There are many benefits in Kids training Natural Movement across 4 different areas: Health, Practical, Mental, Physical.
Physical stimuli tailored for developing bodies
Growing bodies need external physical pressures to grow strong and robust. For evolutionary reasons, our bodies develop by saving as much energy as possible. If they don’t face external needs to develop strong bones for example, they won’t spend energy to increase bone densities and you get adults with high risk of osteoporosis early in life. But practice high impact jumping and heavy weight lifting during this period however, and our bodies will pour energy into increasing bone density. You end up with an adult body that is bullet-proof.
Acquire a physical activity habit for life:
It’s now commonly accepted that a regular physical activity throughout our lives is necessary to ensure good health, yet few of us manage to achieve it as regularly as we’d love to. Counter this by having your kids exercise regularly when growing up and consciously creating such a habit for them. Habits forged during childhood are usually persistent for life and they’ll find regular exercise to be effortless to achieve, thus maximizing their long-term health through adulthood.
Equip them for high-achieving personal and professional lives
Juggling the demands of family life along with a high-powered career lives very little time for exercising. But unlike typical gym or personal training sessions, techniques learned during FF training don’t require any equipment or even dedicated time slots to be practiced with optimal results. Your adult kids will be able to exercise optimally during playground visits as well as during business trips, and of course as part of their busy routine all year long. So not only will they have a habit of regularly exercising, but they will be able to practice it anywhere, anytime, even with a very busy schedule.
Have fun or escape anyone by learning to climb over a high wall, on top of a bar or high tree branch.
Learn how to pass an obstacle by jumping over it or jumping from it without being trapped.
Be confident walking on narrow surfaces requiring composed balancing, be it a mountain top for fun or a roof edge while escaping a threat.
Lifting & Carrying
Don’t be dependent on adults or other persons when needing to move heavy objects in your day to day life. And when facing life-threatening situations, be confident in your abilities to carry your loved ones to safety, if you need to.
Learn how to break a fall and avoid injury, even from a high height on a hard urban surface by rolling in any direction necessary to disperse the force of impact. Can save you from injury while escaping or suffering an accidental fall.
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Resilience & Persistence
High intensity bouts within training session will require to push through pain and tiredness by relying on mental fortitude. Once you get used to the feeling and experience of surpassing your own expectations in such a setting, you start to do the same in your other pursuits.
Confidence from practical skills
Kids that can easily climb a wall, get on a roof and jump down or even carry another person gain a lot of confidence that is then transferred to academic, relationship and (future) professional pursuits.
Confidence from body composition
Kids that develop an above average level of strength, mobility and conditioning also improve their body composition, which naturally increases their self-confidence.
Kids train in different environments and settings, using constantly evolving equipment found in natural and urban settings. They constantly have to adapt and develop their confidence in always evolving environments. This capability is then transferred to academic, relationship and (future) professional pursuits.
Training sessions incorporate existing settings in the environment and make the most of them in the most creative ways possible. Complexity is always maximized and creativity is always welcomed to do so.
Training is ideally conducted barefoot when safe and in all weather. Training barefoot not only helps to develop strong feet muscles but also gets the kids to overcome momentary discomfort and push through this physical and mental challenge.
Develop their internal drive to achieve. While there definitely is some camaraderie, this is a non-competitive practice and inclusion is the priority. But inclusion doesn’t mean settling for participation. Kids are taught to always aim to improve, to always target a higher achievement. They learn to mentally push through to their limits even in the absence of an external drive and to never become complacent.
Habit of taking advantage of every moment to train carries over to habit of not wasting time in academic and, later, professional endeavors.
Extensive strength & mobility
Most techniques learned are whole-body compound techniques requiring both considerable strength and mobility. Both will drastically increase throughout FF training.
Every session includes a conditioning circuit where multiple skills and techniques are combined in a high intensity challenge. These challenges increase whole body conditioning capabilities.
Training for any competitive sport is by nature specialized, which can create physical weaknesses in attributes that are not relevant for such a sport-specific training goal. Complementing sport-specific training with FF training mitigates this and reduces any weaknesses over time.
Developing whole-body physical attributes at higher levels of fitness decreases the probability of suffering an injury, even during sport-specific training.
Balancing & Coordination
FF trains balance and coordination in unique ways not usually used in any other forms of training. The resulting abilities constitute a real advantage in any competitive sport.