I'm Darryl Edwards (aka The Fitness Explorer), founder of Primal Play, this website is no longer being updated - please check out www.primalplay.com for current details on my work, passion and lifestyle approach.

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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 Outdoor (6)

Friday
Jan182013

Video: It's Cold Outside, Let's Play!

Saturday
Mar122011

Workout: It's Spring (almost) - It's Saturday, Let's Play!

 

A beautiful day today in London, sun was out and spring is definitely in the air!  The hour class soon became 2.5 hours of playing, didn't want it to end...

Warmup: 

  • Running and Jumps (aka Frogger)

Workout: (combinations of) --> 

  • POSE running technique
  • Sprinting
  • Air Squat and High Jump Squat drills
  • Step Vault, Speed Vault & Speed Vault Progressions
  • Dead-Hang Tree Pull-Ups & Assisted Pull-Ups
  • Tree Muscle Ups/Climbing & Assists
  • Park Bench balance drills
  • Walking/running on very low rails
  • Bear crawl, Crab Walks, Praying Mantis (side to side plank walk)
  • Mini-Circuits
  • and lots of messing about :-)

* Alysia was a natural on the balance bench, video to follow.  

** Kirk's first attempt on the bench, great effort!  Kirk's also warming up for his pull-up matrix tomorrow - good luck : -->

http://www.thefitnessexplorer.com/home/2011/3/8/workout-pull-up-matrix-iv-advanced.html

Sunday
Jan092011

Workout: You Are Not Allowed To Use The Park As A Gym!

* Please note there is a hint of sarcasm in the post title.
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Warmup:
  • 400m Easy Jog
  • Air Squats
  • Jack Hammers
  • Frogger
  • Air Squat and Jump Squats drills 

Workout: (combinations of) --> 

  • Sprint Drills - catching partner
  • Assorted Pull-Ups
  • Tree Climbing/Muscle Ups
  • Box Jumps
  • Piggy-Back Squats and Piggy-Back Rides
  • Balance Practice

Note: London Bye-Law 3 states: you are not allowed to climb trees in the park.

Monday
Nov152010

Video: A Time to Work Out: A Time to Play Out

A Time to Work Out: A Time to Play Out

Here's is my latest video with some of the workouts recorded recently in the local park (and other outdoor locations).  It's a composite (and does contain a little old footage), but most of it is new.

I wanted to provide an honest portrayal - some of these workouts were captured on the first take rather than edited to appear perfect.

Exercise is Boring:

For some exercise isn't exciting.  In the most part I agree.  Exercise can be mundane and boring.  The word exercise or workout implies difficulty even before we start.  But maybe our current views on fitness require some balance.  

At times we should treat activity as a child does:

Let's try something different:

  • stop counting reps;
  • stop looking at stopwatches;
  • stop wondering how heavy it is;
  • stop analysing what muscles are working;
  • stop focusing on the objective;
  • stop focussing on failure;
  • start focusing on the movement;
  • start enjoying the moment;
  • start being imaginative;
  • start enjoying the activity;
  • start focussing on progress;
  • start seeing movement as rewarding, not punishing;
  • start playing and stop working.

There are times to work, and times to play.  There are times to grimace and times to smile.  Today is playtime.