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Workout of the Week (WOW) Archive

August 15 2016 - Workouts of the Week (WOWs) are part of Primal Blueprint Fitness. WOWs will test your agility, balance, coordination, endurance, speed and strength. They’ll periodically incorporate Sprinting and Mo...

WOW: The Sweatstone

September 06 2010 - - 1 cycle for time: 25 Meters Stone Crawl Push x 4 10 Shot Puts (5 each hand) 10 Overhead Throws 10 Chest Throws (more…)

WOW: Cave Burpees

October 11 2010 - - For time: 100 Burpees (with Pushups and Jumps)* (more…)

WOW: Sledgehammer

June 06 2011 - - Complete four cycles: 15 Around the Heads (both directions) 15 Stakhanov Shovels (both sides) 15 Spear Lunges (both sides) (more…)

WOW: Grok’s Rock

August 23 2010 - The response to last week's inaugural Workout of the Week (WOW) was fantastic. A big thanks to everyone that participated and commented. And a special thanks to Mark’s Daily Apple reader and PBFer B...

WOW: The Fight and Flight

September 20 2010 - 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 d...

WOW: Don’t Drop It

August 08 2011 - - Complete 3 cycles, without putting the weight down: 6 Cleans 6 Presses 6 Squats 6 Bent Over Rows (more…)

WOW: Grok Walk

June 27 2011 - Complete, throughout the course of an hour-long walk: 30 Pullups 50 Squats 40 Pushups 20 Handstand Pushups Climb Something, Twice 5 Short (30-ish meter) Sprints Find Something Heavy to Carry ...

WOW: Merry Go Round

October 04 2010 - 2 miles for time: 400+ Meter Sprint Walking Lunges Broad Jump Walk This workout is designed to be done with a partner or group. See the “How-to” section below for instructions.   ...

WOW: Persistence Hunt

February 28 2011 - - You have 50 minutes to: Move/Run/Walk 2.5 Miles Unencumbered Move/Run/Walk 2.5 Miles With Object 1/5 Bodyweight (more…)

No More Peanut Butter, No More Toast ‘n Jam

February 20 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites We're feeling feisty. Something about Tuesdays... Wait, what are we talking about - we're feisty every day. Sisson's top picks are downright controversial today, so d...

Now This Is Cool!

April 02 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Click it out! Here's the most exciting health news for your reading pleasure. But What Will Happen to the Blood Type Diet? We're being facetious - okay, maybe just s...

Wow, Broccoli…Again

April 06 2007 - Hi, Apples! Sara here. Mark asked me to write this week's Smart Fuel column as he is buried in the latest batch of science and medical journals. So, I am here to tell you about the wonderful uses of t...

4 Low-Carb (& Keto-Friendly) Cocktails

December 06 2018 - It's holiday party season, and no one wants to be left out of the celebration. Whether you're eating Primal, paleo, general low-carb or even keto, there's no reason to relegate yourself to club soda w...

Out and About

January 23 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Juicy picks! 1) Then what does a microwave do to food? You can sterilize your sponges by tossing them in the microwave for two minutes. Details here. Oh, make sure t...

If You Have to Brag About Your ‘All White Meat Chicken’…

July 02 2007 - When did bare minimum standards of decency become selling points? If you (you being a corporation richer than most countries) feel compelled to brag about your chicken nuggets being "all white meat",...

Fresh Mix

January 19 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Not just the latest news - the best! 1) Folic Acid Rocks A major study on folate is making a splash. Scientists say folic acid appears to help stave cognitive declin...

Why I’m Never Eating Another Salad

April 05 2007 - I'm feeling a little lost, Apples. My readers know that for over 20 years now, I've enjoyed a massive veggie-packed salad for lunch. At this point, the daily Sisson salad is just part of my identity. ...

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

January 30 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: All the news, none of the trans fat. 1) Angering dermatologists everywhere! Another holy grail of health is about to crumble. Here's more evidence that a little su...

Fun Facts About Boring Fruits

August 24 2007 - Lunchbox staples like bananas are more interesting - and nutritious - than you might think. Even the apples have a special side. Wow your friends tonight with these scintillating factoids, friends: ...

WOW: The Sweatstone

September 06 2010 - - 1 cycle for time: 25 Meters Stone Crawl Push x 4 10 Shot Puts (5 each hand) 10 Overhead Throws 10 Chest Throws (more…)

WOW: Cave Burpees

October 11 2010 - - For time: 100 Burpees (with Pushups and Jumps)* (more…)

WOW: Sledgehammer

June 06 2011 - - Complete four cycles: 15 Around the Heads (both directions) 15 Stakhanov Shovels (both sides) 15 Spear Lunges (both sides) (more…)

WOW: Grok’s Rock

August 23 2010 - The response to last week's inaugural Workout of the Week (WOW) was fantastic. A big thanks to everyone that participated and commented. And a special thanks to Mark’s Daily Apple reader and PBFer B...

WOW: The Fight and Flight

September 20 2010 - 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 d...

