Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Video - Paleo/Primal in a Nutshell Part 2: Exercise

After a more than a week of toiling, I have finished this. I am also posting it to Train Now Live Later because it seems like its natural home, given the topic.

This was a harder nut to crack because it’s a more complex area and as someone who kindly previewed a draft copy pointed out, more controversial. No doubt it will generate some lively discussion, which, of course, is good.

I’d love to get your thoughts in the comments. I am on holiday for a few days, so there may be a delay before they get published and I get a chance to respond.


See Also:
Paleo/Primal in a Nutshell Part 1: Food

18 comments:

Asclepius said...

Fine effort!

Mike OD - LifeSpotlight said...

Bravo my friend....bravo. Well said....now only if people will listen (I know way too many cardio addicts who ignore every warning I throw their way)

Skyler said...

This is me being nitpicky, but Kevin Levrone (the "could he get away from the lion or climb the wall" guy) can in fact do those things. There is video of him racing a 100m champ (forget who) on youtube and holding his own. Mike Mentzer was also a decent sprinter during the 1970's wacky TV athletic events.

jumpow said...

Great stuff for new people and a wonderful summary when you forget and get caught up in minutia. Thanks for putting these videos together.

Methuselah said...

Mike - thanks - I will be interested to see how many of my own cardio-loving friends are swayed. I tend to share your view that their religion is hard to shake.

Skyler - I kinda feared that somewhere in my examples there would be something that could be legitimately challenged. I guess I could try to worm out of it by saying that I ask the question rather than flat out stating that he cannot do it ;-) But I won't. Point taken.

Chris said...

a great video. Well done.

Re Kevin Levrone, there is also a video of him on youtube that shows him without steroids. He looked awful. People can do all sorts of things when drugged up, in spite of their training.

Asclepius said...

There is an impressive link here showing Kevin Levrone vs Dwain Chambers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYX2EWK4QWo

On this link (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=944043), one commentator points out that Levrone has a sprinting background and "falls down between 200-215 (by his own admission in M3) in the off-season".

As for the wall climbing, I have seen from personal experience (MANY TIMES), guys with big msucles fail this test (on an army assault course). Also, at my local climbing wall I have seen numerous bodybuilders get destroyed by a comparatively easy climb. Their finger strength is way behind the weight they are having to pull - illustrating the importance of strength to weight ratios. So given a high enough wall that you could only latch the top of with fingers, I'd wager the heavier guys would fail - be thy bodybuilders or obese.

The broader point about bodybuilders and a lack of vertical and horizontal agility in my mind, stands.

Ray Sawhill said...

Well done, thanks. Smart and informative. What do people think about maybe using a larger font/typeface on some of those slides? YouTube seems to destroy quality, so the very small text on some of those slides got to be a bit of a trial to make out.

John Sifferman - Real World Strength Training said...

Another great video!

Methuselah said...

Thanks Ray - it's worth hitting the fullscreen button which depending on your monitor should make a big difference; but I think I will use a bigger font anyway for future endeavours.

john_b_eats said...

Another winner! A very concise, #primal take on exercise. Thanks!

Agata Góralczyk said...

Many thanks for a very informative and motivating video. After watching this I was really motivated to pick up my crossfit training once again. So I did 'Helen' after work and felt great!

Giraffe Musings said...

Looks like you should introduce your followers to Crossfit.

Methuselah said...

Giraffe Musings - I should - but I am not qualified to write about it just now. I may reach out for a guest poster to get me started. My own workouts are a mish-mash of various disciplines at the moment, broadly structured under the paleo/primal approach. I plan to look more into crossfit when I get time.

Elana said...

Great video. Explain so much in such an accessible way!

Mark said...

Agreed with 99.9% Nice vid.

However I just love to train, and I understand the negative effect, but as I said I just enjoy it in all its forms.

Anthony said...

Hm, pretty good, but not quite as good as the paleo diet one (nailed that on the head).

You're heading in the right direction on exercise, but arent quite "there" yet.

I'd recommend reading a book called Body by Science for further info.

-Anthony

Yummy said...

I really really love these two videos. They are funny and informative. Very clever, yet simple!!! Kudos!

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