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WOW: Sprint, Walk, Sprint, Repeat

January 10 2011 - - Complete 15 minutes of: 6-second Sprint Walk 6-second Sprint Walk Repeat (more…)

Mark’s Beach Sprints

October 03 2007 - - Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

WOW: Sprint Complex

November 29 2010 - Complete 4 (or more) in succession: 2 10-second Standard Sprints 2 10-second Uphill Sprints 2 20-second Grok Crawl Sprints 2 12-second Backward Run Sprints 2 150-meter Rowing Sprints 2 50-mete...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 1: Benefits of Sprinting

June 12 2019 - As Primal enthusiasts know, sprinting is an essential element to leading an optimally fit life. After all, it’s one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws, and perhaps the quintessential anti-aging activit...

Tips for Sprint Training

January 08 2008 - Though I don’t believe that the road to health is paved with incessant high endurance exercise, it doesn’t mean that I “can” cardio entirely either. Just as humans didn’t evolve to eat frost...

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

January 08 2010 - This inspiring Primal Blueprint Fitness Video was sent in by reader Tom Greenwald. Let Tom know what you think in the comment board. The Fitness Video contest has ended, but there are still ways to...

What Are Tabata Sprints?

January 15 2009 - As you probably already know, we're big on sprinting around here for a number of reasons. First of all, sprints most closely emulate the type of activity Grok would have performed. You know - slowly s...

Statins and Sprints: News Alert

February 03 2009 - You’ve probably noticed that we like to revisit subjects, no matter how exhaustive our prior analysis may have appeared. We do this for two reasons – to foster a running dialogue on a constantly e...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 2: Creating a Sprinting Workout (+Video)

June 12 2019 - Now that you've absorbed the rationale and benefits to add sprinting to your fitness program with Part One of the Definitive Guide To Sprinting, let’s get into the details of how to conduct a great ...

How to Improve Running Form: Introductory And Advanced Running Drills (With Video)

April 13 2020 - The idea that technique is essential for the simple act of running is finally starting to catch on. By maintaining a balanced center of gravity and maintaining a strong foot, you generate maximum prop...

Statins and Sprints: News Alert

February 03 2009 - You’ve probably noticed that we like to revisit subjects, no matter how exhaustive our prior analysis may have appeared. We do this for two reasons – to foster a running dialogue on a constantly e...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Dear Mark: Cold Weather Sprint Alternatives, Palm Olein, Podcast Questions, and Dark Circles

January 27 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a four-parter. First, I discuss some alternatives to traditional outdoor sprinting for people in cold weather. Just because you can't go run 100 meter dashe...

Dear Mark: Cycling Harder Than Running, High-Fat Football Training, and Orange Theory

May 23 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions about training. First, why might cycling feel harder than running at the same heart rate, and what should be done about it? Second, is i...

How Using Fat for Fuel Can Boost Athletic Performance

September 13 2016 - A few weeks back, I explored the potential benefits using fat as your primary fuel can have on cognitive function. While the strongest research centers on people dealing with age-related cognitive d...

Dear Mark: Metformin for Life Extension, Too Many MEDs, MED for Lifting Addict, and Horseback Riding

July 20 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions. First, does the diabetes drug metformin have life-extending potential for non-diabetics? Then, the final three questions come from the c...

Dear Mark: Staying Aerobic, Glycogen Depletion, and Sleep-Low for Strength Training?

March 28 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. First, do anaerobic workouts—sprints, lifting, etc.—interfere with your ability to become a fat-burning, aerobic beast, or c...

Dear Mark: How Many Sprints Per Week, How to Play and Train with Babies, and the Best Nighttime Snack

February 08 2016 - For today's Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, how often can a person sprint safely and effectively? There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of sprinting a person...

Dear Mark: Fish Oil Study, 1500 Calories, Breaking a Plateau, and Bulletproof Coffee vs IF

April 20 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions. First up is from Milad, who wonders about the recent research seeming to show that fish has little to no effect on heart disease. Is it...

