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27 Jan

Contest Winner: Grokpose for $1,000

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 11.29.03 PMEarlier in the challenge, I asked people to pose like Grok for a chance to win a pretty epic prize. The rules were simple, but the ingenuity and thought put into every submission were far from it. So after much posing, primping, and staging, we have a winner…

Congrats to @PaleoFam321X, who was randomly selected from the list of submissions to win $1,000 to spend at PrimalBlueprint.com!

And a big thanks to everyone who sent in a picture. I’ve posted them all below. What do you think, folks? Who hits the most accurate pose? The most creative? The most intense? I’ve got to say, I’m impressed by each and every one of them. Maybe a few of you have future careers as Stone Age models? Eat your offal out, Calvin Klein.

Stay tuned. I’ll be publishing reader-created content all week long. In the meantime, Grok on!

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27 Jan

Interview with Simon Whitfield: Olympic Gold Medalist

social_pb_podcast_E104As many of you know, I have a long history as a former elite endurance athlete. Back in the day, I achieved a 2:18 marathon and landed 4th place in the Hawaii Ironman. That was all well and good, but above all I was vying for Olympic gold. There was just one small issue: I was giving my body the beat down in the process. At the time, guided by traditional training advice, my eye was on the prize, not the long term sacrifices I was making to get there. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. After years of spending time in the endurance game,  life had other things in store for me—researching, blogging, and sharing my story with all of you, for example. And I’ve never looked back. But that hasn’t stopped me from respecting the awesome achievements made by my past contemporaries, or the great wisdom they have to share as a result of their boundary breaking feats.

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26 Jan

Contest Poll: 2016 Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

contestpollA couple weeks back I asked you to film and share your favorite Primal Blueprint recipes for a chance to win $1500 in gift certificates to US Wellness Meats. This particular contest has always been a 21-Day Challenge staple, but this year, I upped the ante by moving the contest over to Instagram, thus limiting videos to just 15 seconds each. The response was nothing short of amazing, as you guys came through with 35 top-notch entries!

Picking a short list of favorites was challenging, so the Worker Bees and I threw our favorites into a pot and chose the first five. I’m telling you, all of this year’s submissions were pretty amazing.

While there can only be one winner, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone that took the time to submit a video. I hope you had as much fun making them as we had watching them!

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25 Jan

Dear Mark: 21-Day Challenge Rapid Fire Edition, Part 2

Questions finalLast week, I answered a bunch of the questions readers asked at the start of the 21-Day Challenge. You guys came up with so many great questions that I couldn’t get through all, or even most of them. So today, I’m back with another round of rapid fire answers to many of your questions. I talk about the utility (or lack thereof) of window-filtered sunlight in the winter, the need (or not) for 8 glasses of water a day, how fasting can impact fitness, why someone’s sleep might be suffering, which source of glycine is best, whether chlorine in a pool is bad for you, and many, many more.

Let’s go:

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24 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 384

Weekend Link Love

We almost killed off the buffalo, and now we have a chance to help them return to their native lands. Support the Tanka Fund.

Research of the Week

Low cholesterol, especially LDL and HDL, predicts increased suicidality.

Trail running quells anxious rumination.

Dunbar’s number persists into our social media networks.

Beards may protect hospital workers against staph infections.

Catch-up sleep (2 days at 9.7 hours per night) on the weekend can offset sleep deprivation during the week (4 days at 4.3 hours per night).

Arch supports may increase the energetic cost of human locomotion.

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