In The Primal Solution, I wrote about one of my favourite gadgets, the Garmin Forerunner. Essentially, the Forerunner is a GPS-enabled watch that captures real-time positional data. Back when I used to spend a lot of time running, I would use it to record my pace and distance covered. Since I knocked running on the head, and discovered that resistance training and interval training (along with the Primal diet) are the keys to getting into shape, I hadn’t used it so much.
But I’ve been re-discovering it recently, as I have been out exploring some new trails with my dog. Using the Forerunner in conjunction with SportTracks (free version available at http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks) I have been able to gain some interesting information on where exactly I have been, and the kind of elevation change that the session has included. It’s not that the information is used for any analysis as such, but I do like to know that I’ve walked x number of miles over the week, or climbed the equivalent of two Ben Nevises! The picture with this post is taken from my own SportTracks data.
Here’s the summary data from this little leg-stretch:
And as it’s always nice to see the hills that you’ve conquered, here’s the elevation graph!
This is something that I hope you will discover in yourself as you become involved with The Primal Solution – you are both the scientist and the experiment. You will find some things that will work for you very quickly (witness the way you rapidly slim down once you cut out wheat and sugar) and you’ll find your own variations of the exercises that work for you in making you leaner, and more athletic looking.
I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, and I can tell you that it’s so easy to live with – It’s just on autopilot now. Today I skipped breakfast, did some fasted sprints during my morning dog-walk (awesome for fat-burning) and I am only now starting to think about my lunch (it’s after 1 PM). Lunch is going to be an omelette as the hens have been busy; cheddar and mozzarella – and maybe some mushrooms in there too.
I break up my work with the mobility stretches from The Primal Solution, and every two hours I hold a plank position for one minute. This keeps my core muscles engaged, which is good for my back and my posture in general.
As you may have seen, I also do a free weights workout once a week. Once you’re proficient at the exercises in The Primal Solution,and I mean that you can bang out fifty press-ups in one go (you WILL get there, I promise you!) I’d urge you to do the same.
I’ve seen my physical strength come on in leaps and bounds since discovering The Primal Solution. Last week I deadlifted 150Kg. That’s not going to win any prizes (unless you’re a 56Kg female) but it’s still way more than the average bloke can lift. I’m not telling you this to blow my own trumpet, but to demonstrate the kinds of things that YOU will be capable of, as you make The Primal Solution a part of your life. And remember, I am only ever an email away if you need any help with anything at all. The Primal Solution is all about giving you the advice AND mentoring to ensure that you succeed.