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Most Inspirational Paleo Practitioner?

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Created October 07, 2010 at 6:04 AM

My vote goes to Kyle Maynard; paleohacker, collegiate wrestler, mixed martial artist, lifter, and humble-seeming guy. Makes me feel like a wuss for complaining about anything. I stumbled across one of his posts here where someone asks if he's the same Kyle Maynard who's so inspirational, and he's all like "aww shucks, don't embarrass me!" What a swell guy!

Also, I love reading paleo weight loss stories, and can't believe the number of paleos who provide vast amounts of free information and answer questions for those new to the diet/culture. For example, this website. No one gets money for answering questions, and I bet many people have learned lots and lots of new things.

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on December 04, 2011
at 09:27 PM

If you are lifting your bodyweight, you're lifting.

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on October 08, 2010
at 09:33 PM

So true. Even if you (the general you) don't think you're "inspired" by Mark in some way you may be by someone else, you can't deny that you've been carrying that thought around in the back of your head, almost like an unstated assumption: "I too could look like Mark Sisson at age 55."

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on October 08, 2010
at 06:49 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth.

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on October 07, 2010
at 11:37 PM

Erwan is like a modern day tribal monk. So philosophical, yet powerful and fierce. If you get the opportunity to attend one of his MovNat seminars, I highly recommend you do it.

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on October 07, 2010
at 08:57 PM

Ah yes, understood. In terms of grabbing external objects and moving them around, that's not lifting. Here's Kyle lifting some crazy weight in a flye-type movement...http://badassmofos.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/kyle_lifts_360_pounds1.jpg?w=405&h=302

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on October 07, 2010
at 08:28 PM

I love gymnastics movements and handstand pushups and the rings. I just don't consider them lifting.

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on October 07, 2010
at 06:01 PM

With respect to lifting--I would consider lifting your bodyweight as fitting under that category. As an extreme example, handstand pushups vs tricep kickbacks: which one stresses more muscle fibers?

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on October 07, 2010
at 03:48 PM

Stephan Guyenet is awesome. He's so informative yet easy to read, and appears to have no ego.

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on October 07, 2010
at 03:45 PM

That's him in the middle of a muscle-up (pullup/dip). Kyle owns a crossfit box and was doing some WOD in that picture. There was a kettlebell picture too, but this one was cooler!

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on October 07, 2010
at 03:39 PM

Don't get me wrong, I am inspired by Kyle as well, but being on the rings is not "lifting."

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:59 PM

holy hell. id never heard of that guy but that video is sick.

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:58 PM

soon as i heard about him and found his site I too devoured it. His seminars/camps are one of the few things that i really honestly think about saving up for and doing. Ive heard him interviewed and he sounds very sincere, down to earth, and kind.

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:14 PM

Kurt Harris is my fave as well, very matter-of-fact without being arrogant, and the advice specific to his PaNu ways works for me.

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on October 07, 2010
at 12:43 PM

Same for me. I found his workshop very inspiring as well.

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on October 07, 2010
at 06:32 AM

I bought Lyle McDonald's ketogenic diet book, didn't realize it could be an everyday healthy diet until reading Mark's Daily Apple, then learned to be rigorous from Kurt Harris. It will be great when he's back posting or writes a book.

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at 06:32 AM

I bought Lyle McDonald's ketogenic diet book, became didn't realize it could be an everyday healthy diet until reading Mark's Daily Apple, then learned to be rigorous from Kurt Harris. It will be great when he's back posting or writes a book.

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on October 07, 2010
at 06:26 AM

Kurt Harris is the one who inspired me to look seriously at Paleo. He and Gary Taubes gave me the intellectual foundation to really follow the program.

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:14 PM

Kurt Harris is my fave as well, very matter-of-fact without being arrogant, and the advice specific to his PaNu ways works for me.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 07, 2010
at 06:32 AM

I bought Lyle McDonald's ketogenic diet book, didn't realize it could be an everyday healthy diet until reading Mark's Daily Apple, then learned to be rigorous from Kurt Harris. It will be great when he's back posting or writes a book.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 07, 2010
at 06:32 AM

I bought Lyle McDonald's ketogenic diet book, became didn't realize it could be an everyday healthy diet until reading Mark's Daily Apple, then learned to be rigorous from Kurt Harris. It will be great when he's back posting or writes a book.

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on October 07, 2010
at 12:34 PM

For me it's Erwan Le Corre. I found his website (www.movnat.com) early in my paleo research and his message really hit home with me. Though he focuses more on the movement and physicality than on food with his MovNat program - his views on the "human zoo" and the way he shows what humans are really physically capable of are inspiring.

