You gotta love the fitness industry, stick around and you will more than likely see a good idea get taken to some interesting levels. I don’t know where it all started, but my favorite new trend to keep an eye on is the whole idea of “primal training”. After watching a recent series of Youtube videos and reading some blog posts about it, I got some inspiration to discuss the recent excitement around the idea of “primal” training. Heck, people are even naming their fitness businesses after the “primal” concept.
It actually would be easy to throw the idea of primal training into the same arena as core and functional training. Vague terms that try to describe some type of training philosophy. Unfortunately, I don’t think we can even put primal training into the same category as these other buzz terms. While “core” and “functional” training were eventually transformed into movements that got further and further away from their original intent, they were both built off a foundation of some science. Primal training, while inspired by good intent, is really in its own category.
Why is it problematic? Well, first off what is primal training? Like functional and core training there is no one definition. The idea stems from the concept that our body is meant to perform certain activities naturally and we should focus our training on those “primal” movement patterns. The first time I heard of such a philosophy was by Paul Chek that made a lot of sense that our bodies were meant to squat, bend, lunge, twist, pushing, pulling, and gait (our walking patterns). Hard to argue with these ideas and like many I an fully in favor of such training.
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