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September 18, 2010

Contest: Primal is…

By Mark Sisson
380 Comments

The Prize:

Unwieldy weight comes in all unwieldy shapes and all unwieldy sizes. Today’s heavy chunk of unwieldiness is call a Sandball. Part sandbag, part medicine ball, part kettlebell, good for heaving, swinging, and lugging around. It doesn’t have the wonderful scratch-your-hands-up quality of an actual rock, but you can always scrape your hands over concrete for a few minutes after using this sandball if you really need that “just got home from a long day of bashing my food’s skull in with a rough stone” feel. The winner of today’s contest will receive a blue logo BallBell sandball, courtesy of Alpha Strong.

The Contest:

What is Primal?

Primal is…

  • naming your cat “Sparemeal.”
  • never having to say you’re sorry. To a vegan.
  • making a bacon sandwich using only one ingredient.
  • referring to your toddler as “My little kettlebell.”
  • when your eating habits cause a national egg shortage (yes, I’m looking at you, Australians).
  • refusing to believe a steak smoothie is a bad idea.
  • living in Denver and walking to work, in Seattle.
  • watching breaking news about a “forest fire” and misunderstanding it to be breaking news about a “large barbecue.”

Get the idea? Write your own in the comments section. I’ll pick a winner.

The Deadline:

Midnight, tonight!

Who is Eligible:

You. You are eligible.

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ASmitty
ASmitty
6 years 8 days ago

…naming your spare freezer “The Cowpool Lane.”

Luke
Luke
6 years 7 days ago

Primal is…
spending halftime walking to the park barefoot to climb an apple tree for late lunch, and making it back in time to catch the kickoff.

Nick
Nick
6 years 8 days ago

…stalking zombie runners for a workout.

Michael
Michael
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is the sound of one hand clapping… pushups.

Kim
Kim
6 years 8 days ago
Having your 3 y.o. Come home from preschool surprised that no one else in his class including his teachers likes Greek olives, after chowing on 10 for lunch and spitting out the pits… Having your friend tell you that you were the one who turned her kids onto loving sliced raw pepper slices (or any other healthy food). Seeing the looks of disbelief on peoples faces when you tell them your diet is pretty much always greater than 50% fat and you are easily able to maintain a healthy weight… Explaining a healthy diet to your kids who are learning… Read more »
Steve Fruendt
Steve Fruendt
6 years 8 days ago

…wearing a loin cloth on your next deployment because it blends in better than the latest Air Force uniform.

Annie
6 years 8 days ago

can I vote for a winner? I love this one!!!

Kelda
6 years 8 days ago

Ditto am married to a RAF nav!

hiker
hiker
6 years 8 days ago

love it!

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 8 days ago

… using coconut oil instead of Neosporin

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter
6 years 8 days ago

A logistical nightmare when eating with other people…who then don’t understand why you’re in such good shape.

Grant
Grant
6 years 8 days ago

So true. So true.

Daniel
Daniel
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is:
… having your feet enameled so you never have to wear shoes again.

… bangin’ out a set of burpee pull-ups on the goal post during halftime at your child’s soccer game.

and perhaps… getting sued by the County for growing too many vegetables [http://www.wsbtv.com/news/24979774/detail.html].

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 7 days ago

Re: veggies… Here’s a version of the article with more info:
http://clatl.com/atlanta/steve-mille…nt?oid=1275993

Sounds like the issue is not the actual growing or even how many he’s growing — it’s that he’s selling them and running afoul of a law meant to stop big commercial agriculture in residential-zoned areas.

The county helped him rezone his land, but he still isn’t happy about the fine for the earlier off-zoning activities:
http://www.aolnews.com/nation/articl…-saga/19633544

So basically this is resolved. It was a business/residential zoning issue, not a “ZOMG VEGGIES BAD” issue.

sarah
sarah
6 years 8 days ago

doing pullups on the bar in my kitchen doorway while cooking up something delicious for dinner.

also, holding conversations w/ almost every person i pass on hiking trails because they want comment on or ask about my VFFs.

cesar
cesar
6 years 8 days ago

primal is… freedom from conventional wisdom.

