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Let the world be your gym

By Marcus Santer

I‘ve got something special for you today.

I spent the weekend putting this together, which was a challenge what with every single waking moment being spent on taming the beast that is the ZEN+ Home Study Course.

But I managed it.

So what’s the deal?

Well, I take inspiration from wherever I find it: Cartoon characters, Google Scholar, even dead people.

Yup I find inspiration in a lot of dead people.

I don’t see them or anything, but their biographies and what they’ve written are often full of meaty motivational morsels.

One such hero of mine is a French guy named Georges Hebert.

He was born on this day (27th April) 1875 – which means if he were alive he’d be 140 today. Happy Birthday Georges =)

He was an interesting character and lived an interesting life.

During his time in the French Navy Georges visited Africa and was very impressed by the physical health and movement skills he witnessed in the people who lived there. Which was even more impressive because they had no gyms or fitness instructors, only “their lives in nature.”

It’s true.

Our pre-historic hunter-gatherer ancestors had no need to work out or go to the gym after a days work. They got all the exercise they needed living their lives in nature.

Inspired by what he’d seen on his travels and the influence of work by other European pioneers of strength and health, George created his own system and tools to teach what he called his Natural Method.

George became a physical instructor for the French marines and his teachings became the standard system for French military physical training.

Here’s a glimpse at Georges Natural Method style of training:

“A session is composed of exercises belonging to the 10 fundamental groups:

  1. Walking
  2. Running
  3. Jumping
  4. Quadrupedal movement
  5. Climbing
  6. Balance
  7. Throwing
  8. Lifting
  9. Defending
  10. Swimming

A training session consists then of exercises in an outdoor environment, perhaps a few hundred meters to several kilometres.

Dang! I’d love to take one of Georges Natural Movement classes, sounds like a blast. And you can see why he is often credited as the guy who invented the obstacle course.

George died on the 2nd August 1957 after being named Commander of the Legion of Honour by the French Government.

His motto was: “Being strong to be useful”

To celebrate his birthday I armed Clarabella with the camera and during one of Louis walks I created my own mini obstacle course.

You can see the results below:

Truth is, you don’t need to go to the gym in order to move more and build strength.

Let your world be your gym – use your imagination and have fun.

You’ll find everything you need to get you started and to keep you going for years in the ‘Coming Soon’ ZEN+ HSC.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. I got most of my information on Georges Hebert from Wikipedia