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September 19, 2010

Contest Contest: The Contest!

By Mark Sisson
147 Comments

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.

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Lee
Lee
6 years 12 days ago

Actually, bodylastics.com is better than this set of bands. Plus they have a liveexercise.com site.

Luke
Luke
6 years 11 days ago

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.

Jason
Jason
6 years 11 days ago

I wholeheartedly endorse this one.

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Alicia
Alicia
6 years 12 days ago

Idea: It’s Grok’s birthday! What birthday meal would you cook for Grok? Take a picture of it.

Bryan Barksdale
Bryan Barksdale
6 years 12 days ago

Design a Primal t-shirt contest.

Valentina
2 years 6 months ago

I agree, you need more t-shirt designs around Primal Culture!

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 12 days ago

Take a picture of you and a friend doing the Grok squat and Grok hang.

Annika
6 years 12 days ago

Last year we had Primal haiku. How about a contest for the best Primal limerick?

Helen
Helen
6 years 12 days ago

Where Grok walks: pictures of feet in Grok-like places, doing Grok-like things.

Connie
Connie
6 years 12 days ago

Describe any type of game that the Grok family could play.

Ariana
Ariana
6 years 12 days ago

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.

fitmom
fitmom
6 years 11 days ago

love that idea!

Alta
6 years 11 days ago

I vote for this idea!

Rachel
Rachel
6 years 12 days ago

Clean your cave like Grok! Best primal (homemade, non-toxic) recipes for cleaning products.

rozska
rozska
6 years 11 days ago

+1

gilliebean
6 years 11 days ago

I do like this one. 🙂

anzy
anzy
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Dan
Dan
6 years 12 days ago

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.

gilliebean
6 years 11 days ago

Love it!!

Wellness Mama
6 years 12 days ago

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..

ScottMGS
ScottMGS
6 years 12 days ago

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?

chris hughes
chris hughes
6 years 12 days ago

I think a design you own loin cloth would be a great idea. Design, make and model doing all those great Grok activities

wyldeslash
wyldeslash
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Bomberito Brian
Bomberito Brian
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 12 days ago

Re-use ideas for all that junk that gets cleaned out of the cupboard. Flour-based papier maché kids’ Halloween masks anyone?

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 11 days ago

I like that one!

gilliebean
6 years 11 days ago

I do like this one very much. It was going to be *my* suggestion! 😉

Clack_Attack
Clack_Attack
6 years 12 days ago

Tell a primal story with legos or stick figure flipbook like these:

http://vimeo.com/2649176

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNYZH9kuaYM

Jessie
Jessie
6 years 12 days ago
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… Read more »
Xfitter
6 years 12 days ago

Post a weeks worth of workouts and meals. This will encourage people not to fall of the wagon.

Sara
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 12 days ago

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.

emery
6 years 12 days ago

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 🙂

Phillip
Phillip
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Fergal
Fergal
6 years 12 days ago

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.

R Dunn
R Dunn
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Graham Vickery
Graham Vickery
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Chase Saunders
Chase Saunders
6 years 12 days ago

Primalizing a favorite comfort food?

Ben
Ben
6 years 12 days ago

“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.

Zac
Zac
6 years 12 days ago

creative primal blueprint nick names?

Kyle
Kyle
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Joshua Pepping
Joshua Pepping
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Shaun H
Shaun H
6 years 12 days ago

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.

Chris
Chris
6 years 12 days ago
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 “Marksdailyapple.com” 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… Read more »
Toni T
Toni T
6 years 12 days ago

Create and take a picture of the most primal cooke you can make it.

Tim Carley
Tim Carley
6 years 11 days ago

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!

Sonia
6 years 11 days ago

I second the primal limerick idea!

marcadav
marcadav
6 years 11 days ago

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?

Bonnie Kizis
Bonnie Kizis
6 years 11 days ago

“Random Acts of Primal” Challenge
Make Grok cut outs; on the back of each cut out write down one way to be more primal and the benefit of doing so. The more Groks you make, the better.
Hand the Groks out to strangers (or, if you are too shy, to friends, family, or co-workers who know nothing about primal living).

Tom
6 years 11 days ago

Primal Cribs Contest (kind of like ‘MTV Cribs’ but instead of being vapid it could be inspirational to others trying to live a primal lifestyle. Share in 300 words and 5 pictures your ‘primal crib.’ Describe your primal pantry, in home primal gym, primal commuting vehicles (bikes etc.) or any other primal elements to your crib.

Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger

Contest:
Create a primal workout. Not an exercise, but a workout. The workout should use moves that mimic Grok’s hunting adventures. The sequence should make sense.

For example: Running = prey chasing, clean and jerk = clear a large stone out of the way, sled drag = dragging hunted animal back home for cooking.

ASmitty
ASmitty
6 years 11 days ago

Portable meal recipe contest. I think a lot of PBers struggle with lunch on the go more than breakfast or dinner at home. I know I do. It may be MDA heresy, but I get tired of BAS for lunch everyday 😛

Nate
Nate
6 years 11 days ago

Iron Chef Grok style.

reveal a secret primal ingredient and see who can come up with the best primal recipe featuring the ingredient. points awarded for creativity, presentation and actually featuring the ingredient in a prominent way. ie if it’s a lemon don’t just sprinkle lemon juice on some meat, make a primal lemon pie

gilliebean
6 years 3 days ago

Congrats Nate!! We’re doin’ yer contest! 😀

Saffa
Saffa
6 years 11 days ago

I would love a Grok desert contest!

Jenn
6 years 11 days ago

Candid Groksquat camera! Get a friend to follow you around with a camera until he or she gets a good shot of you hanging out in the Groksquat. Extra points if you can get a shot of someone looking at you funny while you do it.

(This could also work substituting Vibrams/barefoot for Groksquat…)

Tori
Tori
6 years 11 days ago

Host a flash mob of Primal groks in their favorite gear to whatever large attractions in that area and send in pictures. For example, I live in Boston so I might organize a flash mob of groks at Newbury street or Fenway park.

John
John
6 years 11 days ago

Title could be ‘WHAT A LOAD OF GROK’

Dress up like Grok/Caveman or Cavewomen and video record or take pics of yourself either out, at home or exercising dressed like grok.

skeedaddy
skeedaddy
6 years 11 days ago

Submit ideas for Primal Blueprint bumper stickers. Some examples:
I Grok, Therefore I Am
Think Globally, Act Primally
Grok is “Korg” spelled backwards
Each could contain a web link in smaller print.

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