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Philosophy / Modern man is neurotic, and here's why...
« on: July 17, 2007, 08:44:37 AM »
Men don't cry.

The Voting Booth / Is the gym necessary for fitness?
« on: July 13, 2007, 07:00:58 AM »
Recently the Caveman Power crew have been chastised for our vigorous workout styles, by gym owners... so let me say this;

Most people at the gym are wasting their time.

There! I said it.  In the gym you're likely to see three types of training;

  • Strength - pumping weights, weights, and more weights.
  • Cardio - running like crazy on treadmills, trying to beat yesterdays time by one second.
  • Visual fitness - a bit of cardio, a bit of weights, and a lot of mirrors.

These types of unnatural regimes seem to be more suited to making revenue for gym owners than they are for creating fit bodies.  It seems the runners get faster, the weight lifters get stronger, and the visual fitness people get...  more visual... I guess, but are any of them truly fit?

Can the runners lift anything heavy?  Can the weight lifters run to save their own lives if they had to?  And can the visual fitness types do anything at all?  I've taken such gym people on bush walks and guess what - they're usually the slowest ones.  However, I can take somebody who never goes to the gym, and they perform very well.  Amazing eh?  Well, not really, if you take a good look at why.

The gym and all it's isolating machines are not conducive to natural functional fitness.  And all the fancy equipment you often see in gyms seem to subconsciously offer "more for less" - as if they promise better results for less effort.  So as a result, the person lifts a carefully measured amount of weight for a carefully measured number of times, and relies on the miracle of the machine to do the rest.  But guess what;

"Mother nature doesn't care about sets, reps, or measurements"

People are relying too much on the science of fitness as opposed to just "having a go" - it's like we're desperately trying to get fit without having to do anything.  Gyms have become the modern day equivalent to libraries... very quiet.  The culture at the gym is this; don't sweat, be quiet, and be gentle with the equipment...

"Most people would be better off pushing their car for 5 minutes a day,
rather than going to the gym for 1 hour a day"

Now obviously I am stereotyping quite heavily, I understand there are some smaller gyms with real heart, and other gyms with real goals and wisdom, but i'm talking about your average yuppie-city-gym.

I can almost guarantee you that doing 1 month of working out using the Caveman Power Workout principles will get you fitter than a yuppie-city-gym could with 6 months typical gym training, and it's ridiculously priced personal training sessions.

If you want to know a few things about exercise that will actually help you in life, rather than drain your wallet (and your time), head on over to the Caveman Power exercise pages and check out this page too

Fitness & Exercise / What it means to be truly fit...
« on: July 13, 2007, 05:55:25 AM »
If your goal is optimum physical competence then all the general physical skills must be considered:

1. Cardiovascular/respiratory Endurance - The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.

2. Stamina - The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.

3. Strength - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.

4. Flexibility - the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.

5. Power - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.

6. Speed - The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

7. Coordination - The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.

8. Agility - The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.

9. Balance - The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.

10. Accuracy - The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

Thanks to Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans of Dynamax,

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Fitness & Exercise / The Caveman Power "1 Tonne Challenge"
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:39:08 AM »
Here's the deal...
Time how long it takes to lift 1 tonne of weight from the ground to above your head.

Use any type and any size weight.  You may want to do 20 reps of 50kg's, or 40 reps of 25kg's, or even 100 reps of 10kg's - the choice is yours... just lift a tonne!
Note: 1 tonne = 1,000 kilos = 2,200 pounds.

For your results, please update a single post instead of making multiple posts.

Fitness & Exercise / The Caveman Power "15 Minute Workout"
« on: July 11, 2007, 06:43:43 PM »
Have you tried the 15 minute workout yet?

It would be great to hear how you do the workout; what exercises you do, the equipment you use, where you do it, and any other variations.

PS Bonus points awarded to those that are creative with their exercises.

Fitness & Exercise / The Caveman Power "10 Tonne Challenge"
« on: July 11, 2007, 04:58:59 AM »
Here's the deal...
Time how long it takes to lift 10 tonnes of weight from the ground to above your head.

