116: Danny Clark — On What Is Natural Movement and Why You Should Care

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  • November 4, 2017

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danny clark movnat natural movementDanny Clark, CSCS is a MovNat Master Instructor and the Performance Director for MovNat. Danny “sets the bar” for MovNat certification standards. He is also the owner of Rebar Fitness, a science-based strength and conditioning training center. A wrestler, a scholar, and a lifelong student of exercise science and strength and conditioning programming, Danny’s skill set, experience, and expertise enable him to develop MovNat movement progressions and performance programming standards.

Danny’s training in wrestling and judo helped him earn a Division 1 scholarship to the University of Virginia. Although an injury abruptly ended his wrestling career, that injury also instigated a transition into Brazilian jiu jitsu and MMA training. Danny won a bronze medal for Team USA at the UWW World Grappling Championships in 2012.

In an effort to correct some of the imbalances and damage his body had accumulated from years of heavy physical stress through “balanced” strength training, Danny began to explore other modalities such as yoga and kettlebell training. Nothing he tried was a complete solution until he began training MovNat with Erwan Le Corre. He learned that natural movement could heal years of abuse, neglect, and over-specialization.

danny clark movnat natural movementStrength, mobility, power, and speed are all qualities innate to human beings – assuming we practice movements that are natural to humans. MovNat is a method designed to restore your ability to move naturally. In fact, that’s what “MovNat” stands for. MOvNat encourages us to take a break from all the trappings of modern life and get back to some basics.

If you’ve taken the Whole Life Challenge before, you probably recognize the names Danny Clark, Erwan LeCorre, and MovNat from the series of videos that accompanied two of our previous Challenges. This podcast is a chance to learn who the man in those videos is and how he came to revere natural movement. You’ll also gain insights into the MovNat training system and inside knowledge on how Danny himself trains day-to-day.

Episode Bullets:

  • Danny’s world-class athletic background
  • What Danny learned by wrestling from five-years old all the way through college.
  • You suffered numerous concussions while wrestling at UVA. Isn’t that more of a football thing?
  • The influence of Danny’s father’s athletic career on Danny
  • The ways that training has affected Danny’s everyday life
  • Methods Danny uses with his clients
  • How MovNat helped reverse the damage from years of “balanced” training
  • Unexpected training challenges post-wrestling
  • The mobility issues that years of wrestling left Danny with
  • Which is better – being hypermobile or hyperstrong?
  • How a “balanced” training approach broke Danny’s body down
  • The realizations that Danny had when he began working with a physical therapist
  • What Danny had to face about training his clients
  • Danny’s approach to nutrition.
  • What Danny feels doesn’t work for him about paleo nutrition, and what does
  • Danny’s favorite carb sources (and why yours are probably not be the same ones)
  • The ultimate nutritional truth according to Danny and how to find yours
  • The realization that something radical needed to change in Danny’s training style
  • Danny’s first time meeting and training with MovNat founder Erwan LeCorre
  • MovNat is for everyone
  • “Practical” fitness modalities do not necessarily use practical movements
  • The original purpose of movement
  • Why technology can’t solve our fitness problem
  • How Danny came to work with Erwan LeCorre and MovNat
  • The three necessary elements to help people get fit
  • Danny’s daily training methods
  • Do you count reps and sets in MovNat?
  • The three parts of an organized MovNat workout
  • Why running is important for humans
  • What “unorganized training” is in MovNat
  • Motor learning can go on for life
  • How you can start MovNat training right now

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BIG THANKS to Danny Clark! If you enjoyed this podcast and would like to see more from Danny, you can find him on Instagram as Natural.Mover.


Episode Resources:
MovNat
Erwan LeCorre
ReBar Fitness
WLC MovNat Video Series (16 videos)
Side-Bent Sit video
Pavel Tsatsouline
George Hebert’s The Natural Method (book, translated)
Precision Nutrition
Paleo Nutrition — Robb Wolf
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Ernie Monaco Wrestling Coach
Parkour
Brazilian ju jitsu
Chris McDougall Born to Run book

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
106: Aaron Alexander — Change Your Body, Change Your Life
80: Ryan Hurst — How to Exercise with Purpose and Playfulness

Connect with Danny Clark
MovNat’s Facebook page
Danny (Natural.Mover) on Instagram
Email Danny – danny@movnat.com
MovNat on Twitter

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.

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