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Paleo Fitness: A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy Paperback – June 11, 2013
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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."
"You can't out-train a poor diet and you can't use diet to effectively combat a poor lifestyle. Fitness and diet have to work together and we believe Darryl covers this topic with significant expertise."
"Darryl has created a fascinating book which gives people something to enjoy when it comes to movement. Whether at home, in the gym, or even better outdoors!"
--Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of MarksDailyApple.com
Paleo Fitness is mandatory reading for anyone interested in leading a healthy lifestyle. It is very comprehensive, covering paleo exercise and nutrition. It is a place to track your progress, the recipes are fantastic and the pictures are great for those who have never exercised.
"Edwards' writing is honest, and his heart for health and fitness shine through in the text. It's an easy read but by no means "light" - information abounds on every page, from references to scientific studies to a handy chart explaining healthy body fat percentages. Paleo Fitness offers the perspective that there is room for experimentation, there is more for us to learn, and there is definitely a place for play, even in modern, Neolithic life."
About the Author
Darryl combines his many influences from martial arts, parkour and dance to teach groups, conduct one-to-one training and virtual training sessions that focus on strength/conditioning, bodyweight exercises, Paleo nutrition and Play. He lives in London, England.
Top Customer Reviews
Darryl Edwards has given us a great tool. His no-nonsense explanations of nutrition and exercise are unrivaled; he makes this seem easy, and, when you read it, you believe that it CAN be easy. From his explanations of different types of movements, to his 25 attributes to all-around fitness, his plan will get you moving, stronger, healthier, and ready to handle whatever our modern life may throw at you! I can't recommend this book enough!
Edwards naturally begins with a great, simple overview of the Paleo framework for diet, which only makes sense as all real health and weight loss begins with diet.
But the real treasure of this book is his workout program, full of full-body exercises that challenge fitness but also ensure that proper movement is the goal. And speaking of goals, goal-setting using the S.M.A.R.T. framework is the first portion of the fitness section, making sure that all fitness begins with the proper mindset.
Many of the exercises presented are familiar exercises, and many of them will be new to those who are new to the concept of movement-based exercise. The various groups of movement exercises are explained clearly, examples are given of ways to increase intensity on each exercise, and proper active rest is stressed (both between "sets" of exercises as well as active rest days). And a key component of the program is that FUN should be had at all times! Partner exercises are given their important section as well - increasing the fun factor.
The programs in the book start at a basic level, and increase in intensity and difficulty at a very good pace.Read more ›
A few of the many exercises include:
Walking around backwards on hands and feet
Holding a squat with arms stretched
Alternating opposite knee to elbow touch (turning movements work core)
Virtual jump rope
Various dips and push ups
Several reps of quickly getting up and sitting back down
Pushing a bag above the head
These exercises are well described in words and with photos. They are fun and suitable for any fitness level by doing as many or as few reps of each as necessary and as many or as few of the exercises as possible.
The book also begins with a Paleo diet primer, includes a meal plan, and exercise program with worksheet.
In short, I think this book is great. It teaches that methods, weights, and routines are not necessary and that moving your body in natural ways is all that is needed to get fit and stay healthy.
- Practical overview of paleo eating with lists of what to eat, what not to eat, and why
- Two week paleo meal plan with 20 delicious recipes
- Weekly programming with exercises for different levels of fitness/sophistication
- 60+ exercises ranging from the basics, like pull-ups and chair dips, to kangaroo jumps and the Dracula carry, all designed to be performed with minimal/no equipment, with photo demonstrations.
- References to studies, index of fitness terminology
What's in the book philosophically:
Edwards defines paleo fitness as playtime. The goal is not to work out, but to play out, to increase your level of and love for fitness by turning it into playtime and by integrating more movement in your daily routine. After an examination of why this is important to overall health, Edwards' book gives you the tools you need in order to execute it successfully.
This book comes with my high recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a concise, easy read, that explains the theory of Paleo Fitness and gives complete, well-illustrated instructions. Love it and I am finding the exercises beneficial. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Arlene H. Brett
Good information. Not interested in the diet info, just wanted to compare the workout vs. MovNatPublished 11 days ago by burt wurley
Paleo Fitness: A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy is easily one of the most comprehensive guides out there. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Morgyn Wade
I have wanted to write this review for over a year as I have used this book extensively for myself and friends who needed to get outside of the box and it will do just that for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel Connolly
Great alternative. Its amazing how body weight exercises can get you in shape and help you move better in your daily activities.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great fitness book but also a great nutrition and diet guide - a gracious gift this Christmas that I will be using to kick start my regime in the new year. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ZK!
I found this book not only insightful and accessible, but also quite inspirational. No matter what your "fitness level" is, this book helps to rekindle a joy of movement I... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr Steven D Bateman
This book is for everyone who is blessed to know, and for those who need to know, that natural movement, natural food, merriment and play, and a healthy heartfelt attitude all... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ian B Fernander