A General Movement Practice

The bottom line? Improving your generalist movement not only carries huge benefits into your physical discipline; it will carry over into your quality of life.

‘MoveMore’ is a project whose goal is to educate physically through movement training, mentally through developing a philosophy of movement, and socially by promoting and connecting through movement workshops, classes, seminars, and one-to-one teaching. MoveMore aims to facilitate a current paradigm shift in how we train the human body and our understanding of human movement in general.

The human body is the most complex mover on our planet. Our reality, however, rarely follows suit. Why? Because we fail to encourage and explore the most fundamental, generalist movement patterns our bodies are designed for. Instead, we specialise in disciplines and “exercise” repetitive, isolated movements. We obsess over numbers and quantifiers to measure our ‘progress’ (how much can I do, how many can I do, how fast can I do it, sets, reps, weights, time, calories…). We turn movement into science experiments and mathematical equations then wonder where all the fun, joy and exuberance has gone.

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The ‘Lizard Craw’: a more complex locomotion pattern.

The training goal when it comes to movement, then, is simple: to develop your movement complexity through a variety of movement challenges. We mobilise key problem areas most often compromised by physical lifestyle habits (such as the hips, the spine, the shoulders and the scapula), and from there develop more complex patterns by exploring concepts such as: locomotion, strength training on gymnastics rings, inverting and handbalance, social movement games and playfighting, basic acrobatics, hanging, brachiating and clibming, bodyweight strength, small and large-frame mobility, tension and softness, injury prevention and rehabilitation, breathing and relaxation and much, much more.

The bottom line? Improving your generalist movement not only carries huge benefits into your physical discipline; it will carry over into your quality of life.

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Teach, Learn, Connect, Share.

MoveMore workshops, classes and personal training sessions are the intimate platform through which I connect with students. They are suitable for those of any age and any level of fitness and ability; the only prerequisite is that you own a body. During our time together, I will expose you to concepts and movement patterns designed to challenge you both mentally and physically, encouraging you to research and understand what movements you have lost as a result of your everyday lifestyle (perhaps as a result of your current training methods too).

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Teaching students at ‘CrossFit Olten’ (Olten, Switzerland), how to re-build their resting squat.

I will give you tools to re-build lost movement patterns, such as the resting squat and healthy shoulder mobility, tool which can be used for rehabilitation, pre-habilitation, and as a prerequisite for further skill development.  Whilst ‘Movement Training’ will help you live a more physically able and pain-free life, there is also the opportunity to develop some impressive skills, such as handstand variations, acrobatics, gymnastics strength work and more. Everything depends on your personal goals, your will, your commitment and work ethic.

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Toward a Philosophy of Movement.

This blog is also a platform to present my retrospective progression from specialised, bodybuilding training, to my current endeavour of generalist, movement training and my personal literature on movement culture and philosophy. This is a transition which began in December 2012. Although there are opportunities to learn from these progressional posts, this element of the MoveMore space is not intended to be instructional but purely auto-documental.

With a keen personal interest in philosophy and cultural theory, essays toward a philosophy of movement constitute an an exploration of how human movement is controlled and directed in modern societies (the ones in which I have lived and feel confident to comment upon, anyway). I believe this is an integral part of understanding the importance of movement training and its role in assisting a new shift in modern attitudes toward the human body.

In the future, I hope this space can be valuable for others who are interested in movement training and movement philosophy. Whilst I am a student, a generalist making an effort to remain a beginner, I am also a teacher whose desire is to help others do one simple thing:

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Movement Culture – With movement culture pioneer Ido Portal and Odelia Goldschmidt at ‘Movement X’ workshop in Lisoba, Portugal.
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