August 2, 2014



Getting Into Full Body Training: Natural Movement Using Obstacles and More…


I’ve written several times regarding using one’s bodyweight and movement across obstacles.  My friend Sean Rogers teaches Parkour out of North Carolina and emphasizes various aspects of whole body training.  So does another friend, Erwan LeCorre of MovNat.  In previous writings I’ve mentioned how our Paleo ancestors were able to traverse across obstacles with ease in order to catch prey or avoid being prey.


Joe-Martinez-smGetting fit in those days was a matter of survival in every sense.  The most fit was able to survive the harshest of environments.  It’s no different today.  I’m not talking about the super-ripped fitness models either and nor am I talking about bodybuilders.  Being able to climb up a tree and jump across a small ravine is about going beyond fitness.  I had to engage many obstacles when I was in the Marines.  I did the same in my LAPD days as well.  I learned to climb walls with ease, jump through a window and run down a suspect.  And I still had enough “juice” in me to easily take that suspect into custody.

Many first responders and military personnel should be able to use their bodies in ways that go beyond the gym.  While it’s okay to train with weights, the static training doesn’t emulate the real world.  In fact, most traditional gyms are worthless when it comes to functionality in natural environments.  I realize that the great majority of people won’t be jumping, climbing and navigating over obstacles.  Heck, the majority of people won’t even walk a mile a day.

For those people that want to experience fitness beyond the gym, then using obstacles and other real world objects will help build a body much better than the kind of training you’d get in a fitness center.  Look at many of the competitors in the American Ninja Warrior competition.  They train in ways that would put a gym buff in the dust.  And they have the kind of bodies that are truly athletic.  Even many professional athletes have had a hard time getting through the course that’s set up.


Most of those that have done well came from backgrounds that includes Parkour and rock climbing.  Hence, the training has combined both and much more.  In my Parkour training it’s really challenged me in so many ways.  Soon I’ll be going through more training and this time with Erwan Le Corre.  It’s all about the continued challenging, despite one’s age.

When you were a kid, you probably were able to do things that you may have a hard time doing now.  Take monkey bars, for example, they take upper body strength to get to the end.  And that’s pretty easy for even me.  More so, doing a muscle up and climbing to the top of those monkey bars, then walking across them is another matter.  That is what I’m talking about in truly building your body.


What if you had to hang from a high wall and navigate across to get to another point?  Not only will you have use your upper body, you’re also going to need pinch grip strength and proper feet placement as you move side-to-side.  I can tell you that it can become tiring if you have go for long.

If you were able to get to the top of the wall and then jump off the other side, would you be able to land properly?  Would your legs be strong enough to handle it?  There’s more to training your body than you’ve ever thought possible. Look around you.  The outside environment offers so much in how you can train using your bodyweight.  You’ll soon realize that the training in the indoor gym never prepared you for the outdoor gym.


It’s time to get into natural movement and the obstacles that you come across. I would suggest getting an expert/trainer that is experienced in the outdoor world, especially when it comes to obstacles.  Once you do, you’ll discover a form of training that is fun and meditative.  I would even call this mindful natural fitness.  Now, do it!


Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt” Black_belt.svg-sm
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness

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July 31, 2014

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The Power of Shinrin-Yoku: Letting Nature’s Way Heal You


My greatest sensations and internal peace has come from my engagement in nature.  From the days when I was a child living in Okinawa or in the Ozarks or even in the woods in Maryland, each area of nature has served to heal me when I needed it to.  I simply loved it then and […]

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July 30, 2014


Success is Never a Straight Line: The 5 Traits You Need to Succeed


  We’ve often heard that the path of success is full of curves and zig-zags.  This is so very true in every endeavor in life.  So many people fail to realize that those that succeed in life have fallen or taken many detours before finally reaching their goals. John Paul Dejoria was homeless (living out […]

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July 28, 2014


Three Mind Hacks That Help Reduce Emotional Stress


I was reading an article recently of an athlete who had a heart attack.  He was physically fit with a resting heart rate of below 50.  He was not fat and all indications he would not be recognized as a candidate for a heart attack.  Yet, it happened.  While he may never know the exact […]

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July 26, 2014


How the Perception of Authority Influences the Way We Behave


From the President of the United States to medical doctors, authority figures have a profound effect on the minds of people.  We’ve been programming from early in human history to “look up to people we perceive to have authority.”  People may even do things because someone of authority said to do it. Even hurting other […]

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July 22, 2014


11 Ways to Reprogram Your Mind to Make Healthier Choices


We are truly the sum of our thoughts we possess most of the time. They help lead us to make decisions which lead to the actions we take. That is true whether it’s healthy or unhealthy. No matter what you may say, it’s what you do that shows where your true thoughts lie. In today’s […]

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July 20, 2014


Challenging Yourself with the Ultimate Fitness Course…


Photo Source: RedBull We’ve heard quite a bit regarding CrossFit, obstacle courses, boot camps, P90X and so forth. Despite all of these new types of training, nothing beats the great outdoors. Mother Nature has provided the ultimate fitness course for each one of us. I was watching the American Ninja Warrior 2014 finals and noticed […]

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July 19, 2014


Break Free of the Rut You’ve Set For Yourself and Take Back Control…


I’ve seen so many of my fellow Baby Boomers and others get stuck in a situation where they feel like a caged animal.  They have no idea where to go.  They may be a career they hate or in something else they don’t want to be in. The corporate environment filled with cubicles only makes […]

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July 17, 2014


Spreading Happiness Begins With You…


Have you ever noticed that when a baby laughs and/or smiles, so do others around it? It sure seems to be contagious, doesn’t it? I remember an old poem called Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox that starts out with “Laugh, and the world laughs with you.” That was a great opening and it reminded me […]

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July 15, 2014

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Your Identity Helps to Create the World Around You…


For years we’ve been taught to go after our goals. Most people who do end up failing to reach them or even getting started.  The truth is that most people don’t even know the goals they set are even theirs.  They probably saw something or was told that they should set this goal or that […]

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