Early cartographers would adorn their maps with the phrase 'Here Be Dragons' whenever the boundaries of the known world was reached. I feel that some paleo-types may be of a similarly fearful nature.
I follow the paleo model of nutrition and fitness, I am wary of straying too far from this model as it has served me well for several years now, but I am also aware of what Skrabanek calls the 'utopian romanticism' practiced by 'Greens' - a movement under which I believe we could file many if not most individuals who follow a primal pattern of fitness.
In Healthism, Skrabanek notes that "A return to nature is a recurrent dream of those who cannot cope with the complexities of life...who wish to regress to an infantile stage and to bury their faces between the welcoming breasts of Mother Nature. Some may romp naked in the woods...while those more philosophically minded conjure up utopian vistas of the holistic harmony of Man and Universe."
This is an apt and sobering reminder for those who follow a paleo model - that they maintain an evidence-base for their paleo-oriented beliefs. I want to make sure that my exercise and nutritional patterns are at worst non-detrimental to my health and so continually try to record, measure and adjust my current model as appropriate.
I have long been a fan of bodyweight exercises and see more and more potential in fundamental gymnastic exercises. Gymnasts train with basic movements and holds that can involve contractions throughout the whole body. Planches, Body Levers, Muscle Ups and HSPUs are simply fantastic kit-free exercises. Add a sprint on to the end and you have a complete workout right there!
Although I cannot see a paleo driver to planch or to perform an HSPU there is no reason to avoid them, such is their potential for strength development.
I am determined to put a bit more effort in to my gymnastics this year. I still see room for Kill Carrying and Medicine Ball Throws (and I could never be without sprinting), I still want 'paleo baseline strength', but we can clearly gain from movements that would be curious to anyone in a loincloth!