My mission with Uncaged Human is to help you reconnect with the strong, adaptable, wild, you (even in the midst of domesticated living)
Human domestication (domestic: belonging to the house) has been an interesting experiment, but wildness will always be our native home.
The challenge in our times is that our biology, which evolved for millions of years in the wild, is out of sync with our modern lifestyle and environment. There’s an evolutionary mismatch.
We no longer have to move to live. Instead of using our bodies to squat and crawl to pluck food from the ground, we sit still in temperature controlled boxes on our way to fill our bodies with industrially grown food.
Our quest for comfort, convenience and control over nature has left us safer and fuller, but bored, malnourished and weaker.
My personal quest has been to figure out how I can support my primal DNA, while living a semi-wild life in the city. The goal for me is not to live full time in the wild, away from civilization, and ostracize myself from my friends and family. Instead, I want to know how I can live as wild a life as possible, even in the midst of domesticated, urban living.
On the way I’ve learned how to take control of my environment and make my apartment more movement friendly and stimulating. I’ve rehabbed my gut and health through ancestral health practices life bone broth, intermittent fasting, wild mushroom herbalism, squatting while I poop. I’ve learned how to create movement practices that help me stay flexible, mobile and strong even while working with modern technology, and living in a culture of sitting.
But I’m still very much on this journey myself. It’s an endless quest to find my roots as a primal human, and reconnect with my true nature.
If you’re interested in reclaiming your wild strength, then I think you’ll be right at home here. I hope I can help you in some way along your path, wherever you might be starting from.
Definitely check out the a few of my most popular tutorials and videos:
- Two Movements Every Human Should Master
- How I Went From a Stiff Board to a Supple Beast in 10 Months
- Five of the Most Essential Primal Movement Skills
- A 15 Minute Morning Mobility Routine For Uncaging
- The 30 Day Squat Challenge
So, who the hell is behind all of this?
Reading this site, you might think the guy behind this is some wildnerness expert, or that my story is like some Jack London novel.
“Raised by wolves, Jonathan Mead has always been immersed in wildness. As a child he ran through creeks and forests like Frodo Baggins until one day, with shock and awe, he stumbled upon a strange sight of suit wearing zombies. Upon seeing the poor slaves he decided to give it all up and save them from their perilous fates.”
I grew up in the suburbs Boise, Idaho. As a teenager I was an unpopular outcast that dropped out in the 9th grade of high school (instead I went to college and took classes I was actually interested in). As an adult I stumbled from one mindless desk job to the next.
After years of struggling at deadend jobs I eventually found my escape building a blog on personal development for unconventional people. That was one important step in the breaking free process, but my body and health still suffered.
Movement, health and becoming the greatest version of myself has always been something that’s fascinated me. I explored everything from raw veganism to Jeet Kune Do. But it wasn’t until I discovered paleo diet and fitness did I feel like I found something that really made sense to me.
Since then I’ve done and explored a lot, but am very much still learning how to become the best version of myself. Rewilding myself seems like the only template that fits.
Want to join me?
I’ll see you on the path,
P.S. Are you on Instagram? There I regularly post tips, rants and adventures on primal movement.