What Is "PrimalAthleticism?

Dear Friend,

 

Today, I'm going to share a new idea with you that has already changed a lot of lives. It can change yours, too.

 

If you want to effortlessly move like a tiger, and have the inner peace of the buddha--this is the exact place you've been looking for!

 

If you can master the art of powerful athletic movements AND zen-like stillness, the world is your playground to enjoy and share.

 

On the other hand...If you lack the ability to move quickly, and your mind races around fearfully like a manic mouse, the world is your prison and poison. 

But, to even TRY this unconventional plan you'll need to forget what you've been TOLD works best.

 

Because THIS particular strategy looks nothing like what you normally see. In fact most trainers would probably say it's a "bad" plan. 

 

And according to what they've learned, they'd be right! Of course, this would prevent them from even attempting such an odd plan. 

 

 

This is why you must empty your cup, and empty your mind so you can think about living your life in a new way.

 

When you release your prior beliefs, and labels, you liberate your mind to a way that is both easy, effective, and soul-nourishing.

 

There is a lot of talk in the world.  Most importantly, the way you talk to yourself.

 

Now think about this: you speak to yourself in ways that are beyond words.

 

The way you move is a nonverbal daily dialogue you have with yourself. 

 

You ask, it responds. 

What kind of conversation are you having with yourself every day?.

The worst thing is this:

 

Your world contracts when you ask and the body says, "I can't." Repeat this enough and you learn through experience that you can't trust your body, so you stop asking. This is exactly the hellish existence I help people avoid.

 

Asking your body the right questions every day will guide you to your greatest strength, peace, and confidence.

 

The truth is this: the beast inside is ready and waiting for you to unlock your superhuman potential...Yet most people continue to waste time and suffer for no good reason! 

 

And it's not for lack of trying, but how can you even get the right answer if you ask the wrong question?!

 

And then you will get even further on this path and realize that your training is so much more than JUST amazing results. It can be a life-enriching experience that leaves you feeling energized and ALIVE! (Oh how I wish I had learned this lesson sooner!)

 

The beast inside is ready and waiting for you to unlock your superhuman potential...Yet most people continue to waste time and suffer for no good reason! 

 

 

As your skill and connection increases...Your practice will become a sublime meditation of movement nirvana that you eagerly anticipate. (Seriously).

 

 

Now I have to warn you, this is going to be a very rude awakening for many people. Once I get started asking questions about athleticism, "exercise" and "workouts" the popular "guru's" get REALLY pissed off! 

 

They get pissed off because I expose the fact that a lot of their beliefs are actually destructive!

Many popular exercises are killing time (aka your life), creating pain and injuries, or making you SLOWER and WEAKER.

One of the most destructive evils of modern fitness myths is the numerous NOCEBO EFFECTS.

 

For example, if you have been made to believe that "knees over toes" is "bad for you" it will create a FEAR of that movement, shrinking your power and reducing your confidence. 

 

Can you guess how many nocebo's might be weakening you right now?

 

How INSANE that these myths tell tales of the WEAKNESS of the human animal! You are an electromagnetic, dancing, fighting, creating, miracle!

 

 You are powerful beyond measure, and this is what terrifies people! This is why so many stories aim to suppress your mental and physical power!

 

If you're like me, you want to be powerful, pain-free, and ready for anything (to enjoy opportunities or overcome emergencies).

 

If that's the case then I have some very good news for you... you can unlock your primal power in literally just a few minutes per day.

 

And a more powerful you can change the world for the better.

 

I am very excited to share a different (and easier) plan to overcome the modern "movement-and-mind killing environment"...and offer you the greatest lifeline imaginable to THRIVE EVERY DAY. (Not just survive)

 

 

In order to ask the right questions, we'll need a little vocabulary. Most experts don't even have a clear definition for athleticism-- and it's impossible to hit a target you can't see. (Surprisingly, I didn't even consider some of these things until AFTER I had already been an "expert" teaching all over the world for 10+ years).

 

 

 

Pri·mal

adjective
 ˈprī-məl 

 

1: ORIGINAL, PRIMITIVE

 

2: first in importance : PRIMARY

Ath·let·i·cism

noun

ath-ˈle-tə-ˌsi-zəm 

1: the combination of qualities (such as speed, strength, and agility) that are characteristic of an athlete


2: The ability to move uninhibited, in any range of motion, with strength, speed, and coordination. (as defined in my 2nd book, Ultimate Athleticism)

Primal Athleticism:

Original, Most Important, Athletic Abilities

Bruce Lee (one of my mentors) rightly said:

 

"It is not the daily increase, but the daily decrease. Hack away the unessential."

 

ANY time you spend growing unimportant attributes and abilities, is taking time and progress AWAY from the important ones!

 

In economic terms, this is referred to as Opportunity Cost. We want to focus on the important stuff that increases our primal power!

 

Your primal blueprint is designed to keep you alive (in a hostile world that is trying to eat you) long enough to have babies and get them to self-sufficiency. 