Use any type and any size weight.  You may want to do 200 reps of 50kg's, or 400 reps of 25kg's - the choice is yours... just lift 10 tonnes!
Note: 10 tonnes = 10,000 kilos = 22,000 pounds.

For your results, please update a single post instead of making multiple posts.

WARNING: this workout is incredibly tough. Attempt it at your own risk.

Fitness & Exercise / The Caveman Power "3 Minute Challenge"
« on: July 09, 2007, 08:08:28 PM »
Pick one of these exercises and count how many you can do in 3 minutes.
Post your results here on this board.

Exercises using body weight only;
  • Pull-ups or Chin-ups.
  • Push-ups.
  • Handstand Push-ups.
  • One legged squats, alternating (no weights).
  • Dips
  • Burpees  >> Example Video <<

Exercises using weights;
  • Push-up/Pull-ups with 22.5kg (45lb) of weight for each arm. >> Example Video <<
  • Clean & Jerk with 50kg (100lb) of weight.  >> Example Video << 
  • Alternate Shrugs with 20kg (40lb) of weight for each arm (video demonstration soon...)

I'll add more challenge exercises as we go along :)

For your results, please update a single post instead of making multiple posts.

Food & Diet / Article from the Sun; Be healthy: Eat like a caveman
« on: July 08, 2007, 07:08:45 AM »
By John von Radowitz, July 02, 2007 12:00am.

DIABETES could be avoided if people ate a "stone-age" diet consisting of fruit, nuts, vegetables and lean meat or fish, a new study suggests.
Scientists found that patients with poor glucose control greatly improved their ability to handle sugar after switching to prehistoric eating habits. The "Paleolithic'' diet given to the volunteers was similar to what early modern humans were eating when they first walked out of Africa 70,000 years ago. At that time, before the advent of farming, humans were hunter-gatherers feeding off the land. Diets then consisted of lean meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, root vegetables and nuts.
Full article:,,22002050-5006007,00.html

I'm stumbling on these type of research articles more frequently, clearly there is a growing interest in the the Paleo style of eating - particularly in relation to treating modern lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes Type 2.   Thank goodness we're seeing some sanity.

Food & Diet / Caveman's diet to beat diabetes
« on: July 05, 2007, 09:30:35 PM »
From the UK Sun;

DIABETES could be avoided if people ate a Stone Age diet of fruit, nuts, vegetables and lean meat or fish, claim scientists.

In tests, patients with poor glucose control greatly improved their ability to handle sugar after switching to prehistoric eating habits.

Cereals, dairy products, refined fat and sugar — which provide most of the calories of the modern diet — became staple foods only with the start of agriculture 9,000 years ago.

Two groups of glucoseintolerant heart patients in Sweden followed two diets for 12 weeks.

Carbohydrate-linked blood sugar rises fell by 26 per cent in the Stone Age group and all on this diet had normal blood glucose. Levels barely changed for the group on whole-grain cereals, low-fat dairy products, fruit, veg and unsaturated fats.

Dr Staffan Lindeberg, of Lund University, said: “To treat diabetes type 2, it may be efficient to avoid some modern foods.”,,2-2007300274,00.html

There is a growing contingent of scientists exploring the modern diet, and the results are becoming clearer - the modern diet is unhealthy!

I have a feeling that the Food Corporations aren't going to like what's coming in the next few years...

General Discussion / Observations on Self Esteem
« on: July 04, 2007, 08:29:13 PM »
Cathi Cohen, in her book, Raise Your Child's Social IQ, offers the following list of characteristics of children with positive and negative self esteem:

Kids with High Self-Esteem
  • Have fairly stable moods
  • Set realistic goals and achieve them
  • Have self-motivation and "stick-to-it-ness"
  • Can accept rejection or critical feedback
  • Can say "no" to peers
  • Are realistically aware of their own strengths and weaknesses

Kids with Low Self-Esteem
  • Often blame others for their actions
  • Need to be liked by everyone
  • See themselves as losers
  • Are critical of others
  • Get frustrated easily
  • Have trouble accepting responsibility for their actions
  • Make negative comments about themselves
  • Tend to be quitters

Hmmmm... interesting.  I can identify with points from both lists.

