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A Letter to the Fitness Industry

A personal message to the fitness industry,

I know there are many upset with the recent jump of success coming to FP, but bare with me. I’m not your enemy, nor do I want enemies. But with the nature of how business works when your interest goes against the financial benefit of an established entity, conflict is inevitable.

If an opinion didn’t hurt a person’s pocket book, there would be no problem with the opinion. I can’t stop this no matter what route I take in life because I effect the bank accounts of the big wigs in this industry. If you smile at someone while you’re stomping on their toes, it really makes no difference.

Conflicting someone’s interest in this life never feels good and no kindness in your dialogue or presentation is going to make that feel better. This dilemma is part of how our culture is intrinsically wired to work. My goal from the jump has not been to play this game, but more so to flat out just do what I like to do: live life and evolve.

Living life to me is a process of constantly changing and attacking your own insecurities. Most in the fitness industry seem not to travel down the path and this is possibly because they may not have researched the root of their own personal indoctrinations. Maybe there are pain associations or maybe they do truly have life’s mysteries figured out. One this is for sure, the organisms that don’t change are the one’s who stand to be left behind.

I have spent the last 10 years of my life searching for these answers and seem to have learned a lot along the way. Truth is, I want to be a big happy tribe where we can all begin to start acting like humans with one another. But unfortunately, evolution in our current society never works this way…

It’s a depressing fact one must have to accept if one expects to move forward in this life. Fortunately, a new consciousness seems to be emerging in society and it is bringing hope that one day the concept of politics may actually be irrelevant.

Let’s get this bad boy started:

I’ve put up video after video like this describing what “FUNCTIONAL TRAINING” actually is. Just to further reiterate my position. When I say something is functional for human beings in terms of training, I’m speaking in reference to training a human relative to their biological characteristics. Kangaroos hop in a bilateral stance on 2 feet. Dogs walk and run on 4 legs. Humans walk bipedally on two feet and do most of their functions in a unilateral position as a priority. A PRIORITY BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HUMANS DO MOST IN NATURE. Over the course of millions of years it seems that humans have adapted these traits into their dna. FP training is an attempt at training for genetic traits found in all of us. Certainly there is a variance within the difference of people’s bone structures, but all things said, I don’t see people walking on all fours like a dog.

If a person really does care to understand the perspectives of which FP is coming from in terms of training theory, you will get some of it in certain textbooks (many of which I’ve never read). If you really want to understand FP, it has less to do with fitness in the traditional sense and more to do with behavioral science. This means if you are in the field of fitness, you are going to have to step away from the traditional and start learning other branches of science that appear to be unrelated to human health. The trends apparently seem to be moving in this direction. The main objective of FP is creating effective behavior. A behavior that is not impulsive. A behavior that reacts and associates tension efficiently under stressful scenarios. A behavior that promotes the health of a human body. You stupid EMG does not account for associative memory.

The question I propose is how do you achieve good health with your body if your brain is not neurologically conditioned to be healthy? Associative memory is fact in the behavior sciences. How can we be so certain that human behavior in relation to movement does not run on associative systems? Pavlov conducted thousands of hours of research to verify that association is the key element to the behavior of all humans. Behaviors that also orient the function of the neuromuscular system. He made these discoveries a century ago and apparently the lessons learned from these revealing discoveries have gone unnoticed by the scientific establishment. Fitness industry included. I believe there is a reason for this, but I will not go into that right now.

We can’t address 3d dimensional problems with a 2 dimensional perspective. I strongly feel that the industry of fitness has ignored fundamentally the most important aspect of human health: How the brain and body relate to their environment upon prior associative stress patterns. In order to make more well rounded calculations on what is happening in this world, we need to look at things from the perspective of integrating variables from all sciences, not just one.

Maybe this stuff is a bit over people’s head, but the point here is to plant seeds. Seeds that will grow effective behaviors in the long run. I know it’s easy to prioritize our predominantly sexually driven impulses to want to impress other through our training, but at one point or the other we have to think that these shortsided visions of reality will inevitably have repercussions. There is a broader scheme to this as well and it’s not just about one fitness program being better than the other. IT’S ABOUT OUR SPECIES STILL BEING HERE IN 50 YEARS. If that doe not resonate right now, the neglect of addressing our behavioral dysfunctions will have to happen at one point or the other if we expect to survive.

To those concerned about our stand on the fitness industry, we are divorced from you. We don’t want your approval, nor do we need it. We are conducting our own research and developing our own “peers” and “peer reviewed” articles that will transcend your obsolete 2 dimensional perspective. We don’t want debates with people that do not understand our foundations, nor do we need to have them. The results we get are what bring people here. As much as you want to fight us, the results you don’t provide humans with (in terms of health) will lead them our way. Good luck destroying human bodies. We’ll be here to address the deficiencies you wired into them.

Regards,

A disgruntled chimp

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2017-01-18T20:26:29+00:00 August 18th, 2014|Interviews|20 Comments

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  1. Ben Angel August 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Awesome. Your work and what you have shared with us has greatly motivated me to toss out all the training systems and ideal I once used to follow in, and rethink health and fitness on a much deeper level.

    One of my goals is to come down to SD and do your 1 week cert course next year. Probably the thing im looking forwards ro the most. Seems like anyone I meet or know that I talk to about these things just shuts off. Maybe too scared that what they think they know is wrong or just plain love ignorance.

    Ive been following your 5 level system and I was at what most would call a high level. Its amamazing what this system showed my I wouldnt do efficiently, and why certain issues kept coming up.

    Peace.

    • stacy rosen October 4, 2014 at 4:46 am - Reply

      Naudi,

      I love everything you do! I am a PT/fitness instructor in Fort Lauderdale. i stumbled upon your youtube channel, and i havent used anything else since. Where can I buy one of your cool shirts?

