Well, it’s been a hell of a week!
And by that, I mean a good week.
Last Friday I collected fellow My Mad Methods magazine writer and friend Mark Smith of Asylum Fitness in North Carolina from the airport.
He’d flown across the pond to join me and many others for a workshop with the legend that is Ido Portal.
If you haven’t heard of Ido, why the hell not?!?!
Watch him and his guys do some of their thing here:
He calls himself a “Movement Coach” and damn does that boy move.
Not only that he’s ridiculously strong.
Better yet, he brought with him three of his students as assistants.
And they could move.
And they were ridiculously strong.
The workshop was titled “Movement X” which is cool speak for “Movement Experience” and was an insight into the Ido Portal Method of training and a glimpse of the thought processes that fuel the method.
While we learned about the Squat as a basic human need, we looked at mobility both solo drills and with a partner. We did what he called kinesthetic puzzles where we had to figure out how to move a stick around with our bodies.
We were shown core strength and full body tension via handstand work.
We were shown how a simple set of gym rings, no people, not that overpriced TRX nonsense but a set of rings that cost a third of the price, are the foundation of Ido’s upper body strength work. This was also a time spent discussing the needs of the scapula, an area Ido has clearly studied in depth.
We learned straight arm strength, we learned bent arm strength, we learned progressions and repressions to both.
We learned locomotion patterns, bipedal low gait patterns and quadrupedal crawling patterns.
But more than that we were offered an insight into how Ido thinks.
The logic in the system, the madness behind the method and the incredible mix of art, science, philosophy and old school grit that really make the method work.
Exercises and movements are merely exercises and movements, but when you add to it the correct mindset and thought process they become so much more.
And that is what I saw over the weekend.
It’s something I look for every time I attend a workshop and often don’t see it presented, but if you earn it, Ido will offer you his soul. In two 9hour days he offered us a glimpse of what goes on behind his eyes, and inkling of how he thinks and a glimpse of what is possible in his world.
And I liked that. That alone made the course worthwhile, the actual training drills are just the icing.
After all, as Steve Maxwell often quotes, “Nothing is new in the world, its how you out it together that counts”
Earlier this year I was introduced to the Anatomy in Motion system which parallels the Ido Portal method in terms of the thought processes even if it has differing goals and methods. Different methods and goals, but a similar global view and overall goal. To help people move better.
This mindset is going to make WG-Fit better. The information will be amalgamated into the WG-Fit methods to further improve the training we offer our clients both in the flesh and online.
Before Mark left to go home to the States, he dropped by WG-Fit to pick my brains on the kettlebell lifts and then teach a class for me. They loved the Asylum Fitness bodyweight and movement stuff, well, loved to hate it……..
This Sunday: 1 Day Rapid Response Self Defence workshop, limited places still available HERE
Sat 26th July: Building a better cyclist workshop, details HERE