I'm Darryl Edwards (aka The Fitness Explorer), founder of Primal Play, a paleo nutritionist and author of the books Paleo from A to Z and Paleo Fitness based in London, England.  This blog documents my experiences with a Paleo lifestyle that has made me fitter and healthier in my forties than ever before. I am a contributor to Paleo Magazine and presenter at various symposiums globally such as Paleo:f(x), PrimalCon, AHS (Ancestral Health Symposium), Thr1ve.Me, and other events globally. I am also founder of the first Paleo conference in Europe, HEALTH Unplugged which took place for the 3rd year running in Autumn 2016.

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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
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    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
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    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in GymJones (4)

Friday
Jun292012

Workout: 300

 

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 Spartan Workout: (developed by Mark Twight of Gym Jones)

25 x Pull-up  (any grip)
50 x Deadlift @ 60kg 
50 x Push-up  
50 x Box Jump  (24 inch box)
50 x Floor Wiper @ 60kg 
50 x KB Clean and Press @ 16kg (KB to touch floor between reps)
25 x Pull-up (any grip)

= a total of 300 reps.  

An oldie but a goodie!

KB = Kettlebell (substitute with 20kg Dumbbell)

Note:

Please scale all workouts 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

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Darryl Edwards

Wednesday
Dec082010

Video: Gym Jones : "JonesTown Sprint"

Gym Jones - 'JonesTown Sprint'

20 Push Press @ 30kg/65lb

20 Burpee Pull-up

10 Push Press @ 30kg/65lb

10 Burpee Pull-up

Edit of Mark Twight: Gym Jones

"Start the (quick) journey with 20x Push Press, dip the hips and knees slightly, drive the bar overhead to full extension.  Once finished rack the bar and set up under the Pull-up bar to do 20x Burpee Pull-ups (execute a Burpee but instead of the normal finish jump through as much of a Pull-up as possible then finish it with the whole head above the bar), after the final Pull-up drop off the bar, grab the barbell and do 10x Push Press, etc.

Record the look of surprise on each player's face when they start the second set of Push Presses, it's fun."

Monday
Dec062010

Workout: Gym Jones (Seminar Day 2)

 Workout: Gym Jones Intermediate Seminar - Day 2

Photo: Mark Twight - Gym Jones

Warmup:

Technical Practice : Push Press, Split Jerk, Push Jerk.

Workout: AM

Gym Jones: "JonesTown Sprint"

20 Push-Press - 30kg(65lb)

20 Burpee-Pull Ups

10 Push-Press - 30kg(65lb)

10 Burpee-Pull Ups

Times:
 
Cody = 4:29 
Chris = 4:40 
Josh = 2:59 
Carolyn = 6:46 (@ 2 x 25# DB) 
Burkey = 4:10 
Paul = 5:47 
Joe = 4:44 
John = 4:25 
Milos = 3:15 
Ramy = 3:18 
Ian = 3:37 
Jeff = 2:38 
Darryl = 2:43 
Jenny = 4:54 (@ 2 x 25# DB)

Things to Note:
 
There's much less oxygen in Salt Lake City, than in London;
I managed to beat Bobby Maximus' best time of 2:57.


Cool Down

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Workout: PM

45 sec at each of the following stations, 15sec rest: 

AirDyne (aka Satan's Bike) 

FLR on Rings (plank with feet on box and hands on gymnastics rings) 

Whip Smash (whipping a large rope continuously using a two handed grip)

OH Hold (holding a slosh pipe or barbell overhead)

KB Swing (2 hand KB swing)

Dead Hang (hanging from a Pull-Up Bar)

Ball Slam (slamming a ball from over head to the ground into a low squat position)

Wall Sit (hold a squat against the wall)

Then Repeat!

Then: 

One minute "All-out" AirDyne 

Things to note:   

  • I hated the AirDyne, I want an AirDyne;
  • I need to make a slosh pipe;
  • Being told half way through the first round, that we have to repeat the circuit.  Not funny!

 

Video of the "JonesTown Sprint" to follow.

Friday
Oct222010

60 Second Interview: Rob 'Maximus' MacDonald (GymJones)

 60 Second Interview: Rob 'Maximus' MacDonald (Gym Jones)

Who are you?

Rob MacDonald (Maximus).  A person who has been fortunate enough to turn something they love into a career. 

What is fitness to you?

Fitness is not only the ability to do a task.  But also much more than this - it is about discipline, a way of life, almost a religion.

What are your goals?

To inspire and spread what we do to as many people as possible.

What is one of your main concerns in relation to public health?

A lack of accountability.  It is ok to be unfit.  This is the key reason why so many people are overweight and suffer from poor health.  I mean you can even get a flat elevator (travelator) at the airport - because walking on a flat ground requires too much effort.

What is your favourite meal?
 
A medium-rare, rib-eye steak with mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato and balsamic vinegar, olive oil dressing.

What is your favourite exercise/activity?
 
Playing with my child.  I learn more about human movement through him than anything else.

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