WOW: Don’t Drop It

August 08 2011 - - Complete 3 cycles, without putting the weight down: 6 Cleans 6 Presses 6 Squats 6 Bent Over Rows (more…)

WOW: Grok Walk

June 27 2011 - Complete, throughout the course of an hour-long walk: 30 Pullups 50 Squats 40 Pushups 20 Handstand Pushups Climb Something, Twice 5 Short (30-ish meter) Sprints Find Something Heavy to Carry ...

WOW: Merry Go Round

October 04 2010 - 2 miles for time: 400+ Meter Sprint Walking Lunges Broad Jump Walk This workout is designed to be done with a partner or group. See the “How-to” section below for instructions.   ...

WOW: Persistence Hunt

February 28 2011 - - You have 50 minutes to: Move/Run/Walk 2.5 Miles Unencumbered Move/Run/Walk 2.5 Miles With Object 1/5 Bodyweight (more…)

WOW: The Phalanx

January 24 2011 - - Complete 10 cycles of: 50 Meter Walking Lunge with Spear Thrust 25 Meter Sprint (more…)

Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

June 07 2018 - How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I'd love to see a show of hands in the comment section.) The cool thing about the Challenge each y...

Dear Mark: Vegetarianism Causes Cancer?; Glucosamine Useless?; Decision Fatigue Debunked?

April 11 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answer three questions. First, does long-term vegetarianism cause cancer or alter our genetic code? Some media coverage of the latest vegetarianism study seemed t...

The Cost of “Perfection”

July 29 2010 - What does it take to achieve fitness perfection (if there is such a thing)? Or posed in a more personal way, what would you have to do to reach your ultimate genetic potential? Consider that for a mom...

How to Outsource Your Physical Activity

October 08 2014 - As humans living in the Information age, we're winning. We've got nature on the ropes. We haven't quite extricated ourselves from our disgusting physical forms, but that's only a matter of time. And I...

Mental Toughness Training in the Primal World

May 21 2013 - This is a guest post from Jack Yee. Jack's Primal Blueprint Real Life Story "Free at 50" was published a few weeks ago here on Mark's Daily Apple. In this article, Jack shares his four strategies for ...

What Difference Can Being Present Make?

August 07 2014 - An old friend who is in town recently shared with me, “I look back on life and can’t believe the amount of time and energy I’ve put into events that never even happened.” His observation, whic...

How to Foster Healthy Body Image in Children

October 06 2020 - I belong to a ladies' trail running community online. These women are cool, badass humans who perform amazing feats with their bodies. Last month, someone asked the group if they ever struggle with bo...

How to Accept Your Imperfections

October 23 2014 - Some weeks ago in a Dear Mark column, the issues of unwanted weight, arm fat and aesthetic frustration were front and center. While people’s central reasons for going Primal vary, I don’t know of...

How-To: Standup and Mobile Workstations

September 11 2013 - A few years back, my general manager and editor hurt his back deadlifting. He found the only way he could comfortably work at a desk was to stand. It worked really well for him, even offering benefits...

WOW: Quality Time

December 20 2010 - - Complete 4 cycles of: 100 Meter Leapfrog 100 Meter Foot Race Tug-of-War (losers do ten burpees) (more…)

The Final Workout of the Week (WOW)

August 22 2011 - - Complete for time: Read this post (more…)

WOW: Primal Skirmish

September 27 2010 - 3 cycles of: 30 Walking Lunges Sprint Weight Carry/Evade 2 x 10 Pushups Sprint 20 Squat Thrusters* This workout is designed to be done with a partner or group. See the ?How-to? section be...

WOW: Follow the Leader

July 18 2011 - - Play, for 30 minutes: Follow the Leader (more…)

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 ...

Out and About

January 23 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Juicy picks! 1) Then what does a microwave do to food? You can sterilize your sponges by tossing them in the microwave for two minutes. Details here. Oh, make sure t...

Fresh Mix

January 19 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Not just the latest news - the best! 1) Folic Acid Rocks A major study on folate is making a splash. Scientists say folic acid appears to help stave cognitive declin...

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

January 30 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: All the news, none of the trans fat. 1) Angering dermatologists everywhere! Another holy grail of health is about to crumble. Here's more evidence that a little su...

Statin Insanity

November 10 2008 - Don't know whether to laugh or cry (I have already screamed), but the headline in today's LA Times and in many major papers across the country seemed like a paid advertisement for Big Pharma. "A Ne...

Expedition Impossible Team Goes Primal

July 07 2011 - Many of you may know that one of my favorite television shows is Survivor. It turns out that Mark Burnett, the producer of Survivor, has a new show called Expedition Impossible; an adventure series wh...

Low-Carb Holiday Sangria

December 01 2018 - Sangria is a drink that takes on the feel and flavor of whatever fruits you put in it. Citrus, apples, even peaches are often used for traditional summer versions of both the "red" and "white" recipes...

4 Low-Carb (& Keto-Friendly) Cocktails

December 06 2018 - It's holiday party season, and no one wants to be left out of the celebration. Whether you're eating Primal, paleo, general low-carb or even keto, there's no reason to relegate yourself to club soda w...

