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16 Jul

2009 Primal Health Challenge: Contest Prizes

I’m bringing back the annual Primal challenge in August, and this time I’m giving away prizes. The challenge is different this year. Rather than an all-or-nothing 30-days-at-100% challenge, this year the focus is on the transition, the daily choices and changes people make to go from unhealthy average Joe to healthy Primal Grok, or from healthy Grok to toned, alpha Grok. And whether or not you fully participate in the challenge, you still have a chance to win the prizes…

In addition to the regular blog post, we’ll have a contest post each weekday featuring a Primal-related product with details on how to win. Some of the prizes will simply require leaving a comment in the comment board, though a few of the better prizes will require a little leg and brain work (creating a Primal recipe or workout video, for instance). I’ve locked down several choice goodies like kettlebells, clubbells, and fresh caught Alaskan salmon, but I still have some spots open for additional prizes.

If you have a product you’d like to see featured on Mark’s Daily Apple during the 2009 30-Day Primal Health Challenge drop me a line by clicking here. If it helps you cook a Primal meal, break a Primal sweat, or live a Primal life, and I can comfortably get behind it (no gift cards to fast food joints or lifetime supplies of “Lean Pockets” thank you very much) I’ll feature it as a contest prize.

If you know a company who might be interested, feel free to shoot them a line.

If you have a prize suggestion, feel free to leave it in the comment board, and if you know someone who makes it, leave a link to their website!

Again, I’m not looking for sugar-filled energy drinks, magic weight loss pills, useless exercise gimmicks or anything else antithetical to the Primal Blueprint health paradigm, but I certainly don’t mind giving away a few sensible vices or products that fit under the broad category of “play.”

Also worth noting:

  • I won’t be doing product reviews of all the prizes. The product will simply be featured in the contest giveaway post with a photo and link to the product site.
  • Gift cards are fine as long as the company meets PB standards.
  • I’m not averse to giving away non-Primal prizes if they’re amazing (i.e. if I could give away a car or vacation package, that would be awesome, right?).
  • The contest begins August 3rd so if you’d like to be a sponsor contact me soon!

Lastly, I want to remind everyone to mark their calendars for this challenge and to tell their friends and family to show up on day 1, August 3rd. It will be the perfect opportunity for anyone new to the Primal concept to jump on the bandwagon and begin leading a healthier lifestyle, and for Primal veterans to refine what they’re already doing. Not to mention the free stuff…


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  1. Vibram-5-fingers . . .

    . . . would make an excellent prize (I wonder if they make size 14 for monster-Groks?)

    brahnamin wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • I love my Vibrams! Took a little doing, but my boss finally allowed me to even wear them at work!

      Elizabeth Colon wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • +1!

      Berto at Discount Supplements wrote on July 16th, 2009
  2. Hrm. And your comment filter doesn’t like the links you’ve asked for.

    Or has comment moderation become a necessary evil here now?

    Let’s click Submit Comment and find out.

    brahnamin wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • Yes, almost all comments with links get thrown into the moderation bin or caught by our spam filter.

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 16th, 2009
  3. Yup. It’s the link that did it. Waves @ Mark to be fished out of the spam filter.

    brahnamin wrote on July 16th, 2009
  4. I’m excited to actually do this challenge. I’ve been a comfortable PB for 6 months and am ready to take it the next level. A couple of prize suggestions; your book, grok T-shirt, a pair of vibram 5 fingers.

    Thanks for the awesome work you do.


    Gord wrote on July 16th, 2009
  5. Ooh give away a gift certificate for Vibrams!!!! I have a pair of Sprints but really want a pair of Classics too…or KSOs, or Flows…that would be an awesome prize.

    hannahc wrote on July 16th, 2009
  6. Looking forward to the challenge…my wife and I have both made the leap..

    Gord–I second the VFF!

    SullynNH wrote on July 16th, 2009
  7. Fantastic! Count me in. I’d love to see some samples of your protein powder for a prize, because I definitely am a poor student who loves it but can’t afford it most of the time!