My blood sugar levels are EXCELLENT after 3 months on the Caveman Power Diet.  I am pretty stoked with this, and had to share it  ;D

General Discussion / Caveman diet 'combats diabetes'
« on: July 02, 2007, 12:20:50 AM »
From the article:

THE diet of a tribe who still follow a Stone Age lifestyle could provide a vital key to combat diabetes, according to a new study. Inspired by the low incidence of heart disease and diabetes among the Kitava tribe of Papua New Guinea, scientists set out to discover if there was something in the hunter-gatherer lifestyle that helped combat the disease. The findings of the Swedish research show a "paleolithic" diet is considerably more effective than a healthy Mediterranean diet in reducing fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

Read the article in full here

General Discussion / UG: A Caveman Musical
« on: June 14, 2007, 07:04:27 PM »
UG: A Caveman Musical
Written by Jim Geoghan  (Author of Only Kidding)
Music by Rick Rhodes
Lyrics by Jim Geoghan, Vivian Rhodes and Rick Rhodes.

The show is choreographed by the awesome Shannon Foy and the Musical Direction was provided by the talented Jeff Childs.

Sometime after discovering fire, but before inventing the wheel, a tribe of Neanderthals invent Musical Theatre in this brand new witty rewrite of prehistory. This hilarious and inventive new musical has only been performed in two other places prior to Chico (San Jose and Los Angeles) and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform such a show. This is not the's much more clever than that, and the music has everything from Elvis parody... to rock and roll.... and even a bit of sexy Cave Woman burlesque!!

Hilarious and inventive!! This is practically a WORLD PREMIERE!

Theater Review

Chico Cabaret audiences experienced a backward time-warp with the opening June 7 of "Ug: A Caveman Musical." The cast exploded on stage with the rousing opening number, "Incredible Times." The show then grew better and better. It was hard to say who had the most fun -- the actors or the audience. "Ug" was written by Jim Geoghan with music and lyrics by Rick and Vivian Rhodes. This must-see show premiered in Los Angeles in January and has kept audiences laughing ever since. It is new; it is hot; it is now.

The wild story line tells of the accidental discovery of theater arts by prehistoric cavemen. It is snappy and witty under the direction of Phil Ruttenburg. Innovative dance numbers are choreographed by Shannon Gans. And music is directed by Jeff Childs. Intriguing scenery design by Renee and Brent Boyd and lighting by Brad Rundt transform the stage into the interior of a tribal cave where all the action takes place.

This musical makes great use of ensemble work. When tribal leader Ug (Jeff White) acts out his wild boar hunt, there is a brainstorming session resulting in the first theater production. Arg (Matt Goodman) takes over as director saying, "I like to stand back and watch and tell you how to do it."  Petite, blonde and beautiful cavewomen Bandala (Robin White) snarls as the hunted boar. She is soon pushed aside by curvaceous and sexy Tatata (Kelsi Fossum-Traush) who becomes the spoiled actress when she sings, "What Can You Do for Me?"

Each song tells a story with skillful blending of voices. They go from the bizarre caveman parody of Elvis to a plaintive love duet by Ug and Bandala.  Thanks to the romantic, boar-eating, club-wielding clever Neanderthals, we have theater today. But in the end it is all about having a good time.

Thanks to Chico Cabaret and Chico Enterprise Record for the story.

Blow out the winter cobwebs, get into the great outdoors and ride the Caveman.

We invite you to experience this scenic mid-winter mountain bike adventure.  A spectacular and exciting course over undulating hill country on farm and 4WD tracks suitable for all levels of rider.

Starting from outside the Cave Arms Tavern, the ride ascends a testing but totally rideable climb to the ridge line followed by an easy rise towards Cave Hill.  Stop for a while at the radio masts and enjoy the awesome vista from the mountains to the sea.  Then hold on tight for an exhilarating downhill that will challenge all riders and a rolling hill ride back to the finish at the Cave Arms.

