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Gym set up specifically for Primal/Paleo?

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Created January 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I know that CrossFit is out there and has strong ties to Paleo-types and is favoured by them. But I was just thinking about the ideal gym. Because I am reading The Primal Blueprint and following Mark's Daily Apple, I began thinking about how you could set up the "perfect" gym to support it.

I was thinking... . Indoor running track with "countdown clocks" at strategic points, together with a light system where the edge of the track was on a continuous loop of Green lights for 20 seconds, then Red for 10 seconds, to facilitate Tabatas . An outdoor running track just the same...but outdoors
. A "hill" section outdoors to do hill sprints
. Some cardio machines also for "sprints" eg rowers, bikes
. Loads of free weights, suspension straps, Viprs etc
. Nutrition classes, lectures on Primal eating
. Outdoor sports field to play ultimate frisbee, touch rugby and other games on
. Teams organised among members for semi-organised play
. Supplements sold (but only Paleo approved)
. Maybe a cafe selling tasty Primal/Paleo foods
. etc
. etc

So, 3 questions:
. Would you join?
. What else would you add?
. What would you call it? "Grok's Gym"? "The Cave"?

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:23 PM

@Bill - have spent much of the day on a surrepticious Business Plan for this thing for London. I have also found an iconic but not quite ideal location for it. The issue is the space is a bit more limited than I'd hoped for (its just over 35,000 sq ft with no "external" space) and is not high ceilinged enough to cope with a decent climbing wall....but I am seriously thinking about meeting the real estate agent. PS I currently work in the conventional gym industry - the commercial economics work pretty well...subject to enough Groks being out there (but it's also attractive to not-yet-Groks)

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on January 18, 2012
at 08:56 AM

@Mash - yeah I'm UK based (born and bred!). Live nr Cambridge (which would be my ideal location - think it has the forward-thinking vibe enough to carry something, plus a bit more land/retail unit availability vs London, which would be the other location due to sheer size). I see you are London-based...do you know many other Paleo/primal guys and girls - I'd love to get some form of feasibility study running to see whether it could be a commercial success as well as a fantastic dream.

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on January 17, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Who wants to build this?

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 17, 2012
at 03:45 PM

@Gary, you in the UK. Let me know if you want someone to help out with your project if you ever start it.

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on January 17, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Yeah but no but yeah but no but...have you done GoApe. I have. It is good but you spend more than half the time WAITING AROUND...gets very dull after the first 10 minutes... However, a GoApe style course around the edges of Bill's warehouse and waterfall would be great...

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on January 17, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Bill - you're HIRED!!!!

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on January 17, 2012
at 12:30 PM

@PrimalDanny, agree not for everyone but it's a good start. I want clocks you can see from every point so that you can do your own intervals too. Otherwise you can ignore them and do your own thing... @gydle...agree, if you have them available. I was thinking more of those people in London (or any other large city) for maybe 2 or 3 workouts a week, with others done in the fresh air at weekends etc...

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:29 AM

Sorry, I am getting lazy with my upvotes. I feel like I am just upvoting everything I read. I have lost the romance of it all.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 17, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Wow, that looks really fun! Anything like that in the US?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 17, 2012
at 01:33 AM

@Mash, and yet you didn't upvote it? :P ... I think this sounds great, too. A lot of very smart design here.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 16, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Sounds fantastic!

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:32 PM

I liked the idea of green and red strip lights (there's some dangerous thoughts for killing time when I'm crossing the Atlantic) but I'm not sure it's the best way to 'sprint', leastwise not for everyone.

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I wouldn't join because gyms just aren't my idea of paleo. I'd take a forest near a beach or a lake any day, and a few good friends to hike, run and swim with. Add in a hill or two and that's all you need to stay fit.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:18 PM

Add a climbing rope and some gymnastics-style equipment (like o-rings) for playing on, and I'd join. I love your idea of the red and green lights to facilitate Tabatas, and a hill section for hill sprints.

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1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

on January 16, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Get Your Grok On at 'Groks GYM and Paleo Feast' <- Or something.

This would go over great in a city where its not easy to 'get away'...

Take 1 big warehouse or empty Big Box Store (there should be plenty of these available)

. Make a 'nature reserve' inside the thing. Create a 'gym' inside the nature reserve. Enjoy

Add lots of dirt. Add 'ponds' with fish and a waterfall. Add a lot of jungle type plants, ferns, palm trees(the ones that make coconuts), banana trees, whatever.

Add rock climbing near the waterfall.(with safety gear of course)

Create 'paths' to run on around the perimeter. 2 straight aways and 2 curves, one with a big hill and a no hill by-pass for those that cant go uphill.

Add some birds.

Post some no camping signs.

Wouldn't have to cool the place down like a health club where its too cold. Sweating is good for you and people who use gyms typically sit in the AC too much anyway. The waterfall will create high humidity 24/7. Big fans moving alot of air would be great.

Interspersed throughout can be heavy bags, punching bags and areas for that kind of stuff.

Put in a 'free weight'/crossfit type area, a cardio area, a small eatery(on the second floor overlooking this whole crazy thing), and an outside 'caged in area' and BOOM! your done.

I guess part of the crossfit/free weight area can be on the outside, or make that the mobility area or a mix.

Income would be from monthly memberships, sales of products, and the eatery. If it was big enough, a 'classroom' could be inside this thing too (or) on the second floor overlooking it too.

