1. How would you define your personal practice?
One key element of my practice is that it’s ever-evolving. It contains elements of learning about myself, expanding my physical and mental capacities, understanding what I don’t know, and connecting with others. In practice, I can be seen training handstands, sitting in a squat while eating lunch, picking up heavy weights, picking up other people, juggling…the list goes on forever, or else it wouldn’t be worthy of a personal practice.
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
One of the biggest was when I decided–with almost no strength or flexibility–I wanted to audition for circus school.
3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche?
Changing my relationship with pain has been one of the most powerful changes I’ve made. Getting injured has caused some of my most frustrating experiences and some of my most significant lessons.
4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not?
Yes. According to my gym, I’m a “coach,” and I identify most with the teaching aspect of that role. I strive to put others in positions to learn.
5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere?
Growing up, I loved PE. I was never the best at any sport, but I really enjoyed getting to dabble in different physical activities. Looking back, I wish there had been more actual education for me, and even more so for the many others who I’ve talked to about very negative PE experiences.
6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines?
Sometimes I instinctively want to express an emotion with movement, which often looks most like dance. Usually this goes one of two ways: either I’ll get more in touch with the emotion and stop dancing or I’ll move past the emotion and lose myself in the dance. This is just one example, but a full answer to the question would take at least one or two books!
7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built?
I aspire to develop coordination and strength through broad ranges and maintain them for the long haul. I aspire to use those ranges to continue enjoying the infinite number of options I currently have, as well as diving into the much greater number of options I don’t0–new movements, experiences, sensations, and interactions.
8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share?
Come find me in person where I teach: Gymnasia Strength & Movement (Waltham, MA, USA)! Or on Instagram: @jeremyfein.