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27 Sep

Contest Poll: 2012 Primal Blueprint Workout Videos

At the start of this 21-Day Challenge I put out a call for Primal Blueprint Workout Videos. And you responded with 23 top-notch clips. Boiling the submissions down to the top videos for this poll was no easy task. My crew and I discussed at length what made up a good fitness video. Was it fun and entertaining? Was the workout something we can see ourselves doing? Did it inspire and keep us watching? How well did it represent Primal Blueprint Fitness? On and on. In the end we held a blind vote and ended up with the following four picks. To everyone that didn’t make the cut, many, many thanks for taking the time to put together an amazing contribution to this year’s 21-Day Challenge. Honorable mentions go out to each and every one of you.

Now, for a recap of what’s at stake:

The Prize:

One of the four sizes of Ultimate Sandbag, a Praxis, a 40 foot 1.5″ manila undulation rope, a 6′ x 6′ exercise mat, two RadRollers, and a pair of Vibram FiveFingers.

Who receives this Primal prize package is up to you. Watch the videos below and then make your vote count. This poll will close and a winner will be announced at 4 pm PDT, Friday, September 28.

Vote for the Winner of the 2012 Primal Blueprint Workout Video Contest

  • Primal Blueprint Fitness: Failure (40%, 228 Votes)
  • Primal Blueprint Fitness: Grok Gets A Desk Job (32%, 178 Votes)
  • Primal Blueprint Fitness: The Missing Link (17%, 93 Votes)
  • Primal Blueprint Fitness: Grok Workout Down Under (11%, 67 Votes)

Total Voters: 563

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You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Can’t vote…the absolute best was “always time for recess”…”Missing Link” would be 3rd on my list…and the rest wouldn’t be top-5…

    G7 wrote on September 27th, 2012
    • No Sour grapes (eventhough their primal) on my part. I didn’t have a horse in this race. But a video needs to be entertaining first… informative…clever…and humorous with the subject matter…AND still have clarity without needing to be wordy.
      I understood Primal Workout to be “daily activity” and “play”.
      By the way the “primalist people” in my house (read kids) had the same favorites…”Always Time for Recess”…and “Anything you can do I can do better”… Monologues chased them outside to actually “do primal” (So I guess it worked?)

      G7 wrote on September 28th, 2012
  2. Beyond devastated that we didn’t even make it into the running :-/

    Mike wrote on September 27th, 2012
    • It happens. To be honest, I’ll feel the same if the Chicago Grokfeast is not one of the finalists but I’ll move on right away too and still vote.

      If we aren’t a finalist then I’ll make damn sure we dominate next year :)

      Primal Toad wrote on September 28th, 2012
      • I’m with you Todd, if this contest taught me anything, it’s that in order to even be considered, you need to include babies, animals or women, or some combination therein… I guess that’s the takeaway for next year

        Mike wrote on September 28th, 2012
        • Well I think creativity is the big thing.

          The fact that we did a coconut water taste test for our grokfeast may end up being huge. Who knows. I think we will find out today or tomorrow!

          Primal Toad wrote on September 28th, 2012
        • I agree with you. Your guy’s video rocked. I even shared it with my boyfriend. I can’t believe you guys aren’t up there. O_O

          Fyreflies wrote on September 28th, 2012
        • I guess that fiverr investment didn’t pay off for you guys Mike! Don’t worry your secret is safe with me ;)

          ryan wrote on September 28th, 2012
      • Toad, I thought you were going to enter the recipe video contest. I was looking forward to seeing your video. Bummer.

        Chris wrote on September 28th, 2012
        • Fiverr investment?

          Mike wrote on September 28th, 2012
        • Yea life get’s in the way. I don’t have any excuses but I was just super stoked about the grokfeast which I did – Illinois!

          Many videos of me in the kitchen are certainly coming though.

          I’ve been sick all week long and it may continue for 2-3 days or more… not a terrible sickness, it’s just super long and I blame the bee that stung me 2.5 months ago which swelled up and then led me to being allergic to the cold. Now this…

          Primal Toad wrote on September 29th, 2012
  3. Seriously? All so boring, and the worst kettle bell swings I’ve ever seen!!

    Steve wrote on September 28th, 2012
  4. I enjoyed all of these entries! They were fun, creative, and most importantly, inspired me to move!

    Monique wrote on September 28th, 2012
  5. I liked anything you can do. Real cute and entertaining.

    perennialpam wrote on September 28th, 2012
    • #2 on my list…not necessarily “strictly primal” but crossfit is one of those corners…

      G7 wrote on September 28th, 2012
  6. i dont get all the negative comments – these vids are good makes it hard to pick and vote – good job to all

    lockard wrote on September 28th, 2012
  7. How do I vote. Hovering over the ‘failure’video says i have voted, but no idea how that happened. Can u vote multiple times?

    Trevor wrote on September 28th, 2012
    • Ignore this. A refresh brought up the selections.

      Trevor wrote on September 28th, 2012
  8. Too bad “Play Day” didn’t make the cut….

    azb wrote on September 28th, 2012
    • I know, I really liked that one.

