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20 Jan

Announcement: Primal Accelerated Success Seminar (PASS) Launches in 2011!

pass seminar white 1In 2006 I started Mark’s Daily Apple in an attempt to get the word out about the Primal lifestyle and to help as many people as possible. And while the blog traffic grew and grew each month and I was able to connect with thousands of people via email, the forum and the comment boards something was missing: one-on-one, in-person interaction. I wanted to meet you guys and gals, and as I came to understand, you me. So, in 2010 my team and I put on the inaugural PrimalCon – a 3-day, total-immersion experience of expert-guided workouts, play, leisure, classroom education, camaraderie, and of course, extraordinary Primal feasts. It was a blast, and while I plan to continue to organize and put on these annual events (PrimalCon II is coming up this April!) there is still something missing. More PrimalCon! Realistically (and unfortunately), PrimalCon can’t be a weekly, or even monthly occurrence. And not everyone can take three or more days off, trek all the way to California, or afford the expense of such an event. Long story short, I’m coming to you in 2011 with PASS – the Primal Accelerated Success Seminar. I’m hitting the road this year, making appearances at gyms and other facilities across the USA (and maybe beyond). And to take this one step further, since I’m only one guy and can only be in so many places at once (one to be precise), Brad Kearns (editor/writing partner for The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Leap, the 2011-release book called Reconnect, and co-developer of this seminar program) and other Master Presenters will be hitting the road, too; changing lives one 7-hour, interactive presentation at a time. Our goal is to meet and connect with thousands of people this year, to share the Primal Blueprint message across this country, and to give you the tools, knowledge and inspiration you need to get and stay healthy for the rest of your life. I hope to see you there. Read on for more details. Grok on!

What is PASS?

In brief, the Primal Accelerated Success Seminar (PASS) is an entertaining and interactive 7-hour course that will immerse you in the popular Primal lifestyle movement and best-selling book, The Primal Blueprint. By the end of your PASS experience, you’ll have a clear understanding of the key Primal Blueprint concepts, and will have developed a specific plan of action to “get Primal” over the ensuing 30 days and beyond.

What will I learn at PASS?

  • You’ll learn what hundreds of other Primal enthusiasts have done to lose weight, build muscle and overcome illness; strategies it sometimes takes weeks or months for other people to fully understand and use.
  • You’ll receive a detailed scientific explanation and practical discussion of the how’s and why’s of Primal living, and how they contrast sharply with Conventional Wisdom about diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
  • You’ll learn which foods to avoid and which to eat for peak performance, stable energy levels, lifelong weight management, and protection against common lifestyle-related diseases.
  • You’ll learn how to restructure your workouts away from a chronic approach to model the Primal Blueprint Fitness principles – achieving lifelong functional fitness.
  • You’ll engage in a hands-on demonstration/fitness evaluation involving the Five Essential Movements – a simple, safe, total-body workout program for all fitness levels.
  • You’ll develop a step-by-step action plan to transition to a Primal-lifestyle over the next 30 days.
  • You’ll commit to a 14-day test period of Primal eating and evaluate the impact on your energy level, appetite, immune function, body composition, and overall sense of health and well-being.
  • You’ll develop a customized plan to optimize your sun exposure, sleep habits, play time, and more.

Will I leave PASS with a guidebook or support material?

Yes. In addition to access to the full-day event PASS attendees will receive:

  • PASS Binder: 140-page notebook with weekly action items and journal exercises to help focus your Primal goals over the ensuing 30 days
  • How to Forage in the Modern World – Convenient 60-page guidebook with lists and strategies to shop and cook Primally
  • $20 Gift Certificate for Primal Blueprint products

How much does PASS cost?

The seminar fee is $149. Register with a significant other and get $20 off. Groups of ten or more enjoy additional discounts. Email for details.

I want to learn more about PASS. Is there a full-day agenda available?

There sure is. You can view the PASS agenda here.

What’s the “Accelerated” bit about? Is this one of those “30-day, lose weight fast” programs? I thought living Primal was about lifelong health and wellness.

I’m confident that anyone that “goes Primal” will see success in the long term. How quickly one can get all their ducks in a row is another matter. PASS provides solutions and hacks to common beginner stumbling blocks and challenges so you never have to experience them in the first place. Transitioning away from the Standard American Diet and breaking through flawed conventional is no easy task for many people. PASS streamlines the process.

When and where is the first PASS?

The first PASS will be held at Karma CrossFit in Manhattan Beach, CA on February 12. It’s just a short cab ride from LAX and accessible to everyone in the greater Los Angeles area. Learn all the details here.

