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7 Jul

Expedition Impossible Team Goes Primal

Many of you may know that one of my favorite television shows is Survivor. It turns out that Mark Burnett, the producer of Survivor, has a new show called Expedition Impossible; an adventure series where contestants race through the deserts, rivers and mountains of Morocco. (Interest piqued.) It also turns out that one of the teams, the Gypsies, could just as well have been called team Grok. That’s right. John Post, Taylor Filasky and Eric Bach, contestants on the show, have all gone Primal.

Mark Burnett? Africa? Adventure race? Primal contestants? Ok, I’m hooked. Between attending to the media blitz that comes with starring on a new TV show and operating a recently purchased 27-acre farm (Sweet Peeps) with his sister and their two best friends, John Post found time to answer a few questions about his experience going Primal and being on Expedition Impossible (airs Thursday, 9/8c on ABC). Find out more about John’s team at The Modern Gypsies, and ask John any questions you have in the comment board.

John, tell us about Expedition Impossible.

When I first heard about Expedition Impossible, I was volunteering in Cambodia. I saw the title and knew this was something I wanted to be a part of! Expedition Impossible was a true test of the Primal lifestyle and definitely the most epic experience of my life. It’s incredible to have the opportunity to see how my teams’ lifestyle choices stack up against a truly diverse selection of Americans. Grok vs. all! There’s no schedule, no hotel rooms, and we never knew what would be around the next corner! We trekked through the Sahara dessert, climbed snow capped mountains,  and paddled some gnarly rivers. We were riding crazy camels and Arabian stallions and pulling stubborn donkeys through miles of river bed. They really did a good job of trying to throw teams out of their comfort zones! I remember the first day while I was leading these camels through the Sahara dessert with my two teammates thinking “wow,  this is real!” There wasn’t one moment that wasn’t absolutely incredible.

You’ve said that the Primal lifestyle was a big part of your training. What did you mean by that?

Being Primal keeps you ready for anything. It was perfect training for a competition that is constantly varied and unknown. When Mark Burnett, producer of Expedition Impossible and Survivor, designed this show, he must have had the Primal Blueprint in mind. Combine long distances, bursts of intense activity and constant problem solving with a survival of the fittest style competition and you have Grok in his daily life!

How did you first come to find out about the Primal Blueprint?

My sister Stephanie has been a long time Primal eater and I have to give her credit for my first experience with the Primal Blueprint. We were training for the Warrior Dash SoCal a little over a year ago. I’ve always been athletic but never paid much attention to my eating habits. I quickly started to notice that on days I ate Primally, my mind was clear and focused on my intent and my body felt more powerful during my training. On days when I didn’t eat Primally, all I could think about while training were the bad things I put in my body. I didn’t know much about the Primal Blueprint at the time but as I learned more I realized the things I envisioned weighing me down actually were. My body knew and could recognize the difference.

What was your diet and exercise routine like before going Primal and why did you make the change?

Before going Primal my diet and exercise routines varied widely. To be honest I wasn’t educated about what was really good for me. I thought I was healthy and fit enough until I got my first taste of Primal. After that there was no going back.

How has the Primal lifestyle affected your health and fitness?

I often tell people I wish I could experience the change to the Primal Blueprint again. I just felt so much better. The increase in my energy level was amazing. My favorite part is being able to make conscious decisions about what I put in my body and understanding how it affects me.

What was it like trying to eat Primal foods and live like Grok while on the Expedition? I imagine getting adequate sun and low level aerobic activity wasn’t a problem, but how about getting adequate sleep, managing stress, and avoiding stupid mistakes?

Living like Grok while on the expedition was  pretty easy. We definitely got adequate sunlight and enough low level aerobic activity for Grok to migrate to Brazil! Eating while on the actual expedition was a little bit trickier. At first, we were the crazy guys with mustaches who wouldn’t eat bread or candy. After our performance the first few days people stopped thinking we were crazy! That being said, food was really limited and for a lot of the competition there was a tough balance of eating what our bodies needed and what was available. I definitely hunted and gathered a few loafs of bread and possibly some beans while in Morocco.

