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13 Sep

Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize:

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A sandbag from Ultimate Sandbag - I’ve been using one of these bags for a few years now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by the Worker Bees, and in one case was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA furniture, but that’s a story for another day. Store this sandbag next to your standup workstation and you’ll begin seeing your workday in a whole new light. The winner will get a choice of one of the four sizes of ultimate sandbag (power, strength, challenge, or burly packages). Retail value: between $99 and $179.

Bonus: Use promo code “primal” to receive 15% off any purchase at Ultimate Sandbag for the duration of the challenge. And that’s not all…

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A 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. Winner will receive both the Praxis and a heavy resistance band.

The folks at Praxis have set up a special landing page for MDA readers, complete with instructional videos. Click on over to get a $20 discount and free S&H for the duration for the challenge.

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A rope from CalRopes – An undulation rope to be exact, courtesy of CalRopes. If you’re not sure what “rope undulating” is all about, click here to watch instructional videos. It’s basically like a wind sprint for your upper body, and is much more challenging than it might appear.

Winner will receive a 40 foot 1.5″ manila undulation rope. Retail value: $92.99.

ScreenShot2012 09 13at111028AMA Square36 Workout Mat – As the Square36 website says, “Do you ever wish you had a bit more space to fully extend and maximize your workout without feeling confined? Now you can with Square36, the world’s 1st oversized workout mat.” That about sums it up. This exercise mat is 6′ x 6′ and is 6 mm thick – thicker than most yoga/workout mats. With the Square36 mat you can easily convert your living room into a workout studio. Just unroll it and you’re set. It’s also great for couples yoga or as a play mat for children. It retails for $99.99, but you can get one for free if you are the lucky winner of this contest.

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A RadRoller – Massage. Release. Transform. That’s RadRoller’s slogan and that about sums it up. If you’re a regular MDA reader you know I emphasize thoracic spine mobility and the importance or regularly rolling things out. Tight, knotted bundles of muscle fiber and fascia accumulate from bad posture, muscle imbalances, excessive sitting, and improper movement patterns. These knots harm us. They reduce performance. They promote bad form and joint degeneration. They need to be eradicated. That’s where RadRoller comes in. They help take care of those nasty knots. The winner will receive two RadRollers.

Use promo code “MDA” and get 20% off your order for the duration of the challenge.

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Vibram FiveFingers – Why not? For good measure the winner of this contest will take home a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. If you’ve read Mark’s Daily Apple at all in the last few years, you probably know how much I love these things. The winner will get to choose their favorite men’s or women’s style and color.

That’s the package. A sandbag, a Praxis, an undulating rope, a giant exercise mat, a RadRoller and a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. The retail value on all this is, I don’t know, a lot. Now, how you can win this Primal prize package…

The Contest:

Create and upload a Primal workout video to YouTube. Whether you talk and offer instruction, or simply film yourself playing in the park or working out in the gym is up to you. I’ll leave it wide open. The only requirement is that the video relates in some way to the Primal Blueprint Fitness philosophy. The more Primal the better. (See the details and fine print below.)

To give you a little idea of the fun you can have with this one, in 2009 people used toddlers for heavy lifting, recorded an entire day in the “Primal Life,” wrote their own Grok songs, created workouts for parents with no time, and ultimately, this was the winning video:

Here is the winning video from 2010:

In 2011 we had more great submissions (only 17 mind you, so participants had a good shot at winning):

And here was the winning video:

Details and Fine Print:

The video needs to be an original creation made for the purposes of this contest.

On YouTube, please title the video “Primal Blueprint Fitness:” followed by your own sub-title (ex. Primal Blueprint Fitness: The Grok Shuffle).

Upload your video to YouTube and then email me the link. Include the words “Workout Video Submission” in the subject line of your email. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.

I’ll publish select videos on Mark’s Daily Apple the last week of this challenge.

The Deadline:

September 24, midnight, PDT. Only 10 days away. Get filming!

Who is Eligible:

Anyone in the world can enter, though some prizes will only be available to U.S. contestants. In the case of an international winner, substitute prizes of equal value will be shipped.

How A Winner Will Be Decided:

The Worker Bees and I will choose a list of finalists to be voted on by readers.

