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
  • 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 Mark Twight (3)

Monday
Jan302012

Quote of the Day: Do it Now!

"Get it done now, because you are not going to live forever" - Mark Twight

Wednesday
Dec012010

300 Second Interview: Mark Twight (Gym Jones)

300 Seconds with Mark Twight
Fitness Explorer with Mark Twight (Gym Jones)

What was the inspiration behind the 300 'test'?

I was responsible for getting the actors and stuntmen prepared for their roles in the Movie '300'.  Part of this was the process of these guys becoming 'Spartans'.  The director Zack Snyder and I decided we needed to have a graduation exercise.

This was the original challenge:

25 x Pull-up + 
50 x Deadlift @ 60kg + 
50 x Push-up + 
50 x Box Jump @ 24 inch box + 
50 x Floor Wiper @ 60kg + 
50 x KB Clean & Press @ 15 kg (single arm) + 
25 x Pull-up

Of the 35 people trained only 17 were invited to take the test.  The criteria was that they were not only physically capable, but that the seeds were sown psychologically.  They had to be scared and unprepared, a recipe of fear.  It was designed as a test not a workout, to assess certain characteristics - for example how do you deal with stressful conditions?

Would you change anything about the original 300 workout?

The only change would be to increase the Clean & Press to a 20kg (44lb) Kettlebell (KB).

Other variations are the 300 Heavy which uses an 85kg (187lb) deadlift/floor wiper with a 24kg (53lb) KB Clean & Press and the 300 Heavier which uses a 100kg (225lb) deadlift/floor wiper.

What is the Gym Jones' philosophy?

"Find the problem, fix the problem."  As simple as is needed, but as complicated and as individual as it needs to be.

What are your views on linear vs non-linear periodisation?

Linear is better suited for specialised sports, it works for those areas and is proven to do so.  Non-linear periodisation works for generalised fitness, a fighter or for sports people that need a more rounded approach.  But this won't allow you to peak on the day.
Darryl's addition:  An athlete that requires hypertrophy, power, strength, strength endurance and cardiovascular endurance for example would work on a non-linear route of periodisation and the phases would vary based on what factors are most important.
What is the importance of nutrition to well-being?

The foundation on which everything sits.

Is Gym Jones a Crossfit with non-linear periodisation?

Hell no!  Gym Jones is not a program.  For example if a fighter has a strength and conditioning issue and is losing due to a lack of conditioning we can help.  If they are losing due to technical deficiencies, then they should focus on those skills.  The gym, programming or artificial training is always secondary to sports specific practice and sports performance.

We train people for specific objectives, we don't compete in the gym.  The gym is not our sport.  Time should be spent wisely, and often it is better placed working on sport specific characteristics.

For people performing at the top of their game.  Their fitness level is usually good enough.  We provide a maintenance level only.  The fitness channel (the ability of improved fitness to better sports performance) is diminished.  Some training has to be cyclical to peak for competition.

The type of programming and planning provided is to support activities outside of the gym.  Those things decide what we should be doing.  This includes smart rest, recovery, changes in intensity, periodisation and avoiding burn-out.

Your favourite exercise?

30:30 Push-Press
Darryl's Addition - This workout is 30 sec work, 30 sec static hold at the top of the press.  (Repeated for say 4 rounds).  The rest is taken during the work part of the interval, aiming for as many reps as possible.

Your favourite workout?

Tears & Power, the exercises are arbitrary but it is a 4 x 4 matrix where the idea is to structure it so people are confident in the 1st round but by the end find it psychologically very difficult. 
Darryl's Addition - "I will post an example Tears & Power workout in the near future."
Who is Big Jim? (the guy on the T-shirt/website)

A piece of art commissioned by a comic book and crime scene illustrator of me.  A representation of "Two Hands Anyhow" .  A traditional strongman lift called the Bent Press.

What is your favourite quotation?

"Get it done now, because you're not going to live forever" - Mark Twight.

The individual who has inspired you the most?

Bruce Lee, the consummate example of someone who put his thoughts into action.

Final question:  
You get the chance to go back into time and can make one decision involving your health and well-being - what would it be?

I would go back to the age of 21 and make the decision to have my broken ankle fixed.  I made a short-term decision not to get it fixed so I could continue to climb, rather than taking the long view.  In hindsight not the right thing to do.

 

Earlier 60 Second Interview with Mark Twight (Gym Jones)

Saturday
Oct232010

60 Second Interview: Mark Twight (Gym Jones)

 60 Second Interview: Mark Twight (Gym Jones)

Who are you?

Mark Twight.  Founder of Gym Jones.  A searcher, I want to learn how to do things.  I put everything into climbing, the gym and now road biking.

What is fitness to you?

The ability to do a task.  The task has to be defined.  Personally, right now it is the economy and efficiency of working between 20 minutes and 10 hours.

What are your goals?

To learn and to improve.

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

Obesity.  An unwillingness to work hard.   This is across the board.  Not just in health but everywhere.  People want the result without the work.  There has to be some work for any outcome.

What is your favourite meal?
 
Spinach salad.

What is your favourite exercise/activity?
 
Riding my bike (it's also my least favourite activity).

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