Frank Forencich: The Long Body, Short Body Blues, and the Illusion of Logic

What do you need to know to beyond being fit and athletic?

This is the question Frank Forencich pondered while spending time with the Hadza and !Kung bushmen in Africa.

Frank's experiences would later lead him to discover the "Long Body" approach to human health, and the consequences of modern culture's mismatch from Natural Law.

In today's episode, you'll learn:

  • What led Frank to study indigenous people in Africa,
  • The specific continuities that keep the human body alive,
  • How to navigate the mismatch of modern culture, and...
  • Much, much more.

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Episode Breakdown

  • Frank's childhood struggle with sub-optimal health
  • How regular exercise dramatically changed Frank's life in high school
  • How Frank's studies at Stanford led him to question the history of his body
  • Frank's observations about the Hadza and !Kung bushmen of Africa
  • Frank's intimate, picturesque hunting experience
  • "Habitat literacy"
  • Bio-regionalism, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, and poison arrowheads
  • Tribal eldership, generational continuity, and oral tradition
  • "Short Body Blues"
  • Frank describes the specific continuities that keep the human body alive
  • Origin of the Long Body perspective
  • Frank's advice for building continuity between the short body and habitat
  • Seattle trailheads and the language Frank suggests you use while outdoors
  • "Rich communication"
  • Frank talks about going vertical on an old-new classic by C.G. Jung
  • Affluence of class and opportunity
  • Why Frank views most of today's food as "space food"
  • Why Frank thinks exercise science is boring
  • "Neuro-Optimism"
  • Why Frank values growing older and what that means to him
  • Frank's advice on ways to navigate the mismatch of modern culture
  • What is a "Progress Trap?"
  • If Frank were to give one piece of advice, he would say to [???]
  • The Long Body training program

Questions I Ask

  1. "Where did the homeland lead you on your health journey?"
  2. "Were the Hadza known for eating more tubers and honey in their diets?"
  3. "When the bushmen hunt, do they eat their prey on the spot?"
  4. "What have you learned form the bushmen that you use in your own practice?"
  5. "Are we trying to create our own unique community or tribe?"
  6. "Where did you originally hear the concept of the Long Body?"
  7. "What are some of the foundational Long Body practices someone might begin with?"
  8. "How do we begin to build our own tribe?"
  9. "What are the Exuberant Animal workshop trainings about?"
  10. "What is the importance of kinesthetic touch?"
  11. "What are you going deep in now?"
  12. "If you could extrapolate one piece of knowledge from Jung's book and share that with the audience, what would that be?"
  13. "What is Neuro-Optimism?"
  14. "Where can people reach you and what projects do you have going on?"

Mentioned Resources

Exuberant Animal by Frank Forencich

Frank is an internationally-recognized expert on health and human performance As an engaging speaker and movement teacher, he brings a unique, "long body" perspective to the human predicament and offers practical solutions for some of the most pressing problems of our age.

Frank's accolades:

  • B.A. from Stanford University in Human Biology and Neuroscience
  • Member: Council of Directors of the True Health Initiative
  • Black belt in both Karate and Aikido martial arts
  • Contributor to Paleo Magazine (2012-2016)
  • Travelled to Africa on several occasions to study human origins and the ancestral environment
  • Named by Experience Life Magazine as one of the “Five Visionaries leading the charge to better health, and a healthier world.”
  • Fitness ambassador, PTontheNet 2016

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