primal gym philosophy (short version)
Primal Gym promotes health and fitness in an outdoor setting through strength training, cardio techniques, nutritional strategies, and lifestyle habits.
Primal Gym offers effective exercises that mimic human movement. Squats, lifts, pushes, pulls, rotations and lunges create the foundation of the strength program.
The goal is elevated fat-burning for hours following cardio activity rather than maintaining the mythical "fat burning zone" during cardio activity. Interval cardio forces your body to work harder, requires a longer recovery period and metabolizes stored body fat well beyond the end of the cardio session.
Proper nutrition is just as important as both strength and cardio training combined. Macro-nutrients are the key to building a stronger body and fueling your training program.
Primal Gym encourages attention to all life components: career, family, financial, spiritual, physical, etc. Maximizing your investment in training and nutrition requires a balanced lifestyle and vice-versa.
primal gym philosophy (long version)
My focus, my goal, my philosophy is to promote your best health and fitness ideals. I strive to achieve this through strength training, cardio techniques, nutritional strategies, and lifestyle habits. A culmination of not just one or two, but all four areas lead to long term success in health and fitness and in life! My knowledge, strategies, and beliefs are founded in my education as well as years reading, researching, and exploring the teachings of fitness leaders such as Phil Kaplan, Alwyn Cosgrove, Tom Venuto, Craig Ballantyne, John Berardi, Lou Schuller, and of motivational leaders such as Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, and Maxwell Maltz. And then, there are my personal life experiences, challenges, and successes in fitness and in life that equip me with tools and lessons to pass on to clients.
I believe in safe and effective exercises that mimic human movement. Squats, lifts, presses, pulls, and rotations create the foundation of my strength programs. Multi-joint exercises that recruit multiple muscle groups, as both primary and secondary movers, will create your training regimen. At times, I incorporate super-sets, complexes, and circuit-style training of these movements. Breaking down muscle tissue and disrupting homeostasis is the goal! You won't find yourself doing one-legged bicep curls while balancing on a Bosu ball or performing one-legged standing shoulder presses. If stability training is required, specific exercises will be added to your exercise program rather than replace those crucial and fundamental strength training exercises. Furthermore, endless crunches are a thing of the past, as your movements will recruit and stimulate the entire trunk, which include the abdominal wall, hip, and lower back. The body moves as a complete kinetic chain and in multiple planes, so why not train as such?
Gone are the days of slow and boring 45-minute cardio sessions. Other than distance running for sport or pure enjoyment, higher intensity-short duration intervals are the key to fat loss and injury-free cardio. Rather than the main focus being fat calories burned during exercise, the focus becomes the total caloric output during cardio and metabolic impact following cardio. The goal is not to be in the "magical " fat- burning zone during exercise but to be in an elevated fat-burning zone for hours following exercise, and this can be achieved through various intensity levels performed in twenty minutes or less. For purposes of achieving cardiovascular health and lean muscle mass, compare the short- distance track athlete with the long-distance runner. The comparison is quite telling.
I believe that proper nutrition is just as important if not more so than both strength and cardio training combined. Macro-nutrients are the key to building a stronger body and fueling your training program. Protein repairs and builds all muscle tissue, carbohydrates fuel your training sessions, and fats fuel your daily activities and provides cellular support. Instead of resorting to those low-fat diets, low-carb diets, or even all-liquid diets, proven long term strategies involve:
(1) adequate protein to preserve and build lean mass
(2) timing starchy and fibrous carbohydrate consumption to regulate insulin levels and promote fat burning throughout the day
(3) consuming adequate essential fats and even some saturated fats to fuel daily living, support cellular functions, and optimize testosterone production.
I encourage a balance of all life components: career, family, financial, spiritual, physical, etc. As Zig Ziglar says, "People spend more time planning for the Super Bowl party than the following years of their lives. Therefore, we create a road map of goals and actions; we prioritize our tasks; we assess our strengths and identify areas of improvement; and finally, we give our bodies daily rest. We must dedicate the time required for our bodies to repair, re-energize, and grow. In such hectic times, our bodies are forced to focus on the external factors of life, so adequate sleep allows the body to focus on the internal functions of a living body. Maximizing the investment in training and nutrition requires a lifestyle that supports harmony, inside and out!