Archive for January, 2011

Is 2011 when the rEvolution happens?

For those friends of mine who’ve been forced to sit through one of my monologues about Paleo nutrition or my views on physical training with looks ranging from boredom to downright indignation, to you I say, “get with the trend.”

According to Outside magazine, Paleo fitness is the number one health and fitness trend of 2010.  I’m not one to give Outside too much credit as I tend think they’re wrong about a lot…except when they agree with me.

It will be interesting to see if a movement based in principles will take hold.  Ralph Waldo Emerson is attributed with the following regarding the value of principles.

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.

This is, to me, why evolutionary fitness as a lifestyle, fitness methodology, hobby, etc. is different from so many fads before it.  While money is being made, methods are not being sold, rather principles are being discussed and cultivated.  The value isn’t in the list of “Top 10 Fat Burning Secrets of the Stars!” it’s in the logical framework of evolutionary health and fitness and the scientific method.  This is why 2011 might be when the rEvolution happens, not when Paleo/EF fades into the annals of faddom.

I’ll admit that in a jealous way, I wish it had all stayed underground and I got to maintain my counterculture status.  With that said, I can only hope that all the health benefits of EF find its way to the ailing American public.

Categories: Fitness, Philosophy, Training