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Archive for September, 2010

23 Sep

Contest: Use Your Brain, Win a Puzzle

Update 2: Congratulations, Brandon, for being the first person to solve all 8 levels! This contest is now over but you can still attempt to solve the puzzles for the next week. In a week the puzzle pages will be removed from MDA. I will remove the passwords from each puzzle page now so you […]

23 Sep

Engage Your Brain

Today’s contest post will be published at 1 p.m. PST. It is a time urgent contest so you’ll have to move quickly. The first contestant to solve every brain teaser is the winner. Check back in a few hours for all the details. As Tuesday’s post noted, we’re now midway through our 30-day challenge. I […]

22 Sep

Vibrant Health is About More Than Food

I’ve been thinking about human health for a long, long time – pretty much my entire life. When I was running marathons and battling injuries and illness, I was missing it, and so I sought it. I figured moving on to triathlons would help, maybe by “spreading the damage” across three disciplines, rather than just […]

22 Sep

Announcement: New Grok On! Shirts Available

They’re long overdue, and finally here. The myriad of email requests worked. I present to you, women Grok On! shirts: The white on purple V-Neck is a 100% fine jersey cotton. The black on light-turquoise Tank Top is a form-fitting tri-blend racerback (50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon). One of my crew members wore the […]

22 Sep

Contest: Where in the World is Grok?

The Prize: Toys! I write and talk a lot about nutrition and exercise, but there’s so much more that goes into health and wellness (stay tuned later today for an article on this topic). One of these is “Play.” So I’m giving away some stuff to play with… Djubis. Frisbee is fun, but occasionally you […]

21 Sep

Halfway Through the Primal Blueprint Challenge

The Prize: A Portable Pullup Bar courtesy of Trapeze Rigging. I’ve been using this thing for over a year now. It’s the bar I use in my Essential Movement videos. I used them up at PrimalCon. I’ve got one at the office that has been a stalwart tool for the Worker Bees. It’s a simple […]

20 Sep

WOW: The Fight and Flight

Total max reps in 3 cycles of: 30 seconds Decline Pushups 30 seconds Box Jumps* 30 seconds Pullups 30 seconds Shoulder Press Pushups Finish workout with a 15 minute Run This workout is designed to be done with a partner. See the “How-to” section below for instructions.

20 Sep

Contest: Grocery Time

The Prize: More fresh Alaskan salmon! Courtesy of Wild Pacific Salmon, the winner of today’s contest will receive 3 lbs of wild caught Copper River Chinook salmon fillets overnighted to your door. Salmon freaks out there know what a treat this is; and for any non-salmon freaks out there, prepare to be freaked, salmon style. […]

19 Sep

The Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Updates

We’re almost two weeks in to the 30-Day Challenge. If you’re just tuning in, check out the main Challenge Page for instruction on how to get Primal, and then head over to the Contest Page for instruction on how to win prizes. Here are a few highlights… The entry pool is still small for the […]

19 Sep

Contest Contest: The Contest!

The Prize: Praxis. In the department of simple/versatile, Praxis unrolls and attaches to a door, tree, fire escape, or anything else to give you six anchor points for your resistance bands. And yes, I’m talking to you P90Xers out there and anyone else who has been snapped in the face trying to jury rig a […]

18 Sep

The Perfect Pot of Primal Soup

When it comes to choosing our favorite nourishing comfort foods, soup is at the top of our list. It’s a whole meal in one pot, not to mention a great way to use up any leftover meat and vegetables lingering in your refrigerator. Soup always sounds especially good when summer turns to fall, but there […]

18 Sep

Contest: Primal is…

The Prize: Unwieldy weight comes in all unwieldy shapes and all unwieldy sizes. Today’s heavy chunk of unwieldiness is call a Sandball. Part sandbag, part medicine ball, part kettlebell, good for heaving, swinging, and lugging around. It doesn’t have the wonderful scratch-your-hands-up quality of an actual rock, but you can always scrape your hands over […]

17 Sep

The J.J. Experiment: Week 2

Last week the J.J. Experiment began. J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, is guiding ten people as they take a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let’s find out how they’re doing… Hello MDA, We are 11 days into the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge and my Leapers and I are still as determined to […]

17 Sep

Contest: Share Your Success Story

The Prize: An entire year’s worth of my top-shelf multi-vitamin-antioxidant, the Primal Blueprint Damage Control Master Formula. And what the hey, I’ll also include a year’s worth of Vital Omegas. The Contest: Beyond the informative, MDA is also a place where people can go to find encouragement and inspiration on the road to better health. […]

16 Sep

Facing the Primal Blueprint Fitness Challenges

For this next introduction – or re-hashing, for some of you – of an essential Primal concept, I’ll be covering the three basic Primal laws of fitness (click the image to zoom in). This one can be the most difficult hurdle for some. If you’re carrying a personal history of weight gain, for example, you’re […]

16 Sep

Contest: Grokpose for Bacon

The Prize: Bacon. It’s meat candy. It’s the real part of a complete breakfast. What’s better than bacon? Six months of bacon. Bacon Freak is a bacon hub, they have bacon wallets and bacon soap, bacon shirts, and bacon gifts. And today they’re offering the contest winner a six month membership to their bacon of […]

15 Sep

Remember the 80/20 Principle

We’ve officially rounded the corner into the second full week of the 30-day Primal Blueprint Challenge. Updates, anecdotes, anyone? How is everyone doing – and feeling? As the Challenge progresses, it’s inevitable that the surge of initial gusto moderates while something else – something ultimately more important, more influential – takes its place. With a […]

15 Sep

Contest: What’s Your 20?

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners. The Prize: It’s Sensible Vice time… Chocolate. The Malibu farmers’ market sets up shop about a half block from my office every Sunday, and one of the regular, irresistible booths is […]

14 Sep

Dial in Your Carb Count

Most folks who decide to give the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge the old college try do so to correct an underlying health issue. Maybe their cardiologist’s recommended dietary plan hasn’t been improving their lipid numbers as promised, or perhaps they’re sick of fighting a losing battle with diabetes by submitting to a daily pharmaceutical cocktail […]

14 Sep

Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Recipe Video

The Prize: I’m giving away another huge assortment today, starting with… A Sous Vide Supreme – This is kind of a big deal. Sous Vide does to a steak what Barry White does to a love song. Today’s big ticket item is the Sous Vide Supreme, courtesy of Dr. Michael Eades. It’s a form of […]

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