I call myself the Primal Prepper, so obviously living the Primal lifestyle is a big part of my day to day life. Yet it was not until yesterday that I did something that seems almost standard for Primalists: go work out at a crossfit gym.
A Crossfit Gym
For those who don’t know, crossfit is an exercise organization that follows the philosophy that in order to function well as a human being, one must be in all-around physical condition. So they avoid exercises that focus only on one body part or one type of skill. Instead, by the time you are an experienced crossfitter, you should be in a good overall shape and be able to do lots of different physical things.
Since one of the Primal Laws is to lift heavy things, I thought I would give it a try.
So the crossfit gym that I went to, Crossfit HD (one of the best crossfit gyms in Atlanta), had a pretty wide variety of “crossfit equipment”. There were gymnastics rings, tons of barbells with weights, rowing machines, pull up bars, squat racks, and a few things that I didn’t even recognize.
A Primal Workout
I’m not gonna lie. I got my ass kicked by an 8 minute workout. The workout of the day was doing thrusters and rope climbs. Since I was a beginner, I got the baby version: squats and ring pulls. This particular day was a sprint type of workout. So it was just one exercise after the other. 30 squats then 9 ring pulls then 20 squats then 6 ring pulls then 10 squats then 3 ring pulls. My hamstrings were jelly by the time I finished.
I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had started before I lost a ton of weight by eating Primally.
The Paleo-Crossfit Connection
You’ll find a ton of Primal or paleo people at crossfit gyms. In fact, my trainer for my first workout was wearing a shirt that said, “Snatch is Paleo.”
This particular crossfit gym is also hosting a Primal/paleo pot luck this weekend.
The most amazing thing was that nobody even looked twice at my Vibram KSO treks!
So I’m pretty sure I’m in the right place!