Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 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...Tell Me More
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…
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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…
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.
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:
To track all the contests visit the 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.