 

In the food chain, this normally requires some serious effort and savage abilities.

 

Humans in modern times jumped out of the food chain into a different game (social status, wealth).

 

So our primal abilities softened, weakened, and exited the stage...

This has left a society addicted to screens, riddled with pain, afraid to move athletically, and completely out of touch with nature.

Fortunately, there is a primal solution for your modern problem...and you will be amazed at how easily it will simplify your life and give you great power.

 

The harsh reality (that needs to be said) is this:

 

Most perpetuators of fitness mythology are directing people toward self-destruction!

 

When I say fitness mythology, I mean the stories people are made to believe.

 

For example, the spin class teacher will gravitate toward a bicycle-shaped solution to the problem of “fitness.”

 

They actually advertise how much energy you can WASTE. They don’t highlight the fact that you’re going nowhere—fast.

 

Meanwhile tweedle-dee and tweedle-dumb fitness guru are arguing about who has the “BEST” way to WASTE the most energy in the least amount of time! Or how to lift the most weight in the gym!

 

But why!?

 

Am I the only one who sees this as a totally insane waste of time/energy/life?!

 

Dedication to popular fitness mythology leaves a person with no practical skills even after YEARS of effort! 

 

A tragic majority of "expert" trainers can't even breathe, dance, fight, or play sports. 

 

Where is the athletic expression?!

Now don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of great systems out there with excellent teachers. Yoga, dance, martial arts, kettlebells, barbells, military bootcamps, weight training, gymnastics...I have had great teachers in all of them! My life has been deeply enriched through their teaching!

 

...But I was never fully satisfied with any single one. Yoga just didn't have the power and agility training that I needed to perform at the level I wanted, and all the weight training in the world won't prepare you for the real world...

 

What are we supposed to do with this miraculous, magical, muscular body?! Just stand in one place and lift a weight all day?! Burn my life away on a hamster wheel?

 

I can think of MANY superior ways to invest an hour of my time (and that's exactly what I'm going to share with you).

 

There is SO MUCH MORE to this human experience! Yet the popular methods for mental and physical training are so sterile and limiting.

 

Hours and calories wasted SUFFERING through boring and ineffective workouts.

 

Don't swallow this BS cultural weakness! It's critical that you do the opposite of the crowd, if you want to be truly powerful.

 

You've seen the ads: "burn 500 calories an hour!"

Imagine boasting about how much fuel your car burned rather than where you went!

 

Don’t just "BURN" calories. This is a fool's bargain.

These calories are your LIFE!

Calories represent your priceless time and energy.

USE THEM TO INCREASE YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL POWER!

...Then you can try anything fearlesslyThis is true freedom.

 

Here's a little food for thought: A calorie is a unit of energy. Money is a form of energy. Would you "burn money?"

 

It's a little sad to see how far the popular fitness mainstream has fallen.

 

Now the "best fitness business" is to hire an actress to yell motivational cliches at you while you burn your life away suffering like a hamster on a wheel. 

 

That role is similar to a "mixer" in a cocktail--a sugary mask to hide the bitter reality that you are poisoning yourself.

 

Just promise me you won't fall for the trap of  "fat loss" or "calorie burning" workouts. 

Trust me, there is no substitute for the power you can gain with focused practice.

Your increased ability to transform yourself and harmonize with your environment will help you realize that you are a truly powerful being.

The human body is a work of art forged by the forces of nature!

Learn how to use it with great skill, and it will serve you (and others) well.

 

It's critical that you stay on the right path... or you will make a lot of progress--to a worse outcome!

Imagine 2 twins starting a new training plan today...

Each one spends (invests) an hour into daily training. Same time/energy/life investment.

 

The first twin suffers through random difficult stuff with the intent of burning off energy. Almost any exercise will do, bicycle, boot camp BS, etc. Hey, at least he's consistent. He would likely get rid of some fat, build a little muscle...but his abilities would stay about the same.

 

The second twin seeks out expert help to understand the purpose and function of the human body and mind. He evaluates his overall abilities and engages in a daily practice to specifically fill in the gaps.

He goes through a proven protocol for breathing, vision, rhythm, focus, mobility, strength, resilience, and endurance. He uses this time to express himself honestly through movement. He uses this time as a "Power-Up" for his life.

 

He notices that his skills and abilities compound. He looks forward to his daily practice with excitement and enthusiasm. His body feels loose and powerful and he moves like water.

 

After one session, they would move very differently.

 

After a week, the difference in their power and peace of mind would be significant.

 

After a few years you might not even realize they are twins.

 

Twin One was mesmerized by the false dream perpetuated by a sick culture and spent all his precious energy chasing phantoms.

 

Twin Two showed the wisdom of a Pro: Laser focus here and now with the mindset of an expert craftsman.

Here's a great way to remember that reality (write this down so you can look at it later):

Focus on the process, the progress comes naturally.

Focus on the progress, the process becomes an

ENTRY FEE.

If you see your daily practice as "paying a toll" for results, you are always at a psychological disadvantage. 

