How "strong" were the people from Weston Price's book?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 04, 2013 at 9:47 AM

From a lifting perspective, how much could the people from Weston Price's book put up in the gym, you think? No doubt physical labor is good for the body, but if these people were truly STRONG, then would this be from the work itself, or from the proper cranial development? In other words, if you have room for all of your teeth, are you destined to break lifting records, have the potential to be an olypmpic athlete, etc.

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Depends on how you define strong, picking up 400 pounds or carrying a sack of potatoes a mile. I would say the people that WAP studied were more of the latter than the former though both are definitions of strength. I personally would rather have practical strength and stamina rather than the ability to pick up a manufactured weight but that is just me.

I seem to remember an anecdote in the book of a woman in her 70's carrying a sheaf of rye a considerable distance down from the fields without a problem, and similar feats of strength and endurance. I think that would be typical of the cultures that he studied, and very rare today. I think your typical office worker has a hard time carrying the bag of Chipotle back to their cube.



on April 04, 2013
at 01:03 PM

I'd say they were pretty damn strong. Many at the gym can lift, but can't do one single pull-up to save their lives. These folks had to be able to lift their body weight easily by scurrying up trees to gather certain foods, carry their kills after hunting, chop and haul wood to make their homes, etc. Just watch any documentary following a lot of these indigenous tribes and see just how not only strong, but agile they are. Break lifting records? Perhaps not. But in my opinion, I think they would give any olympic athlete a run for their money.

p.s. I see you just joined the forum today. I'm fairly new myself. Welcome and get ready to learn a ton. I sure as hell have!

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