Free-Range Fitness/Self-Defense

The concept is simple: move naturally in nature. This class will explore the foundational concepts of movement and fitness in their most natural environment, nature itself.  Lifting, climbing, crawling, squatting, balancing, hanging, running, and jumping all will be included in ways that are uncommon in a typical fitness class. This will be a fun and playful environment meant to help cultivate a joyful relationship with nature by building competence in our own bodies to enjoy it fully.

New for Fall 2016 is the incorporation of self-defense with our Free Range Fitness program.  Through games, instruction and fun, students will gain skills to deal with bullying in the right way.  The answer is not always violence.

This program is a great opportunity for students to improve their balance and coordination, strength and agility while boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem.

2016 Fall Semester:
Begins Wednesday, September 14
Ends Wednesday, November 16
Wednesdays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
3rd graders and up
Cost:  $75 – $125 per student
Enroll your child in Free Range Fitness here.

During the Spring 2015 semester, we tested our strength and agility on Morgantown Learning Academy’s property. This was our first semester of Free-Range Fitness and we all loved it!  See photos below to see Free Range Fitness in action.  In Spring 2016, students built on the skills they gained in 2015, as well as developing new lifting and strength maneuvers that can help others in life-saving situations, such as the fireman’s carry.

*Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15p – 4p to allow time for public school and homeschool students to travel to MLA.  We will start our outdoor activities at 4p! Each child needs to bring a backpack with a water bottle or camel pack and a nut-free snack with label for each adventure.

Note on dressing for Free Range Fitness from Instructor Buddy Guthrie:  Unrestrictive movement is the goal.  Wear flexible clothing so all joints of the body move free.  For shoes, the more freely the foot can mold to what it is standing on the better.  Since barefoot is not an option, minimalist shoes are ideal – something with a flexible sole where the foot can feel the ground.  Contact Buddy directly with any questions about the program and/or what to wear (buddyaguthrie@gmail.com).

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Would your child be interested in joining Free-Range Fitness/Self-Defense?

– The afterschool program meets every week at Morgantown Learning Academy but is open to all students (public and homeschool as well!).  This program runs on Wednesdays in Fall 2016, September – November.

– Questions? Email Free-Range Mentor, Buddy Guthrie, at BuddyAGuthrie@gmail.com.

– To enroll your child, click here.