More Fine Print:

  • MDA reserves the right to publish and/or edit any videos submitted.
  • We ask that any videos submitted to this contest remain live on YouTube after the challenge for future visitors to Mark’s Daily Apple to enjoy.

To track all the contests visit the 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

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. man i would be all over this but no camera- dang

    lockard wrote on September 13th, 2012
    • Send in a cave painting.

      Moshen wrote on September 13th, 2012
    • Same here, my husband keeps telling me we need a video camera and I kept talking him out of it. Now I wish I hadn’t

      Team Oberg wrote on September 14th, 2012
  2. Lookin forward to makin this, gonna go for the gusto!

    GlibChristoph wrote on September 13th, 2012
  3. Anyone tried recording from an iPhone 4s? how would the quality come out?

    JPizzay wrote on September 13th, 2012
  4. Dang, what good is a work out video if you don’t look buff and awesome already? My video would be embarrassing and pathetically comedic *sigh*

    To have a chance of winning these contests so far one has to have tons of friends and can afford to entertain (even pot luck can cost too much if you’re broke) or already look fabulous/buff and be able to edit a video.

    I do see the point to the contests, yes, I do think they will be awesome and I do wish the contestants good luck, but I’ll be sighing sadly to myself as I carefully measure out the bone broth, ground beef, and salad greens that I can afford to eat today. Feeling very sad.

    don'twantosaywhoIam wrote on September 13th, 2012
    • Just go for it, before and after photo’s are great! Besides this is not a blog and forum for fitness buffs only, it is also for people interested in becoming fit!

      Patrick wrote on September 13th, 2012
  5. Hello,

    May I submit my “Element Training: Earth” video from last September. My friend and I made it while on a 10 week program for him to lose 40 pounds of fat. He lost 61. The “EARTH” training theme required us to have 3 points of contact with the ground for virtually all of the training session, from beginning to end. BTW, we also did FIRE, AIR and WATER training, but we did not record those. Yet. Thanks!

    ALG wrote on September 13th, 2012
    • I’ll just submit it. If it is not eligible, that okay. Thanks.

      ALG wrote on September 21st, 2012
  6. Does it have to be from ONE workout or one “day in the life” sort of thing? Or can it be a compilation of several videos that show different sides of a primal workout?

    iniquity wrote on September 13th, 2012
  7. Just finished my (gasp) first half set (pant pant) of (whheeezze) Tabata sprints. I’d tell you what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger….but I’m not sure yet if I’m gonna keel over. Mercy!

    TNTammy wrote on September 13th, 2012
  8. Did my first sprint workout, burpees, yesterday at lunch time… only 3 warmup sets with 20 second and then 4 with minute breaks. Got my heart rate to around max and then I felt so charged I went veggie and egg shopping, vacuumed, and then cleaned the floor! (Didn’t go back to the office though ;)).

    Next week, hill sprints.

    Khainag wrote on September 14th, 2012
  9. Great – I’ve been looking for sandbags :)

    Anyone know if those are good?

    Tribe of Nature wrote on September 14th, 2012
  10. Great prizes, 1’m all in. starting filming tomorrow hope you guys are going to be impressed with the final result!

    Sameer wrote on September 14th, 2012
  11. Started filming this morning! Got a good theme, I think.

    Clark wrote on September 18th, 2012
  12. Sent mine in!

    Will Jones wrote on September 19th, 2012
  13. Gonna start filming mine saturday with some friends!

    Christian wrote on September 20th, 2012
  14. Just submitted my video and am pretty excited to see what all the rest of you have put together. Best of luck to everyone and let the creative genuis run free!

    Richard wrote on September 24th, 2012
    • Best of luck to you too. I’m sure it will be inspiring to see what everyone has done.

      Clark wrote on September 24th, 2012
      • Dude, I think I saw your video last night (Missing Link…Grok gets the girl??) Awesome job! I got a kick out of the story line.

        Richard wrote on September 25th, 2012
  15. Was able to submit mine last night at 11pm…whew!

    JPizzay wrote on September 25th, 2012
  16. I love the video’s I’d like to win the Vibram FiveFingers or the sandbags. I used to do a old sandbag workout many years ago. Would love to start another.

    Womens Fitness Program wrote on November 30th, 2012

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