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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • 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

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • 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
Thursday
Jun272013

Testimonial: Virtual Training (8 Weeks Later)

Testimonial: Virtual Training (8 Weeks Later)

 

When I started my Virtual Training journey 8 weeks ago, I made a commitment to give it my best shot. I had no idea that the results would be so dramatic!

I am spending the morning going through my wardrobe and taking to charity yet more clothes that are too big. Wooohooo!! No - I don't keep "fat clothes in case": In case what?

My primary goal was to improve my overall health, strength and stamina. I was clinically obese, felt out of breath going up one flight of stairs and tired quickly when playing with my kids. I simply wanted to set them a good example of a healthy active lifestyle and to be able to join in and play!

8 Week Result Highlights


  • Waist circumference – reduction of 18cm/7 inches

  • Weight loss - 8.2kg (1 Stone 4lbs or 18lbs)

  • Resting Heart Rate – a reduction from 94bpm to 64bpm, a huge improvement!

  • Body Fat % - reduced from 40% to 32.7%, no longer morbidly obese!

  • Metabolic Age: reduction from 54 to 42

  • Dress Size: reduction from UK 16 to 10 (US 12 down to a 6)

  • Plank Test – improvement from 55 seconds to 2 minutes 35 seconds

  • plus many other areas of improvement in fitness and health! 

By reducing my abdominal, visceral fat and blood pressure I have also significantly reduced my previously elevated risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

What else?

What I notice daily is waking up with bags of energy, feeling physically confident, able, stronger and more agile. I always feel I have more energy in the tank. What other people notice is how I look. I always thought these “before and after” shots were hokey, fake, photo-shopped pictures or the result of surgery, or maybe even simply pushing out and sucking in your tummy. Not so. This genuinely really is me 8 weeks later - no tummy sucking - and I have worked hard for it. The reason I am not wearing the same clothes is because the “before” clothes hang off me.

There will always be someone sceptical that dismisses these results as “natural post-pregnancy weight loss”. But I know from my previous pregnancy that I did not nearly triple my plank time, lower my resting heart rate and blood pressure by doing nothing. I certainly wasn’t in this shape or feeling this full of energy during the years between pregnancies either.

Anyway my kids don’t care about these numbers. What they care about is that Mumma joins in, runs about, hangs upside down, climbs trees, instigates bear-crawl racing (super-hero training), has FUN and plays with them for hours and hours without needing a break. Being able to play has inspired me much more than weight loss and measurements. It means everything to me that they will remember me this way when they reflect on their childhoods in years to come.

Thank you Darryl – this process has been genuinely transformational on many levels. The bespoke nature of your Virtual Training program has been superb and has allowed me to benefit from your expertise without being in London. And this is just the start! There is a significant amount of room for improvement and I am looking forward to reaching new goals as we continue the training over the coming months.

I feel very emotional when I look back at how far I have come in the last 8 weeks.

-Zoe

The First 14 Days!

Read about the challenges at Week 4

What was the state of play at Week 6?

 

 

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