Natural Movement Classes for Kids & Teens
Before / During / After School
DO YOU WANT TO:
- Give your kids a bullet-proof body that maximizes their long-term adult health?
- Give them practical skills and develop mental capabilities that will enhance their academic and future professional achievements?
- Develop unique physical capabilities that directly increase their performance in competitive sports?
Evolution has shaped the human body to be exceptionally capable of fulfilling the physical demands placed on him by the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the early Homo Sapiens. We are still all belonging to the Homo Sapiens species today and our bodies haven’t evolved in a significant way since that time.
A consequence that is often ignored is that the human body actually requires these physical stimuli to develop and then age healthily. It co-evolved in an external environment where these stimuli were always present and it adapted to take advantage of them.
Remove them however, and some biological mechanisms start to break down, in the short or medium term.
Our modern, urban and sedentary lifestyle doesn’t provide us with enough physical activity in either volume or variety. This has especially important consequences for kids and teens, since some developmental mechanisms —such as increasing bone density to prevent osteoporosis later on— only occur during those early years of life.
We use the MovNat® system to teach Natural Movement®. MovNat® is a fitness and physical education system based on the full range of human movement skills. MovNat® trains physical competence for practical performance. This system provides young bodies with all the physical stimuli they require to grow and develop as healthily and capable as possible
The MovNat® system develops exceptional capabilities in all the movements our body evolved to do on a daily basis: ground movement, running, jumping, vaulting, balancing, crawling, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching.
This variety of movement, based on evolutionary biology and sports science, along with a tough but non-competitive style of teaching brings students unique benefits not often provided by other physical activities.
These benefits and improved skills transfer to their immediate academic endeavours but also to their later professional ones.
Physical Stimuli: providing the necessary physical stimuli to ensure their body develops as healthily and capable as possible. For example, depth jumps and time spent hanging from bars optimally stimulate their body to maximize bone density.
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. Counter this by having your kids exercise regularly when growing up and consciously create such a habit for them. This will give them a life-long advantage.
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, Movnat techniques 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.
Natural Movement practice develops many mental capabilities that transfer to the academic and, later, professional worlds.
Innovative: Training this way is still new and not seen as common, so kids will develop their ability to be seen as “mavericks”. This allows them to become more innovative since they become comfortable outside of the expected social norms.
Resilience & Persistence: High intensity bouts within training session require to push through fatigue and tiredness by relying on mental fortitude. Once you get used to the feeling and experience of surpassing your own expectations, you start to do the same in your other pursuits.
Confidence from practical skills: Being able to easily climb a wall, get on a roof and jump down or even carry another person gives 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.
Adaptability: 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.
Creativity: Training sessions are conducted outside using the environment and elements available. Kids are encouraged to use them to move in the most creative ways possible.
Toughness: Training is ideally conducted barefoot when safe, and in all weather. Training barefoot not only helps to develop strong feet muscles but also offers the chance to experience and overcome momentary discomfort and push through this physical and mental challenge.
Non-competitive: 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 their limits even in the absence of an external drive and to never become complacent.
Time efficiency: habit of taking advantage of every moment to train carries over to habit of not wasting time in academic and, later, professional endeavors.
Climbing: Kids learn to have fun or escape anyone by learning to climb over a high wall, on top of a bar or high tree branch.
Jumping: they learn how to pass an obstacle by jumping over it or jumping from it without being trapped. Again for fun or to escape a threat like a biting dog.
Balancing: they learn to be confident walking on narrow surfaces requiring confident balancing skills, be it a mountain top for fun or a roof edge while escaping a threat.
Lifting & Carrying: they become independent when they need to move heavy objects in their day to day life. And when facing life-threatening situations, they are confident in their abilities to carry loved ones to safety, if they need to.
Fall Resilience: they 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. This can save them from injury while escaping or suffering an accidental fall.
This type of physical activity, with an emphasis on whole-body and practical movements, is a perfect complement to existing sport-specific training.
Extensive strength & mobility: most techniques learned are whole-body compound techniques requiring both considerable strength and mobility. Both will drastically increase throughout training.
Conditioning: every session includes a conditioning circuit where multiple skills and techniques are combined in a high intensity challenge.
Weakness mitigation: 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 Movnat® training mitigates this and reduces any weaknesses over time.
Injury resilience: developing whole-body physical attributes at higher levels of fitness decreases the probability of suffering an injury, even during sport-specific training.
Balance & Coordination: Movnat® trains balance and coordination in unique ways, not usually employed in any other forms of training. The resulting abilities constitute a real advantage in any competitive sport.