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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. “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).

    Bonnie Kizis wrote on September 19th, 2010
  2. 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.

    Tom wrote on September 19th, 2010
  3. 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.

    Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger wrote on September 19th, 2010
  4. 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 😛

    ASmitty wrote on September 19th, 2010
  5. 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

    Nate wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • Congrats Nate!! We’re doin’ yer contest! 😀

      gilliebean wrote on September 27th, 2010
  6. I would love a Grok desert contest!

    Saffa wrote on September 19th, 2010
  7. 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…)

    Jenn wrote on September 19th, 2010
  8. 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.

    Tori wrote on September 19th, 2010
  9. 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.

    John wrote on September 19th, 2010
  10. 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.

    skeedaddy wrote on September 19th, 2010
  11. Submit Gork’s favorite motivational work out music either home produced or off iTunes.

    Megan wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • “Gork” eh…

      Daniel wrote on September 19th, 2010
  12. contest idea: create the ultimate primal meal

    that is, with a specified set of ingredients. contestants are to take the ingredients, make something, write the recipe and process down, and upload them along with pictures. the primal community would then decide their favorite recipe.

    go primal!

    cesar wrote on September 19th, 2010
  13. In the spirit of going green and saving the world…. why don’t we recycle???

    Show pictures of CW objects that now have a new Primal function.

    For example
    *My grandmother’s rolling pin is now used for crushing nuts and cracking heads. =)

    *The tins that used to hold flour and sugar are now used for flowers, feathers and rocks that I find on my after dinner hikes.

    *My running shoes are still in the closet… but now they are my secret hiding place for the (mad money).

    Bobbi wrote on September 19th, 2010
  14. I didn’t read through so maybe somebody said this but…

    Live for 24 hours without electricity? Write or take pictures of what you do for 24 hours unplugged.

    Deanna (Diana Renata) wrote on September 19th, 2010
  15. Favorite places to do primal workouts. For example, I like to run on the beach because of the different terrains, or anything that sounds interesting.

    ElizaGrok wrote on September 19th, 2010
  16. take something that is typically nonprimal and come up with a primal way of cooking that meal, provide pictures and recipe..most original idea wins (would help if it was delicious as well)

    Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2010
  17. Two ideas:

    A “Progress Report” Comments post – where primal challengers write a comment to report on some metric of their progress. Weight lost, improved sprint times or deadlifts, inches lost from arms/legs/waist, etc.! Best man and best woman could each win, or you could pick a winner at random.


    A Polyvore Primal challenge – Folks email in their best Polyvore composition. – lets you mix’n’match cut’n’paste images from shops around the web, especially retail sites. Sample collage would have Vibrams, coconut oil, a couple of grass-fed steaks, a spear or two, maybe a cavewoman in a dress. You pick best submission, or some semifinalists and let readers vote for the best.

    Family Grokumentarian wrote on September 19th, 2010
  18. create your own primal funny/cartoon strip

    ryan wrote on September 19th, 2010
  19. Unless you’re working on it already…how about a design contest for a FEMALE grok for the t-shirts, tattoos, etc.

    dragonmamma wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • Dude seriously, it is sorta hard to be a lady on this site, I mean we are in meathead paradise here. We need a girl grok, and I would love if Mark’s wife would start posting!

      Kristen wrote on September 19th, 2010
  20. The Primal Traveller: share your best primal on the go ideas, whether that’s for a day at the park, a weekend camp out, or an international trip. How do you forage for the best food, make sure you are following the fitness laws, and otherwise taking care of yourself modern Grok style.

    Entrants are encouraged to take photos that illustrate their ideas, whether that’s the meal they’d take along or the stuff they’d pack in their luggage.

    Owly wrote on September 19th, 2010
  21. Potluck primal replacement dishes. We have all been there, going to a potluck and needing to bring a dish. Lets have a contest that involves coming up with a primal main dish and a primal ‘dessert’ recipe for potluck settings. Full recipes with measurements and instructions. Then the next time your work or family has a get together you can have choices of what to bring to stay on track and influence them through their taste buds, which often works better then logic! :)

    Echo wrote on September 19th, 2010
  22. Contest: Most creative uses for bacon and coconut oil. Use your imagnination to put the two together in the most interesting combination ever.

    Harper Foley wrote on September 19th, 2010
  23. Farmer appreciation day. Farmers that raise clean meat and organic veggies for you bust their butts hardcore, likely with little profit compared to the work. Volunteer for a few hours helping a local farmer that you buy from and get a pic of what you did. A chance to say thanks for raising healthy food.

    Emily wrote on September 19th, 2010
  24. Grok’s Birthday Party Contest – plan a kid’s birthday party in classic Grok style.

