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Created June 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Cave men probably did a lot of intense workouts every day. Why then, should a modern man not do the same?

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:50 AM

@Kent Cowgill something tells me it wasn't a typo)

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:46 PM

And what about "©" ??

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Well it's clearly working for you since you're JACKED. I think there's some wisdom in letting body parts/muscle groups have some time to rest and rebuild though - you're not doing the exact same routine every day, are you? If you are, you're not doing each exercise to complete failure, right?

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I would've at least cleaned up the typo in the quotation ;)

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on June 19, 2011
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i have been in the mountains...also the site presented some censorious issues i disagreed with...

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:15 PM

As long as you are varying your workouts enough to give muscle groups a chance to rebuild and repair, you are eating enough, and you arent overtraining.. there is no reason why you can't work out every day.

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Oh my, personman - where you been!?

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I'll try to help you answer this with another question: What scientific evidence do you have that shows that "cavemen did a lot of intense workouts everyday"? I'd like to see this evidence. Because such evidence would contradict existing evidence that shows that the physical activity profile of an individual "caveman" was very likely: 1-diversified (with respect to quantity and quality), 2-varied (day to day, week to week, month to month), 3-waxed and waned with seasons (especially outside of the tropics), 4-Contained fairly substantial periods of relative 'down time' (days, weeks or even months....most notably in winter, outside of the tropics). Hope that helps.

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on June 19, 2011
at 05:04 PM

Rest helps your body rebuild. You do not have to rest. However you wil see better results if you do.

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on June 19, 2011
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Because we have goals today that demand more or less effort. Cavemen didn't do backsquats to put on bkdyweifht, but we can. They exercised by default for survival. Completely different.

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:30 PM

I've read that modern hunter-gatherers, when told about the idea of exercising, usually think that's the stupidest thing they've ever heard of. Since H/Gs often laze around much of the time, I see no reason to think our ancestors were any different.

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Guessing the Paleolithic human physical activity patterns just by evaluating the skeletal remains implies obvious limitations. So what we anthropologist do is extrapolate those patterns from the ones we can find on the few remote (almost pure) hunter-gatherer tribes which still exist today (Kung, Azzda...).

Although it's well documented that daily physical exercise is required to struggling on a hunter-gatherer context, the exercise patterns for which we are genetically adapted involves diverse activities performed intermittently, at moderate intensities and moderate durations. Those activities were surely close related to their hunting-feeding patterns, so as hunting was not performed every day we can intuit that hard hunting days were typically followed by easier camp relaxed activity days. The energy expenditure from physical activity during those days could vary from from 2000kcal on hard days to just 500kcal on rest days. (a standard sedentary modern human caloric expenditure from physical activity moves around 250kcal...)

It's obvious that regular exercising is essential for optimizing human health and fitness, but as ben61820 said on his answer:

Cavemen didn't do backsquats to put on bkdyweifht, but we can. They exercised by default for survival. Completely different.

In short, if you just want to optimize your health and fitness you should do amounts of daily light to moderate activity (like walking) and two to four weekly sessions of "crossfitesque" like trainings. That would surely not be enough if you want to participate on any professionalized sport...

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:46 PM

And what about "©" ??

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I would've at least cleaned up the typo in the quotation ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:50 AM

@Kent Cowgill something tells me it wasn't a typo)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:58 PM

I personally train daily : 30-45 minutes of walking and 45-1 hour of weight-lifting. I have not taken a break from training for 3 months and have been doing 2 per day workouts for approx 60-70 percent of this time. All the hypothesizing regarding only 2-3 times per week training strikes me as nonsense. As a teenager I would workout sometimes three times per day and sometimes up to 2 1/2 hours at a time. I sure do love the weights! Nothing stimulates the metabolism, test secretion or adrenl hormaone release like heavy weightlifting! Recomendation: never stop , do it every day : 4 life!

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on June 19, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Well it's clearly working for you since you're JACKED. I think there's some wisdom in letting body parts/muscle groups have some time to rest and rebuild though - you're not doing the exact same routine every day, are you? If you are, you're not doing each exercise to complete failure, right?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 19, 2011
at 06:26 PM

i have been in the mountains...also the site presented some censorious issues i disagreed with...

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 19, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Oh my, personman - where you been!?

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