    Arielle wrote on July 16th, 2009
  8. One can never have enough VFF’s. A supply of some of your supplements would also be cool. Autographed books. Grok T’s. You could also make an overall winner something of a Grok celeb by giving them supplements and whatnot while following their quest for an extended period of time or something like that?

    Jeremy wrote on July 16th, 2009
  9. im pretty excited for this!

    BigBeck89 wrote on July 16th, 2009
  10. London Kettlebells or The Strength Company – I recommend both companies to other UK primal’s if they’re after simple but effective training equipment.

    Carl D wrote on July 16th, 2009
  11. I second the VFF, your book, grok shirt and some of your supplements.

    Also the idea to “create a grok” and follow their progress is fantabulous!

    Leanne wrote on July 16th, 2009
  12. I am very excited for this Mark—thank you for this opportunity! (:

    Hannah wrote on July 16th, 2009
  13. Thanks, everyone. All good thoughts. Yes, expect giveaways from my company, Primal Nutrition: The Primal Blueprint, t-shirts, vitamins etc.

    Mark Sisson wrote on July 16th, 2009
  14. Waa Hooo! I am pumped & amped to get trimmed & ripped. Nothing like the hope for a prize or recognition by your peers to give some of us the little kick in the pants to get us Moving (constantly @ a steady pace)

    Peggy wrote on July 16th, 2009
  15. I will be participating as a virgin Grok, just reading PB right now!!!

    Colin wrote on July 16th, 2009
  16. there’s a very primal-looking kitchen gadget over on Thinkgeek – I can’t post a link to it here, obviously, but if you go to their website and search for “caveman” (no quotes) you should see what I mean. Might make a nice primal prize…

    And a question I must answer, due to the international nature of the Internet – will the contest only be open to residents of the “Continental United States”, or can us foreign primalists join in?

    gcb wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • Good question. Some prizes will be available to everyone while others will only be available domestically. It depends on the sponsor. Some will only ship state side. I’ll make it clear which is which in the contest posts.

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 16th, 2009
  17. Frisbees could make fun, easy prizes (Grok’s gotta play, right?).

    Maybe medicine balls for other exercise equipment.

    And I always love clothes; shirts, fleeces, vests, socks, etc.

    Brian wrote on July 16th, 2009
  18. Can Groks from outside the US take part too?

    maranne wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • It’s hard to say just yet how many contests will be eligible to people outside the US. I’d put the number at half or better right now. Looking forward to your participation, maranne!

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 16th, 2009
  19. Copies of the book and grock shirts would be great.

    If you’d be up for a somewhat useless (but fun) toy – how about the Grock cooking tool?

    Cameron wrote on July 16th, 2009
  20. Fun! How about a nice food dehydrator? I’ve been meaning to look into those.

    jdl409 wrote on July 16th, 2009
  21. This is awesome, since I just missed the last one. Gives me a chance to see if my fiancee and friends will join in on the fun.
    Prize Suggestions:
    Vibram Five Fingers, Jump Rope, Water Bottles, Mountain Bike, Backpack/hiking pack, Gift Certificate to Grasslandbeef
    1/4 or 1/2 cow from local farm,Chest freezer, Cast iron cookware

    Joe wrote on July 16th, 2009
  22. Joe: Chest Freezer?? dude, you are ambitious & hopeful, aren’t you.
    I’m with Brian: Frisbees!!
    Mark: maybe someone can get some made with a Grok on them? I’ve been collecting frisbees since the 70’s (old Ultimate player from back-in-the-day)

    Peggy wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • Another vote for Frisbees! Though they’ve never been the same since I stopped taking acid back in the seventies . . .

      Trinkwasser wrote on July 19th, 2009
  23. Nice initiative Mark. Some ideas:

    – portable coal or gas grill
    – some cool set of butcher knives
    – blenders, juice extractors and the like
    – crock-pots

    SerialSinner wrote on July 16th, 2009
  24. – narcotics!