Who can come to a PASS? Is this only for trainers?

Everyone is welcome. And that means everyone. This isn’t just for trainers or hardcore Grokkers. This isn’t just for the already fit among you. Bring your mom and your grandfather. Bring you spouse and your co-worker. Newcomers and advanced alike will find plenty to take away from PASS.

When will PASS be coming to my hometown?

I’m lining up dates and locations now. Keep an eye on this page for updates. Also, I’ll be adding a module to the sidebar of Mark’s Daily Apple that will provide key event information. Stay tuned.

I would like to host a PASS at my CrossFit box or gym. Who do I talk to?

Visit this page and fill out the contact form. And do it quickly. Dates are filling up fast.

What does it take to be a PASS Master Presenter? I’m enthusiastic about the Primal Blueprint, want to help people take control of their health, have a background in health/fitness, have experience presenting/speaking to large audiences and, with instruction, think I could be an excellent PASS Master Presenter. How do I put my name in the hat?

If you believe you would make a good candidate to be a PASS Master Presenter and would like to join the Primal Blueprint team please shoot me a line via this contact form.

Spaces Are Limited. Reserve Your Spot at the Inaugural PASS Today.

UPDATE: PASS is now called PAST (Primal Accelerated Success Training) as an ode to our evolutionary heritage.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Give some East Coast love Mark! Maryland needs you!

    Paleohund wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • So does Princeton!

      Jim Arkus wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Would definitely make the trip to Princeton!

        Emily wrote on January 20th, 2011
        • I’m in for Princeton or anywhere central Jersey.

          StevieB wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • +1 for Maryland! Come to Annapolis!

      Primalvore (Erin) wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • So does Pittsburgh!

      Maba wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Second that for Pittsburgh

        Dave Moore wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • I agree. Mark we need some East Coast love and Maryland would be a great location!

      renny wrote on January 22nd, 2011
    • Definitely hit up MD please.

      Jess wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • vancouver,Wa or Portland , Oregon

      Zoey wrote on January 26th, 2011
      • I second this, Emily!!!!

        Mary Anne Mead wrote on January 26th, 2011
      • errr, Zoey. how did I get Emily. must need more red meat!!!!

        Mary Anne Mead wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • So does Maine… though I’ll be surprised if you get here!

      KettlebellWitch wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • Nashville, TN needs him too!!!!!!

      Janet Piper wrote on February 1st, 2011
  2. And Chicago!

    Nicole wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • +1

      I live in Grand Rapids, MI but visit my bro in Chicago often! If you come to Chicago I can possibly get a group of 10.

      Primal Toad wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Wisconsinites will come to the Windy City!

      Chellie B wrote on January 29th, 2011
  3. Can I take hope from the ‘beyond’ bit … ‘across the USA (and maybe beyond)’!

    Be great to see the US export a healthy lifestyle ;-) as well as the obesity!

    Kelda wrote on January 20th, 2011
  4. The Columbus, OH area needs love as well!

    Georgette wrote on January 20th, 2011
  5. Maryland, Princeton, Chicago, Abroad, Ohio. I hope to add them all to my checklist. Where else?

    Mark Sisson wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Denver!

      stephieliz wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Salt Lake City!

      Katherine wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Second that!

        Fitz wrote on January 24th, 2011
        • I know you want to come hit our slopes anyway! It’s a good season.

          Fitz wrote on January 24th, 2011
        • slc…third that!!!

          Ed wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • By ‘abroad’ can we read UK :-)

      Kelda wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Pac NW: Seattle/Portland/Vancouver

      Liz Chalmers wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • I second the Seattle/Portland/Vancouver area…Portland preferably but I would drive to Vancover or even Seattle!!!

        Katie wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • I “third” this! Pacific Northwest, Seattle/Portland, would be awesome!

        Amber wrote on January 21st, 2011
        • I “fourth” the Pacific Northwest! I’m closer to Seattle, but I would gladly drive to Portland for a day with the one and only Mark Sisson! Grok On!

          Krys wrote on January 21st, 2011
      • Fifth for Seattle!

        Naomi wrote on January 23rd, 2011
        • 2 more for Pacific Northwest! Portland preferably :-)

          Lauren wrote on January 27th, 2011
      • come to the northwest for sure mark. there is a …. hmmmm……. gaggle, murder, group, school, flock, chain, brood, muse, trip, bizarre, plump, herd? what do we call ourselves when we get together? but come, there are many of us here who want PASS.

