In the world of human physical performance, there is an incredible amount of knowledge and science in the realms of strength and conditioning. One of the beautiful aspects of evolutionary biology is that we can see when as a species we were arguably the healthiest, strongest and most robust. An area often left out of human performance is environmental conditioning. The modern day reasons for keeping in optimal physical shape are for sports performance, the health benefits and
Building metabolic efficiency and the application of intermittent fasting for military personnel. I recently worked with a Gentleman who was serving in the Special Forces on the benefits of intermittent fasting and how it would be useful in a military role. Throughout my work, I have spoken and written much about the benefits of intermittent fasting as a general health practice. Before we get into the details and benefits we first need to have an understanding of our human ph
The scenario: We go for a 3-day hike deep in the Southern Alps, it is heading into winter time and will be cold but we plan appropriately and take adequate supplies and clothing. A river crossing presents itself and we decide we can safely cross in a particular spot. I roll my ankle, fall in and Greg makes the decision to jump in to grab my pack and swim me to the side of the river. My pack gets snagged on a branch and unless we loose the pack we are both going under. We mana
In the last 10,000 years, Homo Sapiens have managed to conquer some jaw dropping feats of innovation. From the Pyramids to the New York skyline, the evolution of what our species has been able to create knows no limits, and to think it all started with planting a seed. About 10,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the first hunter gatherers discovered the art of cultivating crops and domesticating animals, this was the start of the Neolithic Revolution. From that point on, populatio
Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening around you. It's a skill we see as invaluable and are always trying to hone. Once tapped into, it's a skill that can be used to avoid danger in public, spot wild foods or identify potential dangers in the wilderness before they ruin your adventure. A gentleman on one of our courses asked me about ways I develop my situational awareness, I said
In any emergency, if we can, we should stop and think.
But in some emergencies, there is no time. So we rely on instinct. The problem is that instinct is designed to save the species, not necessarily the individual.
That's why the first time I know one of my goats is sick, its because they have separated themselves from the herd. That protects the herd but puts the goat at great risk from wild dogs. It's also why many divers who have died in a diving accident are found with
Why do we place such an importance on the work we do and practice what we preach? because we never want to get caught with our pants down. We plan for the worst and hope for the best. Does this mean we are paranoid and spend 5 hours of our day prepping? far from it. We take aspects of our daily routine and modify them in a way that greatly benefits our health and allows us to thrive in a survival situation. Every day we need fuel, fuel yourself in a way that builds metabolic
When placed under duress from an unpredictable situation we cannot control, our actions to follow comes from 2 places; our instincts and previous behaviours formed from similar experiences. On our survival courses, we teach that in a hostile or dangerous situation our instincts will usually enforce a very primal reflex which is not always the best course of action. Many diving victims are found with their regulator out of their mouth, their survival is challenged, their insti
We work off a 100% sphere that makes up performance. Nutrition could be 40%, movement could be 30%, sleep perhaps 30% etc, you get the idea. Within the areas of nutrition, we see wild foods as fundamental bedrock. Not so much the idea of running around at night wearing a balaclava grabbing free food from others lawn's but understanding the difference between wild foods and conventionally grown food and the effects that difference has. We think of the body as a giant sensor th
Today we talk about intermittent fasting, not for its health and longevity benefits, but as an incredible weapon to keep in our survival tool bag. For most people, the idea of going into the wilderness and being forced to navigate harsh terrain and travel long periods without food is an idea that would put a deep fear into most. We often talk about hormesis and how well the human body is designed to go through periods of adaptable stress, so why are we so afraid of going with