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Simply Movement
Focusing on Movement Essentials from Real World Applications
Interests: Holistic health, Bouldering
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Modern commercialism around fitness in the gym-based model is not and does not deliver the health benefits we're led to believe. There is a distinct difference between fitness and movement. A gym should be supplementary rather than a tool of reliance as our daily movement habits and choices have a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Simply Movement
We live in the body we create for ourselves. Prior to widely published evidence on the serious health effects of smoking we all knew that it wasn't good for us. We just didn't know how bad. We so often hear our physical capacity referred to as fitness but they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Simply Movement
The benefits of cross training are abundant and aren't in question here. The subject topic is real life adaptability. Straight to the point - cross-training contributes and transfers very little in real terms to the sport of Bouldering. The other way around yes for sure but it's a one way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Simply Movement
The SAID principle (specific adaptations to imposed demands) i.e. use it or lose it as our body adapts to whatever we physically do or don't do. When it comes to grip strength this is also the case. Grip strength results from the type of application to how you train it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Simply Movement
What I’ve learnt over the last few years has been as much about people as about human movement. People rarely change. Super rarely. And if they do change, it’s driven from within. It’s no longer on my agenda to help promote change from the way I first looked at it;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Simply Movement
Our physical wellbeing is important but sometimes it may not be the area in our life most in need of our immediate attention? Lets be real. Wellbeing is more than just the physical component. Maybe your movement isn't your weakest link? So, where should you be focusing your priority right... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Simply Movement
In these constantly rapid changing times, learning to adapt has never been more important. This applies certainly in movement but in many other areas of life also. In terms of thinking, perhaps adaptation proves a distinguished challenge when confronted with the technology driven industry disruptions we now face. It's becoming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Simply Movement
Perfect general breathing is like your breathing in stealth mode ie. in your nose, soft and slow, abdominal dominant. gentle. It's the same with walking. It's just our choice in footwear that often insulates us from so many benefits and how quickly we adapt. Go for a walk barefoot over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Simply Movement
Movement is not rocket science. It's simply a matter of following the laws of nature and actually listening ... then applying. Many of us need to break down it seems before we even consider the movement choices we make in our day-to-day lives. Then it's a matter of ok then... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Simply Movement
When learning new movement skills, mastery is the goal. But the key is to keep raising the bar. Lets use the example of climbing or more specifically solving boulder problems. At first our motor patterns are clunky, jerky and rigid. We're learning and the curve is sharp. Eventually they become... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Simply Movement
Why are we hell-bent on looking for the magic pill or the quick fix to our immediate and often first world problems? Maybe if we asked ourselves two simple questions and truly listened our gut on the answer things may just balance out differently: 1. What is the 'practical value'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Simply Movement
Man we tend to complicate things when it comes to movement, we really do. It's not that complex. If you're movement diet is out of balance then your body will adapt accordingly. Have the courage to place balance higher in the hierarchy of movement needs than your wants and all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Simply Movement
Much is said about the importance of movement and physical activity in general but what about the negative vacuum effect of the society we live in? The music is still on. It always has been. But it seems people are more reluctant to dance these days? And when we do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Simply Movement
Most of us do not live in a way that's sustainable long term by way of physical health. Not even close. So why don't we do something about it? The conventional gym-based approach to physical health is not designed to deliver this outcome and it's simply not working. Perhaps the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Simply Movement
Everyone knowns the relevance of the word 'posture'. It's really just a term to reflect positions of integrity that are easily recognised. Much theory, minimal practical application. A better term to describe the desired outcome really should be 'alignment'. This applies the forces of nature in real-life situations. But even... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Simply Movement
Learning to drive well is like learning to move well. When you first start you're on your L-plates. Concentration is intense and it takes time/experience to loosen up, to be more comfortable with the task at hand and developing sound habits early on will serve you well. Experience has a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Simply Movement
Patience is a virtue and it seems a bit underdone these days. Bouldering requires patience. You work on a problem through physical energy and chip away at it endeavouring to own the movement. Like all things preformed well, those at the highest level make it look easy or at least... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Simply Movement
What does it take to maintain our body to live pain free now and for the long term? Before sedentary lifestyles were such a dominant force, this was hardly a question we needed to ask. We just moved as a part of life. It was just something we did and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Simply Movement
There seems to be a lot of confusion around priorities in physical health and fitness, especially for non-athletes. Components such as flexibility, endurance, hypertrophy, strength are all important but in what framework? In the words of Pavel Tsatsouline "as long as the person has the required mobility, symmetry and health,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Simply Movement
The benefits of bouldering are not exclusive to climbers. Climbers often love bouldering yes for sure and this is shown by the sheer global growth of the sport. However, the collective physiological, neurological and social benefits of the movement practice and sport should not be limited to those at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Simply Movement
So much of our movement is taught at a young age as we mimic and replay what we see around us. We mirror the movement of those closest to us or those we spend large volumes of time around. So what happens when our parents and friends in our immediate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Simply Movement
Remember the classic Karate Kid movie where Mr Miyagi instructs the fence painting and wax on wax off car polishing? Repetition of essentials over and over to lock in the fundamentals. The kettlebell swing does the same thing for a sound hip hinge and stable spinal mechanics. It often takes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Simply Movement
Mindfulness is a hot topic at the moment. But it's more than just a topic and it's one that's easy to talk about, easy to understand the benefits of but hard to master. And it's key. Mindful movement involves applying meaning. It's about being present in the moment with your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Simply Movement
Sports are loaded in benefits. Some more than others. Given the time-tight lifestyle many of us lead today, sport often plays an important role in helping balance lives. It contributes physically and socially on many levels and to varying degrees and all-in-all it's a positive thing for sure. But with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Simply Movement
Communication is an art form. When there's a problem in communication it usually derives from the person delivering the message rather than the recipient. Repeating the same message will likely deliver the same result. Try another way. You can solve this problem. Don't expect the person at the other end... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Simply Movement