Model, author and public speaker, Roger Frampton is first and foremost a movement coach developing exercise methods that require no gym memberships, no weights and no equipment. Turning the traditional gym workout on its head, Roger is all about being as flexible as his 5-year-old self – we had a chat to find out more.
JACK WILLS: What is a movement coach?
ROGER FRAMPTON: A movement coach is somebody that coaches someone on movement. I look at how humans move, I look at the physicality of the human being, the function of a human being. That’s what I’m interested in. I went into a gymnastics class and saw five-year-olds training and moving better than me. And I was like: “Oh my god” – kids we’re born perfect and then we lose it all.” So my aspiration is five-year-old Roger.
JW: How am I moving?
RF: How are you moving? You’re not; you’re static. The way I see the world is we’re all born, we teach ourselves how to crawl, to squat, to walk, to stand. And we go and sit on chairs or our parents put us in prams or we go to school and we learn to sit on chairs for education, for work or for transport.
JW: How did you get into that type of work?
RF: If you look at an exercise, an exercise is a series of movements. The fitness industry is focused mainly on the exercises but I’m focused on the movement, be it the movement of the fingertips, the movement of the wrists, the movement of the elbow, but not necessarily the plank or the lunge.
JW: What type of sport do you absolutely love and what do you hate?
RF: It’s very easy to say what I hate and what I love. Everyone knows the story of the hare and the tortoise. What I hate is the hare and what I love is the tortoise. The hare is the fast moving with quick results and the tortoise is the slow moving, continuous but wins in the end.
JW: Do you consider yourself sporty or an athlete?
RF: For me to consider myself sporty, it would depend on whom I’m comparing myself to. If I would compare myself how a four-year-old moves, I would be very inflexible. If I would compare myself to a gymnast, I would be very inflexible. If I were to compare myself to 90% of humans on the planet, I would be quite flexible. So the golden rule is stop comparing, start moving.
JW: If you could be a professional athlete, what would you want to do and why?
RF: I like the fact that I’m not stuck within one profession. I can jump into gymnastics, I can go and do a bit of yoga, and I can go and do a bit of running. But I’m not stuck in the same discipline and stuck in the same rules.
JW: What do you like to do to relax?
RF: I see stretching and training as relaxing, but only if you’re doing it mindfully.
JW: What’s your ultimate goal in life?
RF: My ultimate goal in life is to spread the message of movement to millions and millions of people worldwide.
JW: Where do you train?
RF: At home. Everything I write about you should be able to do in your front room.
JW: Do you train individuals?
RF: I’m more writing about it and reaching out. Writing a book I can reach thousands of people. If I’m coaching one-on-one I’m only getting my message out to one person. It’s great, and I’m glad I’m changing someone’s life on an individual basis but to really make an impact in this world you’ve got to spread your message far.
JW: Is the ultimate goal global domination?
RF: The ultimate goal is to get people to realise they were born perfect movers. We were all born perfectly ready, it just got taken away. Our goal is to get it back, to go back to four-years-old you when you could move amazingly.