Saturday, February 06, 2016

“I don’t know anything about rugby, I don’t know anything about American sports, but I’m an expert in human movement and I’ve got a PhD in unarmed combat.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard something about movement training. If you follow the UFC, you’ve heard Conor McGregor attribute much of his fighting style to his movement coach, Ido Portal. Another name you know, Carlos Condit, says his sharp jump in progress after fighting for 13+ years is due to his work with movement coach and founder of MovNat, Erwan Le Corre. Take a listen to Conor’s thoughts on human movement in the following clip and decide for yourself if movement training is the next big thing in MMA and fitness.

What is movement training?

“Natural Movement® is a health & fitness discipline based on the overall practice of natural human movement skills. It was defined and popularized by Erwan Le Corre as early as 2008. It encompasses the skills of breathing, walking, running, balancing, crawling, climbing, swimming, (and related aquatic skills), lifting, carrying, throwing, and self-defense skills such as striking and grappling.”


Intrigued? Give the following beginner routine by Ido Portal a try!

B1. QDR Rotational Push Ups X 14 reps / 3 sets / 60 sec rest

C1. High Bridge Hold X 35 sec

C2. Rotations Into Arch Using The Wall X 14 reps

Repeat C1-C2 for 3 sets / 60 sec rest

D1. Au Cortado X 14 reps / 3 sets / 60 sec rest

E1. Role work, right-left-left-right-left, etc.. (In Random) for 2 minutes straight / 3 sets / rest 30 sec (Yes, 30 sec!) Breath, fluid movement! This will become more respiratory than usual after a while, hold on!