Id be down to move and actually run something like this.

This would not cost that much money to put together, I used to own a real Landscaping company and it wouldn't be all that big of a deal to pull this off. Even the waterfall is super easy to do and can be quite large.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 17, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Who wants to build this?

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:29 AM

Sorry, I am getting lazy with my upvotes. I feel like I am just upvoting everything I read. I have lost the romance of it all.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 17, 2012
at 01:33 AM

@Mash, and yet you didn't upvote it? :P ... I think this sounds great, too. A lot of very smart design here.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 16, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Sounds fantastic!

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

(2171)

on January 17, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Bill - you're HIRED!!!!

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

(2171)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:23 PM

@Bill - have spent much of the day on a surrepticious Business Plan for this thing for London. I have also found an iconic but not quite ideal location for it. The issue is the space is a bit more limited than I'd hoped for (its just over 35,000 sq ft with no "external" space) and is not high ceilinged enough to cope with a decent climbing wall....but I am seriously thinking about meeting the real estate agent. PS I currently work in the conventional gym industry - the commercial economics work pretty well...subject to enough Groks being out there (but it's also attractive to not-yet-Groks)

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 16, 2012
at 10:52 PM

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

(2171)

on January 17, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Yeah but no but yeah but no but...have you done GoApe. I have. It is good but you spend more than half the time WAITING AROUND...gets very dull after the first 10 minutes... However, a GoApe style course around the edges of Bill's warehouse and waterfall would be great...

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 17, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Wow, that looks really fun! Anything like that in the US?

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I think there's been a bunch of ideas on this on MDA, including Mark's own. I tend to favour finding a good bit of outdoors, but might come up with a business plan for you later ;)

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:33 PM

My name it Rob Resnik, my wife after years of suffering from IBS, daily headaches, 5 to 6 sinus infections, rashes, acid reflux, cankers sores than finally being told it looked like she had MS. I discovered the Paleo diet 7yrs ago on a web-site called Direct MS. I got my wife off just gluten and dairy at first and her symptoms started disappearing, I had my youngest child-who was four at the time tested for celiac, he tested positive. We have been Paleo/gluten free since. I am on a mission to educate people to take control of their own health. I own a gym in Gardnerville, NV I own the registred trademark-"Paleo Boot Camp"I am trying to network with like minded people, with the possibility of expanding Paleo Boot Camp someday. We can change the world for the better and go against the grain that is making our world sick. I'm hoping to partner up with people who have the skills to make this happen. Paleo Boot Camp is a gym that uses full body exercises with tools such as kettle-bells, dumbbells,medicine balls, plyometrics, barbells, exercise bands, and many more. I have lived and learned the life of fitness for the last 25 years. Our goal is to teach people a safe, efficent and effective way of training. Feel free to contact me at Paleobootcamp@yahoo.com Thanks Rob

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on April 13, 2012
at 03:57 AM

I'm in heaven based on your description. The tabata track sounds absolutely amazing. I'd add:

  • A low bouldering/climbing/swinging area (as to not require belaying & harnesses)
  • A simulated hunting tract where you can chase and spear a deer/bear/wooly mammoth/sabertooth tiger
  • A sand track for beach-like running
  • Moving water (lazy river-esque) for cool-downs or work
  • Various obstacles from different environments (sand dunes, jungle trees, waterfall)

A paleo-friendly supply store would be great, too. I always have to tiptoe my way around even the "health" food stores for all the sweetened and processed stuff.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 12, 2012
at 07:23 PM

No. Life is too short to spend your days in anyone's box.

I rather go hiking in the rain with 2-4 gallons of water in a backpack for added resistance.
Or commute to work on a bike and save money on transit.

Our bodies were "designed" (hate that, but there it is) to adapt to what we need them to do. Taking the bus to a gym is bonkers for me....

Now Paleo Meet-and-Greets? That I'd do.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 12, 2012
at 06:53 PM

I used to go to a course built by the RAF in Wendover Woods, near Aylesbury, England. It was a circuit through the woods with various stations where you would do dips, log lifting, sit up, pullups, etc. It was good fun but the obstacles were too far apart for my liking. I think the circuit was a 1/4 mile long with about 12 stations scattered along the way. I would have preferred them all in one spot so that I didn't have to run from one station to the next because my knees do not enjoy running through woods and trippig over tree roots. I tried walking it but I couldn't get into it because it meant too much rest between strength exercises.

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on April 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Actually, I was thinking the exact same thing, however I would have more of an obstacle course: Think of it like this, with Jumping horse competitions they have an obstacle, then they run to another obstacle. This would be a great thing for people to do as well. Plus have some instructors to help teach how to overcome the obstacle course. The membership agreement would ensure the gym is not liable for injuries (hopefully people will be smart about it, but you never know). I would also try to position it on land that has a lake for some water exercises as well.

As for selling stuff, not only would I offer supplements, but I would also offer paleo items that you cannot find. For example, salad dressings. I either have to order on-line or make my own (which I can do, no biggie). However, there are times when you just want to be able to pick it up.

That being said, I think a better option would be to design a kit you can set up in a small urban yard, so people can order it and set it up at home. I would design it with kids and adults in mind for family fun. Start with a simple set, with lots of add-ons for additional purchase.

Now for names: How about Grok & Roll

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