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Yoga Plank

To exercise in a manner that maximizes your genetic potential does not require extra tools or a gym membership. You CAN use these tools if you want, but they are not required. The only exercises we need to build the body of our dreams are squats, push-ups, planks, and pull-ups performed 1 – 2 times per week, with an occasional round of sprinting.

Outside of exercise, just have fun and play! Join a sports team, get involved with a nonstructured pickup game of “whatever” ball, ultimate frisbee or anything else that gets you outside and takes your mind off of work.

There are some tools that can make exercise easier and more convenient, especially if you are not in a place to perform squats, push-ups, planks, and pull-ups or you’ve accumulated damage to your joints through wear and tear and inflammation. My goal is to meet you where you are at and get you to where you want to be.

So if you need a simplified exercise band routine, an elliptical for your home (if you don’t feel comfortable at the gym) or a pull-up bar (because there are no sturdy trees around you) I’ve got you covered. Just remember these tools are not required, but if your health is too compromised to perform the movements mentioned previously, they can offer a great starting point from which you can build confidence and fitness.

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Elliptical

It may not seem like it, but an elliptical is a great tool for sprinting! When the weather isn’t acting right or you’re just not at a place to run full speed without possibly injuring yourself, the elliptical is great. It also works your upper abs, chest and arms. When I use the elliptical, I’ll get warmed up with zero resistance for 5 minutes. Afterward, I set the resistance as high as I can manage and push as hard as possible for 30 seconds. I then let my heart rate come back down at zero resistance and I do 3 – 5 times, you will feel it!

 

 

Stationary Bike

A stationary bike is another great tool for sprinting. Considering the popularity of spin classes, the exercise bike is a bit more obvious than the elliptical. I prefer the elliptical because it allows you to work the arms as well but if it isn’t your cup of tea, then a good stationary bike is the way to go. I would use this the same way I use the elliptical, 5 minutes at zero resistance as a warm-up, increase resistance to the point where you can go all out and not feel like your going to fly off the bike, then go as hard as possible for 30 seconds. Afterward, let your heart rate come back down and repeat 3 – 5 times.

 

Pull-Up Bar

Pull-ups are the quintessential Primal essential movement and one of the best indicators of strength to weight ratio. I recommend a pull-up bar that you can hang from your door frame and put away whenever you need to. Pull-ups are not easy and it may take time to work up to one unassisted pull-up, that’s fine! Get yourself a chair and start working those muscles, pretty soon you will be doing pull-ups. Take heart, sometimes powerlifters can’t do pull-ups, it’s okay, this is a process and it will be that much more rewarding once you get there.

 

Exercise Band

This is great for the individual who can do more than walk as a means of exercise but might not feel confident enough to try out Primal Essential Movements without pain or potential risk of injury. See my exercise video for an example of a short and simple exercise routine you can perform.

 

 

 

Slackline

I love any exercise that challenges my balance. With nearly 20 years experience with Tai Chi (wow time flies…) I’ve come to appreciate the power of balance. When your balance is perfect, you sometimes feel stronger than when you work out 3 times a week. You might also notice that you get less back and neck injuries when carrying heavy objects since your spine isn’t shifting to accommodate your stumbling. I find that walking a slackline and performing static balance is an amazing way to build core strength. Since I’ve been using a slackline my general martial arts ability and Tai Chi skills have improved substantially. This is a very underappreciated tool and one of Mark Sisson’s favorites!

 

Earbud Heart Rate Monitor

I agree with Mark Sisson that chronic cardio isn’t the healthiest exercise but that doesn’t mean it CAN’T be healthy for us. The problem isn’t the cardio, it’s just easy to over-do cardio and accumulate stress and injuries. You can over-do any exercise, even Primal Essential Movements. The difference is that there is a feedback mechanism with most non-cardio exercises, your muscles fatigue and lose the abiltiy to continue exercising. When performing cardio, you can ignore the subtle feedback mechanisms and eventually become numb to them, this is when your body can become chronically stressed and prone to injury. Having a heart rate monitor is essential for providing the feedback you need to get stronger and not slowly deteriorate your body.

 

Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

The Polar chest strap heart rate monitor is more cost effect effective, although slightly less convenient than the earbuds heart rate monitor. Both are great options and accurate enough to calculate Heart Rate Variability (HRV), the choice is yours.

 

 

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