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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

Entries in Bodyweight (7)

Thursday
Sep302010

Video: Salamander Press-Up (Lizard Push-Up)

Demonstration of an exercise I call the Salamander Press-Up aka Lizard Push-Up.  A bodyweight, calisthenic exercise providing a full body workout.

 

Wednesday
Sep012010

Video: Crocodile Walk (Exercise)

Wednesday
Aug252010

Workout: Pull-Up Matrix (Advanced)

 

Warmup: 

  • 10 minute moderate row (substitute skipping/jump rope or running)
  • 20 Push-ups
  • 20 Air Squats

 Workout:

  • 20 sec full hang, 1 pull-up - (shoulder width, overhand grip) - rest for 40 sec
  • 10 sec full hang, then 3 Pull-ups (wide, overhand grip) - rest for 30 sec
  • 30 sec hang - knees raised (shoulder width, overhand grip) - rest for 30 sec
  • 5 Pull-Ups, then 30 sec full hang (narrow underhand grip) - rest for 10 sec
  • 30 sec (bend at elbows) hang (underhand grip), 5 Pull-Ups - rest for 30 sec.
  • 5 pull-ups diagonal to the left, 5 pull-ups diagonal to the right - aka Mountain Climbers (wide overhand grip)
  • Bent Arm Knee to Elbow (twist) - 10 left twist, 10 right twist.
  • 5 Pull-ups (underhand grip) - rest for 50 sec
  • 15 sec (bend at elbows) - knee raise hang, 15 sec full hang, 15 sec knee hang, rest for 15 sec.
  • 3 Pull-ups (wide, overhand grip) - rest for 50 sec.


Finisher:

100 Air Squats

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Monday
Aug022010

Workout: 300 (The Big Apple)

 

Warmup:

10 minutes C2 Indoor Row (aim for 2000m)

10 Push-Ups

10 Air Squats

10 Pull-Ups

Workout:*

12 rounds of:

5 x 60kg (132lbs) Deadlifts

5 x Strict Pull-Ups

5 x Clap Push-Ups

5 x Sit-Ups

5 x 16kg (each arm) Dumbbell Push-Up --> Squat Clean --> Push-Press

300 Reps in total.

*Aim to complete in less than 30 minutes

Finisher:

10, 20 and 30 sec 100% effort Sprints or (Treadmill Drivers)

Max rep Knees to Elbows

Pull-Up Cliff Hangers

To failure: (repeat 3 rounds) 

  • Max rep Burpees
  • Max rep Tricep Dip
  • Max rep Pull-Ups 

"Immortals... we put their name to the test." - Dilios

 

Note:

Please scale all Fitness Explorer workouts to your current ability.  Get adequate rest and sufficient nutrition to fuel the activity and aid recovery.  Work hard but never sacrifice correct form.

Please visit the FAQ for details on individual exercises or consult the advice of a registered exercise professional.

If you are new to this type of exercise, try one of the beginner's circuits

Perform a warmup prior to activity, here's an example Fitness Explorer warmup

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Darryl Edwards