Are your teammates Primal, too? If so, how long have they been Primal and what have their experiences been?

My whole team followed the Primal Blueprint leading up to the show. Eric and I have been Primal for about the same amount of time. Taylor made the change just 3 months before we were scheduled to leave for the expedition. He took training for the show really seriously and lost over 15 lbs after switching to the Primal Blueprint.

What would you say to anyone that was considering trying the Primal lifestyle?

This is how people are supposed to feel!

What was the craziest thing you did while on the Expedition?

Camels are pretty crazy! Throughout the show we dealt with all kinds of animals including a few different kinds of camels. Lets just say the ones you see in the first episode are nothing compared to what’s to come! It gets pretty crazy.

Who won the competition? Actually, don’t answer that. Your team had Grok power, so I think we all know who won.

Well, I can’t reveal too much but I can say that coming in first place on the first stage felt pretty good. We’ve proved that we are capable of winning. We’ll do our best to make you and the rest of our friends and family proud!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Time to fire up the Tivos!

    WhatAboutJason wrote on July 8th, 2011
  2. I don’t watch TV, but i’ve got to make an exception for this show.

    Maba wrote on July 8th, 2011
  3. Thanks for the heads up. Watched most of it last night. Enjoyable to see and I can’t wait to inform my friends who really do not understand the PB nutritional lifestyle. Just got back from Fish Camp and got grilled every time we ate.

    Really bothered me to have to inform them that no, the vegetarian dish with flour was not ok. It just went on an on. If someone would have wanted a one-on-one, I would have enjoyed talking about it but when it only came up in the presence of the 21 Fish Camp participants, it got old real quick having to explain why I would not eat this or that because of grains or sugar. . .”

    Pam wrote on July 8th, 2011
  4. OK, so my husband and I watched this last night, and it totally opened up the “why don’t you go primal with me” converstaion (again)…and now he’s actually considering it! I did have to promise him I wouldn’t say anything if he decided he needed an awesome mustache like John…but I think it’s worth it. GO GYPSIES!

    Lindsey wrote on July 8th, 2011
  5. This show looked cool but I didn’t pay any attention to it until last night, because of this post.
    Great, now I’m stuck watching… :)

    Shaun Somers wrote on July 8th, 2011
  6. Just finished episode 3, man it is so exciting watching Gypsies blow everyone away. Everyone is like “Those gypsies don’t look like athletes but they are so fast”. I wonder why? Grok on Gypsies!

    Tom E wrote on July 8th, 2011
    • I just finished watching the third episode. They are kicking ass! It’s awesome to see and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

      Primal Toad wrote on July 8th, 2011
  7. I started the first episode after reading this post…AWESOME!! Not only are the Gypsies primal, but they have the coolest mustaches and scarves hehe!! <3 <3 I can't wait to finish watching it when I get home from work!

    Ika wrote on July 8th, 2011
  8. If you want to read more about John/Primal/Crossfit check out this interesting video interview from Cross Fit

    Gypsy Mom wrote on July 8th, 2011
  9. I am so proud of you Team Gypsies! feels damn good to be a grok.

    Miguel wrote on July 8th, 2011
  10. “Enough is enough with the Gypsies”…lol. Made me laugh. So sweet Team Grok is dominating!

    Jameson wrote on July 9th, 2011
  11. I’m so excited for this show! I just watched all three of the first episodes online and am so proud of the Gypsies! Can’t wait for more episodes!

    gilliebean wrote on July 10th, 2011
  12. If one has a diet that resembles more of Primal eating, then they are more likely to have their muscle mass intact over a period of strenuous activity, as their body would resort to the fat stores for energy.
    PS: Even I don’t watch TV, in the sense I don’t really have to watch it but if somebody recommends an interesting show I really make it a point to watch it.

    Suresh wrote on July 11th, 2011

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