    Each contestant needs to come up with:
    • a primal menu, of foods that kids will actually eat
    • a primal kids’ craft
    • a primal kids’ game (something active, naturally!)
    • primal-esque party favors

    Yeah, it’s fun – but it’s also a great way to spread the message of Primal living in a curiosity-encouraging, non-threatening (non-preachy!) kinda way. And, it’s a great way to include the kids in building a healthy lifestyle from the start.

    Adam Kayce wrote on September 19th, 2010
  25. Grok-tini-design a primal cocktail that is both delicious and full of antioxidants.

    Kristen wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • Kristen–
      This is a great idea!
      I think we should do this anyway. :)

      Sara wrote on September 19th, 2010
  26. I’d like to see people post the best options for dining out primally in their area. I’m on the go frequently these days, and it takes a lot of time to research where I can eat.

    Pepper wrote on September 19th, 2010
  27. Share a picture of your Primal Organic Garden.

    What better way to make sure you are eating the freshest organic produce than by growing it yourself! Everyone can participate, whether they have a few herbs growing in their apartment or what looks like a farm in their backyard!

    Dan B wrote on September 19th, 2010
  28. Dining Out: Primal Style

    Fairly simple, we can’t all cook all our meals all the time. But pretty much every restaurant can have SOMETHING you can order/modify to make it primal. So we can pose a simple question:

    “What’s your favorite restaurant, and what do you order there to make it Primal?”

    Brent wrote on September 19th, 2010
  29. Educate..
    Stop someone on the street, supermarket, kid’s school, or anywhere just spread the word about primal living and what it’s all about. i.e. A brief explanation about how your diet is mostly fat and your loosing weight or why you look like your having the time of your life doing or goofy workout. Or for those of us that have those “toe shoe thingies” how Grok didn’t have arch support so why should I. Just educate someone every chance you get.

    Mari Stock wrote on September 19th, 2010
  30. Lets keep it simple.
    Post a picture of your primal plunge. Save this contest to the end of the month so the water has a chance to get colder. Also you could make sure to include your primal friends in the plunge.

    Joe wrote on September 19th, 2010
  31. Primal Mad Libs Contest.

    Michele wrote on September 19th, 2010
  32. pick an animal, list all the different ways you prepare/serve that animal adhering to primal cooking. winner drawn at random from everyone that enters.
    the point… a hell of a lot of ideas for cooking whatever you can get your hands on.

    JON. wrote on September 19th, 2010
  33. Contact at least one mainstream advocate of CW eating habits or a “fad diet” promoter and present your arguments for primal living. The more convicing your data and direct the contact the better but a simple email outlining the main points will at least give your “opponent” something to think about.

    Bucky wrote on September 19th, 2010
  34. I’m not sure how we’d manage to do cave paintings, but I bet it would be a hoot.

    Rafe Brox wrote on September 19th, 2010
  35. Submit a picture of your Grok-ified fridge! Perhaps a video of you explaining the contents Of the fridge as well.

    Ashley wrote on September 19th, 2010
  36. A Grok Arts Contest:

    Create an artistic piece that symbolizes, represents, conveys the essence or certain aspects of primal living. It can be one or all or some combination of the following: visual (sketch, paint, creative movement, sculpture), audio (musical or spoken word), or literary (fiction, poetry, drama).

    Rationale: The arts are a powerful medium to metaphorically represent concepts and life in general. Metaphors promote transfer of learning into long-term memory.

    shawn wrote on September 19th, 2010
    • I decided to post my idea before looking at any others, and then I saw two comments above mine the idea of cave paintings. I assure all that I did not build off that in any way.

      shawn wrote on September 19th, 2010
  37. Design a primal based award to giveaway for another contest. Utilize something Primal, make it into a Trophy and offer it for another contest.

    Jason Elliott wrote on September 19th, 2010
  38. Convince a friend or loved one to go 100% primal for a week, and then report back the results.

    Bob wrote on September 19th, 2010
  39. Dressed up like Grok or Grokette (you know – loin cloth, spear(okay maybe not the spear), barefoot) attempt to get on the local news by handing out primal snacks/food at lunch time in the downtown of your city. Tell people how you are promoting a heatlhy lifestyle and raising awareness of getting back to more simple, healthier foods.


    David Grim - Get Fit Get Lean wrote on September 19th, 2010
  40. We’ve all read, seen, and been inspired by others’ primal success stories. People have lost ridiculous amounts of weight, rid themselves of various medications, and gotten leaner and stronger.
    But what about those who’s #1 goal is not weight-loss or drastic fitness improvements, but simply improvements of their day to day lives?
    For this contest, people could share how implementing one or more of the 10 PB laws improves their day-to-day life.

    AmyMac703 wrote on September 19th, 2010

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