Mental Meat Heads Experience

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I love sharing GMB with the world. Whether it be teaching seminars, chatting with someone on an airplane, posting on Instagram, or being interviewed, I’m always ready to share the GMB love. Mind you, I’ve worked hard over the years to be more subtle about working GMB into a conversation ;)

As an online company, it’s been wonderful to be able to share our message with the world in a way that impacts so many different groups of people. And while I do love that we can help so many people in that manner, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for live teaching in a seminar format. Seeing the look in a person’s eye when they “get it” makes all the jet lag, bad food, and horrible hotel beds worth the travel for me.

Over the years, I’ve pulled back on the number of seminars I teach, and frankly, have had to decline many opportunities because of the toll all the traveling was taking on my body. However, once in awhile an opportunity comes around that I just can’t say no to.

One such opportunity was the chance to co-teach with Chip Conrad a second time at a Mental Meat Heads seminar.

Mental Mead Heads was created by Chip and Dave Hall to share different ideas about fitness in a positive manner with like-minded individuals. In this recent seminar held at Architect Studios in New Jersey on November 10th and 11th, Chip and I focused on the concept of exploration and play. This was a jam-packed event (37 people!) and it was a blast.

Similar to the previous seminar I taught with Chip earlier this year in Sacramento, each day, I started things off and shared my thoughts on how to approach the concept of play using the GMB Method and movements from our program Elements. We spent the first 3 hours on Saturday going over the AAA Framework where everyone broke up into groups of 3 to Assess each other using the Bear, Monkey, Frogger, and Crab. Of course there was plenty of movement exploration and variations for all to enjoy. It always makes me so happy to see people smiling and laughing while crawling around on the floor.

After lunch, Chip covered his method for looking at the world as one big playground and shared some fun ways to roll, crawl, rise, carry, and basically bring more awareness to one’s body. Even though I’ve seen him teach this before, I always learn something new that I can immediately apply to how I view movement.

The second day of seminars is always the best since the participants have a better idea of where we’re headed with things. This is where you see the “Ah ha!” lightbulbs light up in their brains when playing with the movements. I started the second day off with a playful warm-up and then we jumped into some strength moves with the idea of keeping things playful. It was great to see everyone exploring the single-arm push-up, handstand push-up, and shrimp squat in ways that didn’t involve grunting, screaming, or simply trying to crank out reps. Nope, everyone was focused on working at a level that was good for them and just doing that one rep as beautifully as possible.

Chip brought the thunder in the afternoon with his teachings on program design, intensity, keys to consistency. Not to mention him taking everyone through plank variations, goblet squat exploration, and how to “un-stupid” the burpee. That is always a crowd pleaser. :)

To show how Chip and GMB work together, we had everyone spend 3 minutes exploring all the moves they learned over the weekend by transitioning from one to the other without stopping. Needless to say, we saw some pretty cool things coming out of that exploration session and you could feel the camaraderie of the group as they went through it.

Last, but not least, we gave them a fun final challenge where they were asked to move as slowly as they could for 3 minutes straight. This is MUCH harder than it seems and they all did a fabulous job of controlling their body for that length of time. By the way, if you have never tried doing this, I highly suggest trying it. Start off with 1 minute and just see how slowly you can do a single movement during that minute. I guarantee you can go slower.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed being able to share GMB alongside a person that I highly admire and respect. Having the opportunity for others to learn not only about GMB but another fitness system that I can get behind and endorse makes sharing double the fun.

I have no idea what 2019 will bring but chances are Chip and I will be doing this again. I’d love to see you there.