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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 Natural Movement (9)

Wednesday
Oct202010

60 Second Interview: Vic Verdier (MovNat)

 60 Second Interview: Vic Verdier (MovNat)

Who are you?

My name is Vic Verdier. I'm the guy you call in the middle of the night when you want to learn about natural movement, aquatic activities or self-defense.

What is fitness to you?

Fitness is the mental and physical ability to do whatever you want with your body: running, jumping, playing, climbing, or defending yourself.  It allows you to quickly learn new skills or techniques whilst minimising the risk of injuries.

What are your goals?

My main goal is to train as many people as possible in natural movement.  Compared to the far less efficient "fitness programs" based on isolation movements using one-size-fits-all machines you find in most commercial gyms.  People have to re-learn how to move in a natural way, in a natural environment, with a nature-oriented mindset.

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

How can people gain so much weight and become couch potatoes - when there are so many good things to eat and to do in the world around us.

What is your favourite meal?
 
Any meal my late grandmother would have prepared. She didn't know anything about processed food, artificial flavouring or corn-based additives.

What is your favourite exercise/activity?
 
Improving my personal record on the 100m dash whilst chasing a pit-bull.

Blog/Website: 

 

En Francais: http://www.thefitnessexplorer.com/home/2010/10/18/un-interview-de-soixante-secondes-vic-verdier-movnat.html

Thursday
Oct142010

Workout: Outdoor - Primal Work & Play in the Park

Outdoor Workout: Primal Work In the Park

Had a great natural movement workout yesterday with Nathan Chong in Ravenscourt Park.

Autumn's here - the days are shorter and it's getting colder but it didn't take too long to warm up after a 400m sprint.

We worked on some natural movement combos and made interesting use of the environment.  I did take some video (but with the lack of natural light it won't be possible to post it as the video quality is so poor).

MovNat Workout Combo: (combinations of) --> 

  • Air Squats;
  • Various Sprint shuttle runs;
  • Tree Pull-Ups & Muscle-Ups;
  • Rope Muscle Ups;
  • Balance work on park bench, beams, single leg balancing and squats (see photo below)
  • Running up a children's slide;
  • Rope climbing;
  • Precision Jumps;
  • Breeze Block Clean & Press;
  • Barefoot Conditioning

 

 

Balance Work in the Park - Fitness Explorer

 

Monday
Oct042010

Video: Primal Log Climb (the beginning)

Video: Primal Log Climb (Demonstration)

Here is my first successful attempt at climbing onto a suspended log using bodyweight transfer techniques as taught by Erwan le Corre (MovNat).  

Will take a lot more practice to perfect, but I am pleased to have been successful here and for someone like myself who doesn't 'climb' as a hobby it's a lot of fun. :-)

When possible I try and perform this work in the local park, during my park workouts onto a rope (long term goal) or tree branches I can find to support me.

Thursday
Sep302010

Workout: Outdoor - Park In The Dark

Workout: Outdoor - Park in the Dark

Had a great natural movement workout this evening, from dusk until it was almost pitch black.  Was interesting to workout with very low visibility and to focus purely on the other senses!

MovNat Workout Combo: (combinations of) --> 

  • Various Sprint Combos
  • Various tree Pull-Ups, Muscle-Ups and Hangs.
  • Rope Muscle Ups
  • Balance walking on beams, single leg balancing and squats
  • Attempting to run up a children's slide :-)

 

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