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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 resistance band to a portable pullup bar in an over-sized door frame.The folks at Praxis have set up a special landing page for MDA readers, complete with a exercise video and $10 discount + $10 flat rate shipping. Winner will receive both the Praxis and a heavy resistance band.

But why stop at one resistance band.  Enter today’s second prize, the Rubberbanditz. It’s a package of resistance bands, door straps, handles, and carabiners; this is the second year running I’ve featured this little bag-o-resistance. Maybe it’s the charm of Ari’s video, but give me these over the mass-marketed “Biggest Loser” branded bands any day.

The Contest:

Last year’s challenge saw a few interesting and unusual contests with fairly successful results. While I’ve still got a few tricks up my sleeve for upcoming original contests as well as the return of a favorite, I’ve got a spot left for one more. And you get the chance to tell me what that contest is. In the comments section of this post, leave an idea for a cool Primal contest. If your idea is good enough, along with winning the above prizes, your contest may be featured later in the challenge! A few guidelines:

  • Should in some way or another support an idea about Primal living.
  • Anyone in the world should be able to enter (i.e. no contests just for New Yorkers or just for red headed people)
  • Shouldn’t take too much time for an average person to complete.
  • I already have three open video contests. Unless the idea is pure brilliance, it is very unlikely that I will add a fourth.

To give you a concept of fringe contest ideas, the “Give-a-stranger-steak Day” and “Vegetable Swimwear” contests were both eventually struck from this year’s roster, but (as some of you know) the secret Grok Tattoo and Grokpose contests made it through just fine.

The Deadline:

September 20, 8:00 am PST. 24 Hours!

Who is Eligible:

New Yorkers, redheads, and everyone else.

How a Winner Will Be Chosen:

I’ll pick one.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Actually, is better than this set of bands. Plus they have a site.

    Lee wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • Contest:

      Rule #10, use your mind!

      Using any artistic medium (painting, sculpting, crayon, cave drawing, etc.), recreate the animal you are going to eat tonight. We would prefer the animal in its original form, not the “about to be devoured” form. Take a photo of the masterpiece and send it in.

      Luke wrote on September 19th, 2010
      • I wholeheartedly endorse this one.

        Jason wrote on September 19th, 2010
  2. At risk of sounding too much like the professor I am, how about an essay contest? Impose a strict word limit (to keep it to about a page in length) explaining in a nutshell a) Why to go primal (e.g., health, vitality, longevity), b) How to do it (e.g., foods to choose/avoide, example grocery lists/recipes, exercise dos and don’ts), and c) What to expect (improved mood and body comp), attenuation of aches and ailments big and small, the looks the girls/guys give you in social settings, etc.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on September 19th, 2010
  3. Idea: It’s Grok’s birthday! What birthday meal would you cook for Grok? Take a picture of it.

    Alicia wrote on September 19th, 2010
  4. Design a Primal t-shirt contest.

    Bryan Barksdale wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • I agree, you need more t-shirt designs around Primal Culture!

      Valentina wrote on March 2nd, 2014
  5. Take a picture of you and a friend doing the Grok squat and Grok hang.

    Tracy wrote on September 19th, 2010
  6. Last year we had Primal haiku. How about a contest for the best Primal limerick?

    Annika wrote on September 19th, 2010
  7. Where Grok walks: pictures of feet in Grok-like places, doing Grok-like things.

    Helen wrote on September 19th, 2010
  8. Describe any type of game that the Grok family could play.

    Connie wrote on September 19th, 2010
  9. It seems like many people are really eager for sample menus on the PB. How about sending in a sample daily menu that is easy– no need for actual recipes, but some new mealtime inspirations. It would be great to then have a compilation of all the best ones for newbies to reference, or for those of us who could use some new ideas.

    Ariana wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • love that idea!

      fitmom wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • I vote for this idea!

      Alta wrote on September 20th, 2010
  10. Clean your cave like Grok! Best primal (homemade, non-toxic) recipes for cleaning products.

