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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. Super sweet! I was getting back into PB this summer anyway, but now there are prizes! Exciting!

    Erin wrote on July 17th, 2009
  2. I’m new… sorry but I’m not sure how one signs up for the challenge, gets started, etc. Have I missed that, or am I just jumping the gun and need to chill and wait? :}

    Great site, btw. Very motivating!

    Halelly wrote on July 17th, 2009
  3. Looking forward to the challenge, making the transition to alpha Grok!

    George wrote on July 18th, 2009
  4. yaya – I am new here so this will be a good way to get started – and good timing as I get back from vacation on the 1st – hoping the book comes before I leave so I can read it and sprint on the beach LOL …

    liz jaeger wrote on July 18th, 2009
  5. this is SOOOO perfect! i can hardly wait to get this challenge going!

    jennifer wrote on July 19th, 2009
  6. and i saw the “big stick” yesterday at a surf shop. its basically so you can practice paddle boarding with a long board (skateboard) for those of us who are painfully land locked….i wish i had more information about it but this would make an AWESOME prize (for me) :)

    jennifer wrote on July 19th, 2009
  7. Yeah! another Primal Challenge! I love reading about everyone’s progress, and their inspiring stories. I finally have my husband convinced that primal is better. He’s finally switched his diet too! By the way, I added you as a link to our website! I’d be lost without Mark’s daily apple and I want to share it with everyone!

    Alecia wrote on July 19th, 2009
  8. A month, two month, three month membership to a local crosssfit box of your choice

    Nayguy wrote on July 20th, 2009
  9. Under the sensible vices, I’d recommend Hotel Chocolat – they are a UK company but also opened in Boston a while ago, so can ship to US customers also. They do fantastic boxes (including a less sugar selection) but I’m guessing most of the folk here would be more interested in the huge selection of dark bars they do. The link is hotelchocolat and then dot com or dot depending on which side of the Pond you are.

    Indiscreet wrote on July 20th, 2009
  10. I vote for a couple different size ironwoody sand bags.

    Or a Dynamax ball or two.

    Or better yet – a 2in 20FT nylon rope – that is a primal beast!

    Barry Napier wrote on July 21st, 2009
  11. This sounds great! We’re going Primal around here, myself, my husband, and even our 5 kids! :-) Learn early to live well!

    MommaBear wrote on July 22nd, 2009
  12. As to prizes, samples of the products, signed books, t-shirts… any and all of these would be great!

    MommaBear wrote on July 22nd, 2009
  13. Yes, I was going to mention 5 Fingers as well. Maybe as some sort of TOP PRIZE.
    That’ll sure make a lot of us work harder:)

    Kate S wrote on July 23rd, 2009
  14. Do we need to be signing up for this challenge? I would love to participate.

    chocolatechip69 wrote on July 23rd, 2009
  15. I also am among those who have no idea where to “show up” or how to participate…

    And do we need a book to participate?

    Sara wrote on July 24th, 2009
  16. I’m in! Just finished the book, taking notes, and making my plan! Awesome book!

    SassySouthernGirl wrote on July 31st, 2009
  17. Clubbells and kettlebells will be great prizes along with Vibrams as many suggested. Other suggestions would be videos on how to use clubbells or kettlebells, sandbags, weight vests. Whatever it is, when you say “free” you get people’s attention.

    Charles Long wrote on August 1st, 2009
  18. Some California estate olive oil would be pretty special/rare for winners outside of the region. I like the Alaskan salmon idea a lot too. VFFs seem like a natural choice.

    Michael wrote on August 1st, 2009

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