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August 26, 2009

Adding Randomness to Primal Blueprint Fitness

By Mark Sisson
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Grok
7 years 3 months ago

This is a really fun idea!!!

Clint
Clint
7 years 3 months ago

Thanks!

I’m REALLY sorry about the POOR video quality. ๐Ÿ™ I only have an older camera. I hope people can look past that and just judge the idea on it’s own merit.

FlyNavyWife
7 years 3 months ago

Neat idea, Clint!

Chase Saunders
Chase Saunders
7 years 3 months ago

I think the originator of this idea is Arthur DeVany – http://www.arthurdevany.com/

Clint
Clint
7 years 3 months ago

I thought of the concept from role-playing games. It’s the dice they use to roll percentages.

It doesn’t surprise me that Art DeVany has this protocol, though, and I’m sure he probably came up with it before I thought of using it.

Chase Saunders
Chase Saunders
7 years 3 months ago
I guess great minds think alike. DeVany has a fascinating take on this… he argues that more than just being fun, almost every biological process exhibits a power law distribution, which just so happens to be easily achieved using a technique like the one you describe (linear selection of intensity). For example, Art even points out that while we think of our heartbeats as “regular and linear” it’s not so… the space between heartbeats follows a power law. And he would argue that randomizing exercise intensity and dietary inputs is critical to simulating the “primal” experience. Unfortunately, it looks like… Read more »
Clint
Clint
7 years 3 months ago

I’m hardly a great mind, but thank you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yeah, he put all of his EF stuff onto his private blog, even the stuff that was free. A shame, really. I had found his site about 1 month before it went private and I didn’t get a chance to really dig through the archives. What I did get to read was REALLY interesting! It was then that I turned here to MDA.

I would love to get his book when it comes out. Are you a member of his private blog and do you know when his book is due out?

Chase Saunders
Chase Saunders
7 years 3 months ago

I’m not a member of the private blog. I did get a chance to read most of the archives while it was briefly made public.

Looks like two of the most relevant articles are still up, just the links are gone:

http://www.arthurdevany.com/webstuff/WhyWeGetFat.pdf

http://www.arthurdevany.com/webstuff/images/RevisedEssay.pdf

Clint
Clint
7 years 3 months ago

THANKS!!

TheCasualWarrior
7 years 3 months ago

Great Idea, Clint! I’m going to get this set up over the weekend and give it a go on Monday! Thanks for the Idea! (Nice to know that there’s a fellow Grok Gamer out there!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Justin Smith
6 years 7 months ago

Hi,

I agree with incorporating randomness in workouts for the reasons mentioned (and more reasons not mentioned), but dice, cards, etc., are too limited tools for the job.

Check out my site http://www.statisticool.com/weightedexercise.htm for some ideas and free spreadsheets.

Justin

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