Full details and homepage here

Food & Diet / From The Daily Apple: Primal Health
« on: June 10, 2007, 06:23:50 AM »
Excerpt from by Mark Sisson

"The cultish promotion of grains and dairy as ideal human foods is nothing more than religion and propaganda. It doesn’t benefit anybody but the industries. It’s welfare, it’s jingoistic, it’s ignorant, it’s ascientific. Unfortunately, thanks to corporate interests and effective lobbying, our government supports this lunacy and the industry-funded studies have converted many a soul. But human evolutionary history does not support the federal recommendations, it doesn’t support our modern lifestyle, and it doesn’t support even the newest pyramid, which is an admitted improvement over the prior one but still in complete contradiction of scientific evidence."

Wow, all guns blazing here... and I agree with him.  Our modern lifestyle does not support our natural biological make-up.
Enjoy the complete article here

Philosophy / Quotes from Thomas Szasz
« on: June 01, 2007, 03:42:01 AM »
Thomas Szasz is a psychiatrist and academic.  He is infamous for his anti-psychiatry views, especially his argument that mental illness is a social construct created by doctors.  What psychiatrists label mental illness is in fact a deviation from the consensus reality or common morality, Szasz says.

Well in my opinion... mental problems can cause very real suffering for people, but I do agree that there is a fine line between 'different from the norm' and stark raving mad.  I've met people who could easily be judged crazy by modern western society, but in reality they weren't crazy at all... just different, living outside the expected norms of social behaviour.

Would we dub a person who spoke a different language crazy?  No, because we understand that people often speak different in other countries.  But what if we met somebody who was talking in tongues?  They would be judged as crazy when more accurately, they are just different to the norm.  Anyway, it's probably not a great example, but i'm trying to demonstrate how 'madness' can be dangerously open to interpretation - dangerous in the sense that the interpreter is likely to be subjective.  So... is the person mad, or do they just make us feel uncomfortable?  Or worse still, do they buck the norms of society and hence get labelled with a mental illness?

Why is it that so many people are on anti-depressants or anti-psychotic drugs?  Perhaps there could be several reasons;
  • The drugs are more easily manufactured, therefore; more widespread?
  • More people are depressed or psychotic in today's society?
  • Pharmaceutical companies are better marketeers?

Freud in 'Civilization and Its Discontents' wrote of the conflict between man's instinctive nature and the demands of society, hypothesising that the demands of society are inconsistent with man's natural instincts - which is a view that I agree with vigorously.

I think we live in an unnatural environment that promotes sickness and guilt, perhaps even; collective guilt.  And as I have mentioned many times on this website, my aim is not to blame society (or anything else for that matter), my aim is to clarify objectively the subjective experience of living, and it's consistency with human instinct.

Here are the quotes:

  • "A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong."
  • "Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
  • "Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence."
  • "Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily."
  • "Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic."
  • "He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself."
  • "In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined."
  • "People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates."

The Myth of Mental Illness By Thomas S. Szasz (1960)

Original article by MICHAEL SCHNEIDER at

"Cavemen" will revolve around three pre-historic men who must battle prejudice as they attempt to live as normal thirty-somethings in modern Atlanta. The pilot is based on the Geico ads that promote the insurance company's Web site as so user-friendly that even "a caveman could do it."  The spots follow cavemen in modern settings, reacting with offence to the derogatory slogan. In one, a Geico spokesman apologizes and takes the Neanderthals out to dinner. Other blurbs include the sensitive, modern cavemen peeved at the offending slogan while encountering Geico ads in everyday life, including the airport.

The idea of a caveman interacting with modern society... this could potentially in interesting exploration into seeing ourselves objectively.  I'm looking forward to seeing this show.

ABC pilot will ape insurance company Geico's caveman characters.

Philosophy / Science Vs Faith
« on: May 28, 2007, 07:46:00 PM »

The Voting Booth / Fate - is it a myth?
« on: May 28, 2007, 06:58:10 PM »
How many time do you hear somebody say "oh, it was meant to happen" when reflecting on a misfortune?

