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The Paleo Diet and Primal Effect

Posted 01 Jul 2011 in Blog, Homepage Featured

So, my daily routine is to get out of bed, take the dog out for a pee, then jump on the computer and begin my morning surf through numerous blogs, usually about 20 or more. They are mostly health/fitness related and heavy in Paleo/Primal lifestyle. I have listed blogs I read daily and recommended links that I believe provide a wealth of information and evidence in support of the lifestyle I am trying to lead and share with you.

That being said, I see this as an opportunity to elaborate about my intentions with Primal Effect, being one of the new guy’s on the blog scene. In my introductory video, I mention that I am not going to use the word Paleo to describe this website. Well, Rodney what the crap does that mean? It is simple. I did Paleo strict a year and a half and had incredible results, as you can see from my before and after pictures. I continue to make great progress. As time passed I have evolved in my practices of the Paleo diet and allow for a few things that are not technically “Paleo”. My intention is not to get into pissing matches as to what is Paleo and what is not. I simply wish to share my journey and what has worked for me. (more…)

How Crossfit changed my life and I ended up here

Posted 21 Jun 2011 in Blog, Homepage Featured

Today being the launch of my new site I felt it would be appropriate to explain how I got here.

I grew up an athlete, football and baseball during pre-high school years, then football and track during high school. I was a good athlete, always a first string player. I never achieved my full potential because I just didn’t have my head in the right place. After school, I got into snow skiing and bicycled as training for the winter. I was an avid runner all of my life and ran a few marathons by the time I was in my late 30’s. I always trained with weights since the age of 7. I was one of those skinny kids that read the Charles Atlas ad back in the 60’s and used to work out in my bedroom. I used chairs, mom’s cutting board as a bench, anything I could think of to do the routines that I saw in magazines. Weight training became a part of my life. It gave me confidence and a better self-image. In my late 20’s I became a trainer and worked at various gyms of those times.

I was definitely a late bloomer. At the age of 40 I was in the best shape of my life. The strongest and fastest I had ever been. At that time I weighed 185 lbs. with around a 7 or 8 percent body fat.

After 40 I let things go. Having worked in the restaurant industry all of my working life, it was the typical late nights, high stress and long hours. I slowly stopped doing all of the things that I used to do to stay in shape and did all the bad things that get you out of shape. By the time I was 48 I was up to 270 lbs. (more…)