Which training disciplines to choose for health & longevity?

The goal of the Foresighted Fitness approach is to maximize health & longevity through training in a time-constrained, modern lifestyle. We maximize the physical stimuli that our body evolved with and which they need to develop and age gracefully. We then mitigate the negative impacts of the physical stimuli we must suffer from our standard western lifestyle.

In terms of movement disciplines, here is an excellent ratio to consider and incorporate in your own practice:

Movnat: 85%

The Movnat method is the foundational layer of training. It was literally designed to provide our bodies with the exact stimuli they require to stay healthy and to develop and age gracefully. The Movnat curriculum is based on the activities of our hunter-gatherers ancestors.

Matching those stimuli is also done through Movnat’s principles, philosophy, etc. If your primary goal for training is improving your health, then basing your practice on Movnat is a no-brainer: it was designed for this.

An added bonus with Movnat practice is that all movements trained are practical. This matches the physical stimuli of an evolutionary lifestyle. It also makes training that much more enjoyable as opposed to training exercises with no real applications.

Parkour: 10%

Movnat encompasses some Parkour moves (Movnat’s founder was also one of the Parkour pioneers back in France) but the emphasis is clearly on moving within a natural environment. Nothing wrong, but we do live mostly in urban areas.

Parkour is used for some specific techniques less emphasized in Movnat, such as the wall climb-up. Climb-ups in Movnat are primarily focused on trees, rocks, boulders, hills, etc. Learning wall climb-ups however enables us to:

  • flee, when necessary, in an urban environment (training doesn’t get more practical)
  • train compound and complex moves such as all the progressions/regressions for the wall climb-up when we can fit in Opportunistic Training or Interstices Training time

Among the practical techniques more developed in parkour than through Movnat are the wall climb-ups, the falling techniques in urban contexts and the vaults of course, at least the ones focused on moving efficiency.

Gymnastics: 5%

Movnat and Parkour basically cover all the physical stimuli our body needs to maintain health. Unfortunately, we also have to mitigate the negative impact of the physical stimuli stemming from our current industrial lifestyle. Sitting is the prime example of this.

Sitting in a chair is very new for the human body and it’s a certainty that no adaptation to extended sitting time in the day could have taken place already. We then need to mitigate its negative effect in terms of strength and mobility and this is most efficiently accomplished through gymnastics training.

Gymnastics training is also used to target more intensively individual weaknesses and goals.

Isometrics: 5%

Isometric techniques are techniques where you exert muscle tension without moving loads but simply maintaining position of pushing through an immobile surface. Think planks, dead hang, gymnastic body holds, etc.

Isometric training can also be used in a more isolated manner to train upper body push or pull strenght for example. These techniques cannot be more than a complement to an otherwise complete training program but they are especially adapted for Simultaneous Training when seated in transport or while walking.

What about sport-specific training?

Sports-specific training is done outside of this program focused on health and longevity. The respective volume of training dedicated to Foresighted Fitness versus sport-specific training needs to be adjusted based on the required amount of sport-specific training necessary to achieve your sport goals.

Sport-specific training is suboptimal in terms of health returns to training time, sometimes drastically so, so it shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for a health-focused practice like Movnat. There is nothing wrong with quite intense sport-specific training done for pleasure though! Life is short 🙂 If you can complement it, even moderately, with some training in the disciplines described above, then you will definitely both improve your health and your sport performance!

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