George Mounce
6 years 8 days ago

…looking at world as your gym.

Kristen
Kristen
6 years 8 days ago

Actually considering eating dirt because it is WAY cheaper than buying a probiotic.

Chelsea
Chelsea
6 years 8 days ago

…devouring the endless shrimp at Red Lobster grilled in butter with ZERO guilt while the waiter looks at you like you are crazy.

John
John
6 years 8 days ago

… starting your workout at halftime of the football game you’re watching, and not missing a minute of the second half.

Jackie
Jackie
6 years 8 days ago

…People thinking you are weird. Means you are doing something right especially when the people that are telling you this are on a ton of meds for cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure…somehow they think their way is right and you are weird. Yup, keep thinking that buddy!

PrimALex
6 years 8 days ago

… taking pleasure in your colleagues’ bewildered faces while they watch you (in your VFF’s) tear into a roasted lamb leg in the break room!

Rafe Brox
6 years 8 days ago

… being more annoyed by the fact a broken bone means you can’t work out as much than by how difficult it makes your day job.

… denuding two bargain stores’ beef jerky supplies to fuel a road trip.

… dressing up as Grok for Halloween (a loincloth and a stick *definitely* fit my costume budget).

Mike
Mike
6 years 8 days ago

aCK! I have a broken toe and it has really bummed me out that I’m stuck to typical bench and single muscle crap!

Rafe Brox
6 years 7 days ago

Five weeks since I busted my hand (putting together a backyard gym, no less!), and the bone is fine; the sprained fingers and wrist seem unimpressed by my desire to pick up heavy things.

https://digitaldiscipline.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/the-break/ (replete with x-rays; I’m a geek, I admit it) 😀

BrianAK
BrianAK
6 years 8 days ago

… Asking the Department of Fish and Game if hunting a moose with an atlatl is allowed during bow season.

gilliebean
6 years 8 days ago

I like this one! 🙂

Marisa
6 years 8 days ago

…relishing that pool of red liquid that settles under your steak and forgoing the white bread to mop it up. Better put your veggies (or tongue) to good use.

Maya
6 years 8 days ago

… Giving praise to the wisdom of my ancestors.

Bryan Barksdale
Bryan Barksdale
6 years 8 days ago

amen

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 8 days ago

Having words like pemmican in your vocabulary.

Wearing vibrams, but only because there aren’t any public places that would allow me to just go barefoot.

Carrying a spear, because hey, spears are cool.

Christa
Christa
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is taking a bag of cooked bacon to the movies.

gilliebean
6 years 8 days ago

I like this one too!! 🙂

Kelda
6 years 8 days ago

Me too, I LOVE bacon!

Mark
Mark
6 years 8 days ago

… being unconventional.

Rich
Rich
6 years 8 days ago

…birthing a child in the wilderness and politely asking a wolf to gnaw through the umbilical chord!!!

Larry
Larry
6 years 6 days ago

LOL! “…politely asking…” See? Grok (through the magic of etiquette) was definately in tune with his environment!

Annie
6 years 8 days ago
…raising kids who know about all the ways CW sneaks sugar into all the foods in the grocery store …getting weird looks when your 5 year old yells down the aisle “Mama, did you say 4 packages of nitrate free bacon?” …playing with my kids…or playing like I’m with my kids even when I’m not! …having kids who volunteer to go to bed early because they want to get adequate sleep! On a serious note…this was a great little exercise. I’ve been feeling a bit defeated at home. It was nice to think about all the ways I am succeeding.… Read more »
gilliebean
6 years 8 days ago

Those are wonderful testimonials!

