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January 20, 2011

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

By Mark Sisson
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In 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.

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229 Comments on "Announcement: Primal Accelerated Success Seminar (PASS) Launches in 2011!"

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Paleohund
5 years 10 months ago

Give some East Coast love Mark! Maryland needs you!

Jim Arkus
5 years 10 months ago

So does Princeton!

Emily
Emily
5 years 10 months ago

Would definitely make the trip to Princeton!

StevieB
StevieB
5 years 10 months ago

I’m in for Princeton or anywhere central Jersey.

Primalvore (Erin)
Primalvore (Erin)
5 years 10 months ago

+1 for Maryland! Come to Annapolis!

Maba
Maba
5 years 10 months ago

So does Pittsburgh!

Dave Moore
Dave Moore
5 years 10 months ago

Second that for Pittsburgh

renny
renny
5 years 10 months ago

I agree. Mark we need some East Coast love and Maryland would be a great location!

Jess
Jess
5 years 10 months ago

Definitely hit up MD please.

Zoey
Zoey
5 years 10 months ago

vancouver,Wa or Portland , Oregon

Mary Anne Mead
Mary Anne Mead
5 years 10 months ago

I second this, Emily!!!!

Mary Anne Mead
Mary Anne Mead
5 years 10 months ago

errr, Zoey. how did I get Emily. must need more red meat!!!!

KettlebellWitch
5 years 10 months ago

So does Maine… though I’ll be surprised if you get here!

Janet Piper
Janet Piper
5 years 10 months ago

Nashville, TN needs him too!!!!!!

Nicole
Nicole
5 years 10 months ago

And Chicago!

Primal Toad
5 years 10 months ago

+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.

Chellie B
Chellie B
5 years 10 months ago

Wisconsinites will come to the Windy City!

Kelda
5 years 10 months ago

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!

Georgette
Georgette
5 years 10 months ago

The Columbus, OH area needs love as well!

Graham
Graham
5 years 10 months ago

CANADA! Hit the coasts, and Ontario+Quebec. Skip the rest…haha.

Caitlin
Caitlin
5 years 10 months ago

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!!

Graham
Graham
5 years 10 months ago

nah…

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

Rob
Rob
5 years 10 months ago

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.

Steve
Steve
5 years 10 months ago

Kansas City!

Jason
Jason
5 years 10 months ago

I’d drive to Kansas City from Wichita for PASS!

Amanda Lutz
Amanda Lutz
5 years 10 months ago

Yes – Kansas City PASS, please!

Anne
Anne
5 years 10 months ago

NYC Plz!

gilliebean
5 years 10 months ago

Yup, yup, yup!

Laura
Laura
5 years 10 months ago

Des Moines!

Annette
Annette
5 years 10 months ago

+1 Would love to see you in IOWA!

slesca
slesca
5 years 10 months ago

Indeed! We have great bacon here!

Paul
Paul
5 years 10 months ago

+1 for iowa. 🙂

Arthurb999
Arthurb999
5 years 10 months ago

Boston or

Newport RI in the summer would be nice.

Rainbow
Rainbow
5 years 10 months ago

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!

elbohead
elbohead
5 years 10 months ago

Yes…Newport is fantastic in the summer! Oh, and also only about 15 miles from home!

Tori Kean
5 years 10 months ago

+1 for Boston!

Todd
Todd
5 years 10 months ago

Boston!

Sandy
Sandy
5 years 10 months ago

Kalispell, Missoula, Montana

Trav
Trav
5 years 10 months ago

Sioux Falls, SD, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
If it fell on a weekend, KC, Chicago or Des Moines would definitely be doable.

Karen
Karen
5 years 10 months ago

+1 Minneapolis/ St. Paul!

Stephanie
Stephanie
5 years 10 months ago

another request for Minneapolis/St. Paul!

lisser
5 years 10 months ago

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.

hiker
hiker
5 years 10 months ago

easilyi accessible for me too. good place to get some serious bicycling in too.

Annette
Annette
5 years 10 months ago

+1

sara
sara
5 years 10 months ago

i second the ohio notion.. how bout cincinnati 🙂

Kerstin
Kerstin
5 years 10 months ago

I agree – Cincinnati, or slightly south in Lexington KY…beautiful horse country!

Paul
5 years 10 months ago

How about the Dallas area?

Misabi
Misabi
5 years 10 months ago

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 🙂

Dino Babe
Dino Babe
5 years 10 months ago

Mark you should definately head down our way! Australia and New Zealand need a nudge in the right direction!

Rory
Rory
5 years 10 months ago

Oklahoma City… we don’t tend to make it onto anyone’s list, but I’d definitely head down to Dallas as well!

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 10 months ago

Come to Austin, TX!! Although I would drive up to Dallas or down to San Antonio or Houston any day!