        Merrily Vincent wrote on January 26th, 2011
        • mob.

          Brian Kozmo wrote on January 26th, 2011
        • We’d love to have you in Seattle!!!

          stephen sherman wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Dallas/Plano would be nice.

      Primal_Joe wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Anywhere in Texas! I’d drive… or walk!

        Danielle wrote on January 27th, 2011
      • I also suggest the Dallas area

        Carl wrote on February 8th, 2011
    • Houston Tx!
      We’re the fattest city in the US!

      DHT wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Yes! Maryland/D.C. Area!!

      Sarah Due wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • New York City!

      That’s right. I just moved in October. No longer in sunny California. Come to Brooklyn!!

      gilliebean wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Yes! New York … there is a NYC Paleo Meetup = lots of us who’d be eager to attend.

        shangro wrote on January 21st, 2011
        • Um, that’s 705 people in just this ONE NYC club. Just sayin’.

          shangro wrote on January 21st, 2011
    • Surely you’va always wanted to visit the land Down Under! We’d love to have you.

      Dino Babe wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Kim wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • New York

      yarmila wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • Plenty of interest her in Fairfield County CT

      J Kallassy wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • This has chamged my life! I travel a lot so I can go anywhere to participate so when you have a schedule I will book the seminar the closest place to me.

      Donna wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • Ill host at my world gym fitness…Laplata md

      World gym fitness wrote on January 26th, 2011
  6. CANADA! Hit the coasts, and Ontario+Quebec. Skip the rest…haha.

    Graham wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Mark, don’t listen to Graham. The prairies are where it’s at!

      In Saskatoon, with a population of 225,000, we have two large crossfit gyms and a bunch of crossfit garages. Both these crossfit locations love your website! It’s how I found your website in the first place.

      Definitely add Saskatoon to your list!!

      Caitlin wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • nah…

        Just jokes. They’d love you all over Canada. Come in the summer…

        Graham wrote on January 20th, 2011
  7. People so need this, Mark. Someone like you to come out and show people how it’s done. I’ll be the first to sign up if and when you come head up to the Pacific Northwest.

    Rob wrote on January 20th, 2011
  8. Kansas City!

    Steve wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • I’d drive to Kansas City from Wichita for PASS!

      Jason wrote on January 27th, 2011
      • Yes – Kansas City PASS, please!

        Amanda Lutz wrote on January 27th, 2011
  9. NYC Plz!

    Anne wrote on January 20th, 2011
  10. Des Moines!

    Laura wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • +1 Would love to see you in IOWA!

      Annette wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Indeed! We have great bacon here!

        slesca wrote on January 20th, 2011
        • +1 for iowa. :)

          Paul wrote on January 20th, 2011
  11. Boston or

    Newport RI in the summer would be nice.

    Arthurb999 wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Boston Boston Boston!!! So many universities, so many students following the bad advice by their universities to “eat healthy” (i.e., whole grains, low fat :((( ) You should go to universities!

      Rainbow wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Yes…Newport is fantastic in the summer! Oh, and also only about 15 miles from home!

      elbohead wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • +1 for Boston!

      Tori Kean wrote on January 24th, 2011
    • Boston!

      Todd wrote on January 27th, 2011
  12. Kalispell, Missoula, Montana

    Sandy wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Sioux Falls, SD, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
      If it fell on a weekend, KC, Chicago or Des Moines would definitely be doable.

      Trav wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • +1 Minneapolis/ St. Paul!

        Karen wrote on January 20th, 2011
        • another request for Minneapolis/St. Paul!

          Stephanie wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • Come to Coeur d’ Alene, ID. Its an easy drive from Kalispell, and would be easily accessible from E.WA and Montana. Its also got a world glass resort and golf, if you are into that.

      lisser wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • easilyi accessible for me too. good place to get some serious bicycling in too.

        hiker wrote on January 20th, 2011
  13. +1

    Annette wrote on January 20th, 2011
  14. i second the ohio notion.. how bout cincinnati :)

    sara wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • I agree – Cincinnati, or slightly south in Lexington KY…beautiful horse country!

      Kerstin wrote on January 20th, 2011
  15. How about the Dallas area?

    Paul wrote on January 20th, 2011
  16. You’ll love New Zealand Mark. And our obesity rates are way up there too, so people here could really also benefit from some grok love :-)

    Misabi wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Mark you should definately head down our way! Australia and New Zealand need a nudge in the right direction!

      Dino Babe wrote on January 20th, 2011
  17. Oklahoma City… we don’t tend to make it onto anyone’s list, but I’d definitely head down to Dallas as well!