 

But remember:

 

It is not just about WHAT you do, but HOW you do it...

 

If your intention is to "get a six pack real quick," I am NOT the person to help you. That dead-end road is easy to find almost anywhere.

 

If your intention is to become more powerful than you ever thought possible through daily practice, this is the exact answer you've been searching for.

Primal Athleticism will help you build useful skills, a powerful physique, and increase your connection.

Here are just a few of the vital attributes you will cultivate to superhuman levels (in a very short time):

  • Vision

  • Agility

  • Power

  • Rhythm

  • Mobility

  • Resilience

  • Endurance

  • Balance

  • Focus

With this fat stack of abilities the world will be your oyster. You will be able to try anything fearlessly, live longer, and die happier. 

But I am actually down-playing how much this can change your life. So I asked for some help describing this new idea.

 

 

Check out the response I got when I asked for some feedback about how this will help you...

Bottom Line: Primal Athleticism is MORE than your time's worth, AND MORE than your money's worth. 

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Primal Athleticism represents a major shift in the way we look at daily practice. It emphasizes connection, power, and joy. It embodies the spirit of Kaizen (continuous improvement) and gives you the tools to thrive in any environment. 

 

Are you a personal trainer or fitness coach? 

 

Don't even think about leaving this page without a copy of Primal Athleticism.

 

If you want to connect with your clients in a deep and meaningful way, deliver life-changing results, and have your clients happily pay you huge sums of cash for life...you want to implement these strategies immediately. 

 

If you are looking to take your own abilities to the next level, this is a no-brainer. It will make every day better, easier, and more fun. Plus, you'll have a new ways to connect and share this experience with your loved ones.


​About Me  

(The guy who "asks too many questions")

Max Shank 

Coach, Author & Creator 

I prefer to let my work do the talking, but here's a quick explanation of why I can help you:

  • 15 years experience coaching and teaching worldwide (~200 live courses, thousands of students)
  • 11 years owner @ Ambition Athletics, the best damn gym in town, and a community of all ages who connect, play, and grow together: www.ambitionathletics.com.
  • Creator of Simple Shoulder Solution, Ultimate Athleticism, 5 Minute Flow, Kettlebell Essentials, Master the Kettlebell, Handstand Fundamentals, books and videos (10,000+ worldwide)
  • Founder of M3 Academy  (Movement, Muscle, and Meditation)
  • College dropout, failed English in high school.

But like I said, I don't like to toot my own horn. So I'll let a few of my students share their recent experience with my unique methods...

Here's the Proof:

 

Tae Kwon Do Masters, personal trainers, and fitness enthusiasts describe their experience with the Primal Athleticism methodology...

Still looking for something?

 

I have only one last idea to leave you with: 

 

Try it and see what happens.

 

If you are mentally married to the traditional (mainstream) idea of workouts, exercise, and training, it will be difficult to embrace this new way.

 

If you want to keep slugging away at the cookie-cutter plans that have occupied every fitness magazine since the 80s, then this effortless and effective style of training will not interest you.

If you want to forge a powerful body and an unstoppable mind--take action now. 

 

I sincerely hope that you use this opportunity to alter the course of your life right now. I promise it will be worth it.

 

 

Enjoy your practice,

-Max

PRIMAL ATHLETICISM FAQ's

 

1) "What is the difference between Primal Athleticism and Ultimate Athleticism?"

(Video response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpmqWZFKhWA)

  • Primal Athleticism is a more expanded perspective of athleticism with a wider set of skills.
  • More emphasis on big picture: visual/vestibular system, rhythm, nervous system and overall health.
  • Ultimate Athleticism has more specialized goals (but with great carryover to other things): front lever, press handstand x 10, deadlift 3x bodyweight.
  • My current practice looks more like Primal Athleticism than Ultimate Athleticism (though I use components from both). 80% primal and 20% ultimate is my current sweet-spot blend.

 

Bottom line: Primal Athleticism is a modular daily practice for maximum human potential, not just a training program.

 

2) "Do I need any equipment?"

 

No. BUT, a sandbag, rings/straps, and some tennis balls are ideal. You can also make it work with a backpack and rope.

 

3) "How to integrate with current training?"

 

This will be based on your current goals, but you can definitely do the Primal Athleticism concurrently with your other training goals. I wouldn't try to do Primal Athleticism daily practice and 14 additional strength sessions per week, though.

 

4) "Why don't you post more?"

"I would rather write for myself and have no audience, than write for an audience and have no self."

 

I see my contribution to the fitness/strength/movement community as one of irreverent questioning, patience, and playfulness. I am happy to wake up every day and put in the time to deliver you something that will actually change your life. Posting endless motivational quotes and pictures of all the savory meat and cheese I'm eating just doesn't fall in line with my core values. But maybe I'll feel differently about that someday.

 

It's like when I asked my friend Lena how long it takes to write a song and she said, "when it's done, it's done."

 

It took a long time to get Primal Athleticism right, and I'm really happy you are all enjoying it so much.

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