A simple way to move with friends or family.

So below is a video that many of you who have followed the “Mocean Madness” have seen but if you get a chance, give it a watch. Does it make you want to move? What are your thoughts on Scottie and his little girl playing together in it? Do you feel it is doable for most of you? We want to hear your feedback please in the comments below. We aren’t looking for ass kissing, just good solid feedback and discussion so we can tailor stuff more to the general public.

mahalo from the MP crew



Mocean365 Action! Burlington VT Dec 09′ from Mocean365 Media Production on Vimeo.

Personal Revolution! vs…Failed Resolutions

So it’s Jan 11th and by most stats 75% of people’s New Year’s Resolutions have already been thrown by the way side.  By the end of March, 90% of those resolutions will have died off!  That’s kinda staggering considering we as a society have made the big “New Year’s Resolution” an annual event that is talked about in every media outlet, shared amongst so many in the home and the workplace etc, but that don’t really ever amount to much.

Why is that?!  Well first of all, I think the word resolution needs to be changed to revolution!  Resolution is like ‘resolving’ ourselves to do something…sounds like we are reluctant to do that thing and have thus kinda shrugged our shoulders and said “oh, ok fine, I’ll do it”.  Whereas REVOLUTION takes on a deeper meaning…it entails ACTION, POWER and the DRIVE to succeed against the odds!  Why not let the positive, exciting, and inspiring words creep out of our mouths vs the dirty, make you feel bad ones!

Any why once a year?   If you are a lifelong learner, lover and adventurer (or always wanted to be any of these) and committed to anything, then you should always have a set of goals, dreams and aspirations that you are constantly monitoring, reflecting upon and revising.  Every few weeks, I sit down with my crusty, stickered up notebook and write down “what I want” and how I might make that happen.  It seems so much more real and tangible then some big ‘resolution’ that most likely will allow LIFE to get in the way anyway.  And every few weeks, I find I am actually “crossing off” some of those things….because I am accomplishing them or at least have been able to make something apart of my everyday….which only leads to mission being accomplished!

This desire to learn, grow, be inspired and inspire others led Skye and I to create the Best F-ing Year.  Make each day count.  Before waking up each morning, lie in bed for a few minutes (even if you just have time for 1 minute!) and think about how you want that day to go, how do you want to make that particular day add up to being your Best F-ing Year?  Making a blanket statement on one day of the year has proven to be ineffective…lifelong betterment of self requires lifelong commitment.

Ryan Thibault from MTBVT showing off the goods.

There is a great power in “writing it down”!  Thought goes into it and so does action.  Try it!  Take a few minutes to write down what you want, post it somewhere you will see every day and watch it all happen!  Just as there is great power in taking a few minutes with your thoughts to create that action.

My trusty-crusty notebook

So what do you want?  Let’s bring up a few key resolution-turned-revolution areas people focus on this time of year….

  • Eat Better:  This can be easy if you break it down:  Cut out 1 ‘bad’ thing each week while adding in one ‘good’ thing each week….until your body has acclimated to the new – healthier- eating you!  I posted my Dirty Dozen list on my Roots Wise blog…so BAM, there is a start with cutting out the bad!  And then the ‘good’ is easy….eat one more piece of fruit each day or add one new veggie in each week that you eat in abundance that week.  Done!
  • Move Better:  Like the last blog post says…you CAN fit it in…for example; take 5 minutes on the top of every hour while at work or at home and move!  Pick a movement or 2 and work on it/them for 5 solid minutes.  Then pick a new move each hour.  By the end of the day you could have 40 minutes to an hour under your belt! Need help feel free to contact Skye and find more ideas. mocean365@gmail.com
  • Be Better: This could mean so many different things to so many different people.  Is that being more patient, more thoughtful, more creative, more happy, more social, more inspiring to others…does that mean being a better friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, brother, sister, father, mother, daughter, son….give yourself a few minutes, write it down and it WILL happen!

Use this site as a resource, which is exactly how we intended it to be….a place you can come back to for ideas, workouts, inspiration…whatever!  Check out Skye’s post yesterday about “Just Doing It” for some ideas on how you can make movement fit into your everyday, sign up to follow the blog and receive updates whenever we post something and you might just come across something interesting once and awhile, oh and keep up to date on the food side of things over on my Roots Wise site.

