Subj: How Did Men in Ancient Times get so Muscular?
Look at a history book or go to a museum and you’ll notice something – the men in ancient times were in great shape.
How did they get so muscular?
They didn’t have gyms or protein shakes like we do today. Everyone know that weights and protein shakes is how you get lean and strong, so how did they do without?
It’s simple when you think about it:
- People in ancient times worked using their bodies
- They ate whole foods
- They repeated points 1 and 2 everyday for their entire life.
We grossly overestimate what it takes to get and stay in great shape. All it takes is daily physical activity and a little willpower.
If you exercises for 20-30 minutes a day and eat whole foods it’s impossible to get fat. Add in some weight lifting and now you’re on to something.
Life in Ancient times was Physically Demanding
Men in ancient times plowed fields, chopped trees, pulled massive stones from the Earth and built monuments that still stand today.
Before technology and machines, everything required manual effort. People didn’t have robots to produce goods. There were no supermarkets to buy food. People had to walk everywhere. They had to grow there own food to eat. And they built things with their hands.
There were no computers or video games for entertainment. Men would wrestle and play sports for fun.
They didn’t relay on machines like we do today. They used their bodies everyday. The colosseum didn’t build itself. It took the combined muscle of thousands of men years to build. These men worked all day carrying heavy stones and logs. That’s a fantastic total body workout.
I remember last summer when I had to move 6 cubic yards of dirt for my elderly neighbor using a wheelbarrow and shovel. My entire body was sore for two days afterwards.
This is the type of work these guys did everyday. It will harden you up quick and build strong, dense muscle in the process.
I imagine a boy would start working young, probably around 14. By the time he was 20, his body was lean and strong.
Now image working like this every day for 20+ years. You would be in great shape – as long as you eat properly…
The Ancient Diet Was Full of Wholesome Foods
Men in ancient times ate wheat, cheese and fresh meat. Plenty of good fats, carbs and protein.
They didn’t have refrigerators or freezers. They ate fresh or not at all. The exception to this would be cured meats and cheeses – which I imagine was less plentiful than fresh meat from livestock and plants from the fields.
They ate hearty foods pulled straight from the Earth and ate fresh meat – Whole Wheat and Fresh Meat would be the Diet Marketers choice in Roman Times.
For good reason, too – Gladiators were said to eat mostly meat and barley to build muscle and power. They had the bodies to prove it and where the greatest athletes in the known world.
So how did we go from a fit and strong culture to overweight and out of shape?
Look around – you can see that “they don’t build them like they used to”. People are less physically fit. And it’s a direct result of our environment and lifestyle.
Society evolved and technology changed our lifestyle. We no longer need to grow our own food or build our own house (unless you want to – which is awesome and I love you for that).
Our bodies haven’t changed much since ancient times but our lifestyle has changed dramatically:
- Food is easy to access in abundance. We eat a lot because we can.
- Exercise used to be a by-product of our daily work. That’s not the case anymore. We don’t workout because we don’t have to.
Why would I eat eggs or nuts from the ground when I can grab a donut in less time? “I don’t care what I eat. I’m hungry and just need to be satisfied” seems to be a popular mindset.
Now we work on computers and come home “mentally exhausted”. We justify not working out because we “worked hard all day” then reward ourselves with take out and Netflix. Nothing wrong with that, it’s your choice – Hell, I do that every once in a while.
Keep in mind – Our bodies reflect our lifestyle.
How you can build a body like ancient men
If you want a great physique, eat clean and workout consistently. What does that mean?
That means workout 4+ times a week – workout daily if you can. Get a mix of heavy weight training and endurance training.
That also means eat clean. Clean eating is a diet of of all fresh foods. No junk food, fast food, take out or processed carbohydrates/corn syrup/artificial flavor garbage. Food is made to make companies money – not to make you healthy. It’s your responsibility to educate yourself and make your own decisions.
Build an environment that enables you to live healthy:
Don’t buy snacks – It’s impossible to eat snacks if you don’t have any.
Meal Prep – Cook healthy food in advance so you won’t be tempted to eat poorly when you’re hungry.
Eat whole foods – Stay away from anything processed. Eat at least one big meal of meat or fish a day.
Some things aren’t doable unless you leave the grid but there is a lot within your power. You have the ability now it’s up to you to take action. Design a lifestyle that will help you reach your goals with as little effort as possible.
Work hard. Eat Clean. And reach out to me for help.