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PALEO FITNESS.

Bee, KJ and JJ working their way through Murph.

Are we not taking Paleo far enough?!  Check out this article in Outside Magazine (you should recognize a lot of the names in it) on a movement that is not only incorporating the Paleo Diet, but Paleo Exercise.  Here’s a quote from the ARTICLE.

”These days, low-carb, high-protein diets are embraced by everyone from professional athletes to suburban moms. While the paleo approach is considerably more holistic than, say, the now disparaged Atkins diet, not everyone is buying it. The influential nutritionist Marion Nestle, for example, has questioned the wisdom of completely eliminating grains and dairy from our table. “It’s never a good idea to restrict food groups unless you have to,” Nestle says. “These foods have been eaten by humans for a long time with much pleasure as well as nutritional value.” Others, like Katharine Milton, a respected anthropologist at UC–Berkeley, argue that paleos’ fundamental presumption—that we have been unable to adapt to relatively new types of foods since the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry—is flawed. Humans, Milton argues, have always, even in Paleolithic times, adjusted to their changing environment, nutritional and otherwise, quite well.

Despite the lack of consensus, by the time I get to caveman camp, premodern diets and exercise are a small but growing phenomenon. NFL veteran John Welbourn preaches the paleo diet to his former teammates on the New England Patriots. Endurance gurus like Joe Friel, who, along with Cordain, co-authored The Paleo Diet for Athletes, urge triathletes to try it. Similarly, books like Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run, about Mexico’s Tarahumara tribe, are inspiring people to run barefoot or nearly barefoot, helping jack sales of Vibram FiveFingers by a factor of five in just the past year. Countless Web sites, books, and blogs have sprung up too, along with a handful of local paleo clubs across the country whose members gather to do things like learn archery and make grass-fed-beef jerky.”

Thoughts on the article?  Please post to comments.

Today’s Workout:
Box Squats 5-5-5-5
Followed by:
1,000 M Row
50 M Overhead Walking Lunge (65#/45#)
25 Burpees


8 Comments
  1. Paleo Diet, Cavemen Exercise, Barefoot Running…

    Although many of them are beneficial in some way or other (and I adhere to at least one of them) I think that a lot of these “trends” tend to be found only in countries that can “afford” them. In most Third World countries, the idea of a “Paleo Diet” would be laughed at because, hey, that’s what they eat everyday. Someone starving in Indonesia would look at you like a freak for “not eating grains”. Just like your tribesman/woman would find the idea of a Caveman Exercise program idiotic…”Hey Buddy, I actually have to climb over boulders to get my sheep, so…whatever.”

    We tend to forget that we have the benefit of potable water, supermarkets, cable tv and a myriad of other things that make us not only fat, lazy, and complacent, but allow us to actually pick and choose what we “want” to eat, the “style” in which we live, and “how” we exercise.

    Maybe we should take the time to truly appreciate the fact that we have choices instead of vigorously debating the choices?

  2. Excellent point Migs. On a similiar note, we are extremely fortunate in the fact that we have the means to even debate optimal nutrition and performance. For most in this country, we are fighting the battle of over indulgence, misinformation, and sedentary lifestyle. In the grand scheme of things, that is utterly ridiculous.

    I found myself in a recent discussion debating optimal nutrition. After a period of thought and reflection, I realized that the conversation was pointless. The large majority of people in this country are so far from optimal nutrition that the discussion becomes almost purely academic. I believe we should be celebrating daily positive changes and hope for the day in which that kind of debate is relevant to the masses.

  3. In terms of a practical workout plan, I don’t think I will be jumping on tables at a park 4-5 days a week. But I think this could be a great suppliment to things we already do in crossfit.

    I crossfit so that I will perform better in the real world, not in a gym. What better way to test these skills and build up new ones than to practice them in the real world?

    It would be fun to do some group workouts outside – at the beach or in a park – and incorporate some of the principles here.

  4. Bow Wow- we are absolutely going to do more applicable outdoor workouts. We’re just waiting for the weather to get consistently nice and we’ll start our Beach WOD’s again. We also have a few ideas brewing for a CF beach throwdown amongst affiliates.

  5. Such a neat article and looking forward to outdoor fun.
    This also reminds me to take advantage to play more often with the nephews and nieces because they live for this stuff and to, in general, get outside more.
    Favorite lines include:
    “We’re less stressed when we see green, like leaves and grass.”
    “listening to more reggae encourages rhythm and flow.”

    P.S. Amen, Migs.

  6. Suggested Paleo workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piWCBOsJr-w

    “Release the tiger!” (at 5:40)

  7. Finally got around to reading the article. That camp sounds like so g**d*** much fun!

    The Claw

  8. Malzone…put me down for any Beach Throw Down WODlishiousness that involves SWIMMING!!!

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