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:58 PM

soon as i heard about him and found his site I too devoured it. His seminars/camps are one of the few things that i really honestly think about saving up for and doing. Ive heard him interviewed and he sounds very sincere, down to earth, and kind.

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(6082)

on October 07, 2010
at 11:37 PM

Erwan is like a modern day tribal monk. So philosophical, yet powerful and fierce. If you get the opportunity to attend one of his MovNat seminars, I highly recommend you do it.

42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

(668)

on October 07, 2010
at 12:43 PM

Same for me. I found his workshop very inspiring as well.

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on October 07, 2010
at 02:03 PM

Most inspirational? I suppose when i got started going paleo it was Sisson. His tone overall is very inspiring and light hearted, but still educational.

Once i got going though, id say Kurt Harris' tone of authority and cold, hard facts drove me to really learn about our body and cement home that paleo is the real base of health.

Now, having been on the path for a good year and still loving it, Id say Robb Wolf and Andy Deas on their podcast for giving me more and more good-natured, fun, fuel for my fire.

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on October 08, 2010
at 06:49 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth.

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on October 07, 2010
at 03:37 PM

Stephan Guyenet deserves a mention here. His posts are very well researched, professional, well written, and he sprinkles the humor in there without ever being judgmental. He seems to be active or at least interested in barefooting (or Vibrams), parkour, trapping/gathering. Pretty badass if you ask me.

He tends to be a bit softer in tone than Harris. Personally, I side with Harris rather than Guyenet on the issue of eating fermented grains, but really, the two of them make for the top of my "must read" list.

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on October 07, 2010
at 03:48 PM

Stephan Guyenet is awesome. He's so informative yet easy to read, and appears to have no ego.

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on October 07, 2010
at 08:41 AM

Loren Cordain. If I hadn't run into his book I'd be twenty pounds heavier, diabetic, hypertensive and on statins, Metformin, and beta blockers.

Mark Sisson, for encouraging me to get off my somewhat thinner ass and exercise, thereby kicking the Paleo thing to the next level.

Those two have shown me how to control health problems that have dogged me all my adult life. Now, if I ever find myself fat and miserable again, I will know exactly how I got there, who to blame, and how to fix my problems.

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on October 08, 2010
at 06:13 PM

Mark Sisson

A physique like that, at his age, I had to pay attention.

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on October 08, 2010
at 09:33 PM

So true. Even if you (the general you) don't think you're "inspired" by Mark in some way you may be by someone else, you can't deny that you've been carrying that thought around in the back of your head, almost like an unstated assumption: "I too could look like Mark Sisson at age 55."

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Hey! I met Kyle once and he was a very humble, nice guy. Just a regular guy living life.... that's how he seemed to regard himself. Very inspiring and impressive.

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:46 PM

For me it is without a doubt Art Devany.

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on October 07, 2010
at 07:51 AM

For me, definitely Ido Portal, the guy is amazing :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paFCJKPElto

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:59 PM

holy hell. id never heard of that guy but that video is sick.

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on April 26, 2013
at 07:07 PM

ALL the above,and of course ewan le core inspires me as i am one of his certified trainers. but the one person who inspired methe most and along time before i had heard of paleo natural fitness was rickson gracie. way back in the nineties, i started to follow his way of training he is a legend of jiu jitsu, vale todo, never lifted a weight. apart from training for jiu jitsu(grappling) which is a natural way of training, he does all his training outside. also through rickson gracie i was introduce to the methods of alvaro romero of ginastica natural http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cajJwrZD14A

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on December 04, 2011
at 08:49 PM

I like many, but 3 come to mind when I ask myself which articles have most affected me: John Stanton of Gnolls.org (particularly his "Why are We Hungry?" pieces, the September 2011 update of the Archevore Diet by Kurt Harris and Dr. Jack Kruse's leptin reset protocol.

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on October 08, 2010
at 03:49 AM

Art Devany. He just made some amazing sense. Plus he looked strong for an old guy. Plus I liked his power-law principle and his essay on evolutionary fitness. After I read it, I thought 'there is something true here.' Sisson too. I like his happy paleo-camper spirit.

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on October 07, 2010
at 04:11 PM

A lot of people to pick, but rather early in my paleo-life, I found the website 'health and fitness for homo sapiens'. It's author Keith has quite a broad view on paleo-lifestyle. His site is not very flashy, but definitely worth checking!

And then the other Keith that has been very inspirational is Keith Norris, from Theory to Practice. I really like his blog!

And then I have to agree with Aaron about Erwan Le Corre. Very inspirational.

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