We’ve got it wrong...Apes evolved from us!

By Matt O’Brien


We’ve grown up hearing we evolved from apes.  

Somewhere along the way gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys all stood upright and became humans.

Maybe they didn’t…


What if we were around first and at some stage apes evolved from us?


Now I realise this idea might make a great movie...oh that’s right, it’s already been done!

Let’s consider this...


Apes swing through trees, climb, play and move all the time.

They are strong, fit and lean.  

Eating meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. (CrossFit’s “100 words of fitness” by the way).

Monkeys don’t seem to get fat, have heart disease or develop Type II diabetes...unless in captivity.

So I guess they have humans to thank for this!


We humans sit at work desks, computers and in front of televisions.

Aches, pains and stiffness in joints to rival the Tinman, seem to be a way of life.

Worn as a badge of honour to indicate how hard we work.

Put simply, not moving, leads to problems and disease.


The figures on Cardiovascular Disease are pretty astounding.

According to the National Heart Foundation of Australia…

  • CVD claimed 45,053 Australian lives in 2014, one person every 12 minutes!

  • Coronary Heart Disease 20,173 lives, one every 24 minutes.

  • Heart Attack 8,623 lives.

9 out of 10 cases of Type II Diabetes are preventable with an estimated one million Australians living with the disease.

Enough of the heavy stats !


I like animal documentaries...I admit it !

Watching apes move, climb and swing looks so smooth and free.

If we came from them, why don’t we move so gracefully? Why did we untrain ourselves?


Ok, I know there are more holes in this argument than the documentary on termites I watched.


No, we don’t live in trees and we don’t have lions and tigers living in our backyards.

Yes...They are genetically different.

What is interesting is they haven’t stopped using their bodies for what they were designed for.


Humans have.


We were made to do pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. We were made to bike, run, swim and row.

(more “100 words of fitness”)


This is why the philosophy of CrossFit works.

Taking the best aspects of sport, play, and movement to create health and happiness.


So…grab a banana and climb a tree or…

Swing on by the gym and do some human training with us!


Matt O'Brien