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Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie 

Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie 
I hate the gym. At least, I hate "the gym" as imagined by the modern American health club: the mindless repetitions on the weight machines, halfhearted crunches, daytime TV during the treadmill. Such a sad, unimaginative excuse for a life, when I could be out rock-climbing, surfing, or, hell, even just scrubbing the bathroom floor. But I love working out the way I've come to understand it, and two big discoveries made all the difference. First, I realized that we all live in a kind of Fitness Fog, a miasma of lies and misinformation that we mistake for common sense, and that makes most of our gym time a complete waste. Muscle withers away if you're not constantly building it, and muscle withers faster as a man ages. Not that I haven't wasted time at the gym like everybody else, sweating dutifully three times a week, "working my core," throwing in the odd after-work jog. We're not innocent.

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Could You Save Your Own Life? (This is the second part of a four part series on fitness. Part 1: What Does it Mean to Be Fit?, Part 3: Modern Fitness Standards) Yesterday, I explored the malleable meaning of fitness, including how our ideas of fitness (both reproductive and physical alike) have drastically changed over history. What began as a reliable indicator of a person’s ability to survive and provide for his or her family or tribe has lost its urgency, and becoming fit in the modern world is now a choice, rather than a necessity for reproductive survival. Or is it? Putting aside the potential long-term health and longevity benefits conferred by optimum human fitness (to be discussed later), there are still certain timeless, universal advantages to being fit. You can’t always reach for your cell phone and call the authorities, and sometimes you just can’t wait to be rescued. These are, of course, extreme examples.

What is Fitness? (This is the first part of a four part series on fitness. Part 2: Could You Save Your Own Life?, Part 3: Modern Fitness Standards) fit-ness \ˈfit-ness\ n. The capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductive offspring as compared to competing organismsThe ability to conduct oneself in physically demanding situations; to function effectively in emergencies; to display superior body composition and aptitude in matters of strength, cardiovascular capacity, power expression, reaction time, speed, agility, flexibility; to evince generally superior health and resistance to injury and disease In Grok’s time, both definitions of fitness were inextricably linked. What, then, happens to our definition of physical fitness? I often talk about “functional fitness,” or fitness that enhances one’s ability to effectively function in a given environment. I’ll give an example to illustrate my point. That opens up another can of worms: isn’t overall health an aspect of fitness?

Home Training with the Ripped Doctor! Q. What happens when the nearest suitable gym is 70km away? A. You train at home! Hello fellow MP’ers! My name is Dr. Doug's before MP...always fit and lean, but take a look at Doug after his MP program! Of course I had been aware of this before I moved, and found that the nearest (decent) gym was an hour drive each way – not practical with my hectic schedule, which can include long stints in operating theatres, middle of the night emergencies, women having babies, anything and everything can (and does) happen at any time of the day or night! - Power rack (picked up for a bargain second hand!) This may seem like a very basic set-up, and yes you would be right! I must admit, I now really love having my own gym, one that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and I never have to wait for equipment! So what sort of program do I do with this limited space and equipment? I follow MP warm-up and acclimation set principles. Return to MP On-line Coaching Return to MP On-line Certification

How to Gain Weight and Build Muscle Welcome! If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy levels or just generally look and feel healthier you've come to the right place. Here's where to start: Visit the Start Here and Primal Blueprint 101 pages to learn more about the Primal Lifestyle. Subscribe to my free weekly newsletter to receive 10 eBooks, a 7-Day Course of Primal Fundamentals, and more - all for free. Cut to the chase by visiting Thanks for visiting! So you wanna put on some lean muscle mass. As I’ve made pretty clear, our ultimate goal is to achieve positive gene expression, functional strength, optimum health, and extended longevity. I’d be the first to tell you that lean body mass is healthier than adipose tissue. Of course, we’re all built a little differently. Let’s face it, though. The main hormones that contribute to muscle anabolism are testosterone, growth hormone (GH), and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Testosterone Growth Hormone Insulin-like Growth Factor 1

Physical Fitness Standards Welcome! If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy levels or just generally look and feel healthier you've come to the right place. Here's where to start: Visit the Start Here and Primal Blueprint 101 pages to learn more about the Primal Lifestyle. Thanks for visiting! (This is the third part of a four part series on fitness. Organizations whose members are expected to engage in physical activity as an essential aspect of affiliation – the various branches of the military, law enforcement agencies, fitness methodologies like CrossFit – necessarily impose standardized fitness benchmarks, minimum requirements which every prospective member must satisfy. They vary wildly, of course. I wonder, though, if any of these benchmarks are suitable for the general public. The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification requires prospective Utah County police offers to complete the following: No pull-ups? How about firefighters? Football players must complete: The U.S.

Time/Volume Training - A Program For Building Mass Even With Bodyweight Exercises! Time/Volume Training is a GREAT technique for building mass and strength like clockwork, using free weights, machine or bodyweight exercises...the framework doesn't change and it adapts very easily to whatever resistance you're using. Originally, I came up with this technique to allow me to take exercises where I could do a LOT of reps (like push-ups) and turn them into effective mass-builders. After using it for that, I realized it was an excellent way to train with free weight and machines as well. The concepts remain exactly the same. Time/Volume Training is relatively simple. It's a form of Density Training (somewhat similar to EDT by Charles Staley). For working back, I use a 15 minute block of time (this will vary according to bodypart - use less time for smaller parts). First, start by doing a set of 3 reps. It's just that simple! It's a great way to work bodyweight exercises without resorting to high-rep endurance training. Day 1: Chest - 15 minutes of dips Day 2:

How to do Pushups with Optimal Technique If you're new here and you like what you see, then you may want to subscribe to my newsletter for special perks and updates. Thanks for visiting! This article and video is about how to do pushups with optimal technique. There are a ton of pushup technique videos and tutorials circulating the web, and I’ve viewed many of them over the years. Of course, you have the usual culprits of over-extending the neck backwards, and letting the hips sag, both of which detract from spinal alignment, and thus, greatly inhibit maximal strength and power potential. Given that this is such a foundational strength training exercise that provides a host of benefits, I wanted to finally give it the attention it deserves. How to do Pushups with Optimal Technique Note: much of what applies to the plank exercise is also relevant in the pushup. Pushup Technique Tips to Help You Master Proper Pushup Form 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Wrap-Up More Information: 5 Steps to Master the Front Spinal Wave Exercise