A training session, in accordance with the principles, is a more or less long course or movement during which: one walks, runs, jumps, progresses in quadrupedia, climbs or climbs, walks in balance, lifts and carries, throws, struggles… and swimming (if possible). There are three main modes of practice depending on the availability or absence of natural land.
1° In the forest, through the countryside, in a park, garden, etc.
The course in the middle of nature consists in making the best use, respecting the pedagogy, of the various natural obstacles along the way. The "natural" course has the following advantages:
- He perfects the technique from the utilitarian point of view, exercises the glance, awakens the practical sense,
- It develops the qualities of actions when it comes to crossing difficult or dangerous places,
- It encourages mutual aid,
- It provides the opportunity to awaken the senses (sight, smell, hearing), and the sense of observation etc.),
- It allows direct contact with nature and allows you to benefit from its benefits. Its psychic action is very important and arouses joy and enthusiasm in children in particular.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8XxaWCkzDI Someone's itinerary (Nadja Hahn – Munich) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUhpHTbTov4 In a public park (John Edouard Ehlinger – Stuttgart)
2° On a landscaped course dotted with obstacles: the "Hébert course"
It is also possible to use equipped obstacles, which have the merit of being able to be installed almost everywhere. They take up the principle of the course in the forest. Note: If the "sports" or "health" courses carried out by the municipalities or others, which are now found almost everywhere, have taken up the principle of the Hébert courses, they generally neglect the original doctrine and pedagogy, so that they are, sometimes, of great poverty.
On an undeveloped space
In the absence of nature or course, a schoolyard, a grass field, a simple evolution plateau can allow the practice of the natural method! In order to be able to respect the different pedagogical principles seen above, and in particular the continuity of work, the alternation of efforts, etc., while respecting the autonomy of each, Georges Hébert, created what he called from a generic term "the plateau". A session "on the set" has the advantage of being able to be carried out almost everywhere and also to train a large number of people simultaneously (example: an entire class, where the whole class will really work continuously and not 2 or 3 who watch the other 30 do) The principle of the plateau composed of a starting base and an arrival base. The group to be trained is divided into subgroups of substantially equivalent levels; these subgroups are called "waves" and will progress under the guidance of "wave leaders" who relay the instructions of the monitor. The movement on the plateau is made by round trips:
- The outward journey, which runs from the starting base to the arrival base, represents the main effort,
- The return that is made by walking on the sides of the plateau, corresponds to the counter effort, thus ensuring the "alternation of efforts".
Georges Hébert had titled this movement "waves and counter-waves" in the image of the waves on the beaches. Hébert's main pedagogical principles are respected:
- The individualization of the exercises by levels: each wave can do a different exercise,
- The continuity of work by a continuous movement, without ever stopping, the distance thus traveled during a session can vary from 1 km (short session with children) to 5 or 6 km (young adult session),
- Alternation of efforts and counter-efforts (wave and counter-wave),
- Freedom of action through the autonomy of each one during the effort in the "wave".
Principle of the set (video):
https://www.hebertisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/le-plateau-1.mp4#t=1 The 15 principles of execution