Our modern world is drastically changing us and not necessarily for the better. We are witnessing a de-evolution of the human condition. We've engineered movement right out of our lives and forced ourselves into sedentary lifestyles. We work from home. We work on screens. We order in. We shop online. We are sacrificing our health on the alter of convenience. We have unprecedented access to more information than we've ever had in human history but are not any healthier for it. The health problems of modernity are directly related to the mechanized industrialization of everything. This can be seen historically with the shift away from classical strength training methods to specialized body building in the latter part of the 20th century. Gymnasiums began to look less like small Olympic Parks that emphasized a variety of natural environmental challenges like running tracks, obstacles, free weights, and wrestling/boxing rings and resembled more of the industrial zeitgeist of machine based production. The result of this assembly line philosophy was gyms crowded with machines void of the multi-plane movements that enabled us to kill Sabertooth Tigers and tame wild beasts. We praised the sculpted human form as an end in and of itself without knowing what we were losing. Our ancestral brains developed through unpredictable challenges allowing us to overcome our environment. The unpredictability of survival enabled our brains to grow larger and develop superior problem solving skills and heightened proprioception. Without the movement and problem solving challenges of survival our brains have begun to shrink and lose elasticity while our bodies have grown diseased and frail. Over the centuries we've systematically removed the very things that gave us the ability to tame our environment. This has led to a weakening populace that doesn't remember how to hunt or play.
In order for strength to translate into power & agility the body's elastic connections must be challenged in non-linear multi-plane movements. Hypertrophic muscles may look strong but without connection to the spiral kinetic chain will not translate to power beyond the movements that made them that way. The more elastic and supple the body the greater access to power and endurance. This type of athleticism is built through the proper balance between predictable and unpredictable training modes like strength & endurance training and less traditional but more practical skills like climbing, jumping, crawling, balancing, and combat arts. This is the classical method that was abandoned and almost lost due to the industrialization of fitness. The classical method challenges our physical intelligence to use the predictable strength cultivated in free weigh training (not machine training) to create new elastic connections for the purpose of use during unpredictable multi-plane applications. At ORTHDX every class, workshop, and skill session is built upon this classical Natural Fitness model from our ancestral past. The facility itself was designed for its members to develop their bodies elastic strength and spatial buoyancy. Additionally, you will be amazed at how easy it is to enjoy fitness and movement in an environment that invites you to not only conquer yourself but also the world around you.
David Welther (Owner, Training Director, Martial Artist)
WHAT IS NATURAL FITNESS?
Our facility is inspired by the Natural Fitness movement of the early 20th century. Created by the French physical educator Georges Hebert, the natural method of fitness focuses on three areas of movement: Pursuit, Escape, and Attack. Historically fitness gymnasiums looked a lot different than they do now. They embodied a more Grecko/Roman philosophy that included endurance training, weight lifting, and combat arts. During the First World War Georges Hebert became fascinated with the physical ability of the indigenous peoples he encountered during his tour of duty. He became a proponent of true functional fitness where emphasis is placed on how the training will improve your life over how the training will make you look. Our facility embodies the Natural Fitness philosophy in so far as Pursuit is equivalent to classical strength & conditioning methods, Escape is equivalent to the use of strength and agility to overcome obstacles, and Attack is equivalent to self-defense.