Its amazing to me the amount of people i talk to who say “i want to move, but i do NOT want to go to the gym”.
“The gym”. As if its a place where all people have to go to “get fit”. and be stared at and to be forced to move in single planes of movement(mostly back and forth, robotic). And they for the most part are right. With the exceptions of some non traditional gyms, like some Crossfit type gyms or movement centers or climbing gyms etc., then most are pretty brutal.
I guess its “better than nothing” if you have to go there but its certainly NOT necessary by any means. It does not have to be where you go to “get fit” or in shape. You can do that anywhere, inside or out and don’t need a gym membership to do it.
Below is a video i made a year back when i visited one of the premier movement educators in the world, Frank Forencich. Frank runs a company called, “The Exuberant Animal” and I believe strongly in Franks writing and teachings. He is the author of some incredible books that closely analyze “the human predicament”. You know, “living in a sedentary world” which was the tagline for my old concept, Perptual Mocean which I began in 1998. It was “Movement in a Sedentary World”. Anyway back to Frank who has dedicated his adult life to researching and studying the hows, why and why nots of human locomotion. He will be referenced often here on theMoceanproject.
check out this video to see some of Franks work and other ways to move dynamically without the gym for sure.
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one of the most inspirational videos i’ve seen on the joys of movement, community and making it fun.