNat? Why have you stuck with it? How is your life and training different now? How is it better?
I started my structured training, with Judo, at age five. With a black sash in Preying Mantis kung fu, I practiced various martial arts over the next four decades. During my 20’s and 30’s I also became a U.S. Navy SEAL and made calisthenics and practical movement a core part of my fitness and training. In my 40’s, I trained people in calisthenics, martial arts and ROPES challenge course experiential learning. And as I reached 50, I began to focus on transitioning to a fitness career that would take me through the second half of my life. I needed to find something that fit my personality and that was very practical and useful. In my search, I came across, “The Workout the World Forget” and THAT WAS IT. I was hooked. It was the thing that I had in my psyche but had not seen all of the possibilities laid out in an easy to teach, and consume, fashion. MovNat is that nice, tidy package.
2) What is something that most people don’t understand about MovNat? What are they missing?
I believe that most people may see MovNat in action and think that they can’t, “Do that!” But what they don’t realize is that it’s all practical, natural movement. And that you can break down any movement or skill. You can use regressions to make it useful for you. You can add progression to further challenge yourself. And you can use variations to keep it interesting.
3) What advice would you give to someone who is new to MovNat? Any recommended habits, simple changes, or tips for beginners who want to get healthier, fitter, and more capable?
For those that are new to MovNat — and for those who have forgotten or lost their way — I have seven words for you: Patiently persistent practice, produces proper practical progression. Take your time with your training; you’ve got the rest of your life. You’ll feel better every day. And things will stack up and pay off DURING the journey.
About Eric: Eric Brown is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, Master Training Specialist and Naval Special Warfare Instructor of the Year. Having trained and instructed in a variety of physical and mental disciplines — e.g. obstacle courses, calisthenics, rescue swimming, ROPES challenge courses, combative arts, neuro-associative conditioning — Eric has experienced a wide breadth of life lessons that have brought him to a deeper understanding of his role in life and society. A family man, he enjoys moving with his wife and young son, fully expressing his “NATM – Never Afraid to Move” way of life. As a Level 3 MovNat Certified Trainer, his mission is to increase the quality of life for the young and old – letting those open to the training know that consistency is the key to moving and feeling better. As he often says, “Patiently persistent practice, produces proper practical progression.” You can learn more about Eric at his website here: www.MovNatDallas.com.