Dear Mark: Bikram Yoga; Stored Toxins Impairing Fat Loss

June 13 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answer two questions from readers. First, does Bikram yoga qualify as sprinting or high intensity training? It's certainly intense, and it'll make you sweat bulle...

WOW: Sprint, Walk, Sprint, Repeat

January 10 2011 - - Complete 15 minutes of: 6-second Sprint Walk 6-second Sprint Walk Repeat (more…)

Mark’s Beach Sprints

October 03 2007 - - Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

WOW: Sprint Complex

November 29 2010 - Complete 4 (or more) in succession: 2 10-second Standard Sprints 2 10-second Uphill Sprints 2 20-second Grok Crawl Sprints 2 12-second Backward Run Sprints 2 150-meter Rowing Sprints 2 50-mete...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 1: Benefits of Sprinting

June 12 2019 - As Primal enthusiasts know, sprinting is an essential element to leading an optimally fit life. After all, it’s one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws, and perhaps the quintessential anti-aging activit...

Tips for Sprint Training

January 08 2008 - Though I don’t believe that the road to health is paved with incessant high endurance exercise, it doesn’t mean that I “can” cardio entirely either. Just as humans didn’t evolve to eat frost...

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

January 08 2010 - This inspiring Primal Blueprint Fitness Video was sent in by reader Tom Greenwald. Let Tom know what you think in the comment board. The Fitness Video contest has ended, but there are still ways to...

What Are Tabata Sprints?

January 15 2009 - As you probably already know, we're big on sprinting around here for a number of reasons. First of all, sprints most closely emulate the type of activity Grok would have performed. You know - slowly s...

Statins and Sprints: News Alert

February 03 2009 - You’ve probably noticed that we like to revisit subjects, no matter how exhaustive our prior analysis may have appeared. We do this for two reasons – to foster a running dialogue on a constantly e...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 2: Creating a Sprinting Workout (+Video)

June 12 2019 - Now that you've absorbed the rationale and benefits to add sprinting to your fitness program with Part One of the Definitive Guide To Sprinting, let’s get into the details of how to conduct a great ...

How to Improve Running Form: Introductory And Advanced Running Drills (With Video)

April 13 2020 - The idea that technique is essential for the simple act of running is finally starting to catch on. By maintaining a balanced center of gravity and maintaining a strong foot, you generate maximum prop...

8 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging Your Fitness Routine

November 07 2012 - Last week, I went over a few ways Primal Blueprinters experiencing a weight loss plateau (or fast approaching one) might be inadvertently sabotaging their own weight loss efforts. This week, I thought...

Unleash Your Inner Grok

May 13 2009 - Even though we, as Primal enthusiasts, do acknowledge his presence by eating his food, doing his exercises, and minimizing the kind of artificial stress he rarely experienced, something seems absent f...

Diggin’ a Hole to Install a Ladder to Wash the Basement Windows

November 19 2009 - Picture a house with absolutely filthy exterior basement windows, the kind that just barely peek out above ground level. The owner can’t see through the things, and they need a thorough washing. He ...

10 Baby Steps to Help You “Get Primal”

August 07 2009 - For this month?s 30-day challenge, we realize that everyone is starting from a different place. As much as we learn from our hardcore Grokkers, we welcome Primal newcomers with open arms and eager ear...

Microworkouts: Effective, At Home Workouts In Two Minutes or Less

March 26 2020 - A lot of us get hung up on this idea of what an exercise session is supposed to look like. We think about driving over to the gym, squeezing into a crowded class, or working through a room full of com...

Where Do I Start? The Big Picture on Tackling Primal Challenges

February 01 2017 - Earlier this month, a reader posed a fantastic question that prompted today's post. It was long, so I'll give the choice bits rather than quote the entire thing: Where do I start? I’d be interested...

