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8 Jan

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

This inspiring Primal Blueprint Fitness Video was sent in by reader Tom Greenwald. Let Tom know what you think in the comment board.

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  1. Very cool. One of my favorites so far.

    Barry Weidner wrote on January 8th, 2010
  2. Me likes it!!

    Especially the way Tom appears out of the tree for the trail run. Funny. And some nice parkour-like moves!

    This is really the kind or workout I like (and do myself).


    pieter d wrote on January 8th, 2010
  3. Entertaining. Looks like a great place to workout. I’m dying to do some running but we have so much snow and ice on the ground here in Colorado that it is too dangerous. Think I’ll do some snowshoeing instead.

    Dave wrote on January 8th, 2010
  4. Awesome – this is inspiring and definitely along the lines of the types of workouts I hope to begin developing for myself this year.

    TOM – I’d love to know what kind of camera you’re using here. I’m on the hunt!


    West wrote on January 8th, 2010
    • Thanks everyone! I’m really glad that you enjoy my video. Regarding the camera – I’m using a Canon HG20 HD camcorder. A good, practical camera – can’t say anything bad about it.

      TomGreenwald wrote on January 8th, 2010
      • Video was excellent Tom, top notch.



        Steve wrote on January 8th, 2010
  5. Props. Trail running is where it is at. You should try Trail Tag if you can find a willing friend. Exercise your prey escape and predator hunting instincts as well!
    Keep up the great work.

    nblezy wrote on January 8th, 2010
  6. Sounds interesting :)

    I will definitely give it a try!

    TomGreenwald wrote on January 8th, 2010
  7. Great stuff. I live in Boulder Colorado and do allot of the same things. Has anyone ever tried trail/mountain sprinting in the Vibram Five fingers? It’s about as primal as you can get without being completely barefoot. I wear them on some pretty rocky gnarly stuff and absolutely love em. Look them up! They should be considered “standard primal issue”!

    Kevin Jordan wrote on January 8th, 2010
  8. I wish I lived near all that forest! Awesome vid.

    gilliebean wrote on January 8th, 2010
  9. Very cool. Looks kind of like what we used to do as kids when we “played” in the woods. I may have to break out some snowshoes to do this up here at this time of year though!

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2010
  10. Very cool!

    Pamela wrote on January 8th, 2010
  11. Kevin: I live in SLC, Utah and ran most of last spring and summer in my VFF’s. Loved it! Made my feet/legs stronger and improved my stride…not to mention, made my runs Primal. High recommended!

    Brett wrote on January 8th, 2010
  12. Wow!! I wanna do that now! Too bad we’ve got snow and I’m too much of a wimp to workout in the cold!

    Awesome video!

    Mandy wrote on January 8th, 2010
  13. What a great looking “playground”. The workout looks like a monster as well. Well done!

    Mike Cheliak wrote on January 8th, 2010
  14. No doubting this is a good workout – and fun in a sick sort of way. Just be careful of tree roots. I was doing uphill trail sprints on my local common (in a wooded section) – fast run up, then slow jog back to the bottom. After the second sprint I was jogging very slowly back when I put my foot on a root and rolled it right over. Sprained my ankle badly (it’s been sprained before, most recently a year previously) but also disrupted a bone in my foot. Haven’t been able to run since – not pain free anyway.
    Be careful folks.

    Indiscreet wrote on January 8th, 2010
  15. Great video! I’m guessing that you’re in the northwest by the terrain. You should try stalking a herd of elk sometime and sprinting to keep up with them as they bolt. Do it in the summer when they have plenty of fat stores on them and won’t endanger them for the winter. They are amazing and you’ll have memories that you never forget.

    huntingnt wrote on January 8th, 2010
  16. Tom – awesome video. You appear to be the kind of guy who could get chopsticks for Christmas and turn them into some kind of bodweight exercise. Way to go showing us how we can use our environments for a great workout. You walk the talk, my man!

    Jeff P (P stands for Primal) wrote on January 8th, 2010
  17. Too much fun!(not implying it looks easy, though). Hmmm… now I have to find someplace like that in Chicago!

    Andria wrote on January 8th, 2010
    • Depends on what part of Chicago you live in. I’m on the northwest side and have a nice forested Chicago Park District park within a mile (could swear I’ve seen crossfitters there before), and one or two more within 5 miles. There might be some place closer than you think!

      Kent Cowgill wrote on January 9th, 2010
  18. I want that for my backyard! I’d be lookin’ much more fit if that were the case haha.

