Low-Tech Tools for Primal Living
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While you don't
need stuff to live a successful Primal lifestyle (well, besides
bacon), we humans belong to a gadget-fetishizing brand of ape that
has had great success over the years crafting and using various
tools to make life easier. A couple weeks ago, I highlighted seven
high-tech tools that were designed to improve Primal living;
today, I'm focusing on the low-tech stuff. These tools aren't quite
as flashy, and they're not quite as sexy, but they are just as useful.
They are tools in the classic sense physical objects that enable
or enhance our ability to manipulate the environment to our advantage.
So, while the high-tech tools offered helpful information and guidance
about recipes, calorie counts, and toxin levels to improve our knowledge
base, these low-tech tools offer direct, hands-on experience.
On to the tools!
Own) Bulgarian Training Bag
training bag is, basically, half an inner tube filled with sand
with the ends twisted into handles to contain the sand. It's highly
versatile, able to be used kind of like a mace,
and a kettlebell
all rolled into one. The bag is very good for wrestlers and grapplers
(and anyone else) interested in developing rotational strength;
in fact, a Bulgarian wrestling coach invented the Bulgarian training
bag to improve the training of U.S. wrestlers, inspired by the feats
of strength involving goats and sheep slung across the shoulders
of Bulgarian shepherd/strongmen from his childhood. They're quite
easy to make, which is what I suggest you do. I never said everything
on the list could be purchased. Actually, Bulgarian training bags
are available for purchase, but at rather high rates. I
think it's more satisfying and more affordable to simply make
your own. Here's a good
guide to doing so.
got bag in hand, check this
link for forty Bulgarian bag exercise ideas. Any training implement
inspired by a crazy Bulgarian shepherd swinging a lamb around by
its legs gets the Primal stamp of approval.
If you're serious
about progressing as you exercise, you need a training log. While
I'll admit that I don't keep one myself anymore, when I was really
serious about training either endurance or strength I maintained
a training log to track my progress, and I maintain that without
the logs I would have had a more difficult time making real progress.
See, training logs aren't just about noting what you've done; they're
about tracking what you've done right, what you've done wrong, how
you felt on a particularly good training day, how you felt on a
bad training day, and they're about using this data to enable steady
progression. Even if you're doing a wide range of fractal movements
and exercises, keep a log. Randomization isn't mindlessness.
to write and used Moleskin
notebooks. I trust his judgment.
After I messed
up my rotator cuff on the bench press, I discovered a deep love
for the dip. More conducive to shoulder health (in my experience,
at least) than the bench press, the dip offers excellent stimulus
to both the shoulder girdle, tricep, and chest and if it gets
too easy, you can easily add more weight with the help of a dip
belt. Using dip belts satisfied my desire to lift heavy things with
my chest and triceps without subjecting my rotator cuff to pain
and suffering. The dip is a truly functional movement (think getting
up and over a barrier or fence, climbing up into a tree) and being
able to add even more weight than just that of your bodily mass
will help you function even more effectively.
You could use
a rope, chains, or even a well-constructed dog leash looped around
your waist and attached to heavy objects, but it's far easier (and
not much more expensive) to get a dedicated dip belt. Here's one
and here's another
that should both suit you well.
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March 17, 2011
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