2018 marks a milestone for me as it is now 20 years since I first began incorporating fitness/movement in an outdoor setting. Pretty proud of that achievement and even more so that it began in a pretty conservative area(coastal NH/Maine), not exactly trend setting areas!
It seemed natural..the indoor setting of the gym’s i had been training people out of seemed foreign to me with the Tv’s blaring and hamster wheel cardio machines and goofy outfits and the whole scene. More so, it was through my interactions with people everyday as a trainer who were craving the outdoors. This was pre social media and smart phones etc of course but the longing was still there. My first movement concept was called Perpetual Mocean and the moniker was “Movement in a Sedentary World” which again was pretty much a call out to the times.
I started small initially just carrying some hand weights outside with clients and hiking in a bit on trails and then doing fairly traditional exercise. This slowly evolved into packing the weights into kayaks and kayaking out to islands and doing exercises and really took off from there!
I had never heard of anyone doing this and there was no MovNat or Exuberant Animal and no so called natural movement gurus. The only reference i had was a great book about Outdoor Conditioning which actually did all the exercise inside but the concept seemed obvious. You want to train for the outdoors, why just wear a backpack on a step mill (which i did lots of) when you can just get outside and train!?
Pretty stoked on the evolution and how things come full circle. WE will be celebrating this milestone and stepping up efforts because now more than ever is the time. We are truly living in a sedentary world and it is ruining our world. WE are here to stop this insanity! You onboard?