    Gary-A wrote on January 8th, 2010
  19. That was just bad ass! I think Mark should reopen the fitness video contest for about 3min and give the grand prize to you. It’s cold here in TX, but you’ve inspired me to wake up early tomorrow and do a bit of trail running myself. Grok on my friend.

    Doug wrote on January 8th, 2010
  20. Wow its such a natural way to exercise. It looks amazing and fun to do.

    Richard Shelmerdine wrote on January 9th, 2010
  21. Great video. One thing I’m guilty of is not doing much coordination work like the log walks. Very interesting vid. Thanks.

    Andy Meacock wrote on January 9th, 2010
  22. Truely Awesome video. I loved the workout and really enjoyed the surroundings.

    LisaG wrote on January 9th, 2010
  23. Tom, this is very inspiring. We are about to take out some trees in our hilly, forested back yard and are looking forward to similar workouts ourselves this spring. On the environmental side though, that is a gnarly clear-cut and soil erosion problem you have there! : )

    Katie wrote on January 9th, 2010
    • That`s not a soil erosion problem, it`s just a building site for our neighbour`s house, and I am using it while I still can :)

      TomGreenwald wrote on January 9th, 2010
  24. Love it! Would like to have a mountain top too, but much of this can be accomplished in my own small back yard. I’m sure going to try.
    I might hug the log to my chest for the “Forester’s Sprint” instead of behind my head. Don’t want the next Darwin Award ( if I trip on something and fall on my face while running with a tree lodged on my neck.
    Thanks for putting this together.

    JV wrote on January 9th, 2010
  25. Great video. It reminds me of my childhood and my time in the woods.

    austin tx personal trainers wrote on January 9th, 2010
  26. Great video Tom….although I’m quite certain that your neighbors must think you’re nuts! :)

    Jeff Sakamoto wrote on January 9th, 2010
  27. Hey Mark, what do you think about swim sprints??

    Tina wrote on January 10th, 2010
  28. Great video! Im planning on doing some trail running this spring as soon as the snow is gone. Or at least when the temp goes above 30.

    Aaron Curl wrote on January 10th, 2010
  29. It definitely looks fun, but did it not also look a bit like a Monty Python sketch to anyone else? I think that partly had something to do with the editing which often showed Tom randomly appearing and charging slightly crazily across the screen. I couldn’t help watching it imagining the soundtrack changed to something more comedic (Benny Hill (for those that know Benny Hill) music perhaps?).

    Anyway, I’m just teasing as I’m a bit jealous that I can’t just go charging crazily around in a forest where heat, snakes and other bitey things aren’t a concern (I’m in Aus). Then again, there’s always the beach!

    Nick Lo wrote on January 10th, 2010
  30. Cool! You are awesome Tom!!! You rock! Stay healthy!

    Sinus Relief wrote on January 12th, 2010
  31. Forest – the PERFECT primal playground!! :o) Great vid!

    Villads wrote on January 13th, 2010
  32. Thank you for showing a workout in the nature where it’s a bit more cold climate.
    Seemes to me that all natural workout proponents lived in tropical weather close to the sea.. :-)

    Phil wrote on January 14th, 2010
  33. Tom, what is the name of the song and band on your very inspiring video?

    derekm1111 wrote on January 16th, 2010
    • American analog set – the only one

      TomGreenwald wrote on January 17th, 2010
  34. That was awesome! We’ve got local trails in a wetland park that are really great for trail runs where I feel safe out by myself. It’s funny in summer because you swear you are in the forest and then you like hear someone’s radio in their backyard and can smell them grilling out. I’ve really gotten into these kind of workouts. Even in Los Angeles in a middle school park with just a bit of “offroad” dirt track up a hill was the best trail run and tree climbing time for me. Had to watch out for broken bottles, but other than that it was a blast. The trail head is a short drive for me at home, maybe 5 minutes. Not long trails, but I don’t mind the looping and I sometimes pull tree limbs along behind me and do balancing on logs and stuff.

    You look like you are in the Carpathians or something!

    TrailGrrl wrote on February 15th, 2010
  35. WWhoao, I can imagine Grok in this environment, seriously primal :)

    Usman wrote on April 29th, 2010
  36. Trail running is certainly fun, and I enjoy it very much. But the way this guy lift things is a recipe for a back injury and should not be advertised. I don’t know whether Grok lifted heavy objects the same way this guy did – with rounded back, and not utilizing hips at all! But we know that the proper, safe, and much more efficient way to lift things is to keep back straight and engage glut and leg muscles as much as possible. Please people, don’t ever try to lift trees like that, unless you are well trained and know what you are doing.

    Sergey wrote on May 8th, 2010

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