We feel so strongly about training outside or as naturally as possibly for so many different reasons. Here are a few…
+It reestablishes our feels-One of the main missing ingredients from modern training and physicality is the tactile component. Look at any gym and you will see everything is very sterile, smooth and consistent. But the reason we train in the first place is to prepare for the dynamic endeavors we love to do like surfing, mountain biking and trail building to name a few. All of these require you to perform in a multitude of different situations, climates, terrain and actual contact with tools and toys is of vital importance. It is advantageous to mimic those components to maximize our investment of time.
+It is Science man!-Many scoff at our obsession with the outdoors and think it is just hippy dippy hogwash. Science now though proves otherwise. Here is a recent study amongst the many.
A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.
Populations with higher levels of greenspace exposure are also more likely to report good overall health — according to global data involving more than 290 million people.
Lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term wellbeing hasn’t been fully understood.
“We gathered evidence from over 140 studies involving more than 290 million people to see whether nature really does provide a health boost.”
The research team studied data from 20 countries including the UK, the US, Spain, France, Germany, Australia and Japan — where Shinrin yoku or ‘forest bathing’ is already a popular practice.
‘Green space’ was defined as open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation as well as urban greenspaces, which included urban parks and street greenery.
The team analysed how the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to that of people with the highest amounts of exposure.
“We found that spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant health benefits. It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.
“People living closer to nature also had reduced diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and stress. In fact, one of the really interesting things we found is that exposure to greenspace significantly reduces people’s levels of salivary cortisol — a physiological marker of stress.
It is FUN!-This is self explanatory!
We are stoked to be leading another Elements workshop on Saturday, October 20th from 12-6 PM at The Strength Lab in Eugene, Oregon. The skills you learn will allow you continue with your own MovNat training and dramatically improve your ability to perform in every aspect of your daily life. We hope you are able to come out and get into Mocean with us! Email us with any questions.
We were recently approached to be subjects in a film project by a local UO student, Owen Schatz. He initially was filming for a men in action sports theme but after shooting with us it quickly evolved into something different. We are really happy with the end result and wanted to share it with you. Have an awesome day!
We are obsessed with age in our culture and write off athletes with laser like precision when we deem them getting along in years. No one can talk about Tom Brady without talking about his age and making that a focal point. If you have read or glimpsed at his new book, you will see the work and dedication he puts into staying healthy. This post of course is not about traditional specialized sport though. It’s about the art of the shred. Whether you want ski , bike or surf till your 100, there are some undeniable truths to see this happen, or at least help(most of the time).
Here is Ryan Nyquist shredding this year still keeping up with the young guns.
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?
We aint done motherfuckers, just getting warmed up! Same mission, new spark and ready to blow some shit up! Stay tuned and keep peeping on our social on Instacrack @mocean3six5
So for the #moceanfit4life series we have talked about age and its challenges and triumphs. We saw a great film of an amazing woman ice skating competitively until she was 90 years old! She lived and ultimately died on the ice, doing what she loved most.
One common theme you will see in this series is Everyone that we profile is passionate about what they are doing. Thats it, thats all. Guys hating their lives or job until the end? No movies will be made about that. Passion rules and always will.
What also rules is resilience. Straight up. Going hard for as long as you are able. Struggling through adversity and set backs and yes, the natural effects of aging. Self doubt may set in and the murmurs of others…”when is he going to grow up”? , “Doesn’t she know that is dangerous”, “Your not 25 anymore” etc etc. All of which is ultimately a bunch of fucking bullshit. Which is what you will see in this next film that spotlights a true icon of sport, Matt Hoffman aka The Condor. The guy has been going huge for so long(36 years) despite 2 comas, over 100 concussions, hundreds of broken bones and one slam that erased 8 months of his memory and so many more doing what he loves. Hell a semi truck hit his car once and flattened it. He even had one crash into his friend and fellow legend, Dennis McCoy that is legendary. Both nearly died, but Dennis competed in the X games a year later at the age of 48(he is still killing it at age 50) ..But thats for another story..
Winstanleys BMX Page posted a pic of Matt’s injuries see below.
I could go on and on but this is the internet so i’ve statistically lost most of you to Facebook or Pornhub by now so for the remaining few, check out this video below by VICE and be ready to be blown away!
Age is a hot topic these days, whether it’s older people doing amazing things, or very young people doing amazing things. People are captivated by this topic as we move into a time where our population as a nation is older than ever with a median age of around 38 years old. According to the Pew Research Center, “by the year 2060 we’ll have almost as many Americans over age 85 as under age 5. This is the result of longer life spans and lower birthrates. ”
As we are in the midst of a sea of media, it is coming to our attention more and more that there are some remarkable stories of perseverance and triumph despite age. We hear “40 is the new 20”, “50 is the new 30” and on and on. People have more opportunities than ever to take care of themselves and the ones that do shine as examples in our culture.