    SerialSinner wrote on July 16th, 2009
  25. I am in transition mode now. I am looking forward to it. Problem where I live is getting Grass fed or pastured animals. Gonna have to load up on venison and game come fall. Lots of suggestionsfor 80-20 rule but saving them for the contest.

    Suggestion for prize or future project.

    GROK’s Cooking Glyphs- a cook book for Grok wannabes

    joe s wrote on July 16th, 2009
  26. ^^^lmao^^^

    Sweet! you can count me in! Did someone say prizes?!?!?! :)

    Prize Idea: New T’s with some primal verses! :)

    dalvarez wrote on July 16th, 2009
  27. New clothes? I’m sure after the challenge we’re going to need bigger shirts and smaller pants!

    Cameron wrote on July 16th, 2009
  28. I’m looking forward to the challenge. How about body weight pull up straps like the Lifeline Jungle Gym? Also, aluminum water bottles.

    Linda wrote on July 16th, 2009
  29. I’m in it to win it. Count me in too. I think next your though you should do the challenge in May, so people will have results to show off all summer. Just a thought. Good luck to all they are gonna need it. JK



    Chris wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • Good thought, Chris. Yes, next year we’ll have to do it a bit earlier. This year the launch of the blog redesign and the release of the book took up my time during May/June.

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 16th, 2009
  30. How ’bout something for our 4-legged friends?

    We feed our dog food from “Orijen” – a Canadian based dog food company. They have a very primal (implicitly) philosophy, and for dry, pre-packaged dog food it is the best thing we’ve been able to find (note: my wife is a veterinary student).

    Here’s a blurb from their website about what is in their food:

    “Stated simply, ‘Biologically Appropriate’ means mirroring the foods that Mother Nature evolved the animal to eat – in other words, matching the digestive anatomy of the target animal.

    World’s away from conventional pet foods, Biologically Appropriate dog and cat foods are concentrated and varied in fresh animal ingredients and supply nutrients in species specific ratios to mimic the natural diet.

    Biologically Appropriate ORIJEN is:

    They ship to us in the UK and 40+ other countries. Some bags or samples would be a great prize!

    Russell wrote on July 16th, 2009
  31. Even though I already have one, I think this would make a wonderful prize. You can make pasta out of vegetables. It works great!

    Helen wrote on July 16th, 2009
  32. I am up for this challenge! How do we sign up????

    Helen wrote on July 16th, 2009
    • No sign up required. Just tell your friends and show up on August 3! See you then, Helen!

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 16th, 2009
      • This might sound like a dumb question but show up?? where.

        Reina wrote on July 18th, 2009
  33. How about a primal beauty pamper packs for the grokettes!

    Also how about a primal pantry pack of coconut, olive and nut oils, herbs & spices, various nuts, some jerky and things like that

    Miriam wrote on July 16th, 2009
  34. I really appreciate that you are doing a small wins strategy. I find i get really discouraged and fail at all or nothing type things, and that small wins are the ticket to big change.

    Michele wrote on July 16th, 2009
  35. I am SOOO IN!!

    Brad Gross wrote on July 16th, 2009
  36. Awesome! I’ll be getting back from a trip to Las Vegas the day before the challenge starts. Perfect timing- haha!

    Yummy wrote on July 16th, 2009
  37. I have always wanted a kettlebell! Of course I’m in.

    Halle wrote on July 16th, 2009
  38. Yay. . .this will be fun. Maybe it would be a good time to expand the “grok on” clothing line–sweatshirts, ball caps?

    Catalina wrote on July 16th, 2009
  39. just ordered the book today! have been reading the archived articles on the site the past couple weeks! cant wait for the challenge, so pumped for it!!! thanks mark!!

    josh wrote on July 16th, 2009
  40. Perhaps a heavy duty sand bag would be a good prize. Or Paleokits. I love paleo kits.

    Dutch Leftern wrote on July 17th, 2009
    • It would be wonderful if the Paleokits were made out of organic nuts and seeds!

      Helen wrote on July 17th, 2009

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