25 Ways to Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity

April 01 2015 - Insulin does a lot of important things for us. It pulls glucose from the blood and fritters it away into our cells to be burned for energy or stored as glycogen. It prevents hyperglycemic toxicity to...

Why Fast? Part Five – Exercise

April 12 2012 - In previous installments, I've discussed the powerful effect of fasting on weight loss, particularly with respect to adipose tissue. I've explained how intermittent bouts of going without food have be...

9 Factors That Influence Testosterone Levels

September 06 2017 - In the last several weeks testosterone has come up on a pretty regular basis. I've written about it before, of course, but there's something about the novel elements (e.g. solar irradiation for certa...

A Primal Look at Gestational Diabetes

February 14 2017 - Every pregnant woman I've ever known has hated the oral glucose tolerance test. Yet, they still do it. Drinking a tall glass of sickly sweet orange-flavored glucose water on an empty stomach is thorou...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 1: Benefits of Sprinting

June 12 2019 - As Primal enthusiasts know, sprinting is an essential element to leading an optimally fit life. After all, it’s one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws, and perhaps the quintessential anti-aging activit...

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

January 08 2010 - This inspiring Primal Blueprint Fitness Video was sent in by reader Tom Greenwald. Let Tom know what you think in the comment board. The Fitness Video contest has ended, but there are still ways to...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 2: Creating a Sprinting Workout (+Video)

June 12 2019 - Now that you've absorbed the rationale and benefits to add sprinting to your fitness program with Part One of the Definitive Guide To Sprinting, let’s get into the details of how to conduct a great ...

Facing the Primal Blueprint Fitness Challenges

September 16 2010 - 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 ...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Video Roundup: The Moves, Routines and Know-How You Need For Ultimate Primal Fitness

January 07 2020 - When you ask most people what it takes to be fit, you get some pretty wild answers. Hours on the treadmill or pounding pavement every day. Hours in the weight room. Obsessing over how to turn every mo...

Dear Mark: Tweaking Sprints for a Stressful Life; Carrie’s Primal Transition

May 12 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I answer one question and Carrie answers another. First up is one from Diane, a (full-time) working mother who's noticed something interesting about her variable resp...

Dear Mark: How Many Sprints Per Week, How to Play and Train with Babies, and the Best Nighttime Snack

February 08 2016 - For today's Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, how often can a person sprint safely and effectively? There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of sprinting a person...

Workout Suggestion: Planned Spontaneity

March 04 2009 - Ideally, we should look forward to exercising. Dreading an integral part of a healthy lifestyle makes falling off the wagon more likely; if you like what you?re doing, you?re more likely to keep it up...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Stealth Coconut

October 02 2010 - The Primal chef responsible for this delicious recipe is the winner of the Primal Iron Chef Contest. With over 120 amazing coconut recipe submissions the competition was fierce. Honestly, just about a...

Early Spring Greens Soup

April 04 2009 - The environmentalists are always urging you to go green, and now we are too?at least when it comes to soup. Admittedly this is more of a side dish than a full dinner entree, but we couldn't pass on...

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: Installment III

March 12 2008 - What can we say? We love good food, and we appreciate that you do too. The post has been popular, and we appreciate your comments and requests. As we mentioned last week, we’ve been working on in...

Fish Tartare: A Recipe from Good Fat, Bad Fat

May 21 2016 - In honor of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, Good Fat, Bad Fat by Romy Dollé, we thought we’d share another recipe from this healthy fat resource. If you missed the Rösti with Fried...

Sweet & Tart Rhubarb and Berry Dessert Sauce

April 21 2012 - Rhubarb is a mysterious vegetable, one that is loved by many despite its toxic leaves and puckering, tart flavor. It’s possibly one of the least versatile vegetables out there and resists most attem...

Lamb’s Lettuce and Spinach Salad

March 27 2010 - We can’t think of a better green to welcome in spring than one with an adorable name like Lamb’s Lettuce. Of course, this green has many identities and what you call it depends a lot on where you ...