    Rachel wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • +1

      rozska wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • I do like this one. :)

      gilliebean wrote on September 19th, 2010
  11. Primal is all about going against the grain (literally and figuratively). Whether its your silly shoes with toes or your different (but delicious!) spaghetti with veggies instead of pasta, you’re not afraid to be different. Let your fellow Groks and Grokettes know how you are different from your average gym going, 12-whole-grain-servings-a-day, conventional wisdom following friends or family.

    Take a picture or write a brief description that sums up your willingness to go against the grain in the name of primal and healthy living.

    anzy wrote on September 19th, 2010
  12. Because, sadly, not all of us can make it to PrimalCon, design a Primal family vacation. It doesn’t have to involve running around in the woods or hunting, but it should rely heavily on physical activity and creativity for entertainment. It must be in line with the 10 Primal Laws, and not outrageously expensive or impractical (Antarctica, rafting the Amazon, that kind of thing). Added bonuses for making it environmentally friendly.

    Dan wrote on September 19th, 2010
  13. Most funny CW story… best before and after pic… primal dessert recipe contest… most primal thing you ever did contest… menu from the last/next three days… favorite “play” activity idea..

    Wellness Mama wrote on September 19th, 2010
  14. I’d like to see some sort of all-day physical activity (stalking/hike/picnic/game, etc.) that a multi-generational community of people do together. It should hit a good bunch of the primal blueprint activities in one day. How about a contest to come up with ideas for that activity?

    ScottMGS wrote on September 19th, 2010
  15. I think a design you own loin cloth would be a great idea. Design, make and model doing all those great Grok activities

    chris hughes wrote on September 19th, 2010
  16. How about a picture contest to contrast primal living in a modern setting.

    For example trying to wear your VFF’s in a buisness meeting ( disclaimer im not to blame for getting fired)

    Picture yourself eating a big ass salad homemade ofc -in Mcd’s

    That kind of thing i think could be pretty interesting and challenging.

    wyldeslash wrote on September 19th, 2010
  17. Contest- have a Grok camp out/ sleep over. Build a temporary shelter, cook by fire pit, sleep outside. No electronics other then camera for documentation. Submit photos of structure, dinner, guests.

    Bomberito Brian wrote on September 19th, 2010
  18. Re-use ideas for all that junk that gets cleaned out of the cupboard. Flour-based papier maché kids’ Halloween masks anyone?

    Mademoiselle wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • I like that one!

      AlyieCat wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • I do like this one very much. It was going to be *my* suggestion! 😉

      gilliebean wrote on September 20th, 2010
  19. Tell a primal story with legos or stick figure flipbook like these:

    Clack_Attack wrote on September 19th, 2010
  20. Convert a Victim of Chronic Cardio… Go to a park with some friends and engage in some play (frisbee, touch football, carrying rocks around) in a well-populated area of the park. Whenever you see a Victim of Chronic Cardio go by, try to get them to join in your primal fun instead! Show them how much better it feels to engage in social and productive play than wearing down their bodies.

    Write a short entry detailing the successes and failures of the endeavor. Even if you can’t get anyone to play, at least you still had a great day out with friends!

    Jessie wrote on September 19th, 2010
  21. Post a weeks worth of workouts and meals. This will encourage people not to fall of the wagon.

    Xfitter wrote on September 19th, 2010
  22. Well, as someone who is pretty isolated in my primal/paleo habits at work, I think it would be cool to bring Grok to work for a day. Now whether you physically have a Grok you can bring to work, or have to rely on a cardboard cutout, or even just your Primal Blueprint, I think it would be a good exercise in the getting the word out, and challenging as a contest. We would have to submit something in a visual/textual format to show how your “Bring Grok To Work Day,” went.

    Sara wrote on September 19th, 2010
  23. Long shot since it is a video idea, but how about going to local mall, hangout or ballfield and interviewing random people about what they think the primal lifestyle is? Maybe said interviewers could have a handout with info on The Primal BluePrint.

