andre miller

Doubt, Death, & Gardening


Andre Miller   Stupidity is the best synonym if one is uncomfortable using the word evil. It seems as if the evil individual could only be educated, their actions would change. If they had the missing understanding you and I held then they would choose another course of action, one we would see as wise […]

Space Shifting

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Andre Miller       View this post on Instagram   Toes to wall overhead atg squat for mobility. Form cues intended to maintain posture in an exercise are often followed to a fault, never allowing the individual to understand the connections between various positions or exercises. Purposefully exercising these connections between primary hubs of […]

Rooting & Grasping


Andre Miller     View this post on Instagram   There are no superfluous modalities to the #rootsfitness training program or philosophical core. There are no fancy party tricks or even bodily aesthetic aims, if any of those sorts of things develop they are purely byproducts of a process geared towards restoring integrity to the […]

Exercising Integrity


Andre Miller   Do you work to exercise or do you exercise to work, or perhaps they are one in the same? This riddle of a question centers around the question of integrity. Are you one thing with many parts or simply fragmented with many parts and no cohesive philosophy to hold it all together? […]

Slow is Smooth is Fast


Andre Miller     View this post on Instagram   Moving slowly allows for the observation of details that might have been overlooked at speed. The observation of these details is then added to the neurological image of the same movements we perform at speed. This enhanced neurological image leads to an increase in understanding […]

Supine Bridge Kicks


Andre Miller   Less Dynamic Assessment of Positional (St)Ability…   View this post on Instagram   #Heroesmarch To saunter comes from the root words “saint” and “terra” used to describe those looking for “holy land.” It has been misunderstood that the holy land was ever a physical place. Rather, the holy land and is a […]

Softness vs. Stiffness


Andre Miller     View this post on Instagram   Una ejercisios combinacion fantasica. Es sola un combinacion de ejersisios entre un multitudes de ejersisios. Pero ellos son mi ejesisios. Mi ejersisios son ejesisios con corazon. Quieres un vida fantastica? Necesitas ejersisios fatasticos! Quieres el mundo fatastico? Necesitamos el hombres y las mujeres con corazon. […]

Grasping Shoulders


Andre Miller     View this post on Instagram   I was very excited to see I received a letter from a reader the other day; “Dear Rootsfitness, I’ve noticed you’ve got really nice shoulda shubs. I have been working really hard and would really like to improve my shoulda shubs, any tips?” Dear Reader, […]

The Coexistence of Science and Awareness


Andre Miller   Stepping out of the lab and into your life; a rational argument for the irrational and of the nature of awareness. First and foremost this article is by no means an argument against the use or practicality of science. It is merely a concise description of the nature of our world and […]

On Parenting & Fitness


Andre Miller   I was three years into my career as a personal trainer when I first seriously started considering the impact of parenting on fitness. A middle aged couple I was training made an offhand comment chatting after a workout, “People that are our age who don’t have kids are weird.” I took the […]

The Seven Systema Principles of Breathing


Andre Miller Breath is The Great Communicator within the body. Awareness is the product of electrical potentiation within the nervous system. From this awareness, all functions of the body are carried out. Oxygen fans the neurological flame of awareness. The imagery of breaths moving through the body are akin to waves crashing on the beach. […]

On Loneliness and Learning – The Four E’s


Andre Miller   The story of the four e’s began for me around the time I was 10 or 11 years old. A few years prior, my parents began letting me walk to school. Frequently, they would have to go out searching for me an hour or two after school had let out to find […]

Runner’s Restorative Groundwork


Andre Miller   This one is for all the runners out there, especially those headed to the #bostonmarathon ! An example of the isolation, integration and improvisation process for working the lateral aspects of the hip, psoas and #itband . First abduction to breathe through the peak contraction of the glut meds and it band […]

Resistance to Assistance


Andre Miller We all need help. Receiving help is a matter of making oneself accessable to forces or power. If you are incapable of receiving help you have not become independent, you have cut yourself off from the influences in your life that can provide growth. Anything that is strong or powerful is so because […]

Breath, Kinetic Energy, Creativity

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Andre Miller   Good people of the Earth! Coming to you live and direct from a bit earlier today, it’s #rootsfitness #exerciseprogramming . A 5 part miniseries depicting what a good days #workout looks like. This first little nugget of an appetizer starts with slow, breath led, full body, integrated movement to warm the tastebuds. […]

Systema – Basics and Developing Ideas

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Andre Miller Systema is a Russian martial art based on fluidity and effortless movement.  The following games and demonstrations hope to guide the user into its basic principles and applicable tangents.   Low Pushover  OBJECTIVE: push partner over by pressing against torso Develops softness, tension awareness, and alignment of actions/interactions with breathing Key points: both […]

Introducing the Movement Farmer


  “We’re eating food, you want some food?” This was my first interaction with Andre Miller (Instagram handle @rootsfitness_portland) as he opened his door.  It was early spring so the food hadn’t come from his ground yet, but as I looked around you could somehow already see his place bursting with life.  Two friends were […]