DeAnna
DeAnna
5 years 10 months ago

Nashville!!Pretty Please!

Frank
Frank
5 years 10 months ago

Another vote for Nashville!

Mary
Mary
5 years 10 months ago

Yes, for Nashville! We have great music, Southern hospitality, and unfortunately, some pretty carb-heavy country cooking. Music City needs a Primal Shakedown.

Bryan Barksdale
5 years 10 months ago

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.

Vanessa
Vanessa
5 years 10 months ago

Palm Desert, California please. Near Palm Springs. We have a crossfit center here. PRETTY PLEASE!!!!

Roger Tharakan
Roger Tharakan
5 years 10 months ago

TORONTO, CANADA. Believe me, there is definitely an audience here that would be receptive to the “Primal” message.

gilliebean
5 years 10 months ago

Do Toronto! I’ll try to send my parents!

EvadneFrances
EvadneFrances
5 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget good ol’ NorCal either!

Katie
Katie
5 years 10 months ago

Sioux Falls SD!!

Jeff
5 years 10 months ago

Albany, NY would love to have you! Convenient between NYC, Boston, even Montreal!

priscilla
priscilla
5 years 10 months ago

Another vote for Albany, but I’d travel to NYC or Boston as well.

ILovePrimal
5 years 10 months ago

Cincinnati!

Lindsey
Lindsey
5 years 10 months ago

Toronto!!!!! Please come see Toronto. Toronto, Toronto, Toronto!!!!

BuffaloGrok
BuffaloGrok
5 years 10 months ago

Yes to Toronto! I’m in Buffalo and would make the trip.

Nicky
Nicky
5 years 10 months ago

Yes Toronto! I’m from Buffalo too, totally worth the trip!

Grok
5 years 10 months ago

My house 🙂

Karla
Karla
5 years 10 months ago

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.

julietx
julietx
5 years 10 months ago

San Antonio! We are Diabetes Central.

Adam
Adam
5 years 10 months ago

Boston! You gotta come to Boston!

Peter
Peter
5 years 10 months ago

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?

Kattie
Kattie
5 years 10 months ago

Charlotte! Or I’d even take Atlanta! The South needs you!!!!!

Shane
5 years 10 months ago

+ 1 I’m in raleigh

Mike H
Mike H
5 years 10 months ago

I second the Raleigh NC vote!

Brendan
Brendan
5 years 10 months ago

Charlotte/Raleigh for sure!

Allbeef Patty
5 years 10 months ago

Atlanta!

lizajane
lizajane
5 years 10 months ago

I 3rd the Raleigh, NC vote!

Mick
Mick
5 years 10 months ago

Raleigh and the Triangle, we are ready!

kennelmom
kennelmom
5 years 10 months ago

ditto! Anywhere in a reasonable distance and I’m THERE! Atlanta would be awesome…I always love a trip to Atlanta!

Greg
Greg
5 years 10 months ago

Philly could use some love. But If need be I would make the trek to Maryland

Manny
Manny
5 years 10 months ago

+1 Dallas!

Gabrielle
Gabrielle
5 years 10 months ago

PHILADELPHIA, PA PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget Hawaii!

Julie
Julie
5 years 10 months ago

Aloha no, Jenny! I second that request from the island of Kaua’i! 🙂

Katerina
Katerina
5 years 10 months ago

Please come to Sydney! We need you.

Alice
Alice
5 years 10 months ago

Portland! Pacific Northwest! We know how to rock the food around here, but some Primal love would be fantastic!

Kethry
Kethry
5 years 10 months ago

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… 😉

Vicki
Vicki
5 years 10 months ago

+1 Atlanta!

Sarah
Sarah
5 years 10 months ago

I now if you came to Perth in Australia we could get a whole load of people to come!!!

Kellie
Kellie
5 years 10 months ago

Please, please, please come to either Portland or Seattle!! I follow the Primal lifestyle, but want to learn more and have at least 3 people that I know would want to come with me.

Edward
Edward
5 years 10 months ago

Dallas Forth Worth metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in Texas so you have to come here 😀

Ann
Ann
5 years 10 months ago

Yes, please — Charlotte!

PrimalMike
PrimalMike
5 years 10 months ago

Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge!
New Orleans even!

Jenny Vaisman
Jenny Vaisman
5 years 10 months ago

What about central america…. Panama City

Primal Toad
5 years 10 months ago

Is the food going to be provided for lunch? What types of drinks and snacks will be available?

I am just curious.

Mark Sisson
5 years 10 months ago

No lunch included, PT. There is a break for lunch (including a lunch “assignment”) and there will be some Primal refreshments on other breaks.

Laura
Laura
5 years 10 months ago

Anywhere in Southern New England!!!!!!

Dorothy
Dorothy
5 years 10 months ago

The Midwest needs you Mark..Chicago!!

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