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Workout Programs / Re: The Ido Portal Method
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:55:25 AM »
This reads like an advertisement.  I know of the 'natural movement' folks but please provide more information or specifics or these links may be removed.

Thanks for understanding!
No problem. When I reread this post now I can see why you'd think this might be an advertisement. I guess I'm just too enthusiastic about this method.

The reason I mainly just posted links is I find it's really hard to explain this method to people. I tell them, ''this guy is teaching movement'' and they say, ''so what, I move every day''. But most of them don't really move. Or if they do, they it in an really linear fashion. Crossfit is a good example. Because it's grown to be a sport, everything has to be measurable, do this and that for reps or time, the same exact movement over and over. I do not think this is the way humans evolved.

Hmm, I guess that those who practice 'natural movement' are doing a pretty good job keeping healthy. But I'm sure most of them are missing a lot in order to become complete Movers. Ido Portal has traced down teachers all over the world in various disciplines to study from them. One of his quotes is ''isolation-integration-improvisation''. He trains specifically some movements in order to chain them together and ultimately PLAY with them. Then he also does a lot of stuff that is mainly for PRE-habilitation purposes, to prevent injuries. For example, he does wrist push-ups. That is when the back of the hands are on the floor and doing push-ups. So if he ever falls and his wrist bends on the floor, he actually might not injure himself. Those strong wrists also really help with doing handstands and other floor work.

I'm not a writer and this method is simply to vast to be able to explain it all in a short post so I just gave some examples.

Workout Programs / The Ido Portal Method
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:57:37 PM »
Hey guys. Just wanted to point you this guy, Ido Portal. I found out about him around March of this year and have slowly been incorporating what he preaches over time. I even recently flew to another country to attend one of his workshops.

He really takes an evolutionary approach to ''exercising''. But he doesn't exercise, he MOVES. Movement is his obsession, all aspects of it. So he has incorporated loads of stuff from lots of disciplines into his own method. It's really fascinating stuff.

Here's a Facebook link:
Website (under construction):
Old blog (lots of hidden gems):
Youtube (so inspirational):

Enjoy! Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, I might be able to answer them!

Exercises / Re: How many pushups can you do?
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:27:48 PM »
No, women don't like legs.  They want a man who topples over underneath his own massive chest.
I second that. BTW I can do all of them push-ups.  :blank:

On the subject of squats, I recommend not going for high numbers in dynamic squats but rather improve your static squat. The squat has been a resting position for humans for ages and is still seen in some Asian, African and S-American cultures.

Interviews / Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« on: September 13, 2013, 09:12:10 AM »
Don't have it anywhere near you! Remove it from your house/apartment. Buy healthy foods for the whole week all at once and eat only those foods. Prepare lunch at home and take it with you to work. If you're not going out (of your house or work) to buy anything, then leave the wallet, that way you can't buy anything if you suddenly crave it!

I've battled this for many years. I don't drink or smoke but I love food! I've found that this is a gradual process for me. I started removing the worst foods out of my diet and replaced them with something else a bit healthier. First I removed sodas for one month, replaced with water and sometimes fruit juices or milk. After that I haven't craved sodas (10 years ago). Then I removed all candy for about one month except for chocolates. After that I haven't desired any of the packaged crap they try to sell you next to the exit of almost every store I come into. I don't even look at it. Then I remove fruit juices for about one month and etc. You get the point. This takes a rather long time though. It's much quicker to just throw all the crappy foods out of the house and replace them with Paleo foods only.

Introductions / Re: New member in need of help
« on: September 10, 2013, 04:20:11 PM »
Yes that was helpful!  Thank you so much.
I will definitely try the yoga. I gave up on it too soon.
I've been eating a steak every night and bacon in the that bad? Too much red meat?  I also drank water before bed and my stomach has so much gas/bloating. So I decided not to drink that much water today.

I like steaming kale putting in a squeeze of lemon and olive oil. Any other tasty green vegetable suggestions?

Thanks !

In the long term, I think eating the same foods every day is not really the way to go. Since you're beginning this it's probably ok to see how your body reacts to it. But later I'd go ahead and add different kinds of meat, fish and eggs.

Broccoli and spinach are other good green veggies.

And I can't help but wonder if you might benefit from fasting a bit. You might start by not eating anything until lunch (skipping breakfast) just for one day (you can add the breakfast to the other meals if you want). If you handle that well maybe try for a longer time and gradually work up to 24 hour fasting. I do this by only drinking water during the fast but it can also be done by drinking tea and/or something low in calories, small fruits maybe. Maybe do this once every two weeks. This should help cleanse out the ''system''.

Introductions / Re: New member in need of help
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:38:39 AM »
One thought:

You say you have an active job, play soccer a lot, you work out, you run and you sleepwalk. Seems like a lot of activity. I have a feeling that your cracking knees and your inability to gain weight might be related to these things as well as your diet.

I'd recommend you stop running at all for a while and cut down on the soccer as well.

It seems like you're really emotionally unstable as well. Have you ever heard talked about mind-body-soul? Well, they say that those three are all connected so a lack in one aspect affects the others. So it's very likely that your unstable emotions and thoughts are playing a big part in your physical problems.

So I'd recommend as well that you start nurturing your mind and soul. Yoga seems to work for a lot of people. You can also meditate on your own. Just sit down in a quite place, shut off artificial lights, close your eyes and try to think of nothing. Be aware of your breathing, inhale-exhale, calm your muscles.

Muscles grow when they are rested. Of course you need to 'stress' them, but resting them is more important. I'll tell you what, I've tried a lot of different sports. My muscles grew the most and I gained the most weight when I was working out two times a week. I did pretty much a full body workout each time, squats, deadlifts and such. I was in school and was thus not physically active during the day. So out of the 168 hours in the week I was exercising 4 hours and resting 164 of them. I got beefed.

For me, health is the most important thing in life. I feel it's like a foundation for everything else and makes life more enjoyable.

Whoops, that was a bit more than I intended to write. Hope it's useful. Take care.

Introductions / New member, old lurker
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:32:47 AM »

I'm an old lurker on this forum as the title says. Started Paleo in 2008, been on and off it but mostly on.

Have always been rather healthy and been adding and improving my diet since I was 14 years old.

Have trained many types of sports. Currently I'm a BJJ practitioner and have just started gymnastics on the side.

That's all for now.

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