Fitness and Health standards according to Mark Sisson



  • Someone lent the wife a book by this fella called "The Primal Blueprint", you know one of those standard self help fitness books. It's kinda interesting and this guy is a huge proponent of eating completely non processed foods ie Meat, Eggs, veges, fruit, nuts etc which I'm all for and have really taken note of the last few weeks. I feel a great deal better for it too.....What kinda got me was his approach to fitness, ie as a male if you can perform ( what he calls the Primal essential movements ) 12 pull ups, 50 push ups, 50 bodyweight squats and hold a "plank" for 2 minutes you are in the PEM "Mastery" class. Now I and I know heaps more of youse fullas can do all of these but really ? shouldn't the standards be a bit higher ?



  • Would have thought should be higher.

    But I know plenty who old struggle doing that and they're not all fat barstards either



  • [quote name='JK' timestamp='1365826301' post='359322']
    Would have thought should be higher.

    But I know plenty who old struggle doing that and they're not all fat barstards either
    [/quote]
    I know you'd piss through that fitness "testing" dude amongst other things he's very much into living like cavemen did to prolong our lives in the long run. Sure we don't exactly have to ward off Mammoths and Sabre Tooth tigers but his examples of modern mans reliance on fast food and stressful yet sedentary lifestyles are a real eye opener to be honest.



  • And I wouldn't consider myself overly fit either.



  • How old is the book? If it was written any time in the last 20 years then he probably had to revise standards...

    12 pull ups is the killer for a lot of people.

    And is there an aerobic (running) component? Surely the ability to run to/from danger is the key survival mechanism



  • Haven't found anything on running but the book was only published in late 2011 !!!! You're dead right though NTA, Pull ups are an absolute prick. I'm aiming for 20 "genuine" ones ( no kipping, arms fully extended ) and have stagnated at 15-16 depending on the day ( can probably crank out 20 dishonest ones though ). TR sent me a program though so will attack that with great gusto given my recent penchant for bodyweight only stuff ( haven't touched weights in weeks but feel in decent shape )



  • I went for my first proper run in 4 weeks on Sat, oddly I hit a PB for the route, but man it was hard and my legs are still sore today...so I'd only need to be able to run for longer than you fellas to survive the wooly mammoth/zombie attack

    As to the test in the thread opener, I can nail all those except the pull ups...is there time limits or just unbroken?



  • [quote name='taniwharugby' timestamp='1365995298' post='359891']
    I went for my first proper run in 4 weeks on Sat, oddly I hit a PB for the route, b[b]ut man it was hard and my legs are still sore today.[/b]..so I'd only need to be able to run for longer than you fellas to survive the wooly mammoth/zombie attack
    [/quote]Naaaa dude, while you're lying with achy muscles they'll get you and we'll be fine.



  • nah, wild animals only feed when they need to, they'll still be full from munching on your 6ft+ bones as to the Zombies, I can still run!



  • [sub]Well I intend to shock all in sundry ( none more so than myself ) by going on a few runs. Will post whatever I achieve ( or don't ) [/sub]



  • Ha ha 12 Pull-ups!! I can't do one.

    Can do 50 press-ups... that's about it



  • [quote name='MN5' timestamp='1365827716' post='359327']
    amongst other things he's very much into living like cavemen did to prolong our lives in the long run.
    [/quote]
    Because life expectancy back then was so good.

    Eating well is relatively simple; cut out added sugars, ensure your carbs have fibre, get adequate good fat and protein.



  • [quote name='Hooroo' timestamp='1365997518' post='359899']
    Ha ha 12 Pull-ups!! I can't do one.

    Can do 50 press-ups... that's about it
    [/quote]
    Shit Hooroo.....you're really quite unbalanced........some aspects of your fitness need a bit of work too.


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