The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom

The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom Erwan Le Corre, creator of the world-renowned fitness system MovNat, is on a mission to reintroduce natural movement to our modern lives with the most ancient movement skill set: walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and self-defense.

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Try to imagine an out-of-shape tiger stepping on an exercise machine to get a workout. It doesn’t make any sense, does it? Wild animals simply move the way nature intended, and they become powerful, healthy, and free in the process. So why should it be any different for us? We have become “zoo-humans,” separated from nature and living movement-impoverished, unnatural lifestyles. As a result, we are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually. Exercise has become artificial and boring–a chore, if not a punishment.

We are training parts of our bodies, not the whole, and we have lost our drive for movement. What we need is not a better understanding of exercise physiology or more variety in fitness programs and modalities. What we need is simplicity, meaning, purpose, inspiration, and enjoyment.

We need to get back to natural movement. In The Practice of Natural Movement, Le Corre demonstrates our innate and versatile ability to perform practical and adaptable movements. With countless techniques and movement variations, as well as strategies for practicing anytime and anywhere, he will inspire you to build a naturally strong and flexible body and to form yourself anew into a mindful, skillful, and physically capable human being.

Contents

Preface
1 Manifesto
Chapter 1: Evolutionary
Chapter 2: Instinctual
Chapter 3: Universal
Chapter 4: Practical
Chapter 5: Vital
Chapter 6: Unspecialized
Chapter 7: Adaptable
Chapter 8: Environmental
Chapter 9: Progressive
Chapter 10: Efficient
Chapter 11: Mindful
Chapter 12: Cooperative
2 Movement Efficiency Principles

Chapter 13: Breathing
Chapter 14: Position
Chapter 15: Tension-Relaxation
Chapter 16: Sequence and Timing
Chapter 17: Local Positional Control
3 Practice Efficiency Principles
Chapter 18: Foot Freedom, Health, Function, and Strength
Chapter 19: Practice Environments
Chapter 20: Learning Techniques
Chapter 21: Progressions
Chapter 22: Structuring Sessions
Chapter 23: Programming
4 Techniques
Chapter 24: Ground Movement 1: Lying, Rolling, Crawling

Chapter 25: Ground Movement 2: Sitting, Kneeling, Getting Up
Chapter 26: Balancing Movement
Chapter 27: Gait Movement
Chapter 28: Airborne Movement
Chapter 29: Climbing Movement
Chapter 30: Manipulation Movement 1
Chapter 31: Manipulation Movement 2
Acknowledgments

The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom and Preface

“See that bump on the trunk? Put your foot right there.” My dad was talking to me as he helped me climb an apple tree. I was barely four—and a little afraid—but I was willing to follow and trust his guidance; I was willing to show ability and strength; I was willing to learn.
Did I have a choice? Could I step down and quit? It didn’t seem like it. My father wasn’t beneath me to catch me if something went wrong; instead, he was right above me. I was six feet off the ground, which seemed like a deadly height to me. This exercise was way beyond what I had ever attempted on my own. My older brother Yann was next to my father and already confident in his own ability, which just added to my desire not to disappoint my dad. I wanted to succeed. I wanted to be proud of myself, and I wanted my father and brother to be proud of me, too.
It’s a natural instinct in young children to seek peer validation through their achievements. At the time, I was too young to think of the situation in those exact terms, but I had the intuition of the practical, real value the challenge held. I knew it in my gut.
I remember this first big tree-climbing experience very well, but that’s not really when my Natural Movement training had started. My dad told me about another situation that I have no memory of, which …

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