Why Movnat Matters
Outside Magazine names evolutionary fitness the trend of the year.
Paris Match, a huge French weekly, covers Erwan Le Corre’s Thailand workshops for a week for a European exclusive.
Movnat begins working with NASA scientists and hires trainers for Thailand and the United States.
Something is happening here, and you’re seeing the beginnings of it.
I am not a fitness guy– just a writer who cares about how long, and how well, he lives. But I work on the web, so I try hard to understand trends and why certain ideas live and die.
This idea is alive.
It feels like, everywhere you see him, Erwan is being followed by journalists and photographers who want to show their audience and/or take credit for finding this “new” method. But he was there before they were, and he’ll be there after all the journalists and photographers have left, too.
And that is why people care.
Movnat feels like a secret– a private thing that you understand and are a part of once you’ve left. Because Le Corre is about philosphy as well as fitness, you leave a workshop with different ideas as well as a better grasp of fitness.
You can not only balance better, jump further, and climb with more confidence– you also understand why it is important that you do.
This means that the movement (in both senses of the word) becomes internalized, and you take it with you. You see the world differently, the same way parkour practitioners see buildings and fences differently. It becomes a part of your identity, like a paleo diet can.
This is why Erwan Le Corre makes it work.
Not everyone could do this– instill people with a feeling that they, themselves, can move like he can. But seeing progress within a week means that you feel you can move that well too, with enough practice. And the practice can be fun, and it can make you more resistant to injury and disease.
My theory is that this is what happened to Nassim Taleb, and this is one reason his next book is about Anti-Fragility. He met Erwan, and seems to have been influenced by his thinking, including how well the body resists, and even becomes stronger, through basic hormetic processes such as fasting and cold showers.
Taleb caught it early, but many of us are seeing it now too.
Even better is that Erwan is improving.
He understands better how his own body works, and how to teach his amazing prowess to others. I saw progress in him with only six months difference, from West Virginia to Thailand. I saw him being able to explain things that were previously just in his own body, that we had to deduce.
He is seeing himself more clearly, which makes learning easier, and helps us progress faster.
I don’t like to make predictions– and I’ve been wrong before. But with a book, a certification system and more, this is going somewhere. And since you’re reading this, you’re seeing the beginnings of it.
This is going to be big. When you finally encounter it yourself, I think you’ll agree.