Ancestral Movements for Modern Fitness

Ancestral Movements for Modern Fitness

Not everyone wants to be an athlete, and that's fine. I know a lot of my fitness articles promote unconventional training, mostly kettlebells, and if you follow me on social media you know I'm involved in martial arts. Fact is, I didn't start with this same passion for working out. It used to be a struggle, but The Primal Blueprint helped me find my fitness level. Now let me help you!

If you look at the way our bodies have evolved from our ancestors, it's clear that we were built to move in certain ways just like we are built to eat in certain ways. Our ancestors needed to squat, press, climb, and lift just to survive. Climbing or sprinting to get away from predators, lifting rocks or an animal from a hunt, there were certain movements and muscles that are essential for your basic health.

Ancestral Movements for Modern Fitness

Whether you're interested in basic health or you want to be an athlete, there are certain movements and muscles you'll need to target. This article is focusing on the basic level for basic health, so let's look at some movements you should incorporate into your fitness routine, ASAP!

 

Push-Ups

From a plank position (straight, rigid line from feet to head), hands flat on the ground and shoulder width apart, arms extended, fingers pointed forward, lower your body until your chest (or nose) touches the ground. Keep your core and glutes tight and a neutral spine and neck.

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Pull-Ups

Keep your elbows tight, tuck your chin (try to make a double chin), retract your shoulder blades (to protect your shoulders). Without flailing or using your lower body, lead with your chest and pull your body up using an overhand grip until your chin passes the bar. When lowering, never fully protract your shoulder blades. Don’t lead with your chin; keep it tucked throughout.

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Squats

With feet at or around shoulder width (whatever’s most natural) and toes either forward or pointing slightly outward, lower by pushing your butt back and out until your thighs reach at least parallel. Keep the weight on the heels and a tight, neutral spine throughout the movement.

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Planks

Your body is a plank, as the name suggests. You are a single cohesive unbroken body, a straight line from head to foot. Elbows/forearms and toes are your only points of contact with the ground.

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Contrary to popular belief, strength training does not require heavy weights and expensive machines. That’s certainly one way for people to get an effective workout, but you can get quite strong and fit using just compound bodyweight movements. And even if you want more, you can always add weights later.

I hope this article helps you start, re-start, or re-think your fitness! Email me at primalbro@gmail.com or contact me on social media if you need any help or have any questions!

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