(Georges HEBERT: La Méthode Naturelle Tome 1 , VII
A training session is a group progression with walking, running, jumping, quadrupedy, climbing or climbing, balancing, lifting and carrying, spearing, wrestling...and swimming (if possible ).
We will see in the following page where it can take place, while respecting the 15 teaching rules of the Method.
Pedagogy follows 15 rules, some of which stem directly from natural doctrine (for example, working flexibly in opposition to hard work) and others are given by experience (freedom of action to everyone as opposed to automatic, time-bound and standardized collective work).
The pedagogy rules can be grouped into:
1° continuity of work
The session is continuous, without stopping. It is a sequence of different exercises. This allows the development of general resistance and especially of breath.
2° alternating opposite efforts
Continuity of work is obtained by using alternating efforts: a moderate effort always succeeds an intense effort.
A rope climb (intense effort) will be followed by a slow speed run (low effort)
3° Progression of intensity of efforts
While respecting the rule of alternating efforts, the intensity of work will increase throughout the session.
Of course, this progression may be changed during a session in nature to take advantage of natural obstacles.
4° initial warm-up and final cooling
The session begins with an initial warm-up, activating blood flow and breathing and heating muscles and joints.
the session ends with a return to calm, so as to allow breathing and heart beat to return their normal rhythm.
5° individualisation of efforts
The intensity of the efforts must always be in relation to the physical possibilities of each participant, even in collective sessions.
Example: Climbing on the rocks will be in harmony with the possibilities of each one.
In the other exercises, the number of jumps, the height of the obstacle, the speed of execution... will be specific to each person.
6° working with flexibility
Flexibility is one of the essential characteristics of the natural movement. Without flexibility, no improvement is possible.
Any stiffness or exercise that forces muscles to contract unnecessarily should be avoided.
7° Correct attitude and ample breathing
A correct posture, that is to say slightly bulged chest, shoulders back and lowered, right back, belly erased etc., must be sought.
Ample breathing with deep exhalations helps to combat shortness of breath.
8° Complete freedom even in collective work
Everyone works at his own pace and according to his abilities. Effort is individualized and achieves the best performance and development.
Any collective work with an imposed rhythm is to be prohibited.
9° Speed and skill
Execution speed (both mental and muscular) is a crucial element of strength.
Speed must be sought as it requires will and cool blood.
Skill (precision, accuracy and correctness of the movements) is also an essential quality to cultivate.
10° Correction of individual weaknesses
Particular attention will be paid to each person’s weaknesses in order to choose the most appropriate exercises to fight them.
11° Enjoy open air and sun - Weather Hardening
In order to take advantage of the vitalizing effects of the air and the sun, a light outfit (adapted to the weather conditions) is to be preferred.
Here again, individualization is a must.
It is also a good way to harden the body to the natural environment and develop general resistance.
12° Express your joy and hapiness
Natural work naturally brings joy and enthusiasm as a result of well-being and euphoria.
Participants -particularly children- should express their joy and happiness by shouting or singing.
Small games, shouts or dances can sometimes conclude a session.
13° Cultivate the qualities of action
Energy and other qualities of action (courage, will, cool blood, firmness,... ) must be obtained by:
-performing exercises presenting difficulties or measured risks or requiring to overcome fears (falling, jumping, diving, etc.)
- success in a particularly difficult exercise or performance
- the example of the other participants or the coach
14° Look for altruistic behaviour
Noble behaviour will be sought and cultivated; altruism, solidarity, exemplarity, mutual help, mutual encouragement. It will be achieved through practice of mutual assistance (helping each other on obstacles, encouragement, etc.), by parades to prevent a fall, by the example of the coach himself...
15° Look for emulation and self-emulation
Teamwork and periodic competitions or examinations will encourage further training.
Individual sheets of rated and quantified tests create and maintain an emulation as well as a self-emulation