    Jenny wrote on September 19th, 2010
  24. Write a song about how primal living can change or has changed your life.

    If possible, to the tune of a popular jingle or song so that Mark can have fun trying to sing it to himself without a recording or video needing to be sent :)

    emery wrote on September 19th, 2010
  25. A Grok overnighter – Where you would go, what you would eat, what you would do. Could be overnight camping, fishing for your meal, hauling everything into the wilderness or staying in a penthouse hotel suite (climbing all the stairs of course), walking about the city, and finding a Grok meal at a restaurant. Best (or most original, etc…) would win.

    Phillip wrote on September 19th, 2010
  26. To find as many primal followers in your area and have a primal party grok style..with animal skins..hunted food and primal fun and games.

    Fergal wrote on September 19th, 2010
  27. It’s kind of early for this one, but how about a “Grokolantern” carving contest for Halloween. In other words, a pumpkin carving contest with a grok theme.

    Maybe throw in a pumpkin cooking recipe made with the scooped out pumpkin for bonus points.

    R Dunn wrote on September 19th, 2010
  28. Build your own Grok tool. Have a video of you building a DIY Grok tool to use during a workout. Once the tool is done show yourself doing a workout with it.

    Jeff wrote on September 19th, 2010
  29. GROK ART! Id love to see a contest that embraces artwork inspired by cave drawings, carvings, primative pigments, and other ancient and natural art techniques. Each person could be asked to create original artwork that captures the spirit of primal living. YUP.

    Graham Vickery wrote on September 19th, 2010
  30. Primalizing a favorite comfort food?

    Chase Saunders wrote on September 19th, 2010
  31. “Bakin’ with Bacon” – Give your favorite and most interesting ways to use bacon.

    Or how about a contest detailing creative and useful things to do with non-primal foods people are cleaning out of their pantry this month.

    Ben wrote on September 19th, 2010
  32. creative primal blueprint nick names?

    Zac wrote on September 19th, 2010
  33. Another Meal idea. Examples of meals on the go.

    Lets say you aren’t going to be home all day and don’t want to eat out. What are some of your best to go meals.

    Kyle wrote on September 19th, 2010
  34. Getting yourself into the grok pose is easy. How about seeing how many people that you don’t know that you can get into the grok pose. Hit someplace like a farmers market, park, your college, or anywhere there are people. Snap a picture and make a collage or an album and submit it.

    Joshua Pepping wrote on September 19th, 2010
  35. Create a short and simple one-page/ business card type, explanation of the Primal BluePrint that can be handed out or given to friends/doctors/haters that explain why you chose to live this way. Use diagrams or pictures for bonus points.

    Shaun H wrote on September 19th, 2010
  36. Mark’s mission…
    “to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness”
    …the challenge lies in passing this way of thinking on to as many people as possible.

    Contest idea…have an advertising campaign. MDA readers can send in photos of their advertising tactics in action. Whether it be “” post-it notes plastered along the cereal aisle of their local grocery store or a banner stretched across an overpass. Let’s do our very best to reach as many people as we can to spread the word about healthy living.

    Chris wrote on September 19th, 2010
  37. Create and take a picture of the most primal cooke you can make it.

    Toni T wrote on September 19th, 2010
  38. Most Primal Photo contest:

    photo yourself doing as many primal things at once as you can. Example: sprinting while eating a hard boiled egg; lifting something heavy while getting extra sleep while drinking a meal replacement shake…you get the idea.

    GROK ON!

    Tim Carley wrote on September 19th, 2010
  39. I second the primal limerick idea!

    Sonia wrote on September 19th, 2010
  40. As someone with physical limitations I’d like to see detailed suggestions on how to modify exercises. How could Grok lift heavy things with one arm? How could Grokette sprint with bad knees?

    marcadav wrote on September 19th, 2010

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