Each time we are close to starting a new year, a new journey, or a new phase in our lives, we start by planning and setting our resolutions. I found out that a strong motivation and willingness to change are the keys to actually realize these resolutions. Having spent the second half of 2016 in a very stressful and depressive situation, I have decided to prepare for a huge shift in my diet, mainly switching from animal-based processed foods to 100 percent whole plant-based diet. I was happy about the quick changes I have felt in my body but I was still missing the workouts for optimal health. Going the gym? Maybe not my favorite thing, even though my friends were constantly asking me to join them.
I really liked calisthenics, especially from watching YouTube videos of people using their body strength, flexibility and movement to achieve impressive fitness goals. I knew that this is the foundation I needed to build before hitting the gym, especially that all my muscles were feeling tight and my spine was very compressed. This is when I got in contact with Aaron Hannon, founder of a new and unique movement training that he calls NATURALETICS. I realized that this is exactly what I was looking for, so I joined the intensive backbend class in Lawrence, Kansas. I was amazed by the fast progress I have made, so I have decided to take my training to the next level by signing up for the private coaching lessons. In less than 8 sessions, I was able to further increase my flexibility, loosen up my tight muscles, decompress the spine, improve my backbends, perform a headstand, master the primal movement flow and perform several other challenging exercises. Everyone around me was amazed by the fast progress I have made in a short period of time. That is because Aaron really knows how to train, especially beginners like me.
In this article, Aaron talks to us about this new form of fitness that he has invented as well as the benefits it brings to beginners as well as to professional athletes.
Q: What is NATURALETICS? What is the main concept behind?
A: NATURALETICS stands for “Natural athleticism” it is a holistic approach to fitness, a lifestyle of movement and physical vitality. Representing from all aspects of being; mind, body, and spirit. It’s an artistic expression of physical strength and body awareness, using numerous techniques stemming from, sport/athletics(football, bball, baseball, track & field), weightlifting, plyometric, Yoga, F.R.C, Calisthenics, Primal locomotion, QiGong
Q: How do you briefly describe a typical NATURALETICS workout?
A: This is all dependent on each individual’s level of fitness. A typical beginner workout consists of many core strengthening and isometric drills. Technique breakdown, repetition of the main calisthenic exercises, a metabolic component, primal movement or yoga asana, weightlifting and mobility .Intermediate to advanced level workouts progress to much more skill training, more handbalancing influence, more mobility, more controlled strength and body awareness. There’s also more athletic and lifting. In all the workouts I utilize variety and creativity.
Q: Are the workouts suitable for those who have just started exercising?
A: Yes, but I prefer teaching those individuals in private sessions. To help them learn faster, build confidence and understand the mindset of a balanced practice.
Q: How are mobility and integrative movement linked to health and longevity?
A: It helps maintain joint strength and integrity, keeping the body free from injury, stiffness and stagnation, while promoting body awareness. The physical body is interconnected in so many ways, if one thing in the kinetic chain starts to heal or maintain healed then the rest will follow: joint, to muscular, to facial, to nerves, to organs, to endocrine, to senses. On a metaphysical level, it can affect all the subtle bodies, emotional, mental, energetic, psychic, astral, and soul.
Q: When I first started training with you, Primal or animal movement was something new to me but found it very helpful to activate different body parts for a smooth movement flow. Tell us more about it and why everyone including athletes should consider integrating it in their workouts?
A: The flow aspect is like dancing, so I believe it is a great way for people to move with an instinctive nature. It teaches coordination, builds core strength and body control. All athletes need this type of training because they are involved in the most dynamic hobby in life, SPORTS. They need to train their bodies how to be prepared and intuitive during the variabilities of competition.
A: Yes, easily. But that is not the sole focus. It’s a by-product of a consistent routine. 5-6 workouts per week. Challenging, progressive workouts. I truly believe in a life-long mindset behind exercise. So if a person understands that they’ll be practicing some form of strength training, and movement for the rest of their life; then they will know, muscle and weight loss will come. It takes time and patience is necessary during weight loss, same thing with muscular growth.
Q: Lastly, what types of training do you offer and how can you be reached for further information?
A: Private coaching & small group coaching in the Lawrence, KS & Kansas City, MO area.
Online Personal Training: Written workouts and programs, videos included.
Workshops, Camps, Clinics, Guest teaching, Retreats, mentorship and intensives