I'm Darryl Edwards (aka The Fitness Explorer), founder of Primal Play, this website is no longer being updated - please check out www.primalplay.com for current details on my work, passion and lifestyle approach.

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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
Sunday
May162010

Movement!

Today I passed my REPS level 4 course on "The Management of Low Back Pain".  Very difficult course, and the physiology hard to grasp at times.  Just wasn't sure when or if it would sink in.

With up to 80% of adults suffering low back pain at some point in their lives, I know this will prove very valuable both for my clients and also for my own self diagnosis and treatment.

This field of corrective exercise focuses on passive movement based treatment.  Reducing the impact of musculoskeletal imbalances in the body through natural movement.  I look forward to discussing and sharing this with you all in the future.

To paraphrase a quote I heard from my lecturer:  "Do we get old because we stop moving?, or do we stop moving because we get old?" 

Thursday
May132010

Crossfit "Filthy Fifty" workout

50 Box Jumps

50 Jumping Pull-Ups

50 Kettlebell swings - 16kg

50 Knees to Elbows

50 Push Press - 20kg

50 Back Extensions

50 Med Ball (Front Squats) - 10kg

50 Burpees

50 Bicycle Kicks

Time: 37 Minutes

Recovering from a cold, this was much more effort than normal.  The knees to elbows and burpees, were especially challenging!  My training partner completed in a few minutes after me.  We were both smoked.

Wednesday
May122010

10 minutes vs 10 hours?

Can 10 minutes of exercise really be as effective as 10 hours?  

High Intensity exercise seems to becoming a more popular form of workout and is something I aim to do in most of my workouts.  But is there more to this than just being a time-saver?  Or is it just seen as an easy way out?  Well I read an article in the Metro recently that adds some science to the argument.

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada discovered that exercising at very high intensity for short periods (e.g. sprinting) is just as effective in improving the cardio-respiratory system as much lower intensity exercise (e.g jogging) in endurance work.  Which is great news for those of us who have little time, but still want results.  

This is a great way to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our exercise program regardless of the amount of time available.

Read the full article in the Metro here: 
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/817371-10-minutes-of-fast-sprints-beat-10-hours-of-cycling

Tuesday
May112010

20 Minute Workout (Crossfit) - "Cindy"

"Cindy"

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:

5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

I completed 11 rounds, Cindy is a great example of a metabolic conditioning workout from Crossfit, one of my favourites.