Tangy Pork and Pineapple Kebabs

July 24 2021 - How to give any main dish a "wow" factor? Add a touch of sweetness to a savory dish. These grilled pork and pineapple kebabs are tangy and smoky with just the right amount of sweetness from fresh pine...

Ribeye Roast

November 12 2019 - Ribeye steaks get lots of love, but there's something about a ribeye roast that makes for an unforgettable meal. Tender, juicy, marbled to perfection, it's a main course that's perfect for anytime, bu...

Tender Prime Rib Roast with Mushroom and Bacon Sauté

December 17 2011 - Prime rib is a cut of meat that’s perfect for special occasion feasts in more ways than one. Served in supple, thick slices that are marbled with fat, it’s a decadent and impressive main course. P...

How to Make a Rockin’ Chicken Stock

February 20 2009 - In a number of our recent recipe posts, we’ve talked about using chicken stock. As such, we figured it was time to dish up our favorite recipe, as well as provide you, dear reader, with some more in...

10 Delicious DIY Salad Dressings

September 06 2018 - (This post is an update to an earlier post version.) A Big-Ass Salad, as you know, is a perfect main meal of the day. However, with a little creativity there's no limit to how (or when) you can enj...

Italian Chicken and Basil Kabobs Recipe, Because Everything Tastes Best on Skewers

May 29 2021 - Kabobs typically have a warm-spiced Middle-eastern or a sweet Hawaiian flair. We're changing it up and marinating our chicken kabobs in your favorite Italian flavors, like garlic, basil, lemon, and an...

Quick and Easy Mushroom Sauce

September 15 2012 - This recipe for Quick and Easy Mushroom Sauce gives a taste of how easy it is to transform a simple Primal meal into something absolutely sensational. Whether you’re a Primal veteran or you’ve ...

How to Make Gluten-free Roux

May 02 2022 - Roux (pronounced "roo") is a thickening agent that chefs add to sauces, soups, and stews to give them a more pleasing texture. It is a staple of French cooking, though in the U.S. we typically associa...

Little by Little One Will Travel Far!

March 07 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’...

Hypertension, Prediabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and 75 Pounds, All Gone in 6 Months

September 02 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’...

I Was Amazed You Could Fix So Many Health Problems with A Change in Diet!

January 20 2017 - 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’m a Lean and Mean Endurance Machine!

August 04 2017 - 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’...

Being Keto-Adapted Is One Helluva Ride!

October 20 2017 - 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's Da...

Crohn’s Conquered!

June 12 2015 -

The Strength to Recover: Wendy’s Powerful Primal Story

August 28 2009 - Where to begin? My earliest memories of food and health started, of course, with family. I remember that my mother was never happy with her weight and was always on some sort of diet. As a little girl...

I Look Forward to Many More Years of Health and Happiness!

March 17 2017 - 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’...

It’s About Enjoying Life By Being Healthy and Active

March 09 2018 - 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's Da...

Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

January 23 2008 - While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weig...

The 10 All-Time Most Tempting Junk Foods (and smart alternatives)

November 13 2007 - These common health offenders are incredibly tempting for even the most disciplined person from time to time. We bring you some sensible alternatives for those moments when you are wavering. 1. Fr...

The Vegetarian Myth

November 25 2009 - Wow. It isn’t often that I write book reviews (have I ever? – serious question), but it isn’t often that a truly important book like Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth pops up on my radar j...

9 Signs You Aren’t Digesting Fats and What To Do About It

May 06 2020 - If you're on a high-fat ketogenic diet and running on a fat-based metabolism, you need access to fat. Some of it comes from your own body, but not all. A good portion of your body's fuel will come fro...

Dear Mark: Pregnant Exercise, Low-Carb and Alcohol Tolerance, Ancestral Sun Dosages, and Knee Mobility

December 12 2011 - Today is Monday, which heralds another edition of Dear Mark. This week, I'm giving my two cents on what could be causing the widespread incidence of lowered alcohol tolerance in Primal eaters. It's ni...

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for a Happy and Healthy Primal Christmas

December 24 2014 - Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, or any of the other holidays that fall in and around late December, there are common experiences. Hosts hustle to get their homes d...

Why Am I Getting Low Ketone Readings on a Ketogenic Diet?

May 07 2020 - Even after publishing several books and hundreds of  articles that draw upon the science of ketosis and low-carb living, I keep researching, thinking, revisiting, and discussing the underpinnings of ...

Carb Refeeds for Women: Do They Help With Fat Loss?

April 21 2020 - One of the more common questions we get in the Keto Reset Facebook community is, “How do I break through a weight-loss plateau?” Stalls are frustrating. You’re cruising along on your Primal o...

Are There Any Good Carbs?

April 12 2022 - I’ve long espoused a fairly low-carb lifestyle for optimal health, but “low-carb” means different things to different people. For some, it means eating the fewest carbs possible, as in a stri...

Dear Mark: The Low Carb Flu

June 07 2010 - Conquering carbs offers a whole constellation of rewards, not the least of which is a steady, brisk energy unlike most people have known before (well, maybe since the whirling age of 10 or so…). Peo...

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