TPS 57: Primal Play with the ‘Fitness Explorer’ Darryl Edwards


Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer

In this episode we chat to Darryl Edwards, aka The Fitness Explorer, all about making fitness fun and accessible to everyone through ‘primal play’.

Darryl is the founder of of HEALTH Unplugged and owner of Fitness Explorer Training,  an international speaker, coach, nutritionist and author of “Paleo Fitness“ and “Paleo from A to Z”.  

After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to well-being.  Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – a midst the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases.

As the founder of the PRIMAL PLAY methodology, he makes activity fun, effective and engaging while getting individuals healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

And those who are attending the AHSNZ Symposium next month are going to experience this first hand. Darryl will be heading to NZ for the Symposium to speak at the event and get people into some primal play.

We also introduce friend of the show, psychology nerd and big kid, Russell Campbell as our guest host.


We chat with Darryl about:

  • What his weekend morning routine looks like
  • How he came to make his Primal Shift
  • The contrast between Darryl’s previous life as an investment banker vs now as The Fitness Explorer
  • Reprioritising what is important in life
  • Transitioning to working with people to improve their health and fitness
  • Training like the actors in the Movie 300 and coming to Primal Play instead
  • Making fitness fun with imaginative and inventive games
  • “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about participation”
  • Reaching goals and objectives with fitness, but enjoying the process along the way – instant gratification with movement
  • What will people find themselves doing with “Primal Play?”
  • Games including primal tag
  • Primal play is great for those who hate exercise and those who are competitive who are looking for a different kind of challenge
  • The aspect of community, group participation and teamwork with primal play
  • Peter Grey’s TED Talk about the benefits of play for kids
  • Structured sport vs play
  • The Kiwi game of Bullrush and also British Bulldog
  • More kids go to hospital falling out of bed than falling out of trees
  • The relationship between play, learning and creativity
  • Darryl is heading to NZ to talk at the AHSNZ Symposium in Queenstown
  • Travel hacking
  • Primal Hit or Primal Shit: Treadmill Desks


Primal Tag in action with Darryl Edwards at the Low Carb Down Under Event in Melbourne




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