Obstacle Race Magazine – Jump & Running Training

Obstacle Race Magazine Interview with Michael Cohen
Obstacle Race Magazine

Jump & Running Training

by Michael Cohen

Issue 2
April 2014

As OCR edges towards becoming a sport we look at how to develop and refine the technical skills for such a multi-disciplined event. Coach Michael reveals one his top-secret training sessions that he uses for 2013 Spartan Race UK Champion Thomas Blanc in the lead up to The Nuts Challenge. Continue reading

Why would I want to crawl around like an animal?

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Ispo Crawl when left hand is synched with left foot movement

As a stranger to ‘Functional Natural Movement’ I wouldn’t be surprised if you have such a question pop up in your mind as ‘Why would I want to crawl around like an animal?’

From an onlookers point of view it may look strange however crawling or I should quadrupedal exercises comes in all forms and styles.

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Yoga ‘Downward dog posture’

Yoga has asanas (postures) that include – dog, cat, camel and table.  Gym workouts of all forms will have you on all 4’s doing exercises such as press ups and squat thrusts. Pilates will have you doing the ‘Fire hydrant’ and ‘Donkey Kicks’ and lots more. Obstacle Course Challenges to crawl under, over and around obstacles. Continue reading

Women are going mad and wild for Wild Forest Gym!

female wild forest gym warrior
In the last week Wild Forest Gym has had a huge influx of Facebook likes facebook.com/wildforestgym from women.
Women not only want to get their hands into the mud trails, but they want to get fit outdoors!Now is the time for outdoor fitness training in the forests where they can here the birds, see the wildlife and the changing colours of the trees, whilst training hard and having some fun. This is in stark contrast to the windowless, air-conditioned, music blaring and testosterone filled gym.


Wild Camping with Wild Forest Gym

natural movement exercisesJust like the 1-day Experience Workshop the 2-day Experience Workshop will cover the same elements. However the 2-day Experience Workshop is structured so that the experience will be more intensive, and you will have the opportunity to spend more time working on the individual elements. We will break the technique down and make sure that you have good foundations.

PLUS – You get the opportunity to sleep out in the wilds of the forests. Experience the awesome side to the forests by sleeping under a basha sheet rather than locked away in a tent. Hear, see, feel and touch all the elements of the forest around you with a roaring fireplace. Continue reading

Immerse yourself in a Wild Forest Gym for 7 hours

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20% DISCOUNT when booked 30 days in advanced

This is your opportunity to experience 7 hours of outdoor fitness training and learn the basics to Wild Forest Gym’s 10 fundamental ‘functional natural movement’ elements – crawl, walk, run, jump, climb, throw, catch, lift, carry and balance.

These 10 fundamental elements will give you an insight into how you can develop your body to its full potential when it comes to natural movement skills of: balancing, standing, bending, leaning, climbing, sitting, pulling, jumping, falling, lifting, twisting, crawling and carrying.

On this intensive 1-day Experience Workshop as well as learning the basics to the 10 fundamental elements your outdoor fitness workshop will including how to: Continue reading

Take your general fitness onto new levels

general fitnessWild Forest Gym’s outdoor fitness is suitable for you if you are a beginner looking to develop your fitness levels, and for you if you are a more seasoned trainer looking to move your general fitness onto new levels.

The great thing about our outdoor fitness training program is that it is progressive training i.e. each session will move you forward. Unlike other training gyms no two sessions are the same. So each session will push, test you and reward you! Continue reading

Wild Forest Gym for the Athlete and Sportsperson

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Wild Forest Gym offers amateur and professional athletes, sportsmen and sportswomen an opportunity to develop a multilateral training program to integrate with their Sports Specific Preparedness (SPP) training.

Wild Forest Gym is a Functional Natural Movement Fitness outdoor fitness training program, that takes functional movement onto a new level by taking all the elements of the unpredictability that you get from natural movement and fuses them together. This develops you on all levels – spiritual, mental, psychological, physiological and biomechanical. Continue reading

Functional Movement vs Natural Movement

kettlebellFunctional Movement is becoming an intrinsic aspect to most training regimes and disciplines. The important aspect to Functional Movements are that movements mimics the biomechanics that we use in day-to-day tasks or sports disciplines.

Functional Movements will incorporate such movements as: Dead lift with a kettlebell; Deep squats; Turkish Get up exercise with kettlebell and quadrupedal movements such as the Bear crawl. Each of these movements are purposeful, however are taught in such away, that they are sterile and repetitive. Continue reading

Is Wild Forest Gym just physical or does it train the mind in dynamic ways?

When it comes to natural movement and functional movement techniques you start to appreciate that everything has a purpose, everything is connected. The more we train you physically with every lift, throw, catch, carry, crawl, jump, climb, run and balance the more it will train your mind.

It trains you mentally, psychologically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. You see your ability to cope with day to day issues can be determined by how robust you are, and how adaptable your mind is. What we are talking about is increasing your core attributes and skills in all aspect of your life: flexibility, balance, co-ordination, agility, confidence, self esteem, adaptability, positivity and coping mechanisms. Continue reading