I grew up a weak and skinny kid, and having asthma didn’t help. Running out of breathe trying to keep up with friends was discouraging. I didn’t feel strong or capable enough to defend myself or others. I played on a sports team once growing up (basketball in 3rd grade) and didn’t do so well. I eventually overcame these struggles with progressive physical pursuits and healthier lifestyle choices.
My dad, with his background in weight lifting, carpentry, martial arts, and fun, was my original inspiration to becoming stronger & more skilled. He was my real life Bruce Lee. We lifted weights, hit the bag, and did numerous, varied activities together.
Even before I could talk, he put me up to hang on the monkey bars (see below), and said I would just hang, and hang… and hang. He had enough time to pull out an old camera and take a photo (probably took forever in those days). Little did he know that that image would become my logo one day.
It was a natural, instinctual, universal strength that wasn’t taught, it was in my DNA. Just like a baby who can swim right out of the womb (as seen in water births). Of course, I couldn’t tell him to take me down, but it didn’t look like I wanted to get down either.
It wasn’t until my senior year in high school when I intently started pursuing new physical, mental, and emotional endeavors. Starting out with high school wrestling. It was great, I won my first match, and got my ass handed to me for the rest of them. I loved it though, and wished I had started sooner.
After high school, the learning really began. I became hungry for more, physically and mentally. I started studying and learning about all different things, from all over the world, from all walks of life. You name it.
I took up Boxing, MMA, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, Capoeira, Art Du Déplacement/Parkour, La Methode Naturelle, which led me to MovNat. When I discovered MovNat, and “The Workout the World Forgot“, I realized ‘This is it! This is everything in one — the most complete system. This what I want to do for the rest of my life.’
I absorbed everything I could on it, trained day in and day out, and it quickly became my lifestyle. I ended winning a free workshop through the MovNat 60/60 Challenge on Facebook. Knowing I wanted to not only learn everything about MovNat, but also teach and share it with others, I decided to apply the credit towards a certification.
Within the next year I packed up my stuff and relocated from RI to TX to attend a MovNat Level 1 Certification. It was happening in Houston, November of 2014. So I went down a month or two earlier and lived with family in Dallas — not realizing how far Houston was from Dallas (coming from a state where you can get from one side to the other in an hour!).
After the certification I ended up staying, and living with family who had similar interests in being a health & fitness coach, and wound up with a pretty sweet side job that allowed me to build my base.
Since then I’ve been taking it one barefoot at a time. Organically growing with what’s now known as “Original Human Movement”.
I went on to receive the MovNat Level 2 & Combatives Certification (Mar & Jul 2016), The Human Path Scout (Oct 2017), the Level 3 MovNat Certification (Oct 2017), the Primal Health Coaching Certification (Apr 2018), and most recently, the MovNat Aquatics Certification (Sept 2018), officially earning the title of a Master MovNat Trainer.
As a natural learner & explorer, I’ve continued my education with many practices and studies including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (which I also plan to train & teach for life), Art Du Déplacement (with the founders at workshops in Dallas, Houston, and the birthplace in France), the Wim Hof Method (through workshops & daily practice), the 52 Weeks EveryBody Biomechanics course (by Katy Bowman), the Gracie Combatives course, the Self.Defense.Unit (by Rickson Gracie), various Martial Arts (Boxing, Wrestling, MMA, Muy Thai, etc.), Obstacle Course Races, a 10 Day Vipassana course, a daily meditation practice, and much more.
– Nathan “Natural Nate” Amado
“You’re a human, live like one!”