Ashley
6 years 7 days ago
Indeed, this is a good testimonial, but I feel obligated to provide you with some information about nitrate free bacon. “Nitrate free” bacon is loaded with celery salt – which becomes nitrates/nitrites when cooked. In fact, “nitrate free” meats often have more nitrates than those that are treated with actual Nitrate. This has been verified by multiple laboratories/sources. For example, Cook’s Illustrated completed a third-party test: Nitrite has long been a controversial food additive, with studies showing it forms carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines when heated in the presence of proteins, like those in bacon. Regular bacon is cured with nitrite… Read more »
Taylor Bentley
Taylor Bentley
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is when your grocery bag is made from the carcus of last nights dinner

Dan
Dan
6 years 8 days ago

…letting your genes do all the work, while you have all the fun!

BAC'man
BAC'man
6 years 8 days ago

No offense Forrest, but…..primal is as primal does.

Ben
Ben
6 years 8 days ago

…if it’s dead, I’ll eat it.

Santino
Santino
6 years 8 days ago

…having all your friends over for dinner and them telling me that I better then I have looked in years. Then they ask what my secert is and I point to the dinner I preapred for them that was all primal and that they enjoyed without knowning it.

tai haku
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is when you find yourself getting hungry wandering through the ice age section of your local natural history museum and wonder if those mammoth fossils will still have good marrow in ’em……

gilliebean
6 years 8 days ago

Ha! Love this one!

Kelda
6 years 8 days ago

… guilt-free!

Stan
Stan
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is lamirp backwards

September
6 years 8 days ago

… eating foods with no nutritional labels (instead of trying to read them!).

Terry Gilmore II
Terry Gilmore II
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is
eating grasshoppers with your 5 year old son because that’s what cavemen did.

when your daughter drops food on the ground picks it up and eats it while saying “probiotics”.

Russ
6 years 8 days ago

…hunting CW, kicking its tail, and putting it to final rest, all while eating bacon.

Randy
6 years 8 days ago

…wondering why everyone around you is so civilized when its so boring.

Nellie
Nellie
6 years 8 days ago

…the solution to the obesity epidemic.

A. B.
A. B.
6 years 8 days ago

Primal is…

…believing that bare feet are standard attire, and Vibram Five Fingers are de rigueur for formal occasions.

…eating not only the produce, but also the grasshoppers, from your garden.

…shunning Conventional Wisdom for the pursuit of life-long health and happiness.

Matt Joseph
6 years 8 days ago

…not like a box of chocolates. You always know what’s in your pickings.

Elissa
Elissa
6 years 8 days ago

…weight loss for smarties.

…going against the grain.

gilliebean
6 years 8 days ago

I *love* “going against the grain!” That’s awesome. Double meaning! 🙂

Shelley C
Shelley C
6 years 8 days ago

going against the grain!
– love the fun and oh so true, play on words!

Patty
6 years 7 days ago

Brilliant!

Primalrob
Primalrob
6 years 8 days ago

…wishing for the opportunity to wrestle a bear

Russell Taylor
6 years 8 days ago

…. Drinking the leftover meat juice in the pan.

Andy B
Andy B
6 years 8 days ago

Having A Good Time, Going Against CW, That Is Primal Life.

Primal Poetry 😀

J. Ott
J. Ott
6 years 8 days ago

… taking pains to avoid having pains.

… lifting, leaping, running, creeping, pulling, pushing, squatting and SLEEPING!

ElizaGrok
ElizaGrok
6 years 8 days ago
…your high cholesterol relatives visit and have a heart attack over the amount of fat you eat. …instead of chocolate for valentines day your spouse gives you a side of bacon. …when at youth camp, your kids ask their counselors if they can hunt the deer around the camp instead of having to eat cafeteria food. … your idea of “fun” is hunting bunnies in the park. … you have to explain to your vegan friends, for the umpteenth time, why you don’t eat “healthy” whole grains. … when your kids are over at their friends’ house and they refuse… Read more »
Sarah Yoshi
Sarah Yoshi
6 years 8 days ago

…my health insurance.

Kelda
6 years 8 days ago

… inifinte possibilities …

Kelda
6 years 8 days ago

… lean not mean 🙂

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 8 days ago

…knowing I never have to go jogging again.

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