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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

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Thursday
Apr192012

Workout: Tabata Thursday

 

Workout: 

Tabata Intervals (A 20 minute workout - including rest periods)

  • 20 sec Bear Crawl, 10 sec Rest - (repeat for 8 rounds).
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20 sec Double Unders*, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20 sec Bar Muscle Ups**, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20 sec Burpee Push-Up (w/ 2 push-ups), 10 sec rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 1 minute

Other information:

  • Perform flat out maximum effort for the 20 seconds of work
  • * - if you don't have access to a skipping rope, perform high knee (tuck) jumps
  • ** - muscle ups not possible, do Air Squats

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

Watch Fitness Explorer video's here on YouTube

Tuesday
Apr032012

Workout: Tabata Tuesday

 

Workout:

Tabata Intervals (A 24 minute workout - including rest periods)

  • 20sec Alternate Single Leg Hops, 10sec rest - (repeat for 8 rounds).
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20s Backwards Bunny Hop, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20s Double Unders 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20s Crocodile Walk, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 1 minute
  • 20s Squat, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)

* Go as hard as you can as strict as you can and as fast as you can during those 20s periods of work and play

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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

Watch    Fitness Explorer video's here on YouTube

Tuesday
Apr192011

Workout: Tabata Thursday VII

Workout: Tabata Thursday VII


Warmup:

Workout: 

Tabata Intervals (21 minutes including rest periods) *

  • 20s 2 arm KB Swing**, 10s Rest - (repeat for 8 rounds).
  • rest - 60s
  • 20s Fork Lift Truck, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 60s
  • 20s All Out Sprint or Drivers, 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 60s
  • 20s Double Unders or Jump Squats , 10s rest - (repeat for 8 rounds)
  • rest - 2m

The Tabata protocol requires maximum effort for 20 seconds and then 10 seconds recovery.

** KB = 24-32kg Kettlebell - male, 12-16kg - female

Finisher: 

 

Thursday
Dec092010

Workout: Take it Easy

Workout: Take it Easy

Warmup: 

Workout:  

  • 60 sec Plank, 30 sec rest
  • Hold Plank for 60 sec (with a Press-up at 5 past, 10 past and so on - i.e. 12 press-ups in total)
  • 30 sec Burpee (with 2 press-ups), 30 sec rest
  • 45 sec Burpee (with 1 press-ups), 15 sec rest
  • 15 sec Burpee, 45 sec rest
  • 60 sec 1 arm 20kg Kettlebell Press (repeat with other arm), 60 sec rest
  • 60 sec 2 arm Kettlebell Swing, 30 sec rest
  • 60 sec Squat Hold (hold bottom of squat position), 30 sec rest.
  • 30 metre Crab Walk
  • 30 metre Bear Crawl

Finisher: