About

Move Wild Academy challenges the current fitness paradigm of reps and sets, speed and sweat through focused and mindful primal movement.
 
Move Wild strives to educate their clients and coaches on the fundamentals of human movement and body mechanics. It brings precision and sharpness into your training routine, making your efforts more effective and enabling you to reach your goals with less risk of injury and more strength, power and confidence in your abilities.
 
Move Wild Academy is the evolution of The Merisoiu Technique Institute and Urban Women Fitness, an idea and a journey which started in January 2014.
 
Alexandra Merisoiu, known as The Body Engineer, is the Founder of Move Wild Academy and Dracula’s Retreat. She started her PT career in 2013 and is now a Level 4 Personal Trainer, qualified in Low Back Pain Management and Prevention.
 
As a long distance runners herself, she now specialises in working with runners, beginners and advanced, who want to run faster, further, with less effort and fewer injuries. When working with runners the focus is to reduce running impact, joint damage and muscle tension while maximising performance through running technique and form.
 
Since 1995 she has explored how the body and mind works, starting with Martial Arts and moving on to others sports throughout her career. Throughout her Martial Arts career she has achieved 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan, runs her own Karate club in Oxted and is IJKA 2017 triple World Champion, 2016 WMO Martial Arts National and European Champion. She still competes at international level.
 
It is through these learnings, and drawing inspiration from respected names such as MovNat, IdoPortal and POSE Method of Running to name a few, that she helps runners reduce the risk of injuries and achieve personal bests.
 
Alexandra has been awarded the Tandridge Sports Personality of the Year 2017 award and WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award 2016.

 

The Move Wild Story

Move Wild Academy is the evolution of The Merisoiu Technique Institute of Health & Human Movement and Urban Women Fitness. They were all founded by Alexandra Merisoiu (picture on the right). Urban Women Fitness started at the beginning of 2014, MTI one year later and Move Wild Academy was born in 2018 and is here to stay. 

When Alexandra began her journey as a gym Personal Trainer it didn’t take long to realise that PT was not the way to go, at least not the general understanding of PT. Coming from a solid Martial Arts background, going back to 1995 and today competing for England, Alexandra had a different style of coaching and training in mind. From the beginning the sets, reps and “beasting” style did not fit her idea of training. You see, it’s not about fitness, it’s about training and practice. Fitness comes as a result of dedication to your art. In this case the Move Wild Way.

Alexandra came up with The Merisoiu Technique because her clients wanted to get fit, strong and powerful. However they also needed to understand how their bodies function, how to move soft, fluid as well as strong and confident, and how to prevent injury which can be prevented instead of treated later on. And it was essential not to sacrifice the later for the former. It was imperative for them to understand the difference between tension and relaxation, intentional movement, posture and balance and counterbalance.

It became clear that our clients needed to have access to a complete system which would offer them the foundations they needed to live a healthy, strong and fit life for the rest of their lives. Once we understand the basics of movement, posture, breathing, nutrition and mindful control then we actually become in control of our own life, for the rest of our life.

As with everything, Urban Women Fitness evolved into The Merisoiu Technique Institute which later evolved into Move Wild Academy. Our phylosophy is the same and our mission is much more clear now:

To challenge the current fitness paradigm of reps and sets, speed and sweat through focuses and mindful primal movement.

Much too often we focus on how many times we repeat an exercise, rather than performing one repetition to the best of our abilities. We throw in 50 squats and 20 pressups, a dash of situps and sprinkle a few poorly performed lunges, while thinking what we are having for dinner or focused on the news, all the time thinking that the more we sweat the more we worked regardless of how we actually do whatever we chose to do. You don’t need to exercise to sweat, just turn on the heat in your house and it does the job.

Reps and sets, speed and sweat have their time and place. That is after the correct technique and concepts such as body alingment, weight distribution and stability muscles are introduced, practiced and understood. Move Wild Academy teaching methods stem from Martial Arts, particularly Shotokan Karate, bust other disciplines as well, such as dancing, climbing, POSE Method of Running and MovNat.

The system builds strength, stamina, mobility and flexibility, improves posture and balance and brings out the best in our clients and coaches. At Move Wild Academy we chase perfection and, while we know perfection cannot be reached, our aim is to catch excellence.

Move Wild Academy strives to educate their clients and coaches on the fundamentals of human movement and body mechanics. Move Wild Academy brings precision and sharpness into your training routine, making it more effective and enabling you to reach your goals with less risk of injury and more strength, power and confidence in your abilities.