The Movement Summit: A Brief Review
I got a call quite awhile back from buddy Frankie Faires who said he was putting together a group of really smart people to create further advancements in physique transformation, athletic performance and pain. He asked if I would join them for a “meeting of the minds” in Minnesota at a secret location. He wanted to present some new information he had been working on for years and get our feedback.
I have known Frankie for several years and I jumped at the chance to hang out with other really smart people and test things ourselves.
Think of this as sort of the A-Team of movement science. Perhaps you are too young to remember the A-Team, but as a kid I loved that show. Heck, to this day I still have the idea that if you had access to welder, you could make a pinto in one bad-ass piece of machinery in just an afternoon.
To quote my friend wikipedia
“Despite being thought of as mercenaries by the other characters in the show, the A-Team always acted on the side of good and helped the oppressed.”
The goal is to further your own movement, custom for you, by you. More personal records for all.
Here is my review of this The Movement Summit and how it went down
The Movement Summit: A Review by Mike T Nelson
The brain trust of The Movement
In this photo: L to R: Adam T Glass, Marty Lotspeich, Mike T Nelson, David Dellanave,
Chuck Halbakken, Kurt Hartmann , Frankie Faires, Brad Nelson
I had the luxury of seeing the new material Frankie and the Movement were presenting early. I take great pride and feel a sense of due diligence to do my homework on everything that I may recommend in the future.
I came into the weekend thinking I would pick up a few things, but I had been talking to Frankie about most of it for almost 2 years and I had been testing my movements (biofeedback) for that length of time on myself and other athletes.
I had done multiple certifications through various organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA, CSCS), Z-Health Performance Solutions (one of only a handful of Master Trainers), and completed the Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) in addition to 14 years of full time college (BA Natural Arts, MS in Mechanical Engineering and currently a PhD Candidate in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology finishing my dissertation work)
I did my homework too, looking at how biofeedback and movement of all forms effect the body. Heck I even measured heart rate variability (HRV, a form of biofeedback) in the lab on myself and in a formal research study (working writing up the results for publication soon) as part of my PhD work. I figured I knew a bit about what was going on!
What I Learned
To say that I learned new things over the weekend was entirely true.
A huge key for me was how a simple (but not easy to do) change in your thinking will allow results much much faster.
We are rarely taught how we should learn and think. What is the most efficient way to do this?
When we are presented with new information, how do we look at it and incorporate it? Many don’t even try and just say that “they disagree” but if you do that with everything, are you really learning and changing for the better? I don’t think so! It is hard to unlearn things, but it is in the unlearning and relearning process that really allows us to change faster. Much faster. A few tips that I learned in this area will help me for the rest of my life.
So enough with the esoteric appearing whooo whooo stuff. The coolest thing to see was the lay out of the topics in a linear, easy to follow and apply approach.
Everything was really made as simple as possible and then paired with an action! That is what fitness professionals do all the time – take new ideas and put them into practice. Not everything works, but having a great framework to use and then test it will put you light years ahead of everyone.
Want to learn how to add muscle to athletes? Covered
Want to learn how to remove fat off them? Covered
Increase strength? yep
The methods are not the same that you see in most lame take home weekend certs and this will require you to take action. You will not be able to just sit and nod your head and collect your new cert.
The weekend was great and exceeded my expectations. At times I really wish I had seen the material years ago before I spent 14 years in college working through 3 different degrees and completed multiple certifications. Not that the material I learned along that journey was bad or completely wrong (ok some of it was wrong), but it is not an efficient process at all.
In a few days you can be on the right track to being one of the best in world. Not only will you have a foundation to work from (that is way bigger than most), but the amount of time you will save is truly insane.
I am thankful for the path I have chosen as I was able to see the material, but if someone wants a massive head start they need to see it.
I would recommend the movement certification to only those that really want to be the best, are willing to take action, and are willing to keep their mind wide open.
To those select few, I say, welcome aboard and let’s enjoy the ride and elevate the entire industry one PR at a time.
Mike T Nelson
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