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Mind Bottling

February 22, 2012 — 17 Comments

So, pretty cool, a workshop I just taught in my position as Master Instructor at MovNat was covered in the Washington Post

Now, the article was good, the writer picked up on some cool and pertinent points we make in the workshops-and was fully supportive of MovNat, but what was funny was two paragraphs towards the end of the article

Before we get carried away, however, it’s worth hearing out Todd Miller, an associate professor of exercise science at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and a board member for the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Although he supports MovNat’s style of training — which shares many elements with how top athletes train today — Miller says humans have evolved too far away from these movements to make them a part of their daily lives. “When it comes to exercise, the gym is the place you do it. We’ve compartmentalized fitness,” he says.

He is quoted as supporting our style of training-which is good. But also quoted as saying “we’ve compartmentalized fitness”-as though that was a good thing. Maybe he was just saying it matter of factly, but regardless of how he said it, it’s crap. Sorry to be blunt, but why the hell would we be better off compartmentalizing fitness? Relegating it to only the gym for 3 days for 55 minutes…? That type of attitude, recommendation, and authority is exactly what we are trying to change in the Fitness world. Fitness is not movement, its some arbitrary measure that really doesn’t mean shit to me without enjoyment, happiness, and health. Mr. Miller saying that “humans have evolved too far away from these movements” is exactly why the hell we SHOULD be doing them. I titled this post Mind Bottling, because proples’ Minds have been Bottled by convention. Don’t let that type of thinking bottle your mind.

To be fair, I don’t know what else was said in Miller’s interview…in reporting, generally, fair and balanced is encouraged, so an opposing view is sought out in the article. Sometimes the opposing view looks so bad though that it helps the original 🙂