For those new here, or who didn’t notice before, I attended a 5-day MovNat workshop last summer at beautiful Summersville Lake, West Virginia. I blogged extensively about the experience (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5).
Basically: We ate pretty pure Paleo and moved around a lot in a natural setting, hiked the trails, swam in the lake — we picked and ate wild berries.
Thing is, neither those posts, nor those photos above I selected from those posts do the experience any kind of justice. It was just an amazing experience that was a lot of things all in one. It was hard, difficult at times, but I always felt good about it. I was sad to leave.
On a practical level, we were there to learn some skills and hopefully improve. In order to judge that, Erwan & Vic filmed us the very first day, before any practice or training at all and then through the same routine on the very last day.
So I went ahead and mashed up the video clips into one. It’s 5 minutes in total covering about 5 or 6 different skills. I save the biggest improvement for last.
MovNat Skills from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo.
It’s not like we spent all week doing these things. A little we did, but mostly it was other things involving balance, strength, explosiveness and so on. So, make of that what you will but I say just go out and move and by virtue of doing that in varied conditions, your fundamental skills are bound to improve in a lab setting as well.
I was happy to get those videos today and it took me back to a lot of very fond memories. Even this, the very last challenge where they tried to make us puke & cry.
So if you’ve ever considered taking the plunge for a MovNat experience I hope this served to push you over the edge and that you share it with others. And don’t forget to watch the original MovNat Inspiration Video in HD.