Way back in August of 2013 I wrote about my experience becoming a MovNat certified trainer. It was an awesome weekend in Boston and I was excited to implement the new skills I’d learned into our classes and sessions at the Studio/Neuty/etc. Fast forward almost 2 years, lots of practice, a couple thousand miles…and there I was in New Mexico learning from Erwan and Vic for my Level 2 certification! I am even more inspired now! In fact, the more I learn about the MovNat system, the more I’m convinced that it is the absolute best investment of time when it comes to our physical competence. Here is the recap of the 3 days of schooling, as well as a couple days of relaxation in the Southwest in April:
Day 1 was extremely humbling! I thought I was pretty good at this MovNat thing but after spending the entire morning on stuff at which I suck, I felt pretty disappointed. While it was awesome to be moving with, and at times next to Erwan, I walked away from day one a little down on myself since my sitting and squatting movements were pretty poor. I can climb, run, jump, lift/carry, throw, and balance pretty well but I lack mobility and thus perform relatively poorly on some of the most simple movements. However, I tried to take the most important lessons home with me that day which were to move “with a happy heart” and love myself.
Day 2 was much better for me as we did moves that were in my wheelhouse! We spent lots of time working techniques in different planes (frontal, transverse) and combinations. I enjoyed balancing while throwing and catching, as well as carrying in the inverted crawl position. Just watching Erwan and Vic move and hearing them address nuances that make movement more efficient were extremely valuable! I also really liked how Erwan talked about how MovNat is a “practice” (ala yoga) and that we should always move with mindfulness.
Day 3 was testing day! We covered running and changing direction before being evaluated on our physical competence and coaching ability. I was very confident in all of the techniques we’d practiced (thankfully we weren’t being tested on our deep squats!) but as always, balancing while nervous is hard! I wasn’t proud of my performance on the 2×4’s that felt “like a mile long” but I still passed! For the coaching component I was also very confident as I’ve been coaching many of these movements for almost 2 years now! I performed well but still took home the MovNat coaching evaluation checklist that I refer to now when teaching new skills or as a general refresher.
This is one of those experiences that I will always remember! I’m proud to call myself a MovNat Certified Trainer! As always, the people teaching and taking this certification were awesome! I got to meet some really cool folks from all over the country who are part of the MovNat community. I learned a lot about my personal abilities, but also about my abilities as a coach. In fact, I think I’m most proud of the fact that I helped my client/friend/partner, Chris Jardin earn his MCT Level 2! Chris did awesome which made us laid-back dudes from RI look like we knew what we were doing!
Here are some scenes of family time while out there:
We are back again folks! Personally, I’m partial to the Neuty Winter Sessions, but I embrace the sweaty summer sessions as well! Here are the details to prepare Los Neuty Osos for our next Tough Mudder Conquest:
Neutanconkanut Hill Park
675 Plainfield St. Providence, RI
It’s bittersweet to write this post 6 months after our amazing lake vacation. Living deeply in the winter, the long days and warm nights feel very far away, so hopefully reflecting on a week of active relaxation on the hot Little Sebago warms our souls. I can almost remember the feeling of swimming in the warm open water! Almost…Below are the movement-related highlights as I remember them:
So on this cold winter’s day, we’re thankful that we are past half-way to seeing Summer again!
We do our best to listen to our friends (except when they complain). One thing that often comes up is people’s fear of trying certain classes because they look too intense. While we’d like to remind folks that this is laid-back fitness, we understand that from the looks of some of our videos, our classes can be a little intimidating. See below for an example:
Consequently, we’ve changed our group class schedule to feature beginner-friendly classes!
Details of our “Essentials Series” are below:
All levels! We cover basic climbing, jumping/vaulting, and tumbling techniques to build strength and skills for our ninja obstacles! This is perfect for all levels to build a ninja foundation or hone their techniques for our badass Wednesday class! Kids are welcome too!
