Natural Movement: Training That Makes Sense
Training that makes sense is central to EVO’s training philosophy, and Is driven by 7 statements based on the laws of nature and science.
axiom / aksɪəm/
A statement or proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted or self-evidently true.
EVO has 7 axioms, based on the laws of nature and science. This is the essence behind the hook, ‘Training that makes sense’ and ‘Natural Movement’. Let’s take a closer look.
1. MOVEMENT IS NOT AN INTERVENTION, IT’S NATURE’S WAY
Adult humans are far removed from the natural movements we exhibited as children. Back then, we moved because we had to fulfill a specific functional task. No sets, no reps, no dose-response exercise. Just authentic, genuine natural movement.
2. NATURAL MOVEMENT IS SKILLFUL, PURPOSEFUL AND PLAYFUL
Every species on the planet shares these natural movement behaviors… throughout their lifespan. Except adult humans. We wrongly assume that selective pressures of survival are redundant in the modern world. The reality is they manifest in different ways – low back pain, shoulder dysfunction, immobility, muscular stiffness and movement impairment. Nature makes no allowances for lack of skill.
3. MOVEMENT IS A CONTINUAL INTERACTION BETWEEN AN ORGANISM AND ITS ENVIRONMENT
The human body is constantly interacting with its surroundings. Our senses, muscle and joint receptors, pressure receptors in the skin – are constantly feeding information back (and forward) to our nervous system so that it can continually adjust for (and anticipate) stability and mobility. Switch off the senses at your own risk.
4. PROPRIOCEPTION IS THE FOUNDATION OF MOVEMENT
Sensory awareness, development and growth drives natural movement behavior. And the language of movement is ‘feel’. Every EVO training space is a propioceptively-enriched environment where feeling is believing.
5. IF WE REMOVE OURSELVES FROM OUR NATURAL HABITAT, WE SUFFER FROM DISEASE AND DYSFUNCTION. ON RETURN, WE BEGIN TO HEAL
Unnatural habitats do not just apply to squat racks, bench presses, adductor/abductor machines. They also include poor footwear, suboptimal recovery, artificial light, chronic stress, and poor eating practices. Optimal movement, metabolic and recovery health is our birthright. When we find counter-strategies, we begin to heal.
6. WE’RE ONLY AS FIT AS OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT TO OUR ENVIRONMENT
Nature is not concerned with how fit you are. It’s about whether you’re fit enough.
7. SKILL + CONTEXT = FUNCTION
There is a skill to everything. From moving, to eating, to having sex. But without a frame of reference or meaning, the skill becomes redundant. Real functional training improves function by providing appropriate context.
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