I'm Darryl Edwards (aka The Fitness Explorer), founder of Primal Play, a paleo nutritionist and author of the books Paleo from A to Z and Paleo Fitness based in London, England.  This blog documents my experiences with a Paleo lifestyle that has made me fitter and healthier in my forties than ever before. I am a contributor to Paleo Magazine and presenter at various symposiums globally such as Paleo:f(x), PrimalCon, AHS (Ancestral Health Symposium), Thr1ve.Me, and other events globally. I am also founder of the first Paleo conference in Europe, HEALTH Unplugged taking place for the 2nd year running - October 31/Nov 1 2015.

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  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman
Tuesday
Dec142010

Testimonial: The Dress Does Not Lie!

Testimonial: Fitness Explorer Personal Training

With my wedding looming in July and with less than 10 weeks to go.  I was in trouble.  My usual workout regime wasn't producing the results I wanted.  

I needed to try something different:
  • something that would be enjoyable;
  • something that I could stick to;
  • and something that would get me toned up in time for my big day.  
Problem is I find fitting exercise into my daily life a bit of a trauma.

I met Darryl who discussed what could be done in this time frame.  Darryl told me there wasn't much work to do, so we would have plenty of time to work on my goals.  I was lucky in that I didn't have much weight to lose, but it was toning up the stubborn areas that I was concerned about and Darryl hadn't seen me in the dress.  It was not very forgiving.  The dress did not lie!

Darryl had his work cut out with me, but he was patient the whole time encouraging me to push myself further despite my constant moaning.   He kept me motivated and on track, even when I felt like wavering.

The work we did increased my fitness and strength levels ten fold, he kept things simple but effective perfecting my squats and proper push-ups (which I can now do properly!).  He introduced me to kettlebells and deadlifts and had me doing workouts I never thought possible.  He also really helped with my back pain which I'd had for several years. 
 


Early on, Darryl encouraged me to focus on lifestyle changes not just physical activity.  He advised on a healthier approach to nutrition, improved my posture and provided stress management techniques to help me during this period.  I also had manageable daily routines set for me which I was able to do on my own and when PT sessions were not an option.  

Some of the workouts I hadn't done before, but the results speak for themselves.  Even though we only had a short time, I was surprised at how quickly I improved in both health and strength.  The confidence I gained from feeling strong, toned and healthy really made me feel completely confident and relaxed on my wedding day.  When I heard the compliments from my husband (and best man...) afterwards,I knew all of our hard work had paid off!

I can’t recommend Darryl highly enough to anyone wanting to get back into fitness, improve their strength and health or, like me, get ready for a big day!

Thanks Darryl!

Philippa Winter, 29


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