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26 Aug

Adding Randomness to Primal Blueprint Fitness

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Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. This is a really fun idea!!!

    Grok wrote on August 26th, 2009
  2. Thanks!

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

    Clint wrote on August 27th, 2009
  3. Neat idea, Clint!

    FlyNavyWife wrote on August 27th, 2009
  4. I think the originator of this idea is Arthur DeVany – http://www.arthurdevany.com/

    Chase Saunders wrote on August 27th, 2009
  5. 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.

    Clint wrote on August 28th, 2009
  6. 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 he has pulled some of the great PDF articles that have been on the site for years. I would have to guess this in preparation to the release of his forthcoming book, Evolutionary Fitness. I think the articles must be in the public domain though, so if there is an interest here I’ll look into that and find a way to post them if possible.

    Chase Saunders wrote on August 28th, 2009
  7. I’m hardly a great mind, but thank you ;)

    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?

    Clint wrote on August 28th, 2009
  8. 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

    Chase Saunders wrote on August 28th, 2009
  9. THANKS!!

    Clint wrote on August 31st, 2009
  10. 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!) ;)

    TheCasualWarrior wrote on September 5th, 2009
  11. 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

    Justin Smith wrote on April 9th, 2010

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