The PRYMAL Way
WHAT IS PRYMAL?
PRYMAL is less, but better. In a world with endless options and contradictory, often dogmatic ways, we have distilled fitness down to the purest possible dosage.
PRYMAL is simple, pure and raw.
Through a decade of training and 1000s of clients, we have discovered the fundamental and practical approach to lifelong health and fitness. What’s our secret? There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Most people are lost when it comes to their bodies and we understand, because at one point we were just as confused as you.
But not any longer...
Starting today, you will have a new set of eyes. You may have been blind, but now you will see. We will take you step by step through the same system we have used with our clients that has given them the tools for lifelong success.
Teach a man to fish and you will feed him forever. PRYMAL will give you the rod, the string and the boat to eat well for the rest of your life.
Using the PRYMAL method will deliver maximum results in minimum time all while using a practical approach.
WHY Upright Movements:
You may have heard, sitting is the new smoking. We do too much of it and its destroying our bodies, making us highly dysfunctional in the process. Look around at the posture and gait of people and you’ll see a sad story. Whether it’s at work, in the car, eating, or relaxing, we are inactive and often sitting for most of our day, molding ourselves to furniture.
Even in the gym, most people are using machines and sitting there too. PRYMAL is the reverse of this modern-day problem with all our movements done from either a standing, or ground position.
The second reason we use only upright movements is because it incorporates the entire body. Everything is turned on when standing, as your body is stabilizing, balancing, and bracing. It’s more efficient, both in terms of muscle recruitment and time, when you do it this way. Work as much as possible, all of the time.
Let’s get up and stand as often as possible! There’s no sitting here.
WHY Compound Movements:
We only use compound movements, meaning working 2 or more muscles at a time. Ain’t nobody got time for isolation. We want to work the entire system for the entire time.
All the movements we do with PRYMAL, like a pull up, which works all the muscles in your back, core and biceps, to a deadlift, which works the glutes, quads, back, are working as many muscles as often as possible.
Its common, due to modern day short attention spans, that many will want to “switch it up” with their gym programs. Not only does this slow you down, as you spend extra time constantly learning new movements, but it also makes you a 'jack of all trades, master of none'. You’ll see those that know all these strange exercise combinations but can’t even do a regular ole’ squat.
We picked the best movements possible--the heavy hitters, with the goal of you mastering the foundations.
To learn new movements all the time, is inefficient. Lebron James, arguably the greatest basketball player ever, practices the same shot 1,000s of times. He doesn’t play volleyball on Tuesdays and golf on Thursdays. He is focused in his approach.
Get better at the basics and it will serve you well forever. You can’t beat it.
Over the years we have found that weights (barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells) are a privilege, and not a right. You have to earn it.
While many are quick to stack on weights and get under the bar for a squat, we want to ensure you have proper mechanics, posture, and technique before you add anything extra.
Bodyweight teaches you body awareness, exposes any weakness, and it safer in the long term. More so, many underestimate bodyweight movements but they are WAY harder than what meets the eye.
A quick workout of bear crawls, push-ups, and squats can tax the body and it can be done anywhere so there are never any excuses.
The sitting problem also extends to our muscles becoming rigid and hard. We want smooth movements done with proper technique to ensure the right muscles are used and we don’t overcompensate.
A lot of the PRYMAL warm up drills are borrowed from yoga, which has been around since the beginning of time. If something has withstood thousands of years, it’s probably a good idea.
There’s a lot of research on flow state, or in common speak, being in the zone. It’s when you are fully immersed in what you’re doing, and time doesn’t exist. Athletes get in the zone on the field, Chefs get it in the kitchen, and musicians get it on stage. The more we tap into it, the better we feel.
Linking movements together can create a state of flow, where you are challenged just enough, and you feel connected to your mind and body.
WHY Medium Intensity:
In the modern day fast paced world, we often think we must redline to make it count. No pain no gain. We slog through the day with a cocktail of caffeine, low sleep, and stimulants. At PRYMAL we want you to feel better walking out then when you walked in. Not every workout has to be on an Olympic setting.
Punch the clock. Get it done. Come back again tomorrow.
When I was writing my book, Cash Pad, rather than burning out and going to 100, I would leave some in the tank, and stop mid-sentence, eager to return the next day and finish. This approach allowed me to sustain the long process of writing a book.
In the marathon of health and fitness, slow and steady wins the race. There’s no rush.