Meeting a six year-old girl in a gymnastics class changed model, Roger Frampton’s exercise trajectory forever, “I was in really good shape and was attempting to get into a move called the bridge - I couldn’t even bend and she did it straight away. I just thought, ‘I’m actually sh*t and I suck.’ I couldn’t do 10 percent of what they were doing.”
From there ‘The Frampton Method’ was born which is all about reversing the process of deteriation of the body and returning to the movement you had as a young child. And yes sitting down at your desk all day, hunched over is technically killing you according to Roger. *sits straight up whilst reading
Here our Fashion and Celebrity Director, Josh Newis-Smith has his mind completely altered with Roger’s unconventional exercise tips which don’t even involve a gym fee OR weights…
Ignore nutrition –kale won’t make you stronger.
“I have met nutritionists before and when they say, ‘you should eat something like kale for x reasons,’ I just think it’s rubbish. Eating kale won’t enable you to do a handstand because your wrists aren’t strong enough or lift your own body weight. I literally eat what I want - when I want. I am vegetarian but that isn’t for nutritional reasons. I firmly believe if you keep active 24/7 by constantly being conscious of your body and where you are placing your limbs at any time you don’t have to worry about what you eat.”
Working on your flexibility could save your life…
“You spend your entire school life and working life sat down in chairs. So just say you train for a few hours a week for the next 20 years that still wouldn’t be good enough to reverse every day you spend sat down. I’m like the Benjamin Button of training, from doing this method of training for 5 years I can move like a 14/15 year old. But I want to move like a four year old - I want fully-functioning movement. Flexibility, unfortunately, is a really long-term process that needs to be done consistently. You can’t just go to the gym once a month and expect that it’s going to change which is why the book is about tiny bits every day.”
Change your definition of fit…
“Athletes are fit for the purpose of their training. So runners are good at running but it doesn’t mean they’re ‘fit’ because if they were to say, skiing, they’d just be awful. You’re only fit for the skill that you’ve learned. So I want to be fit for the purpose of being human not fit for a certain sport. For me that means having the movement I had at preschool - when I could just hang out on the floor and be human - when we were at our most innate state. Sport is a man-made thing whereas being ‘human’ is a development of nature. So when most people talk about fitness, they talk about looking fit, or to be able to catch their breath kind of fit. By the time I’m 70 years old I want to be able to fall on the floor and pick myself up - for me that’s fitness. It’s not about destroying yourself and looking great on the beach and then getting to 70 and then having your hip replaced.”
Sitting down is killing you, be more conscious of your body.
“If you want to know how you’re designed to move just look at any two or three year old and you’ll see them sitting in squats. The way to start reversing the process is to be conscious of your body the entire time, when you sit make sure you are engaging your core and standing up straight. If you realize what you are doing then you have the ability to change. You actually benefit more from doing this than someone who’s smashing the gym three hours a week because there are one hundred hours a week where you can be awake and aware of what your body is doing. For instance you can be stretching all the time and only you know when you are.”
Change Tact: Don’t focus on getting good abs or a great ass.
“I wouldn’t ever think about trying to get a great ass or whatever and the reason I wouldn’t do that is if you imagine that you’re watching the Olympics and you see the starting line up for a sprint, they all have abs. They all have great abs. Do you think anyone trained to get their abs? They trained to become a better runner and the byproduct of that is that they have great abs. So I look at my total performance of how I move, not to try to change my body. I use gymnastics techniques, some yoga techniques and really just move like a human should and my abs and my body are the byproduct of that. Think about it, if you’re not aware of the difference of your stomach sucking in when you’re doing crunches your abs won’t get any better. So it’s the awareness of how your body is moving at any given time that will give you access to how good your abs are or how good your bum is.”
If you’re watching TV at home don’t sit on the sofa…
“…sit on the floor. A sofa, as we all know, is comfortable. We’re always paying for comfort and we always want to be more comfortable. But just like at work if you want to achieve more you have to step outside of your comfort zone. The problem with wanting to be more comfortable is we are continuing our body’s journey to the extreme, which is this ‘70 year old slouchy posture.’ You should sit on the floor and there are many different positions that you can sit in like your classic cross-legged position, you can sit on your feet and squat. Like a child move constantly, switch between positions.”
Don’t fight for a seat on public transport… ‘train squat ‘ instead!
“When I’m on the train I don’t sit on a chair, I either make a conscious effort to stand, do some standing practice or I kind of squat in the corner which is called ‘train squatting’ (SEE BELOW). Lean your back against the wall so it’s straight and squat completely down. I know if I sit down then I’m only going to have to go home and reverse all that anyway because every time I’m sitting down I’m just getting tight again so I have to spend time fixing it. If you’re commuting in and out of London then you can get two hours a day of train squatting. If it’s a quiet train I’ll sometimes hang from the bars and stretch out. You don’t have to take your feet off the floor but just hold on to the bars and hang down and you get a nice stretch in your shoulders.”
Hit training is actually bad for you.
“While you’re moving at quite a high speed you can’t be aware of your body. For my consciousness and awareness I personally would never do something where I’m put in a position where I’m unaware of my body. I think that anything that focuses on heartbeat is a complete waste of time because your heart is going to beat no matter what you do - you don’t need to focus on increasing it. We’ve created this huge gap between the fitness industry and actual athletes who don’t train like that. They don’t just blast their body, they don’t try to make themselves look better, they don’t try to make themselves lose weight, they’re trying to learn how to move better and as they move better, they look better and lose weight.”