Erwan Le Corre

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Erwan Le Corre
Born (1971-09-10) 10 September 1971 (age 51)
Known forFounder of MovNat

Erwan Le Corre, a French American born on September 10, 1971,[1] is the founder and innovator of a physical education system and lifestyle[2][3] known as MovNat, which derives from the French words "mouvement naturel" ("natural movement").[4]

Early life and training[edit]

Erwan Le Corre grew up in the French village of Étréchy, and later at Épinay-sur-Orge,[5][6] both south of Paris. As a child he spent his free time outdoors exploring and playing in the fields and woods around his village. At age 18, Le Corre received a black belt in Karate.[7] Starting at age 19 he did parkour-like training for 7 years with the Parisian stuntman Don Jean Habrey.[8] Habrey called his discipline "Combat Vital."[9] During this period he also began barefoot running.[10] At age 27, he began a period of training which included sailing, Olympic weightlifting, rock climbing, long distance triathlon, trail running and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[11]

Development of a system of natural movement[edit]

In 2004 Erwan Le Corre started researching the physical training method of the French naval officer Georges Hébert.[12] The training developed by Hébert is known as "la méthode naturelle" ("natural method").[13] In 2008 Le Corre formally began his physical education system and lifestyle known as MovNat[14] and began teaching it in weekend workshops and weeklong outdoor retreats.


According to Le Corre, MovNat is "a school of physical competency entirely based on natural movement, which includes the locomotive skills of walking, running, balancing, crawling, jumping, climbing and swimming, the manipulative skills of lifting, carrying, throwing and catching, and the defensive skills of striking and grappling, and that the most important principles of natural movement are practicality and adaptability."[15]

Regarding the difference between Hébert's "méthode naturelle" and Le Corre's MovNat, Le Corre has said that "the main difference resides in the coaching system, which has been updated. It is more elaborate and efficient in MovNat.... MovNat's philosophy is formulated to better fit with today using modern forms of communication, for instance video and the Internet."[16]

Static apnea training[edit]

Starting in the year 2020, Le Corre began training in the discipline of prolonged breath-holding, known as static apnea. The practical use for prolonged breath-holding is for freediving. In 2021, Le Corre performed a breath-hold for 6 minutes, 46 seconds, while he was face-down in a pool. His breath-hold was verified by the United States Freediving Federation, who listed the duration of Le Corre's static apnea breath-hold as being a new United States national record for the under 50 age group.[17][18] In January of 2023 Le Corre set another United States national record in the 50+ age category with a breath-hold duration of 7 minutes and 8 seconds.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Erwan Le Corre became a United States citizen via naturalization. He is married and has three children. His wife Jessika grew up in New Mexico.[20] Le Corre was based near Santa Fe, New Mexico during the 2010s.[21]


In 2019 Erwan Le Corre released his first book entitled The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health and Freedom.[22] Le Corre's book has also been translated into German.[23] and Polish[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Erwan Le Corre". MovNat website, About Us, Erwan Le Corre. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ "PaleoFitness and MovNat". Sensualanimist. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ Goldstein, Joseph (8 January 2010). "The New Age Caveman and the City". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "A Wild Workout for the Real World". Men's Health. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  5. ^ Angel 2016, p. 195
  6. ^ "Copains d'avant". Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  7. ^ Angel 2016, p. 195
  8. ^ Angel 2016, p. 188, pp. 191-204
  9. ^ Angel 2016, p. 188
  10. ^ "Interview with Erwan Le Corre". Conditioning Research. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Erwan Le Corre". MovNat website, About Us, Erwan Le Corre. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  12. ^ "The Workout Time Forgot". Outside Online. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  13. ^ "A Wild Workout for the Real World". Men's Health. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  14. ^ "MovNat: Learning how to move as we were intended to". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  15. ^ Bowman, Katy (2015). Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning to Minimal Footwear.
  16. ^ "300 Second Interview: Erwan Le Corre (MovNat)". The Fitness Explorer. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Erwan Le Corre, MovNat Founder, Breaks National Static Breath-Holding Record". Breaking Muscle. 3 August 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Under 50 National Records, Static apnea (STA), men: Erwan Le Corre; 1 August, 2021". United States Freediving Federation. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Master National Records 50+, Static Apnea (STA), men: Erwan Le Corre; January 21, 2023". United States Freediving Federation. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  20. ^ "Fitness Trainer and Modern Day Tarzan". Parade magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Interview with MovNat's Erwan Le Corre". Nancercise: The Benchmark in Outdoor Fitness. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  22. ^ Le Corre, Erwan (2019) (15 January 2019). The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom. Victory Belt Publishing (Simon & Schuster). ISBN 978-1628602838.
  23. ^ Le Corre, Erwan (2019) (16 October 2019). Natural Movement: Zurück zur natürlichen Bewegung - für mehr Kraft, Ausdauer und einen gesunden Körper. riva Verlag. ISBN 978-3742310118.
  24. ^ Le Corre, Erwan (2019). Ruch naturalny w praktyce. Galaktyka. ISBN 978-8375797497.


  • Angel, Julie (2016). Breaking the Jump: The Secret Story of Parkour's High Flying Rebellion, Arum Press.
  • Durant, John (2013). The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, Harmony Books (Random House).
  • McDougall, Christopher (2015). Natural Born Heroes: How A Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance, Vintage.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bowman, Katy (2014). Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, Propriometrics Press.

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