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Offline Eric

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2011, 04:35:49 PM »
Good discussion of an interesting topic.

I've woken up at sunrise, loaded a heavy duty backpack with the heaviest rocks I could find, removed my shoes and shirt, and hiked up nearby mountains/foothills.  But maybe I was a little too crazy/into Paleo at that time ;)

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2011, 05:08:30 PM »
The same single coach can say different versions of "nothing is as important as insert exercise name " 365+ times per year.
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Didn't mean anything by it, just seems like every single exercise article I read contains the words 'most important exercise' but referring to completely different things.


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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2011, 06:55:04 PM »
I'd imagine competition for bragging rights existed then as well - especially among the older boys/younger men
I agree. Boys will be boys, even paleolithic boys.

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2011, 07:01:19 PM »
Not rubbishing the loaded carry here - obviously it's a great exercise, but as someone else mentioned pushups, burpees, chinups etc do mimic movements that a paleo man would have encountered day to day anyway. Climbing a tree - chinups. Jumping out of the crub to chase some game - burpees etc etc. I don't think it's fair to say these exercises aren't paleo...

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2011, 07:22:06 PM »
Not rubbishing the loaded carry here - obviously it's a great exercise, but as someone else mentioned pushups, burpees, chinups etc do mimic movements that a paleo man would have encountered day to day anyway. Climbing a tree - chinups. Jumping out of the crub to chase some game - burpees etc etc. I don't think it's fair to say these exercises aren't paleo...
I didn't say they were or were not. Notice I said "sets". 
Calling calisthenics Paleo is laughable. Cavemen doing sets of chins or pushups? burpees?  :-\  ::)


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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2011, 07:28:04 PM »
Ok, fair point  ;D

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2011, 09:57:09 PM »
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El cogolerro brings up another good point though, competitive nature.  I'm sure cavemen had friendly competitions like that, lifting heavy items, pulling yourself up to a branch as many times as you can, etc etc.  That's human nature, at least for men, to compete and challenge eachother.

And I am sure the clan elders encouraged these competitions as well as games of skill like spear throwing contest, wrestling, and tag to name a few. Strong, skillful hunters would help the tribe survive and prosper.

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2011, 11:38:05 PM »
And yet when I was talking about my crossfit session - yes, only the one, but which form of exercise seems to get a bad rap - it consisted of a farmers walk, tractor tyre flipping and carrying a weight above the head with straight arms (waiter's walk) while lunging - perfect according to the link - and in fact, even though it's mega tiring to do, not to mention slightly nauseating, I love it - I much prefer that type of exercise to any other kind because it's competing against yourself, you can easily measure progress and you certainly know you've worked afterwards.  It's a sense of achievement and you move/use your whole body without even really thinking about it.

I'm gonna incorporate some of this stuff at home as I have a very long, straight hallway - so I can famers walk etc. up and down to my hearts content - also it's too bloody hot outside at the moment. Farmer's walking in 40 degree C heat is not funny.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 12:31:16 AM by Syren »

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2011, 12:29:15 AM »
Things that spring to mind in terms of paleo exercise are - walking, sprinting (when was the last time you saw kids organising a middle or long distance race?), swimming (although I'm thinking of diving underwater for shell fish), climbing trees and rocks (I used to love climbing trees), lifting heavy stuff and walking with it (I don't have a car and I've been known to carry 25kg bags of cement home from the builders merchants - about 20 minutes walk), wrestling, sex (or both at once!), dancing!, throwing, pushing.... more?

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2011, 12:20:46 PM »
 8)  Let's see, to my knowledge primal man used clubs to obtain their food if they were lucky,  and used spears later on, which was the sport of choice should he want to eat.  Walking long distances, sprinting after animals, moving from cave to cave long distances (not moving around like the flintstones in their little buggy), gathering fruits, nuts, berries, etc., another sport for both men and women.  Learning to make weapons, learning to make fire, all of this took much time to learn.  I don't think that they would have been using chinning bars per sec, but perhaps grabbing onto tree branches to get up into trees once in a while would have worked to exercise those tight strong muscles.  Survival was their sport - they had many enemies.  Other tribes.  Animals.  Natural disasters, etc.  It all took it's toll.  But they were not long distance runners, they didn't have treadmills, they didn't have TV, no bowling alleys, etc., etc.  This is only my take on primative man.  At least that is what I learned at UCLA back in the 60's when I studied Physical Anthropology under Dr. Richard Leaky.  But don't listen to me, I'm only a gatherer, a woman.  (Ladies - LOL)


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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2011, 12:50:33 PM »
That was a great article, should have realized it was from Dan John.

Here's my list of "Paleo" exercises...

Crawling and Scrambling
Getting Up from and Down to the floor
Tumbling and Rolling
Walking/Running/Sprinting/Jumping
Swimming?
Climbing hills, trees, cliffs?
Pushing, Pulling, Lifting and Carrying heavy objects
Throwing things
Punching, Kicking, Wrestling
Dancing

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Re: Want Paleo exercise?
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2011, 10:45:33 AM »
Wow that T-nation article was a great read.