I'd been looking forward to this for a while. Things just came together. A couple of weeks ago, the way cool Clifton Harski got in touch, offered to come over and school me, I offered a BBQ in return, and as luck would have it, Dr. BG (Grace) is back from China for a time. She and I had lunch last week at The Left Bank at Santana Row (huîtres, steak tartare, steak frites) and it was the most natural thing in the world to invite her to come along.
What kinda dude is Clifton? He's international. He lived all over the world all his young life, owing to his father's occupation. From 20-30 or so, I travelled the world, lived a total of 7 years abroad. When I talk with Clifton, it's as though there are a thousand things that need not be addressed—because we're both dudes who get that we live on a whole planet, and the country and culture of where we were born is a separate thing.
Perhaps that's why my Frenchman friend, Erwan Le Corre, tapped Clifton to be the very first guy to take MovNat out of the cloister and into the mainstream with 1-day courses all over America.
Clifton also has the perfect demeanor of a trainer—as does Erwan and Vic. Here's a list of what he taught me to do, kettlebell wise, yesterday. Google or YouTube each exercise and chances are, you'll find out how to do each one.
- Bottom up rack walk
- Farmer carry
- Suitcase deadlift
- Single leg deadlift
- Goblet squats
- Single side front squat
- Reverse lunge
- Turkish get up (the Holy Grail)
- RKC swings
- Standing press
- Floor press
We did all of those. Not like full exercises in reps, multiple sets, but typically some number of reps for each. In terms of the weight, I have a 26lb, 35, and 44. Clifton says I might want to get a 53 to finish out the set. Initially I was using the heavier bells and in some cases like the farmer carry, the 35 and 44 together. As things progressed and I got a bit fatigued, we went to lighter ones to focus on proper form (and especially for overhead work like windmills).
About 2/3 of the way through, here's me.
Here's some random pics of the whole affair. Clifton has a knee injury. 500 pound DL. He'll recover. Surgery on Monday.
Reverse Lunge - A variation on the Goblet Squats I'd been doing
I don't do it justice, because a blog or a video clip never can.
...Clifton got here between 1:30 and 2. Dr BG...Grace? about 3pm or so. We had hours of talking, fun, a fire in the backyard.
I took that pic with my iPhone, intending to post it to the FTA page. But I guess it went to my small personal thingy, close friends and family only. I asked the question, 'who are these people in my backyard?'
My longtime real-space friend, Allesadro (a PhD physical chemist from Italy), replied:
I don't know but he's smoking hot!
Robert, another close real-space friend asks:
Uhhh, do we get a clue?
Here's your clue: hot!
I delighted in texting that to Clifton.
We had dinner, too. Grace hit Whole Foods on the way over. 2 Porterhouse, 4 NY Strips.
I eventually got around to grilling it, doing a dijon vinaigrette, and a pound of browned butter, poured over the steaks.
Not too much for me...
Clifton ate huge, I ate big, and the grills ate far more than average.
In the end, after all that, here's what was left, and we sent Clifton away with (he promised to eat it all bare handed and I reminded him of being barefoot, too).
It was a marvelous time. Wish I had pics of the hours after, around the fire, primal wise. There's just something about sitting around a fire.
I wanted to show you this to encourage you. Paleo and Primal is easily big enough to hook up with people, do this sort of thing, enjoy it and/or publish it too, to encourage others.
I think that if you haven't, yet, you will be amazed at the ease with which you can come to appreciate other people in profound ways. You may notice that the level of conversation is high.