Resistant Starch Potato Salad

August 08 2015 - This is a guest recipe from Caitlin Weeks, a holistic nutritionist, author and creator of the wellness hub Grassfedgirl.com. This recipe combines the benefits of resistant starch and the deliciou...

Salmon Parchment Pack

April 21 2019 - Parchment pack dinners offer the ease and convenience of single packs with zero clean-up: an attractive option for anyone looking to make the most of their evenings (while still putting a healthy meal...

Enjoy a Collagen Peptides Green Smoothie—And Win a Vitamix!

March 13 2018 - We're serving up an early midweek recipe that will have you thinking spring—or St. Patty's Day—along with a giveaway you won't want to miss.... Fresh basil gives this refreshingly tart and trop...

Easy Roasted Winter Vegetables Recipe

February 22 2020 - It’s a question we might ask (or be asked) every day: What’s for dinner? To keep it simple, Primal, and Primal-keto, that answer can easily be meat and vegetables every night. Day after day. There...

From Overtraining to Success with Primal Blueprint Fitness

December 26 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Complete Turnaround After Only Two Months

May 16 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

A Primal Woman Looks at 50+

September 23 2011 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: More Like Grok

June 12 2009 - For anyone that is now familiar with The Primal Blueprint, you'll recognize both of the characters to the right. It's our lovable Primal role model, Grok, and his modern antithesis - your average over...

Boy Meets Sisson, Overcomes “Reverse Dysmorphia”

July 04 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Primal Blueprint Success Story

March 18 2008 - I got this message from a reader who has been following our site for some time and decided to incorporate my Primal Blueprint ® lifestyle tactics into his life. Photos, results and advice follow... ...

I’ve Never Felt Better in My Life!

November 11 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

I Am Forever Changed

November 25 2011 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’...

Life Is Full of Adventure and Possibility

December 10 2018 - It's Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Dear Mark: Staying Aerobic, Glycogen Depletion, and Sleep-Low for Strength Training?

March 28 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. First, do anaerobic workouts—sprints, lifting, etc.—interfere with your ability to become a fat-burning, aerobic beast, or c...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Dear Mark: Fish Oil Study, 1500 Calories, Breaking a Plateau, and Bulletproof Coffee vs IF

April 20 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions. First up is from Milad, who wonders about the recent research seeming to show that fish has little to no effect on heart disease. Is it...

Dear Mark: Bikram Yoga; Stored Toxins Impairing Fat Loss

June 13 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answer two questions from readers. First, does Bikram yoga qualify as sprinting or high intensity training? It's certainly intense, and it'll make you sweat bulle...

Monday Musings: Thoughts on Fasted Training

December 20 2010 - Even if I'm not expressly fasting, I gravitate towards working out on an empty-ish stomach. It just feels right to me to run on empty or, at the most, a couple eggs or a handful of nuts. Lifting heavy...

Dear Mark: A New Whole Grain Study, Advice for a Teen, Broken Leg Sprints, and The 3 Mules

March 30 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got four questions and four answers. First up, there's a new whole grain study, and some people are claiming it demonstrates that low-carb diets will lead to ea...

Dear Mark: Burning Off Holiday Sugar, Long Bike Commute, and Low Calorie Diets for Teens

December 29 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we're answering three questions. First up, how can you mitigate and overcome an acute holiday sugar binge? What are the best exercises for getting rid of all that sug...

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

April 29 2008 - Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we advocate the Primal Blueprint Lifestyle, that is, a health philosophy that in large part acts to mimic the diet and physical activity of our pre-agricultural ancestors...

Dear Mark: Cycling at Work, Refueling After Sprints, Fasting for Caloric Deficit, and PUFAs for Pain

March 25 2013 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm tackling four questions. First, I discuss the negative effects of sitting and explore whether stationary cycling as you work can mitigate the bad stuff associated...

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