This morning I was enjoying the very nice work out facility here at Silverado Resort in beautiful Napa California, where I’ve been on assignment.
I’ve been thinking about a few things over the last 4 weeks and this morning my mind came back again to explosive or slow movements when I was working out.
Looking at it from our beloved evolutionary standpoint, I’m starting to think that explosive movements in the gym are not all that they are cracked up to be. I’m talking for health and longevity……NOT hypertrophy….as I do think it’s an effective way to really tear up your muscles. Again back to the basics of asking yourself, what is it YOU want?
I’m speculating of course but, I just think that natural movement, that involves heavy weight (animals, boulders, trees, tipis) would most likely NOT have been executed explosively.
For many years I pushed up that dang barbell during a bench press trying to be explosive.
So this is what I thought about this morning:
Upper body explosive movement: NO BUENNO
Lower Body explosive movement: BENEFICIAL
When indians had to pull a buffalo out of deep pit/trap, I just don’t think they pulled on those ropes explosively…it was more of a concentrated slow pull and effort. THOUGHTS?
My best friend is 70 years old (yes I’m 45). He’s a life long student of “improvement” and living a happy life.
He’s a very accomplished tennis player and is among the best in the country (top 30) in his age group, even though he started relatively late in life.
We have and continue to talk about so many things…
After finding what was THE RIGHT WAY FOR HIM TO EAT, he saw such good results, that he’s taken himself off all the usual medications for someone his age. He did it slowly, steadily and smartly. The other day he sent me a picture and I just wanted to show you all. At age 70, he might not look as muscular as Art Devany or Clarence Bass, but he would beat their pants at tennis and quick movments/sprints. I’ve played many 2 hour plus intense double matches with him as his partner, and there was no sign of fatique or shortness of breath (over the last 12 years!).
REAL FOOD people…. IT’s WHATS GOOD FOR YOU.
Fresh morning fruit, salmon, and not shown some pistachios.
I’m really leaving paleo behind slowly…I just don’t like all the labels anymore.
Atkins, paleo, primal, low carb, keto, meditteranean, etc etc etc….
I don’t care what you call it, but I’m more and more sure that all that is really needed to feel good and get back to the weight that is right for the individual, is eating foods that have not been commercially mass produced/fabricated. And no, I don’t count fruit and meat in that category even with their heavy manipulation of product. I’m tallking about pringles, coke, frozen dinners and everything that has waaaaayyyyy to many ingredients to be qualified as food. IT’s NOT FOOD 🙂 Compliance of 90% of the time is mandatory and I see it only takes 3 months for most to reap the benefits and literally change your life from the inside out. Other that truly have very mesed up systems could need 9 months to 2 years to see these changes. BUT, with compliance and consistency…you WILL score!
BE HAPPY and smile alot.