    Rory wrote on January 20th, 2011
  18. Come to Austin, TX!! Although I would drive up to Dallas or down to San Antonio or Houston any day!

    Ryan wrote on January 20th, 2011
  19. Nashville!!Pretty Please!

    DeAnna wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Another vote for Nashville!

      Frank wrote on January 26th, 2011
      • Yes, for Nashville! We have great music, Southern hospitality, and unfortunately, some pretty carb-heavy country cooking. Music City needs a Primal Shakedown.

        Mary wrote on January 26th, 2011
  20. This sounds amazing, I am excited. I second Austin, TX. I organize the Austin Primal Living Group on meetup.com and have over 100 members that I am sure would love to come, not to mention the many crossfit gyms in Austin. And if you come down to Austin, TX Keith Norris can break you off on one of the CZT machines at Efficient Exercise.

    Bryan Barksdale wrote on January 20th, 2011
  21. Palm Desert, California please. Near Palm Springs. We have a crossfit center here. PRETTY PLEASE!!!!

    Vanessa wrote on January 20th, 2011
  22. TORONTO, CANADA. Believe me, there is definitely an audience here that would be receptive to the “Primal” message.

    Roger Tharakan wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Do Toronto! I’ll try to send my parents!

      gilliebean wrote on January 20th, 2011
  23. Don’t forget good ol’ NorCal either!

    EvadneFrances wrote on January 20th, 2011
  24. Sioux Falls SD!!

    Katie wrote on January 20th, 2011
  25. Albany, NY would love to have you! Convenient between NYC, Boston, even Montreal!

    Jeff wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Another vote for Albany, but I’d travel to NYC or Boston as well.

      priscilla wrote on January 21st, 2011
  26. Cincinnati!

    ILovePrimal wrote on January 20th, 2011
  27. Toronto!!!!! Please come see Toronto. Toronto, Toronto, Toronto!!!!

    Lindsey wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Yes to Toronto! I’m in Buffalo and would make the trip.

      BuffaloGrok wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • Yes Toronto! I’m from Buffalo too, totally worth the trip!

        Nicky wrote on January 30th, 2011
  28. My house :)

    Grok wrote on January 20th, 2011
  29. OH PLEASE, SEATTLE, PLEASE! I would be there in a heartbeat with family and others I have converted in tow. That would be at least 6 other participants.

    Karla wrote on January 20th, 2011
  30. San Antonio! We are Diabetes Central.

    julietx wrote on January 20th, 2011
  31. Boston! You gotta come to Boston!

    Adam wrote on January 20th, 2011
  32. Let me ask you this: How many paying customers would it take to get you to show up? What kind of attendance number at a given event would you deem a success?

    Peter wrote on January 20th, 2011
  33. Charlotte! Or I’d even take Atlanta! The South needs you!!!!!

    Kattie wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • + 1 I’m in raleigh

      Shane wrote on January 20th, 2011
      • I second the Raleigh NC vote!

        Mike H wrote on January 20th, 2011
        • Charlotte/Raleigh for sure!

          Brendan wrote on January 21st, 2011
        • Atlanta!

          Allbeef Patty wrote on January 21st, 2011
        • I 3rd the Raleigh, NC vote!

          lizajane wrote on January 26th, 2011
        • Raleigh and the Triangle, we are ready!

          Mick wrote on January 26th, 2011
    • ditto! Anywhere in a reasonable distance and I’m THERE! Atlanta would be awesome…I always love a trip to Atlanta!

      kennelmom wrote on January 21st, 2011
  34. Philly could use some love. But If need be I would make the trek to Maryland

    Greg wrote on January 20th, 2011
  35. +1 Dallas!

    Manny wrote on January 20th, 2011
  36. PHILADELPHIA, PA PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gabrielle wrote on January 20th, 2011
  37. Don’t forget Hawaii!

    Jenny wrote on January 20th, 2011
    • Aloha no, Jenny! I second that request from the island of Kaua’i! :)

      Julie wrote on January 20th, 2011
  38. Please come to Sydney! We need you.

    Katerina wrote on January 20th, 2011
  39. Portland! Pacific Northwest! We know how to rock the food around here, but some Primal love would be fantastic!

    Alice wrote on January 20th, 2011
  40. Twin Cities in Minnesota would love to see you here. There’s more than a few of us Primal around here. Perhaps you may want to consider renting a larger facility – like the Convention Center or Target Field or Target Center… ;-)

    Kethry wrote on January 20th, 2011

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