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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 Deadlifts (25)

Friday
May102013

Darryl - You Look Really Weak!

Darryl - You Look Really Weak!

I had to get this off my chest. 

I remember feeling quite proud when I achieved a 70kg (154lb) deadlift about 8 years ago, especially as I never felt like a strong individual and at the time I had been suffering from chronic low back pain since my twenties.

Someone messaged me a few days ago [repeatedly :-)] telling me I didn't look very strong and that instead of all this playing around outside I should try deadlifting some real weight in the gym! He boasted about lifting 160kg (350lbs) at his bodyweight of 90kg and sent me a nice photo of his shining muscles.

Well I am not really a gym person anymore, and I don't care so much about the absolute weights lifted or the size of one's muscles - but he stopped hassling me when I told him that my last deadlift 1 rep max attempt was 220kg (485lb) at a bodyweight of 92kg. Not bad for a weak guy who plays outside a lot...

 

Monday
Dec032012

Lifting The Dinnie Stones!

These stones do not look that heavy but looks can be deceiving. A combined total of 333kg.

According to his account on gordondinnie.com, very few strong men of the day could lift the heavy one (187kg) with both hands. However both stones were lifted and carried the width of the Potarch Bridge (4 metres or so) by Donald Dinnie in 1860 across the River Dee in Potarch, Scotland.  They have since been known as the 'Dinnie Stones'.

I was challenged to this yesterday by my friends who said they had a surprise for me. :-)

There were several "be careful, I've seen many men carried off to hospital pulling their backs out" warnings from the locals but I was able to safely deadlift the heaviest stone (twice my bodyweight) to full height for a few repetitions but absolutely no chance of lifting both stones together!

Regardless I am more than happy with my result. :-)

 

Monday
Sep032012

Primal: Weak Is The New Strong?

For the person who private messaged me today and said I looked really weak.  Well I am weak enough to do this --> http://youtu.be/eE1O9lOdQU0 (the above video) and I am even weaker now with my current deadlift 1RM of 220kg (485lb).
 
My goal is 227.5kg (500lb).

The reason I mention this is because I always used to think of myself as quite a weak guy - not old-fashioned strong like my Dad used to be.  

8 years ago I could only deadlift 70kg (154lb).  Now I realise I can be as strong as I want (and need to be) by removing the self-imposed constraints I applied to myself - without any artificial help, without being genetically-gifted and without sacrificing my health in the process.  

So to "private message guy" if I am still really weak then I am ok with that.  I used to be much weaker...

 

Thursday
Jun072012

Workout: Thursday 100

 

Workout:

Complete all reps of one exercise before moving onto the next, rest as required

  • 100 Jump Pull-Ups
  • 100 Kettlebell Swings (American Swing)
  • 100 sec (1 min 40) - Plank
  • 100kg Deadlift (10 single reps)

Repeat once

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Recommended Weight:

Men: 24kg Kettlebell

Women: 12kg Kettlebell, 50kg Deadlift

Note:

Please scale all Fitness Explorer workouts and playouts to your current ability.  This may mean increasing or decreasing the weights prescribed, modifying distances and times, or changing number of sets and reps to complete.  Get adequate rest and sufficient nutrition to fuel the activity and to aid in recovery.  Work hard and play hard but never sacrifice correct form.

Please visit the exercise FAQ for details on individual exercises or consult the advice of a registered exercise professional to ensure safe execution of the above movements.

If you are new to this mode 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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