And of course stay tuned to the Mocean Project, we have a very exciting announcement soon that will hopefully help to inspire lots of you to make it your Best F-Ing Year!

The JUST DO IT Yourself workout

The ‘Just Do It‘ slogan was very popular when I was growing up.  Maybe I’m dating myself but it was simple and effective.  Something getting in your way?  Had a bad day and don’t feel like getting in your training or shred session? Just Do It was the answer.

Somewhere along the way in a very short time we seem to have changed that to, “well maybe I could do it”? or “why don’t you do it okay”? In that time the health of our nation (and many others) has seemingly fallen apart. We have somehow become sloth like and are a nation of “Delegate Authority” instead of “QUESTION AUTHORITY”!  Which was another very popular saying when i was even younger.

What is stopping us from being physically active? And what is causing even the already active to be getting hurt so much more? What is standing in our way?

Well there aren’t any real easy answers I guess, but there are answers and that is one of the reasons why we started, The Mocean Project.  To find out what is going on with physical movement and unfortunately un-movement.

As a long time trainer and movement advocate believe me the list of excuses people come up with is staggering and if that weren’t the case then I would have to do far more odd jobs to support myself because my services wouldn’t be needed. There are several common excuses though that we will try and address in ongoing posts here. We will start with a couple for you right now and get this party started.

No time – This is a doozy and the “fitness industry” is partly to blame for this. Many trainers  and training organizations themselves say you need to work out a minimum of one hour a day for 6 days a week etc etc. Well mostly so they can justify the industry.  And of course on the other hand, you have ridiculously too short workouts like 6 min abs and all of that.  Just remember it is better TO MOVE then to get frustrated that “I don’t have enough time to dedicate so screw the whole thing”.  There are several options for you to get movement in with a limited time frame

  • Try intervals such as Tabata style intervals-work periods of 20 seconds on then brief 10 second rest for 8 rounds is the standard Tabata interval which equals 4 minutes per movement. Try picking 1-4 of them when your time is limited, maybe one upper body dominated movement and one lower or 2 and 2 for a total of 32 minutes.
  • Move for 5 minutes at the top of every hour – If you work at home, are in school or studying or have to work in an office, this can make a big difference in your conditioning vs. not moving at all.  If you did this for a full 8 hour day, this would be 40 minutes of movement at the end of a day, not bad.
  • Move anyway possible – Somehow shoveling, splitting firewood, gardening, landscaping, moving furniture etc., got lost in the mix.  That’s not “exercise (god I hate that word) right?  WRONG!  Lets examine the act of splitting firewood vs. going to the gym and working on “the machines”.  With the splitting you are moving your body dynamically in multi-planes of movement. You are building grip strength, agility, power, working on your timing and overall skill.   Add an element of danger (the ax could split you) and you are working on a primal, cellular level within your body. You are going deep into your ancestry, deeper than just anatomy…Your brain is really ramping things up here and your CNS (central nervous system) and your muscles and EVERYTHING are working synergistic-ally.  I won’t waste time drawing a picture:  “meanwhile at the gym, Bill is doing 12 reps on the Chest press machine while watching CNN out of the corner of his eye and checking out the blond next to him”.  You get the point!

No Money – Getting “fit” requires lots of money right? Gym memberships and sneakers  and workout pants and headbands and headphones. Or boot camp classes or DVD’s or even stuff to build your own home gym requires you to to trudge into the nearest Dick’s (less) Sporting Goods right?  Again WRONG!  When you commit yourself to moving, the world becomes your gym.  Imagine the scene in Rocky that has him using all natural stuff, trudging through the snow and lifting rocks and logs etc., while his counterpart, Drago is using all the tech stuff.  And if you are ready to move then it doesn’t matter what you wear or whether you have a medicine ball or kettlebell. Get creative, be a sponge for information.

  • Stay tuned here for info, search Youtube for ideas, look around.
  • Trees, rocks, logs, walls, picnic tables, soup cans, old tires..its all fair game
  • Remember BODYWEIGHT training is really your best resource which doesn’t cost a thing! It has always surprised me that trainers add load (resistance) to newbies so flippantly before the person is even ready.  If you haven’t mastered your own bodyweight then why add load?
  • Grab a buddy, co worker or your significant other (“play together, stay together”) and set out on a journey of movement
  • Hike, walk, ride a bike.  Some of the most basic forms of movement and a great start.  Keep it simple if your just starting!