I hear it occasionally, and I find it fascinating, because by making that statement the person is actually implying some massive presuppositions.  They include:
  • Belief that life is intelligently controlled by an ethereal power
  • Belief that they are part of a "grand" or "divine" plan

Are these people just whistling in the dark?  Too afraid to face the terrifying prospect that life is chaotic?

I say YES, it's fear based rationalism, although potentially harmless (or is it?).  Being an Existentialist, I believe that live is meaningless until you make it meaningful.  In other words, you make your fate, limited only by luck, or bad luck.  So if you believe your life is not mapped out, you are actually implying that you rebuke the list above, and you are also implying the following:
  • Life is what you make it
  • You take responsibility for your actions and consequences
  • Life is chaos

So where does religion fit in with all this?  Well... anywhere really.  Your God could have created an organic chaotic world, or your God could of created scenarios that you must live out in order to learn some lessons.  It's not a question of "does God exist" or "is God dead", beliefs vary wildly amongst faiths - choose your poison (so to speak).

My personal view is this; if indeed humans are the only species to provide self comfort through imagination (religion) then what are we comforting ourselves from?!  It seems to me the very thing we are terrified of is vulnerability; the fact that we are an animal in an animal kingdom.  That thought may be terrifying because the animal kingdom is frightening!  Imagine being hunted by other species on a daily basis...  the life of an animal is an amazing struggle for survival and procreation - it knows no evil.

So I say:  embrace the terror, feel it for what it is - a healthy intrinsic force that provides energy and enlightenment.  Be like an animal; unassuming, unpretentious, honest, real, and above all... alive!  Animals cherish their life with amazing dedication, perhaps it's because they feel the terror?

The struggle for survival is where the beauty in life lies - the gift of giving, sharing, supporting each other, being part of a tribe,  and most of all, understanding that as an animal; you have the right to exist just as much as anyone else, you are completely wonderful and its your choice what you do with that... so what do you choose?

The Voting Booth / Creationism Vs Evolution
« on: May 28, 2007, 07:42:38 AM »
The gloves are off... so cast your vote, have your say and let the shrapnel fly!

From the website:
"What are mod cons doing to our health?
In pre-historic times, life was a lot simpler — looking for food was pretty much a full-time job and that meant we got plenty of exercise. But as we've got more and more hi-tech, we've become less and less active. These days, it seems like technology is taking over our lives.  But what are all these labour-saving devices doing to our health? Obesity rates in Australia have more than doubled over the past 20 years and are predicted to keep rising. Is the rise in obesity directly connected with technology?"

Full article here

In summary, what they are saying is that modern life is unhealthy.... duh!  Perhaps they need some Caveman Power in their life....  ::)

Philosophy / Amazing quote from Nelson Mandela in 1994
« on: May 28, 2007, 02:32:58 AM »
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are more powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are we not to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates others."
Nelson Mandela 1994

Nelson, you are my new hero. ;)

General Discussion / Who wants to lose weight? ....not these women!
« on: May 27, 2007, 11:00:01 PM »
Check out the attached image, it's a little eye-opener into how much we've changed as a society over the last century....

Thanks to Modern Mechanix for this amazing look back in history.  Click the link below to see the full article.

Virtual Caveman!

Science Daily - Scientists at the University of Calgary have created the world’s first complete object-oriented computer model of a human body. Recently unveiled, the 4D human atlas, dubbed the CAVEman by the team who created it, allows scientists to literally get inside their experiments by translating medical and genomic data into 4D images.

“This project is a major breakthrough in medical informatics and systems biology,” says Dr. Grant Gall, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. “My congratulations to Christoph Sensen and his team for building a tool that will be useful not only to researchers studying disease, but also to physicians exploring new pathways in surgical planning.”

CAVEman resides in the CAVE, a cube-shaped virtual reality room, also known as the “research Holodeck”, in which the 4D human model floats in space, projected from three walls and the floor below.

This one-of-a-kind virtual human, known as CAVEman, has more than 3,000 body parts catalogued by computer – each one anatomically perfect and ready to be manipulated at the click of a button.

And disturbingly - “We have to make a female and babies and other things,” Prof. Sensen says.

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