Hard Wired–It’s In Our DNA


CF West sometime member Tom McElroy has been traveling in the interior of South America and he sent this picture of two hunters from deep inside Ecuador. All these guys do is hunt and fish, all day long.  Full paleo diet –hunted and gathered fresh daily.  Zero sugar, no starch (some tubers, maybe?). The guy in the red shorts holding the monkey (that he just speared) is 60 years old!  Tom said the guys are just beasts. They are out hunting all day, and move in anaerobic bursts for about 5-10 minutes at a time – sprinting, swinging from trees, hurling spears, and wrestling wild pigs and tapirs to the ground.  

Hmmm…kinda makes one think.

Partial squats are never good.  They neglect the hips and hamstrings.  When an athlete stops above parallel, his/her knee joints are forced to halt the downward momentum.  But once the athlete foes below parallel, that stress is transferred to the more powerful muscle groups in the hips (glutes), lumbars, hamstrings, and adductors.  Full squats keep all these muscle groups proportionately strong.

Bill Starr, PH.D.

John Hopkins University

Not that I have much to add to anything said by someone like Bill Starr, but it has always seemed to me that if we weren’t meant to squat deep, then our knee joints wouldn’t bend as far as they do.  I know that seems kind of stupid, but think about it.  If it was damaging for our knees to be bent completely, why would they be so easily able to do so?  With every other movement full range of motion is never argued. Everyone knows that a chin up has to have the chin over the bar.  That’s why it isn’t called a nose up.  

Look at the legs of the gent on the left in the pic above.  He has probably never sat in a chair in his life. I also would be willing to bet that he does not have any knee pain or damaged knees from it.  Our bodies have been around in their current incarnation as homo sapiens for a pretty long time.  Movement, diet, training. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that it’s already spelled out for us.

“CrossFit–Taking you back 50,000 years.”  I have got to get that t-shirt made.


3 Rounds

3 Deadlifts 315/195#

6 Overhead Squats 135/85#

12 Pushups

24 Double Unders

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