Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Workshop

This past weekend, we held the first Becoming Bulletproof Workshop. We being Geoff Neupert and myself. Geoff was very gracious in helping me put this together.

The workshop was great! For the first time in a group setting, we had an opportunity to teach the resets and their regressions in person. While I am a huge believer that the material in Becoming Bulletproof will lead to a healthier, happier life, it was great to see how instant the resets can affect people too.

We were able to see instant improvement in movement in almost every participant. The coolest thing was the look on their faces when they realized how much better they were moving. Change doesn't have to take weeks or months.

I will never get tired of saying this: Our bodies are amazing! It is also amazing to see our bodies change, almost instantly, when we start doing what we were designed to do.

If you attended the workshop, thank you very much. We really appreciate you and all the feedback you gave us. I am blessed to have met so many wonderful people through this entire process.


Okay, I must not have eaten as much as I normally do over the weekend. I weighed in Monday morning at 156! That is LOW.

I still managed some fairly easy turkish getups with a bar at 115 pounds. I say fairly easy, but it is still heavy for me.

Today I did a whole lot of crawling! The workshop sparked my love to get out and cover some distance on all fours. You know what? It feels so good - my body just feels so well put together after I've done workouts like these. I covered 480 yards today.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Where does the time go?

If you are a regular reader, I am sorry its been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Also, if you are a regular reader, thank you very much!

I haven't posted in a while because, in my head, I've been busy. I have no real good excuse except for all the things I allow to occupy my time. I have been trying to put together a manual for the first Becoming Bulletproof workshop, but that isn't what has kept me from posting. 

If anything, I've been playing around on local playgrounds. The time I would normally sit down and write a blog post kind of got replaced by me trying out some of the new skills I learned at the MovNat workshop I attended. I have really enjoyed playing around on playgrounds. If I am being honest, this is probably the biggest reason I have neglected to write anything lately. Also, if I am still being honest, this is a good reason I have fallen short in my posts! I've been out enjoying movement!

If you live anywhere where your weather is good enough to allow you to get outside, you should go find a place to just enjoy movement. It doesn't have to be a playground. Maybe you like going to wooded trails or canoeing. It doesn't matter, just get out and enjoy moving.

Movement is one of the great gifts that makes life "life". And remember, it is okay to not answer a facebook post here and there if you have a good reason like climbing on monkey bars. 

Have a great week.


Monday, March 12, 2012

MoveNat Workshop

Yesterday I had a great day. I attended a MovNat Workshop in Durham, NC. It was fantastic! I spent the whole day yesterday thinking how cool it was that I was playing around on a playground.

MovNat is all about moving the way man was intended. In our current world, we are so far removed from moving how we were created to move. MovNat introduces man's movement base back to man.

I know I've preached about moving the way we were created before on this blog and in Becoming Bulletproof, but the guys at MovNat are preaching the same thing! If you haven't gone outside to play yet, maybe it is time you start. There is something wonderful about moving and exploring our environment. It can solve a ton of "issues" that we face today. But, I won't preach this today! I will tell you about all the cool stuff we did yesterday. However, I will not go into too much detail as I think it would benefit you to go and experience MovNat for yourself:

Balance - how often do you walk on balance beams, tree branches, or walls? Not only can this be a fun thing to do, it could end up being a life saving skill one day. Do you know anyone who could not use better balance? MovNat has some very cool and innovative ways to train balance. I was surprised how much fun I had doing these drills. 

Climbing - I'm a big fan on being able to climb. Yesterday I learned that I'm a big fan of being able to climb effortlessly. Wow. I have been introduced to a whole new level of play. Climbing is a balance between strength, movement efficiency and grace. Your kids know how to climb. Go climb with them.

Rolling and Crawling - It will be no surpise that this was my favorite part of the workshop. Mostly because MovNat gets it! We start out doing this and we should keep doing this. I don't know that crawling and rolling are used in the restorative way that we lay out in Becoming Bulletproof, but If you are rolling and crawling everyday for fun, you are being restored. Get down on the floor and play more. It is good for you.

Running - Okay, this was really cool. MovNat has a quick and simple approach to barefoot running. It is quick to learn and it just feels good. Yes, running can feel good. Nay, running should feel good!

I pick things up and put things down! - MovNat does this too. Why? Because you were made to so you might as well know how to do it.

Again, the MovNat workshop was a blast. My instructors were Clifton Harski and Amy Heidbreder. They were great. They really have a passion for moving and teaching people how to move.

If the movement and play ideas of Becoming Bulletproof or Pressing Reset resonated with you, the movement concepts of MovNat will too. Check out a workshop if you can. It is a great excuse to be a kid for about 8 hours. It could also help you stay a kid for a lifetime. Check it out at http://www.movnat.com/.


Did somemore Turkish Get-up Practice Today:

Barbell: 65 pounds x 2/2, 85 pounds x 2/2, 105 pounds x 1/1, 1/1,
115 pounds x 1/1, 85 pounds x 3/3

135 pound get-up is on the horizon!

Have a great week!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

You are what you eat

There may be some truth to that. I don't think many people would argue that the food you eat determines a great deal about how you look, feel and perform. Nutrition is pivotal for a healthy body. 

Movement is also pivotal for a healthy body. In fact, you could even say "you are what you do", or "you are how you move." If you don't move a lot, you might end up quite lumpy and lethargic. If you move a lot, you will probably be fit, feel good, and have a healthy body composition. Movement is like an elixir for your body. It keeps you young, lubricates your joints, gets toxins out of your muscles, helps with your digestion, it regenerates you. Conversely, not moving ages you, it promotes joint degeneration, short and tight muscles, poor posture and poor quality of life. 

There are so many things you can do to improve the quality of your life. Here are just a few things that will keep you younger, healthier, happier:

Eat well. Make smart food choices. You don't have to eat perfect, but be honest with yourself and try to put quality foods in your body.

Move well and often. Get out of the fetal position. You spent 9 months curled up inside your mom's belly. After you got out, you were meant to stretch out and explore the world. So, get up and stretch out! Move and enjoy your environment, enjoy your body.

Be social. We were made for community. It is easy to isolate yourself in today's technologically advanced world. Learn how to engage in other people's worlds. Learn how to love others and develop a community of friends, brothers, comrades, or amigos. You were never intended to put yourself in solitary confinement. Yes, I am telling you to go join a bowling league! 

Get to know God. You want to find a way to relieve your stress and improve your quality of life? Develop a relationship with God. There is nothing like love to cure what ails you. Especially perfect Love. 

Training has been going well. I am still playing with heavy turkish get-ups. I worked up to 120 pounds this week with both arms. I think 135 pounds is in the future. Gotta have something to shoot for!

Have a great week.