Training using the Foresighted Fitness system delivers unique benefits, above and beyond those common to most physical activities. In addition to the optimized health outcomes outlined in the Approach page, you also gain mental, physical and practical capabilities not delivered by more classic training methods.
Jump to each section quickly:
- Lifestyle benefits: fits very busy lifestyles with less predictable schedules and lots of kids quality time
- Mental benefits: increased mental toughness, resourcefulness, adaptability, innovativity, confidence and time efficiency
- Practical benefits: learn to lift heavy, pass over high walls, fall without injuring yourself, etc…
- Physical benefits: increased strength, mobility, coordination and conditioning
Time-constrained and/or traveling professionals & parents?
Your main constraint is finding time to consistently work out in a very busy and unpredictable schedule. You also want to preserve quality time with your partner and kids if you have some. Your goal may range from performance to simply maintaining wellness, but you want to get the most benefits from your training time.
The FF approach allows you to become autonomous and able train anytime, anywhere, in time blocks as small as 10 mins. So you begin to train more. Much more. Contrary to gym-based methods, you save travel time to and from the gym, and can also work out with your kids at the playground or the park without sacrificing training results and while inspiring them to be physically active. And traveling for business or leisure is no longer a hindrance in your training as you’re no longer location-dependent.
Kids are offered specialized sport activities but very rarely general fitness training. This is mostly because such programs are either too boring for them to do for even 30 mins (think elliptical bikes for 30 mins) or because they are not adapted to their developing bodies (olympic lifting for kids really isn’t a good idea). These same developing bodies however need a high volume and diverse level of physical activity to develop optimally however, and specialized sports training cannot, by definition, supply it.
Complementing such specialized training by weekly Movnat sessions does it though, and alongside delivers an impressive array of mental and practical capabilities that will provide them lifelong advantages in their immediate academic, and future professional, endeavors. Interested in knowing more about kids advantages? Click here.
Unique lifestyle advantages of FFS for busy professionals and parents
Especially well-suited to a busy lifestyle with many work and personal commitments
The vast majority of professionals have very demanding schedules during the week with work engagements and no less demanding schedules on the weekends with family commitments on top of the others. Finding 1h for a training session at the gym becomes increasingly difficult as your career and family expand.
That’s why the FFS is based on the Movnat method. Movnat allows you to train literally anytime, anywhere, using no equipment (or improvised equipment if needed). It also gives you the techniques, knowledge and confidence to train in as small as 10 mins sessions as well as well as using some of your daily activities, like your commute to work, to train as well.
See here how you can achieve this time efficiency and why the FFS provides you much more training time than other gym-based training practices.
Well adapted for training with kids around & best to inspire them to move
As a parent, one of the best gifts you can give your children is a habit of regular physical activity. It’s now commonplace that the more active your kids are, the better for their health. And if they are active as kids, they’ll form a habit to stay active as adults.
How do you encourage them to form this habit? Mainly by practicing it yourself and relying on mimicry. Kids learn a lot by imitation. If they see you see exercising every day, they’ll learn this is the normal way of living and will do it as well.
The best way to do that? Practice Movnat. Why? For two reasons. First, you can actually practice it with kids around, unlike training methods requiring to be in the gym, with barbells, etc. that make it a dangerous place for kids to be if they’re not constantly supervised. Second, they can actually imitate your moves when they see you. If your 4 yo sees you doing deadlifts and wants to try, you’ll have to explain that she can’t. If she sees you doing Tripod Transitions, you can challenge her to do them, even balancing on a low surface. I develop this point here.
FFS develops Mental capabilities you can use in your life
Another unique benefit of the FFS is to develop a whole array of mental capabilities that are applicable to your professional and personal lives as well. By using the FFS, you will become more resourceful, results-driven, tough, adaptable, resilient, efficient, innovative, creative and confident. Yes, all that. It’s hard to see how that would fail to improve your performance at work or academically, and even in your personal relationships.
Mental Toughness is very powerful, as illustrated by its central place in Special Operations Forces training, but is often misunderstood for persistence, which is only part of it. It forms the backbone of what it takes for US Navy Seals (USNS) candidates to go through the BUD/s selection course.
Movnat training as part of the FFS is, in my opinion, the best way for regular persons like you and me to develop and increase our Mental Toughness.
Mental Toughness is a combination of attributes comprising at least:
- being results-driven: you will do whatever it take to accomplish your goal. Expressed as “you will not quit” in USNS parlance, it ’s expressing the fact they will rather die than quit and not accomplishing their mission, which in the selection course is to graduate.
- ignoring discomfort: part of what makes someone results-driven is learning to ignore and tune out all the discomforts that are real but only details compared to the mission. faced with those, you can either be brought down and quit or just carry on with a “F*ck that!” attitude (more politely expressed as “And so what?”).
