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Intensity Unplugged

Sometimes you just need to pull the plug.

Intensity Unplugged | StupidEasyPaleo.com

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My co-host for this episode, strong dude Anders Varner, talks with me about leaving everything behind he’d known for the past ten years.

He’d devoted his life to becoming super good at the sport of fitness, CrossFit, and opened a gym to teach others. But then, life changed and Anders realized something wasn’t right.

He needed more calming yin to the intensity yang.

Anders still believes in the core message below…

Fitness in 100 words:

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean & jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~Greg Glassman

…but he’s also learned how his experience of fitness and learning about his capacity goes much further.

In This Episode of Harder to Kill Radio, We Cover:

  • how Anders started with athletics.
  • why he sold his gym and gave up his career path.
  • the key ways intensity changes movement.
  • the 5 fundamentals that someone should know before they strength train.
  • how to balance the yang of training with some yin.
  • …and a lot more.

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3 Responses

  1. All of your podcasts have been filled with valuable information helping me to become, as you say, “Harder To Kill”, and I thank you for this. This particular episode though really hit home with me. I have always been hardcore when it came to exercising and these days I have had to slow down. It has been an issue that I’ve had ALOT of difficulty dealing with; I was ashamed that I wasn’t “strong” anymore. Your conversation with Anders is helping me to come out of my dark cave and realize that it’s okay to change, and that I am not alone with these feelings of fear and inadequacy. I guess like everything else in life, we have to have the courage to accept and move forward in order to grow.
    Thank you keep doing what you do!

    1. Hi Karina…wow thank you for letting me know how this episode resonated with you. I’m so so glad to hear it may help. One of my favorite things to remember is that strength means so many things…it’s being loud and quiet, hard and soft, dark and light. There’s no one right answer. You’re on the right path <3

  2. Hi Steph! Thank you so much for this episode! This is exactly where I am right now. I have had a full time office job with commute for the past 5 years, I’m almost 40 with a toddler. I thought I was staying fit by climbing once, maybe twice a week. I also did Crossfit at my gym so it was very chill, but it did introduce me to barbell lifting, which was super fun! But then I tried to jump into the Starting Strength program and my body was like – NO. Just, no. My mobility and movement education (as heard in another of your podcasts) was just not there. I was lost. But then by chance I heard about The Happy Body, which is what I’m doing now. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the couple that created this but they are amazing and I highly recommend them on your podcast!! https://thehappybody.com/ The program is from Level 0 movement education, leading towards olympic lifting. Mobility, Strength, then Speed is what they say. Which makes sense!! Thank you so much for all that you do.

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