So there is a primer for upcoming ideas coming to you from your source of movement adventure at The Mocean Project.

So now JUST DO IT!

The Mocean Project tests the GoPro HD Hero2 camera

So we all know its pretty fun to record and edit your own movies of your adventures right? And today there are heaps and heaps of option for POV(point of view) camera’s on the market. The technology has made it so they pack A LOT of tech into some really small packages.

Well we wanted to see what the hype was about and really wanted figure out how easy(or hard?) it was to use one of these suckers and then make a video. We choose to test the GoPro HD Hero2 camera that is relatively new on the market.

Now for the record I’ve used the standard GoPro camera’s in the past and honestly had very poor results. I think they were still in development? This new one already seems to be an amazing improvement!

So you can shoot in a bunch of different options with both video and photo modes. The camera shoots pretty sweet shots, so sweet in fact that the background on this very website right here was shot with it. Its an 11 MP camera and is really good at shooting WIDE angles.

The video mode shoots in full HD all the way down to standard format if you need to save some space on the memory card.

The biggest complaint with these camera’s in the past have been low and varying light performance. So you would have it on your head and come from a field brightly lit into the woods and it got dark and grainy. The optics in this new machine seems to have improved on that greatly as you will see in the video. Watch as i drive through the bridge then out the other side, and the camera adapted really easily to that.

Well  I could blah blah all day about the features but honestly I want to get back outside so I’ll wrap it up. I edited the footage on Windows Movie Maker just to see how easy it could be and it WAS! very easy though you first have to format the footage into AVI or something compatible. Sounds hard right? It wasn’t, just downloaded “Factory Format” and clicked a few buttons and it was done in a bit. After that over to Movie Maker and within an hour I had a video done.

So total time between of shooting and editing was under 2 hours, pretty painless. A monkey could do it cuz case in point, I did it and i’m pretty clueless.

Check it out below and see how you can mix up your angles and mounting to get a somewhat interesting timeline.

Gerry’s Story

Pic Courtesy of The Inertia

Skye calls him the Buddha of surfing.  As I begin to learn more about this Gerry Lopez and read more from him, I can see why.  He listens, he observes, he’s patient and he’s kind….at least that’s my interpretation of him from what I read and have seen, since we haven’t yet met him.

pic by Mocean365

A few years back he wrote a story, retelling his experience of a day of surf.  A day of surf involves many emotions, many highs and occasionally a low.  Gerry recounted this particular day quite exquisitely.  It is currently featured on The Inertia’s blog this week.  It speaks of  patience, a deep knowing, a sixth sense, a feeling, of a connection to something so powerful.  It speaks of following that feeling, and digging deep.  As one surfer-reader put it:  “we can each relate to the sometimes fear-inducing but always life-affirming aspects of the ocean.  This story embodies a pinnacle of surfing – its ability to make us push ourselves and (re)discover something about ourselves which we carry through life, often silently.”  I highly suggest reading the story! … The Big Score

pic by Mocean365

Out in the ocean, I am beginning to be keen to that sense….you have to listen and you have to listen over and over again.  You have to have your eyes wide open at all times.  Skye knows it well and has earned that sense.  He shares it with me which I am so grateful for, the experiences of others can help us along a new journey.   But you have to know your limits, you have to respect…like the kid in the story…there have been plenty of times when I can feel the ocean shifting under me, the swell building and I look at Skye across the water, knowing my limits and say, shout or gesture: “I’m out!  Mama ocean can change her mind in an instant.  As Gerry says “Poseidon had struck his trident into the sea and the storm exploded“.  It can happen that quick.  The ocean is an incredible force!  There is often a feeling that swells up inside with the swelling ocean.  It can leave your mind blank and your body alive…an incredible feeling!

Skye by E. Morse

Surfing has changed my life and continues to do so.  It is apart of Skye’s blood to the core and I am thankful that he has more often that not, been along with me on my journey.  I don’t think that ‘newness’ sensation will ever wear off and I love it…that is truly one of the things I seek with movement, with being in Mocean! Learning something new is a trip…try something you have always wanted to and dive in!!!!

pic by Mocean365

The Mocean project video-D.I.Y. Parallettes

Here is a new video we just made showing how we made and then experiment with Parallettes. Check it out and don’t forget to spread the word, “Follow” us if you want to and have the Best F-ing Year!


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