      Clark wrote on September 28th, 2012
  9. It was really hard to pick. Honestly! I saw so many fabulous videos on this contest and had other faves that didn’t make it to the final four. Same with the recipe contest. I am just so thrilled that so many people went to the effort to participate. I completely chickened out. Anyway, I wish there were prizes for everyone–other than the intrinsic rewards of living primally, of course! Great job, everybody!

    Rhonda the Red wrote on September 28th, 2012
  10. These are all very cute and entertaining. Negative comments must be from the ones that were not chosen. I get it. I hate losing. Being gracious is not a primal instinct. It’s something we have to choose and develop.

    Miki wrote on September 28th, 2012
    • I don’t know about the others, but I don’t think I was being negative, moreso just disappointed… I honestly think all the finalists all did a great job, as did everyone who submitted… Just wish I could have made it to the finals lol… It was fun either way

      Mike wrote on September 28th, 2012
      • I didn’t think you were being negative at all, Mike. It’s perfectly truthful to admit it stinks to not make the finals. I know exactly how you feel. I was actually referring to a couple of other arrows slung.

        Miki wrote on September 28th, 2012
  11. I liked the Deskjob & always time for recess videos the most.
    Anything that was hyper-wordy or didn’t get to the point in 2.5 seconds got stopped and another video clicked on.
    You have to prove first why I should be interested in your blathering, otherwise I’m just helping you masturbate your look-at-me-ego expression; sorry, my name is not Palmala.
    So let the explanations be texted out over your demonstrations or fit them in at the end.

    Oly wrote on September 28th, 2012
  12. Everyone did a great job! Such a tough decision. Hmmmmm.

    Chris wrote on September 28th, 2012
  13. Nice work to everyone!! Had to go with “Grok Workout Down Under”, the pull-ups/monkey bar combo was hard core!

    Erica wrote on September 28th, 2012
  14. I like the first one, Failure – I think it best shows that being primal is a lifestyle, rather than just being grok/ette that is the most ripped. I also love #3 when he is playing tug and sprinting w/ the dogs.

    Kristin Smith wrote on September 28th, 2012
  15. Sorry but my vote goes for the guy that submitted the “Recess” vid. I submitted a vid myself, and must say his video was the best. I’m surprised at the top 4…

    JPizzay wrote on September 28th, 2012
  16. Great videos everyone!

    Ed wrote on September 28th, 2012
  17. You know, it’s Mark’s contest, so he can do what he wants. And the original requirements were pretty wide open. A few gave me some interesting ideas–I liked Hunting and Gathering and wonder why I never thought of that before. But I have to say I miss workouts. I only watched the 4 top (blind) picks and one or two of the others submissions, and there seemed to be so few workouts as opposed to mini movies. My favorite remains Bringing home the Bacon from 2009, though I applaud everyone’s efforts to get involved. After all, it’s easy for me to do nothing and then complain about what was submitted.

    ioelus wrote on September 28th, 2012
    • I like the workouts too (as you might be able to tell from my submission), but I do understand that Mark et al. was looking for something different. If you haven’t checked out The Bear Hunt, please do.

      Alex wrote on September 28th, 2012
      • Will do.

        ioelus wrote on September 28th, 2012
      • OK, I’ve seen it now. Yeah–that’s the kind of thing I like to see. I don’t have a partner to work out with, but I liked your workout. These and the WOWs Mark did for a year were like tests for me, and not just workouts. They were great fun, especially if I had to modify them because of equipment or grounds requirements. Every once in a while my brother will work out with me; I’ll have to give this one a try. I’m reluctant to ask, but did you see a difference in benefits derived from the workout? You seemed more easily able to manage the task than Zach (and I mean him no disrespect–it looks hard). How would you vary the activity if I were working out with someone substantial smaller or lighter, for instance?

        Great stuff. Thanks for directing me to it.

        ioelus wrote on September 30th, 2012
  18. The variety of comments on here really speaks to the variety of attitudes one can have towards fitness. Even something as focused as primal fitness. Some people were looking for hardcore elite fitness. Some wanted to learn new moves or different ways to do things. Some wanted to be entertained. Others wanted to see something fun. Some wanted instruction. Others wanted inspiration. The list goes on.

    But clearly, the most inspirational video has won, and I commend Jill for her bravery and perspective. The first time I saw it, I knew it would win. It’s very inspiring and relatable. The win is well deserved. Congrats Jill!

    Clark wrote on September 28th, 2012
  19. “Grok Gets a Desk Job” is true to life. I know this guy, have visited in his home, and he lives what he portrays here in the video. Fitness is at his core. But, staying fit never trumps his responsibility to family. His wife and children benefit from his strength, but even as much so or more from his wealth of knowledge about nutrition. Fitness for him involves the whole person.

    Mimi wrote on September 28th, 2012
  20. I really enjoyed all the videos .. or most of them (haven’t watched all yet).

    It really made me realize that I DON’T need a gym membership – EVER!

    Get outside .. the world is your gym :-)

    MonicaP wrote on October 4th, 2012

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