  2. scott August 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    well said naudi.. no one said this was gonna be easy ……..

  3. Judy Bush August 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Loved the last paragraph! Lol. Great read thanks 🙂

  4. Dennis van Ruijven August 19, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Awesome letter Naudi.
    Looking forward to hearing from you more!

  5. Woody August 19, 2014 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Naudi I am not sure if I get my thoughts from you or is it merely honest intelect. But nevertheless thank you for being honest to yourself and rectifying incorrect training pattern. You have changed my life more than I can say and all my students who attend my class where I facilitate your methods along with The Palio solution and the “Grow Youthful” doctrines. You letter today sounded like one of the sermins I give to people about life.
    Thanks

    • Shirley August 8, 2016 at 2:16 am - Reply

      When was the last time this guy got something right? I saw his book Condi Vs Hillary in a bargain bin the other day. Senator Rick Lazio gave it to me. If Morris is priticdeng victory, Romney should prepare his concession speech.

  6. Rhys August 19, 2014 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Keep doing what you are doing Naudi!

    You cannot expect to please people especially if you don’t tell them what they want to hear!

    Relly love your work!

    Hope to get on FP course next year!

    Yours in Wellness

    Rhys

  7. Adi August 19, 2014 at 5:49 am - Reply

    A LETTER TO MY FELLOW HUMANS.
    This is way beyond Fitness and I am honored to navigate LIFE with this tribe.

  8. Lynette August 19, 2014 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I could not thank you enough! As a Fitness Professional of 10 years I had always felt in my heart like something was not right. I would let different organizations suck me into their programs because that is what the people wanted and the financial rewards for our big box gym were descent. Now that I have taken the plunge to open my own fitness boutique a year ago, I have the ability to change the way our community thinks here. They are sucked into the CrossFit revolution, but after all of the injuries I continually here about I know it will only be a matter of time when everyone understands the concept of being able to be healthy and active at 80 or 90 years old! You are a true hero that we all look up to, thank you for your honesty and education.

  9. Jim Morton August 19, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Eventually the rest of the fitness industry will be forced to recognise your pioneering systems Naudi, species specific training is too important to be ignored. Keep on inspiring us. Thank you Jim.

  10. yolanda August 20, 2014 at 3:21 am - Reply

    grande naudi, como maestro y como persona tu mensaje es la salud por encima de los intereses de la industria, aunque eso pueda molestar.

    sé que esta semana estás en Barcelona, no puedo asistir al curso de FP pero espero no faltar el próximo año.

    mientras tanto, sigo todos los post y videos que públicas, con los que estoy aprendiendo mucho en todos los sentidos.

    gracias de nuevo, y saludos a todos ☀

  11. David Sanches Moreira August 22, 2014 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Awesome letter Naudi. I’m a NASM PT in The Netherlanths, I had a plan to go further with NASM CES but since I hear about FP and I started to check your videos I realise that it will be beter for my as fitness professional and for my clients to learn with you further. And I didn’t buy your book and training videos yet but this weekend I will. I will wait for another oportunity when you comeback to Europe for a FP certification to be there and learn more and get my FP certification. And this is for everyone who doesn’t know FP try to know FP, follow Naudi because this man is special.

    Thanks for your effort and education, Naudi.

    My regards
    David Sanches Moreira
    NASM CPT

  12. Jonny Edward August 25, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

    From one chimp to another,

    It is truly a pleasure and joy to read articles and gather information from another fitness professional who sees clients, and more broadly human beings, as so much more than mere bags of bones, tendons, ligaments, and musculature.

    The mainstream fitness industry attempts to break down incredibly complex multi-dimensional organisms into piecemeal standalone parts; forsaking the integrated whole for the isolated portion. Your training methodology, especially when viewing us through the lens of evolution, purpose, and longevity is truly a breath of fresh air in a field that’s been fairly stagnate for a long period of time.

    I agree wholeheartedly about the undeniable importance and imperative of addressing behavior as it relates and associates to movement and functional patterns Creating seamless effective connectivity between the brain and body, and vice versa, should be the ultimate goal when teaching or coaching movement of any sort.

    Thank you for everything you do and so willingly share. Keep up the outstanding work. Down the road, I’m sure our paths will cross and I am excited about the prospect of learning and growing alongside you.

    Regards,

    Jonny

  13. Theresa August 27, 2014 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Well said and so true. Love your work and love to think out of the box. We should be open to new ideas and new movements as we continue the journey of discovering more about the incredible human body.

    With love from a big supporter and follower.
    Theresa
    Pilates Teacher

  14. Penny Hamilton October 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Fantastic letter Naudi!
    Now I want to hear more about what you believe in regards to the associative memory and systems in relation to the Pavlov theory……….more please!
    FP all the way!
    Regards
    Penny

  15. Tony Bryan October 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Love it, so too my junior golfers! Am an international fitness presenter of street dance who added golf for the purpose to scholarship programs offered in golf for all kids. Your programs bring functional excitement. Thank you man

  16. angel February 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    yo soy entrenador y osteopata y desde qe empece a ver sus metodos hee dado un cambio total en el entrenamiento gracias a usted

  17. Angelina February 19, 2015 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Naudi you are Fantastic. I craked up reading the comments on face book.
    Iam a PT and love your work. Even though I don’t have a degree, you are teaching me more than you know.
    Want one of your tops too 🙂

  18. Ryan February 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Well said. This is going to be a revolution. Society needs more people and more advice that follows this thought pattern. The dismantling of the ego is necessary and difficult; imagine what it could mean for human health and social relations.

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