Category Archives: PaleoFit

The Everyday Deadlift

So you wanna pick-up something heavy, but you don't want to get hurt doing it? Congratulations, you're actually smart! We'll go over a few things that should build your confidence for lifting heavier things today. It should be noted that we're calling this post "Everyday Deadlift" for a reason. If you're looking to lift some big poundages in the gym, this article probably isn't for you. If you're looking to get the case of water from Costco off the ground … Continue reading

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Essential Workout Equipment – The Ab Wheel

At PaleoFit, we're not usually obsessed with the next big piece of must have equipment in the fitness world. We're not big on Thigh-masters, weird horse riding machines, or sauna pants (yes, those are real things). Sometimes, though, there are simple, yet effective tools that have enough value that it's worth a trip to Amazon.com. The Ab Wheel This simple piece of equipment truly is the epitome of simple ab training. What I like about the ab wheel most, is that … Continue reading

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Building More Strength And Tone With PaleoFit

Our specially designed Paleofit workouts are great ways to get a workout without the need for super fancy equipment. That being said, there may be a point at which you need to up your game. Today we talk about how to make that happen. All the workouts that we program are effective and great in and of themselves. You will notice, however, that often in the "Harder" category, we have people grab ankle weights, dumbbells, or even children to make … Continue reading

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Are There Health Benefits to Lifting Heavy Things?

"I want to get more fit." "What about getting stronger?" "Yeah, I guess so." "You guess so?" "I mean, I just really want to tone." "A strong muscle is a toned muscle!" "Oh…yeah..I hadn't really thought of it that way." "Wouldn't it be nice to make your kids lighter?" "Well…yeah." Why Lift Heavy Things There was a time in your life, probably when you were a kid, when you were excited and challenged by something heavy. You would try to … Continue reading

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Getting Started Challenge – 100 days of 1 push-up

How to get moving/getting off the damn couch I have a weird voice in my head. It's constantly trying to talk me out of stuff that I really want to do. I really don't think I'm a crazy person (maybe I am), but this voice isn't the kind of voice that's encouraging. It's not like it outright tells me what NOT to do; it just kind of comes up with ideas of stuff to do instead of doing the things to … Continue reading

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Heart Rate Apps: A Few to Consider

A few weeks ago, we did a little post about tracking your heart rate, and now it's time to review a few apps that can help you do that more effectively! Most bluetooth heart rate monitors will pair with any of these apps, though the ones from Wahoo, Zephyr, and Polar all make claims to work with most any device, as well as their own native apps (Wahoo Utility - Wahoo Fitness). A smart shopper will spend between $50-$100 on … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Heart Rate Fitness

"That was a great workout!" "I'm glad you liked it!" "I wonder if I could've gone any faster." "I wonder too, you seemed to be taking some breaks, just because you felt like it was time for a break." "I'm unsure sometimes just how hard I can push it." "You like gadgets?" "Sure." "It might be time for a heart rate monitor." It's easy to sit back sometimes and think about how superior our Paleo ancestor's lifestyles were. While there's … Continue reading

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PaleoFit – A Quick Q & A

"Hey I have some questions about that PaleoFit thing." "The sweet workouts I put together for PaleoPlan.com?" "Yeah, yeah those." "I'll only answer them if I can post them online, since other people may have similar questions." "Fine by me." "Great! What's your first one?" Q - Do I need to buy any equipment before I start? A - Our workouts are designed for the person that has little time to workout, and may either not have the time to … Continue reading

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A CrossFit Owner’s Thoughts on 8 Common Criticisms of CrossFit

This is a post addressing some of the major criticisms of CrossFit that people have. If you don't see a question that you have here, PLEASE post it in the comments. We want to do a follow-up post!! This post was written by Max Shippee, CrossFit 1440 Owner and Coach, and PaleoFit Coach.  For a review of what we've already said here about CrossFit at PaleoPlan, here's Jason's great post/response to safety concerns about CrossFit, and Neely's two posts (about … Continue reading

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Why You Should PaleoFit

"I feel better and look thinner, but there seems to be something missing." "What are you eating?" "I follow PaleoPlan. They're awesome!" "Agreed! How are your workouts going?" "Um..." "You're working out, right?" "I walk my dog..." "Good on the PaleoPlan, but we've still got some work to do." Doesn't it seem like every time you think you've made some progress, there's something more? Yeah, yeah. Well, we're gonna talk about your next step today. We're gonna get you moving. … Continue reading

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Do You Really Know How to Squat? Part 5: Assistance Work

This is Part 5 in a series on squatting by our very own Max Shippee. If you want to review, you can see the other parts here...Squatting Part 1: Feet, Squatting Part 2: Knees, Squatting Part 3: Hips, Squatting Part 4: Shoulders and Back. "I keep trying, but I can't get down that low!" "So much for your dance moves, huh?" "Seriously!" "Do you have a door at home?" "Yeah." "Then we're gonna help you get low!" ;) Some of … Continue reading

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Do You Really Know How to Squat? Part 4: Shoulders & Back

Fitness guy, Max Shippee, getting more into the squat. Enjoy! "I feel like I'm hunched over all the time." "Do you commute?" "Yes." "Do you work at a computer?" "Yes." "Do you have a 'smartphone'?" "Yes." "Then you probably ARE hunched over all the time." Good posture means good health. Having good posture helps you exude confidence, poise, and even sexiness. We often get so bogged down with life, that we forget this spine of ours can really help us … Continue reading

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Do You Really Know How to Squat? (Part 1)

"I can't squat" "Why not?" "My knees hurt." "Well, let's have a look at your squat." ...22 seconds later... "Are you feeling pain now?" "Um....no." "Seriously?" "Wow! Not at all!" I often wonder if our cavemen ancestors had movement issues. They didn't have coaches to show them how to move properly, or inform them about how going into ketosis is OK during the low food season. Then again, our ancestors weren't sitting all day in their cars & at their … Continue reading

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Creating Balance In Your Workouts

This post was written by Max Shippee, our PaleoFit coach. "I really want to work my biceps today!" "Just your biceps?" "Yeah, I want bigger arms." "Not stronger?" "Well, yeah, that too." "You want really strong arms, but weak shoulders?" "Well....I...um..." Bodybuilding is a funny thing. The guys who are masters of it, the real professionals of the sport, push their bodies to the limit. They are patient, disciplined sculptors of the human body. What they do is truly amazing, … Continue reading

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Scared of Injuries at CrossFit

(This post is by Jason, the other guy at Paleo Plan). After Neely's post about starting CrossFit the other day, we got a question this morning from a reader. Neely, I would like to try cross fit but I am scared of getting hurt. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks   This is a great question, and one that is becoming more and more asked as more and more people are starting CrossFit, and more CrossFit gyms are opening … Continue reading

Goal Setting – As If!

These little morsels of wisdom were drummed up by our PaleoFit coach, Max Shippee. "I have a confession to make" "Yeah?" "I kind of had a few cookies last night." "A few?" "Boxes." "Ahahaha! Those lousy Girl Scouts!" " I know, right?!" We all have slip-ups. Seriously. And if you're the type that NEVER has a slip-up and your life is perfect, well you can stop reading right now, and go sit in the corner where the rest of us can … Continue reading

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