“The Future Holds Whatever You Make It”- Henry Rollins

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!

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Mocean365 to offer Broga Yoga in 2017

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!

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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.

Ambassador lineup for 2017

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

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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?!

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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.

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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.

 

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Join us for the Movnat Instagram Challenge

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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..

016’s MovNat Challenge brought hundreds of people from all over the globe together to move, explore, and connect. We’ve decided to host another challenge, but this time it’s going to be led by 8 of MovNat’s certification instructors, including our founder Erwan Le Corre.

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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!

Rock on!

Balanced Movement

Jump into your year!

Balance work has been a cornerstone of my own movement practice and incorporated into all of my professional work with clientele. It is overlooked in the modern fitness world in my opinion though due to the recent developments in neuroscience, it is seeing a bit of a renaissance.

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I initially began experimenting with balance training in the 90’s when introduced to the made in Vermont,  Vew Do boards of some of my action sport junkie friends. It instantly made sense to me..this mimicked the feeling of action and adventure sport and seemed logical that it should be incorporated into the mix. While it had obvious crossover to sports like surfing and snowboarding, it also really made sense to bulletproof the body a bit and preparing for imminent falls and crashes. It also really made sense for the seasonal tradesman work that I’ve done for many years. Carrying heavy loads up ladders, balancing on a two by four on the second story while doing carpentry or staying strong and balanced on slippery terrain while running a chainsaw..these real life scenarios were even more dangerous than biking or surfing. Adopting balance work made me more prepared and less injury prone.  Logically it made for some interesting progressions, like one arm cinder block presses on a balance board, grabs, spins and jumps on Indo Boards or just substituting swiss balls for chairs.IMG_1467

 

Once I guinea pig a modality, research it, study,  guinea pig and develop mastery,  its time to pass it along and share and spread the stoke! Clients from all walks of life loved it. People with sedentary jobs loved it, kids who were chained to desks all day loved it and athletes loved it too. They not only loved it, but they were getting stronger, more mobile and confident. And they put it into their own practices, and worked out their own workarounds, games and routines. I also introduced many to the practice of substituting balance boards or balls for desks or chairs.

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Balance training is core training… far more than silly crunches or isolative exercises that load up your spine more than anything. There have been numerous conclusive studies proving the benefits of training in regards to neuromuscular control and functional performance.

 

I realize now that balance training is one of my specialties at Mocean365. Time flies by and its been about 20 years since those first days on my friends balance boards started to change my perspective! Now as an “aging athlete”, it is more vital than ever to incorporate. I am sure to continually progress and keep my brain as engaged as possible. IMG_1821

Balance training in my opinion could be incorporated into every single persons movement practice whether you are 10 or 60, healthy or deep in the throes of an illness or coming back from a serious injury. It is all about applying balance training with your ability and current physical condition. If you have a broken leg, you can practice juggling. If you have a broken arm you can challenge yourself on a Swiss ball or slackline.

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So if you are not incorporating balance work into your life, I implore you to do so. It could be simple as a walking down a 2×4 that costs less than $3. Once you master basics, slowly add professions…walk backwards, close your eyes, walk sideways, contralateral crawls, do medicine ball tosses with a friend..mix it up as you master..and the great thing about it is, you Will be having Fun so I won’t have to remind you of that@!

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Join us for the 30 Day Mocean365 Triple M Challenge

                                                  Mocean365 Triple M Challenge

 

A 30 day challenge dedicated to implementing daily physical movement, meditation, and mastery(learning).

 

                                                                Guidelines

Move-Vigorous and skillful daily movement geared to help you elevate. Minimum of 30 min daily total (that can be split up into mini sessions if need be).

 

Mastery-Learning a new skill(s) for 30 days. Learning is one of the greatest things we can do for our bodies..from head to toe. Remember all learning is physical..we are driving new neurons at an absolute minimum. Examples of this would be: Juggling,  teach yourself to draw/paint, try playing an instrument, learn to do wheelies or manuals, new language, ride a unicycle, tango dancing. You can mix it up between skills if you absolutely need but remember, we are looking for some tangible progress  so maybe keep it somewhat focused on 1-3 skills max.   Minimum of 15 mins per day

 

Meditation-Mindfulness practice every day for 30 days. Minimum of 5 minutes per day. For most people, this will me the most difficult but most surely, extremely important!

 

                                                                             Tips

*Write it all down..-buy a journal/notebook and dedicate it to this challenge(and future ones too). It can help to track feelings, obstacles and things you are learning along the way. Write down your 3 M details each day! Making notebooks distinctly yours has helped others..customize at will!

*Grab a friend-Nothing like a good friend, coworker, family member to share in your adventure and build accountability.

*Stay inspired– Surround yourself with inspiration as much as possible. This might mean jamming to the theme of Rocky every morning, watching inspiring films or reading uplifting literature.

*Tell the world-Let people know you are doing this and ask for help if you need it. This will build accountability and..you may even inspire others to follow your lead=positive change!

 

                                                             FAQ and Resources

Why 30 days?-Numerous studies have proven that it takes 30 days to form or break a habit. Also when we chose to do something seen as unpleasant(by some?) such as daily exercise, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel if its only 30 days.

Meditation guideline-There are so many but here is one

 

                                                  Movement Resources

MovNat– The top Human Movement Skills System in the world.

Exuberant Animal-A wonderful resource for everyone interested in human origins and movement.

Skillful movement and Mastery ideas-Check out Stephen Jepson a 75 year old man with a very awesome lifestyle, check this video

Check out the be somebody blog to see how passion can pave the way!

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When does it start? This challenge will begin on March 14th and end on April 12th.

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