I read a lot of medical literature and a lot of studies. But to me there is only one ‘laboratory’ that counts. That one laboratory has only one guinea pig – you! I’ve had several conversations with patients about what does paleo fitness feel like?
I suspect paleo kids life must have been a lot of play – akin to kids who do a lot of sports in our times. It’s all about getting a varity of movments. Contrast todays typical workouts only using gym machines, these offer limited movements, almost all sagital plane with some coronal plane and usually no tranverse plane of movement. My personal workouts might be just using bodyweight one day, the next I might include ropes, the next day might include dumbells & kettlebells, the next day include medicine balls (think of lifting heavy loads of rock or wood), the next day a hard & fast walk, the next day some sprints. I might enjoy a bike ride one day.
Ideal training mimicking life in nature must include:
Sitting in a machine and isolating certain muscles does not minick real life. Where are we sitting and pushing or pulling heavy objects in real life other than in the gym!
Are you getting multiplanar training? Are you including all of the dimensions of movement? Are you training hard enough? Do you go into the gym and repeatedly do the same thing? How often do you change your workout? One of the biggest problems I see with clients is that they do the same workout week after week or month after month. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR WORKOUT at least every 8-10 weeks. Be more demanding of your workouts. Most likely a paleo lifestyle resulted in levels of conditioning we’d associate with athleticism. Paleo man probably had to run for his life from a Sabre tooth tiger one day; stalk a water buffalo, kill it and then carry it back the next day; chase and throw spears at some food or prey the next day; squat up and down picking seeds the next. Paleo man’s week was full of a variety of movements. I understand our present day adaptive needs should be reconciled, not in terms of how much exceptional activity paleos undertook but rather total contextual demands of their lives, and how they grew up.
I am curious to know if you have a prework drink or meal? What is your nutrition after a workout – fast, or have a snack? Does your workout have Paleo elements? Do you get at a core sense of being human from your workout? I suspect the core primal Paleo human was not the product of a single system of training or living, but more akin to a decathalon athlete. Meaning, having skills of all
sorts. That promotes strength, balance, agility, endurance, neural networks, speed, etc
Paleo fitness to me is a a combination of eating a species- appropriate diet combined with intense, brief, workouts. I realise that intense workouts may not truly reflect Paleo lifestyle. That is assuming a hunting expedition took three or more hours
every few days, that’s not quite the same as half an hour of kettlebell workouts. We have to see how we feel in our own laboratory.
Overall my diet and eating habits limit industrial processed foods and livestock. I prefer organic chicken, meat, fruits, seeds & vege’s. I do think protein shakes and supplements are required.