- persistence: persevering in the face of unending pain is a precious skill. You can cultivate it through physical training and it will carry on to other domains. USNS cherish the phrase: “The only easy day was yesterday.” When you go to sleep at night, think of it, and be ready to attack the day in the morning knowing that, no, it won’t be easy.
- resilience: resilience is different from persistence because it gets you back up from unplanned challenges. Persistence gets you through the pain of completing an ultra-marathon: you know going in you will face a lot of pain if you want to finish it. Resilience gets you through the unexpected challenges life throws at you. What do you do when negative surprises keep happening? You dig deep and “embrace the suck”. Physical training is an excellent way to be faced with situations where you either embrace the suck or you quit.
Movnat training is the best physical activity in order to develop Mental Toughness. Why? Go read this article.
Movnat emphasizes training outdoors using urban equipments and natural elements. No access to gym equipment during these session, so you have to use your knowledge of movements and what your body can do to train efficiently with what you have.
Mental skill: you do not get blocked by the imperfections and inadequacies of what you have to achieve a goal. Instead, you do what you have to do to achieve your goal.
Training outdoors also means training in uncontrolled environments where you have to constantly adapt to slightly different features. When climbing a wall, no two walls are identical. Some textures are grippy, some are slippery, some are painful to hold, etc. Same with tree branches: thin, thick, slanted, smooth, or abrasive tree bark, etc.
Mental skill: you learn to adapt to the situation at hands and are not thrown away when it’s not the exact situation you were expecting.
Innovativity & Creativity
The FFS is placing a lot of emphasis on Opportunistic Training and Simultaneous Training. Both forms of training will lead you to train in situations where it’s not commonplace (within social norms) to train: playgrounds, waiting for your kids’ activities, commutes to work, etc. That will lead to a choice: either you abide by those norms and don’t train, or you break free and you train.
Mental skill: you learn to be comfortable operating outside of the socially accepted “normal” because you want to achieve more.
Confidence from practical skills
Movnat is structured entirely on practical skills simply because it emulates a lifestyle where physical activity was made up entirely of practical activities. It teaches you to climb on top of a wall or a large tree branch. How to roll to break a fall or balance up high. Knowing you can quickly get over a high wall, walk balancing on top of it, jump down from up high and roll before sprinting away from a potential threat is deeply empowering.
Mental Skill: you know you have skills that most people don’t have. Even faced with an intimidating situation at work or at home, you can draw on this knowledge and drive up your confidence. I you can do this, you can face that!
Confidence from body composition
In addition to practical skills, body composition does boost your confidence as well. Movnat does get you a good-looking body. It’s not the primary goal for the FFS but rather a nice side product of practicing it. And unlike many sports, since we focus on being excellent generalists, you’ll develop an harmonious and balanced good-looking.
Mental Skill: being in shape boosts your confidence when interacting with others.
Movnat practice is well suited to a meditative practice, without competitive or agressive aspects. like yoga, balancing.
The FFS allows you to train more by seizing opportunities in a tight schedule. Those opportunities are there, but they’re not that frequent either. Everyone has a couple of 10 mins gaps in their schedules, but you may not have many more. Waste one and you’ve wasted half of your training potential for today.
Mental Skill: you learn to act with a sense of urgency, making the most of every occasion and not being complacent about your time.
Practical Benefits: be confident and autonomous in your everyday physical tasks
The Movnat curriculum is articulated around the movements required on daily basis by a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. We no longer practice them daily, but we do practice them from time to time: lifting and carrying heavy furnitures or simply groceries, throwing and catching objects in our sporting activities or with our kids, getting up and down to pick things up or accessing objects in the kitchen, etc.
How many people injure their backs every year picking up heavy loads with bad form? How many people no longer have the mobility to easily get down in a deep squat to pick things up or look down the bottom or a cupboard? Training Movnat prevents these issues.
It also teaches how to fall in a way that disperse the momentum so that you can either jump from great heights without injuring yourself or simply recover when falling unexpectedly when walking or running in the street.
Movnat teaches you how to carry another person to safety or to balance across obstacles. Sounds hypothetical? Think about the images on TV showing people seeking refuge on the roofs of their buildings during heavy floods. You might have to get up there, and you might even have to carry loved ones.
The practical benefits of training Movnat is to become proficient across all of the domains in the curriculum: crawling, walking, running, balancing, jumping, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching. Get good at those techniques and you’re real-life ready.
Physical benefits: increased strength, mobility, coordination and conditioning
Finally, the most obvious benefits are increased physical capabilities. Movnat is unparalleled at enhancing your physical skills since it takes purposefully a general fitness approach looking to develop the most well-rounded level of fitness. Even general physical preparedness methods or functional fitness methods like Crossfit remain much less varied in terms of range and breadth of training.
Movnat combines lifting, carrying and climbing to develop raw strength with crawling, jumping running to develop endurance and conditioning. Ground movements are excellent at enhancing mobility and balancing improves coordination in all activities. Most Movnat techniques across these domains actually develop these aspects simultaneously since they are practiced as full-body exercises.