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Personal Training

$40 = 60 minute session



Training - By Appointment



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Having grown up in a small town in southern Maine, Carl was fortunate enough to have ample opportunities to play in Maine's  natural landscapes. After running cross-country, indoor, and outdoor   track all throughout high school, he eventually stumbled upon a  relatively new fitness system called MovNat(R) (short for Natural Movement) in college (2010), which immediately clicked with him.


Applying his experience with barefoot running, rock climbing, and slacklining, natural movement became the obvious next step for him which encompass elements of each of those disciplines. He has been training regularly and passionately in the MovNat method since then, and continued his training by completing one of the first MovNat certification workshops in August of 2012.


Prior to discovering MovNat, Carl suffered from a few relatively   serious injuries. Using MovNat's progressive, biologically-appropriate method, Carl has been able to strengthen the injured areas to the point where they are now stronger than before. Carl seeks to share his training to help others realize their innate strength, mobility, and freedom that comes with Natural Movement training.

Carl believes it is everyone's birthright to be happy, healthy, and free. As children, we all experience this feeling through playing and physically participating with the world around us. Modern life teaches us to stop playing and sit down for long periods of time.   As a result, our bodies and spirits suffer. Carl's goal is to reunite   people to their natural child-like curiosity through natural movement and play.


Level 2 MovNat Certified Trainer, First Aid/CPR  Specialties - Natural, playful, practical movements specific to the   human species such as walking, running, balancing, crawling, climbing,   lifting, carrying, throwing, catching


Personal Training, small and medium group training.

"Though I've just started there, I really like this place. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and it does seem like a community, which is awesome. The owners seem to be there most of the time."   |  Catherine

"I surprised myself last year. I found that I enjoy going to the gym, I enjoy being fit, capable, and strong. I am convinced now of the importance of building strength in our bodies. I feel, actually, totally transformed."   |  Sally

"I've worked with four other trainers in my life, and no one compares to Eric! He gently pushes me in the best way possible to have a great well-rounded workout. It's never about him, it's about empowering me."   |  Lauren



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Optimal Self

640 Congress Street

Portland, Maine 04101

Monday-Friday  |  6am - 9pm

Saturday  |  9am - 9pm

Sunday  |  9am - 6pm

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