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Jun082017

Caveman Workout Theory

I know, it's a bit of a weird title for an article or video! But with all of today's scientific and high tech workout theories and info, I wanted to dumb things down just a little and make everyone think about the basics of how our bodies react to the stimulus we subject them to.

In this video I compare a Caveman (could also be a Cavewoman) to what I consider to be a similar group of athletes found commonly in today's society. For example, I compare the Scout Caveman (that has to run around all day looking for possible hunting location) to today's equivalent of a Marathon or long distance runner. I also compare the Hunter Caveman to that of perhaps a CrossFit athlete that needs to be strong, fast and have endurance. Lastly I compare the workhorse Cavemen (the Caveman that has to haul all the meat back to his tribe) to that of either a power lifter or body builder.

One thing to keep in mind is that all these Cavemen or Cavewomen would have all had access to the same foods, they would not have eaten at regular times so food timing would have been out the window. There wouldn't have been any types of supplements like Protein Powders, BCAA's or Creatine or Vitamins. I would imagine their diet would have been pretty clean, perhaps even paleo-ish ;) But that's about the only advantage the Caveman would have had in terms of nutrition.

The main point I am making in this video is that the stimulus we subject our bodies to is really the most important factor to how our bodies will respond. Our bodies are made to adapt and survive and respond to what they are subjected to. If we need them to be strong they will get strong. If we need them to travel long distances days at a time then they will become super efficient perhaps at the cost of other skills like strength and speed. If we need our bodies to be well rounded then again they will adapt with the ability to do everything fairly well but not excel in any one thing.

Yes there is great value in all of today's information about eating a proper diet, using food timing to your advantage, what supplements can help you achieve your goals and which workout programs would be best suited to your lifestyle. Let's remember the Caveman had none of this and yet they where able to adapt their bodies to their given needs mainly because what we ask our bodies to do physically is the most important part of this equation.

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