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August 26 2009

High Intensity Workout with Primitive Equipment

By Mark Sisson
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  1. Pretty similar to the video I planned to submit, except he’s more awesome than me. Haha

  2. Impressive, but I’m a little disappointed with the usage of that little shoulder towel. Splinters should be part of the experience.

  3. the workout looks intense… but i have to agree with the towel thing… heh heh

  4. This is a great effort. But, I would point out that this sort of looks like what we call “work” around here (small subsistence farm in the Adirondack Mountains) except in the above example there is no productive result except to get in shape. I would recommend cutting, hauling, splitting and stacking 15 cords of firewood for the winter or hunting, cleaning, hauling and butchering your own deer meat as an alternative with better results for your health, the healthy woodlot and to feel a better sense of accomplishment. The other benefit of real work is that you actually get in much better shape since there is a lot more of it to go around throughout the day. I think what a lot of what we new primals are missing is that there is a constant battle between a modern mechanized, deskjob existence and getting in shape a natural way. The battle forces many to go the extra mile and join gyms and actually do brain-deadening, repetitive exercises to achieve the same result that working a small subsistence farm would do better. I left my deskjob existence behind happily for the above lifestyle and to build my cabin solo and by hand and have been happy and healthy ever since. Many would say they can’t do this because they have too many obligations to career, economy and other stresses, and economic experts always seem to advocate a 12-step plan to quit your job and start homesteading, but I would recommend you just do it and start living. Time is short and all those other things you thought were important really aren’t in the grand scheme of things. In the first few months of my “new” life, which really was just a return to my roots, I shed 30 pounds, seemingly almost doubled my strength and feel absolutely amazing, partly due to eating right [fairly primal, with a lot of food we are raising here ourselves], but I think largely because of the new lifestyle. Not everyone is in the position to do that and its great to do whatever you can to approximate that, however, I guess what I’m saying is that you can pretend to go barefoot with the toe sock shoes or you can really just go barefoot.