Conversely, the very young in our population are breaking down barriers as well. Granted, this is an era when everything you do is immortalized for ever on Youtube but..there are some truly captivating moments happening in the “kiddo” category.
Here at Mocean365/MoceanFit, we are ourselves moving into age categories once considered far “over the hill” despite making steady improvements in our health each and every year. I will turn 45 this spring while Meg gets to see once and for all if 40 is in fact the new 20. Are these facts making me/us introspective to even produce a post like this? It seems so as we are not only producing a post, but we will be turning this into a series with a cool kid hashtag of #moceanfit4life.
What does it mean to be “MoceanFit”? Here are 3 key elements..(all of them pretty closely related)
We are kicking this off with a video that I found to be incredibly inspiring. This woman defies age and adversity and battles on until the end. Check it out and leave a comment after you watch it with your reaction and spread this to others who may benefit from its lesson(s). And mostly, don’t ever let age get you down. Remember Adapt, get Resilient and Diversify and let it all unfold as you follow your passions!
(Big ups to video producers Balcony Nine Media balconynine.co)
Henry Rollins has always been a role model of mine. He is an underdog and committed to self-education. He is a high school graduate, no college, so his life has been his university. I am a huge proponent of NOT going to college unless you are 100% certain of your path and once you are ready for it.
He will be the first to tell you he isn’t particularly gifted at anything except tenacity and a willingness to try. Like myself, he also uses the voices of doubt from within and ringing in his ears from others, to fuel his ambitions. He has also found a way to extricate himself from the dangers of anger and whenever possible, uses anger as a gift.
I have seen him speak live a couple of times and he is extremely intelligent, well spoken and very authentic. He comes from humble beginnings and keeps the blue collar ethos close to this day despite having some financial freedom. He travels the world to really learn about people from all cultures and that is really what makes him tick. People drive him crazy but he loves them and is fascinated about human culture. If you ever get a chance to see him speak, do it!
He also used physicality to get himself through some barriers. He was a scrawny kid who found confidence once he began pushing himself in the world of strength. I can relate once again. Check out the video below and get inspired!
Meg and I are very excited to start our journey with the Broga Yoga team as we become certified to teach the system by mid winter 2017!
The Broga Yoga system is as you may have guessed, was initially geared towards a male audience but also for folks of all genders who want a great workout while doing yoga. Based on the Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Broga adds a fitness and high intensity component and skips on some of the traditional ceremonial elements of yoga practice.
We both feel this makes for an extremely user friendly experience and will ultimately expose more people to the powerful benefits that yoga offers. We will be looking to add this to the central Oregon region starting in the spring. Stay tuned for more info as we progress with the system and in the meantime go check them out here.
We here at Mocean365 are proud to be ambassadors for some pretty rad companies for 2017.
First off we are back with the crew at Guerrilla Gravity. In fact, Skye is the ambassador program director and helps with all aspects of the program from selection of applicants to organization and etc. Skye and Meg also take their roles as ambassadors very seriously and 2016 was a stellar year from launching a new bike model to awesome events, to getting new people onboard and of course the always awesome “GG Camping Weekend” in Moab with the crew. Hit us up if you want to schedule a demo or have any questions about the bikes that are of course, made right in Denver, Colorado. They have some BIG changes up their sleeves! See more here
Skye is also stoked to be back onboard with Besomebody! What an amazing platform of passion and stoke. This was a huge year for them from launching a new App to appearing on Shark Tank and relocation of their home base from Austin to Boston. You can see more at their site or find them on your favorite social media. A passion platform..sounds good eh?!
We are also back with Achiva Native Energy and their amazing chia based food supplements. A great line of products that are geared for active and adventurous souls. They have some exciting things in the works so stay tuned! Check out their products here.
And we are very excited to announce a new partnership with Nuoptimal, makers of the amazing supplement, Optimal Force. Nuoptimal specializes in Nootropics which are becoming extremely well received by the science world and users worldwide. Here is a statement from their website below.
Our nootropic supplement Optimal Force, improves overall cognitive function, memory, focus, and motivation levels in individuals. Nuoptimal is dedicated to using only the highest quality ingredients in our nootropics, which have been strategically designed with the guidance of medical professionals to optimize different aspects of your mental and physical performance.
Check them out and see more about this exciting and upcoming company here.
Our friends at Movnat are once again doing a fresh New Year challenge via their Instagram Page beginning on January 9th. You can follow along and if you meet the criteria even win some pretty cool prizes. Here is an overview courtesy of their Instagram page..
Beginning January 9th we’ll be hosting a special “Ground Movement” themed challenge right here on this page. We’re calling on all humans to join us in the pursuit of harnessing our fullest potential as capable beings and that includes getting down low to find our flow. All you need is an open mind and some space for your daily practice.
We here at Mocean365 will be rocking this..will you join us?! Head over to to their page and get more details here. If you are interested in learning Movnat hit us up!