L'entraînement naturel

Why the Natural Method?

For thousands of years, humans have lived in a natural environment and would take long walks or runs, produce a lot of work or fight for a day, to ensure their survival.Nowadays we no longer live in the same conditions and we must then train with "method".

What is the difference between hebertism and the Natural Method?

Georges HEBERT himself answered this question in these terms:

«  Practicing hebertism, in fact, does not consist, as many people imagine or as some instructors or teachers believe, in limiting oneself to the execution of exercises or movements resulting from the "Natural Method". Hebertism synthesizes a set of actions that can be summarized as follows:

  • Acquire integral physical development,
  • Highlight the skills of all types of natural and utilitarian exercises: walking, running, jumping, climbing, lifting, throwing, defending, swimming,
  • Increase organic resistance and natural immunities through strict observance of the rules of frugality of sobriety and morality,
  • Hardening the body: seeking rustic life,
  • Develop energy and all other manly qualities,
  • Finally, to put all physical and manly achievements at the service of social good. »

(Georges Hébert – Revue "L'éducation physique", n°34, October 1925)

33 years later, a few months before his death, he explained the difference between Hebertism and Natural Method:

"The natural method is not Hebertism and it should not be called that. Moreover this method I am not the inventor, it is as old as the world, it was enough to adapt it to civilized man. 

But hebertism is something else, it is the philosophy that must emerge from this natural method to encourage the individual to put at the service of others what he can derive from his physical and virile training. This therefore goes far beyond the framework of a physical culture to become a real essential education linking the physical and the moral. »

(Georges Hébert quoted by Marcel Defarges, magazine "L'éducation physique", 2nd quarter 1958, p. 55)

Who initiated hebertism and the Natural Method?

Hebertism and the Natural Method were initiated around 1910 by the French naval officer Georges Hébert, as a method of physical education.

What does it mean to be strong to be useful?

Hébert's full quote is: "Be strong, physically and morally, to be useful to others and, finally, also to yourself."

In practice, how should we proceed?

To train properly, devote enough time to walking, running, climbing, jumping, throwing, lifting, carrying, defending and swimming.

Can I practice the Natural Method in the gym?

Only the outdoors brings all the positive effects of the Natural Method. Sessions must be held outdoors. The undressing, adapted to the circumstances and abilities, must allow to enjoy the benefits of air, sun and water if possible.

If training can be practiced indoors, it must be limited to more technical sessions or in the presence of weather or particular physical conditions.

What does it mean to be a Hebertist?

To be a Hebertist is to apply the principles defined in Volume 1 of "The Natural Method" by Georges Hébert.

Is the Hebertist organization for profit?

No, it is a non-profit association. Its purpose is to disseminate the Natural Method, encourage practice and all initiatives to bring the method, and its benefits, to as many people as possible.

Are the Hebertist centres independent?

The Hebertist centres and clubs are independent of each other and have a different history. They cooperate to conduct research, share knowledge and/or organise international events.

What can I use the Natural Method for?

The Natural Method provides complete physical, organic and muscular development as well as general skills in basic utilitarian forms of movement.

Can the Natural Method be practiced alone?

Yes, of course but… by default; Because just as during the vast majority of sessions the family of swimming exercises is not possible, it will then lack the social dimension of the practice: no training possible, no interactions, no encouragement, exchanges …


How do I become a Natural Method instructor?

There are 2 ways to become a Natural Method instructor.

  • Become a teacher/instructor in an institution that uses the Natural Method (scout, firefighter, army, etc.),
  • Have the legal prerequisites (PSC1 in France) and follow a training course provided by a Hébertist organization. There are (known to date) in France, Belgium, Italy taught in French, English and Italian. 

What does our logo mean?

Our logo represents the 10 families of the Natural Method. They are represented in the ideal order of the session and the 3 colors correspond to the 3 orders of the exercise families.

Natural method is placed at the bottom left, Hebertism at the top right to indicate the progression from one to the other.

This logo is the property of the Georges Hébert association, which grants the free right of use to Hébertistes.

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