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.
- Treat your body like a tool-Your body(which includes your mind, all one), is all you got. If you want to send it while getting senior citizen discounts, we need to keep our body sharp, in tune and running as well as possible, just like tools. As Yoda once said, “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose”
- Luck-We can do all the right things and follow everything to a t with our life but..we walk out to our car one day, get in and BAM never wake up. Or we get sick and die. Or a slew of other things could happen to us. This is reality but brings up the importance of #3.
- Have fun, enjoy the process!-We need to love what we are doing if we intend on doing it forever and our outlook on life in general needs to be inspired to complete our mission. As Alan Watts said, “Man only suffers because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun”!
- Give back-We are born in tribe and we are dependent upon the tribe throughout our life. One way many extend their careers is to become a mentor, coach or guide to others.Your journey and all of its beautiful and horrible, trials and tribulations can serve as a blueprint for young grommets/whippernsappers, whatever the fuck ya wanna call the next gen, send them a bone ok Mr Miagi/Yoda?!
- Be grateful-You realize that to dedicate your life to play, as serious or hardcore as you want to make it seem, is really a big game right? Our grandfathers weren’t galavanting around whining about which carbon fiber wheels they were going to get or fighting online with other dorks bout their strava times, they were logging, fighting wars and working their asses off everyday with little idea if it was all going to work out. They paved the way so be grateful you little %^*(!. Hard to believe the amount of RBF we see at events, trailheads and at the surf breaks. Get over yourself, be happy and spread stoke and be compassionate of others, you got it?!
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)
- At it core, being Adaptable to life’s challenges would be at the top of the list. Being adaptable transcends just being strong in the gym. It’s the ability to be able to jump into most any challenge inside or out and be able to at least hang. Being a generalist vs. a specialist.
- Resilience is another key element. Can you take on challenges while keeping yourself safe or without constantly getting hurt? This becomes paramount as we move forward in years! Your training takes a harder look at recovery and lifestyle considerations that prior in your life may have not been considerations.
- Diversification! Trying new challenges and continuing to explore the many opportunities whether its movement or adventure, art or travel, occupational or recreational. Life is short, we know this so why not make the most of it?!
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)
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/198875141″>Edges</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/balconynine”>Balcony Nine Media</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>