The video below shows examples scaling jumping/climbing skills:
All levels! We cover basic crawling, lifting/carrying, jumping, climbing, and balancing techniques to build strength and skills for our OCR obstacles! This is perfect for all levels who plan to dominate events such as Tough Mudder, Spartan, BoldrDash, Tuff Scramblers, Battlefrog, etc.! Kids are welcome too!
The video below shows examples of how we scale crawling techniques:
All levels! This class is designed to ignite curiosity and explore the anatomy of habitual movement patterns by unraveling and breathing into the “tweaky” areas of the body. Each class uses slow, methodical movements and deep breathing to invite you back into your body. The class leaves you feeling refreshed, grounded and ready for a great night’s sleep!
We’ve carefully analyzed all of the new obstacles at Tough Mudder this year and have compiled a master list of MovNat techniques to dominate them! Monthly 2-3 hour workouts at various locations will provide you with knowledge and practice of essential skills in context to utilize at Big Mudder, Spartan, Bold r Dash, or any other OCR you have planned this year!
Saturday 2/28 – Comprehensive Climbing
2.5 hours should give us enough time to cover over 15 different techniques!
Saturday 4/4 – Crawling + Running, Jumping + Vaulting, Lifting + Carrying
3 hours of practice on the sand and in the trails. Optional dip afterwards if you want to build your Arctic Enema confidence!
Saturday 5/9 – Carrying + Crawling, Running + Swimming
The epic dunes provide the perfect terrain for these OCR essentials!
Of course Los Neuty Osos will be ready to take the new features, as well as the #epic hills at Mount Snow! We train the hills, skills, and teamwork drills to not just to complete the course, but rather roll through with a huge crew like a badasss, well-oiled, green (or maybe blue this year?) machine!
Read about the 100+ headbands we’ve already earned!
2/1/15 – 6/4/15
1 session/week + shirt – $309
2 sessions/week + shirt – $465
Refer a friend for a $50 discount!
Now let’s make some new memories!
Wow, if the 4th Annual Frozen Clam Dip was any indication, then 2015 truly is going to be #SuperEPIC! We had a record number of swimmers and raised almost $8,000 for the RI Mentoring Partnership! Thank you for all of your support! Next year, we are planning to do take the plunge to a whole new level! Stay tuned…
Check out the Frozen Clam’s Facebook page for pictures, videos, and press coverage!
Here’s what East Greenwich Patch said about us!
Here’s what the Warwick Beacon had to say!
Scenes from the Clam:
Thanks to our T-shirt sponsors!
Join us again on the beach for our Monthly Plunges!
Lots of us have been looking forward to getting back into the Primal Groove! Meetings on Monday will go over the details of the 21 day challenge designed to educate ourselves on the Primal way and incorporate healthy habits into our lifestyle. The 21 Day Primal Challenge is not a weight loss challenge (although chances are you will shed a few).
(Note: if you’re currently a monthly member or have classes remaining on your package, then see Ryan to figure a plan. This can be applied to the 8 week Strength Program with Jamie.)
If someone offered you a full day of warmth and fuzziness for just one minute of discomfort, would you accept? Join me and a bunch of like-minded and highly-logical folks at Goddard Park on 1/1/15! Once again we’ve partnered with our friends at Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership (RIMP) and are looking for teams of hearty souls to participate in the 4th Annual Frozen Clam Dip! Last year, well over 100 people jumped into the frigid water at Goddard Park Beach in Warwick, raising over $5,000 for the RIMP!
This year we are happy to offer an incentive for the team with the most dippers to sign up! The largest team will get to enjoy the comforts of a heated tent at the event, where they can prepare themselves for the dip and dry off afterwards.
Please register here!
We are also looking for sponsors! Are you or someone you know looking for an excellent year-end charitable contribution opportunity? Please contact us for more details!
Want a practice dip? Join me and a few fellow Frozen Clams on 12/14/14 at 12pm at Goddard!
Our Thanksgiving Tradition is back and better than ever! This year we’re giving our friends options for celebrating with us! We’ll have the “Kitchen Sink” Circuit as always, but the Ultimate Frisbee and Plunge events are new! Read on for more info!
Here’s what you need to know: