DIY Chaos Training with a Couple Balls and Some Rope

Chaos Training

by Rocannon 

My training partner Tara joined me this morning nice and early. I decided we would do what I call Chaos Training. By using many different types of training in one brief (50 min.) Primal Playout I get my body raging with fresh energy from the bones outward. Today’s play included Power Ropes, medicine balls, kettlebells, Woody sandbags and stretch bands.

We kept moving between play stations with no more than a 10 second break between any individual move. After each complete circuit of the equipment I would ramp it up a bit by selecting a more challenging set of moves for the next circuit. In a matter of minutes the sweat was pouring, the smiles were exploding, and we both were laughing out loud as we swung the KBs, waved the ropes, slammed the bags, kicked the balls, and pulled the bands. It was non-stop fun from minute one.

With all the variation (chaos) my nervous, myofascial, and proprioceptive systems never had a chance of knowing what was coming next. The difference in how I feel now when I do Primal Moves compared to 20 years ago when I worked out in a gym is the difference between dreaming of having a girlfriend when I was 12 and having a life-companion at 57. There really is no comparison.

As we re-packed all the gear we were discussing how much more alive and vital we feel after these kinds of movement times. It really takes no discipline to do them everyday. They are so much fun, so creative, and so completely engaging that it would be harder not to do them than do them.

Be sure that your daily movement practice draws you in the same way. Don’t waste time trying to do something because it is good for you, but you hate it. Find some kind of movement that you WANT TO Do and do that every day. Celebrate it. Explore it. Expand it. Integrate it into your life.

To loosen up this afternoon we took a movement snack doing horizontal pullups with our feet on a Swiss ball. After a couple of rounds we shifted to one-leg medicine ball throws with a 15 lb ball. I finished the snack with High Swings with a kettlebell. Yummy. I feel refreshed. I feel satisfied. I feel good. Remember that movement snack doesn’t have to take long. Ten or fifteen minutes is plenty of time for a re-charge. Play in the chaos whenever you can.


15 thoughts on “DIY Chaos Training with a Couple Balls and Some Rope”

  1. On this site check out functional fitness and old school training, there are a few entries on these. This Chaos Training is basically a version of what are called functional fitness circuits. People are simply getting creative and adding different movements and different equipment.

    Do a web search on Functional Fitness, Old School Training, Strong Man Training, Combat Training, Club Swinging and things like that and you will find some great ideas. Make them your own and have fun!!!


  2. Oh yeah, search Chaos Training on the web too.

    I have quite a few entries on the above suggestions, click on some of the various fitness categories and they should all show up.


  3. Although I’m into a more “regimented” style of training: DB’s, BB’s, stones etc, I wholely agree with the chaotic approach. The routines that I’ve tried over the past 30 years have all eventually failed to produce progress because they were just that: routine. I believe that the body adapts very quickly to stress, and attempting to just increase your poundage or reps on a certain lift week after week leads to boredom for both body and mind. Now I have no routine as such. One week I’m doing a couple of heavy sets of 3 on the leg press, the next I’m hammering out 200 free squats with a rucksack on my back. My legs never know what’s going to hit them and I always end up sore the next day (a good sign!). Overall I do have goals I want to achieve within a certain timeframe, but the route to them isn’t planned or linear. I’ve followed Art Devanys blog for a couple of years now ( and his fun and chaotic approach to training and eating seems to be more in line with what our bodies are (and always have been) designed to do. The very fact that this type of training is enjoyable indicates to me that it’s the “right” thing to do.


  4. BTW, this may appear to be a new style of training, someone has even trademarked the name, but isn’t it just another name for good old fashioned variety? I remember back in the early 80’s one of Joe Weiders principles was that of “muscle confusion”: never repeating the same workout twice. Someday maybe the confusion will be taken out of fitness and we’ll have a definitive answer.


  5. rockweasel,

    I agree, I like this sort of work out because I don’t like all th gimmicks or gyms and that whole scene. It looks like that mentality is taking over and stinking up this area too.

    Oh well, as long as people actually do it and be healthy.


  6. That’s what I like to see – up and about with weight training exercises, early in the morning before anyone else is about! This is the kind of variety that can work so well in ‘spicing up’ a weight training program and keeping both the body AND mind occupied.

    I’ve kind of come full circle with this over the last decade or so, and am now back to defined weight training programs with a set plan and schedule for charting progress, monitoring meal plans, recovery and everything in-between. It’s working well, and it’s great to be able to chart the transformation in muscle size, strength and body transformation – all natural of course 😉

    Thanks for sharing and very best to you,
    Matt Carter


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