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 Squats (12)

Friday
Aug132010

WorkOut: 3 Rep Max (Lifts)

Warmup:

  • 5 min moderate effort - Row, Run or Bike.
  • 10 Jump Squats
  • 10 Jump Pull-Ups

Workout: 

Work up to performing 1 set of:

  • 3 Rep Max Deadlift
  • 3 Rep Max Back Squat
  • 3 Rep Max Bench Press
  • 3 Rep Max Shoulder Press

Finisher:

Treadmill Drivers (5 x 10 second rounds)

Friday
Aug062010

Workout: Friday Fitness

Warmup:

10 min Row/Run

10 Push-Ups

10 Air Squats

10 Sit-Ups

10 Jump Pull-Ups

10 Bodyweight Rows (overhand grip)

Workout:*

3 sets (10 reps of 85kg) Deadlift

50 Jump Pull-Ups

50 Walking Lunges (with single arm 14kg DumbBell overhead - 25 each arm).

50 Crocodile Walks

50 Crab Walks

50 Burpees (with 1 Push-Up between each rep)

--

Finisher:

Burpee Pyramid (Continuous)

5 Burpees, 1 Push-Up

4 Burpees, 2 Push-Ups

3 Burpees, 3 Push-Ups

2 Burpees, 4 Push-Ups

1 Burpee, 5 Push-Ups

Burpee, Push-Up, Dip, Pull-Up Combo

1 Burpee, 2 Push-Ups, 2 Dips, 2 Pull-Ups 

1 Burpee, 3 Push-Ups, 3 Dips, 3 Pull-Ups 

1 Burpee, 2 Push-Ups, 2 Dips, 2 Pull-Ups

1 Burpee, 1 Push-Up, 1 Dip, 1 Pull-Up

Pull-Up Holds 

2 Pull-Ups (hold for 1 minute at the top)

Treadmill Drivers **

3 x 30 second rounds

--

* Complete each set of reps before moving onto the next exercise.

** Treadmill is stationary, sprint as fast as you can holding the handles in front of you (as if you are pushing the treadmill forward).  Tougher than it sounds!

Thursday
Aug052010

Workout: 300 (Battle of Thermopylae)

aka "Battle of Stamford"

Warmup:

5 minute Indoor Row

10 Push-Ups

10 Air Squats

10 Sit-Ups

10 Pull-Ups

Workout:*

50 Double Unders**

50 Jump Pull-Ups

50 Walking Lunges (with 25kg plate arms fully extended overhead)

50 Tricep Dips

50 Floor Wipers (with 25kg plate overhead)

50 Burpees (with 2 Push-Ups between each rep)

--

i.e. 300 Reps in total.

Finisher:

"Cliff Hangers" - 12 Pull-Ups - (alternating grips and moving from left to right after each rep - without feet touching the ground).

30, 20 and 10 second rounds of Treadmill Drivers ***

 

* Complete these 300 reps as quickly as possible, completing each set of 50 reps before moving onto the next exercise.

** To perform a double under, jump up higher than usual swinging the rope twice per jump.  With minimal bending of the knees and staying as upright as possible.  To substitute do 200 single jumps.

*** Treadmill is stationary, sprint as fast as you can holding the handles in front of you (as if you are pushing the treadmill forward).  Tougher than it sounds!

"We are taught never to retreat, never to surrender" - King Leonidas


300 Times
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Edwards: 18:30

Barker: 20:50

Keshani: 25:48

Mitch: 26:06

Tuesday
Aug032010

Workout: 300 (Tower of Pain)

Warmup:

10 minute Indoor Row

10 Push-Ups

10 Air Squats

10 Sit-Ups

10 Pull-Ups

Workout:*

10 rounds of:

50 kg (110lbs) 3 x Deadlifts, 3 x Rows, 3 x Hang Squat Cleans, 3 x Push Press

3 x straight leg knee-to-elbows

3 x 60kg (132lbs) Bench Press

--

then 120 Air Squats

300 Reps in total.

*For time

Finisher:

Medicine Ball Push-Ups 

"The old ones say we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself." - Dilios