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January 08, 2010

Primal Blueprint Forest Sprinting

By Mark Sisson
59 Comments

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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Barry Weidner
7 years 1 month ago

Very cool. One of my favorites so far.

pieter d
pieter d
7 years 1 month ago

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).

Cheers

Dave
Dave
7 years 1 month ago

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.

West
7 years 1 month ago

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!

Cheers!

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

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.

Steve
7 years 1 month ago

Video was excellent Tom, top notch.

Thanks!

Steve

nblezy
nblezy
7 years 1 month ago

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.

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

Sounds interesting 🙂

I will definitely give it a try!

Kevin Jordan
Kevin Jordan
7 years 1 month ago

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”!

gilliebean
7 years 1 month ago

I wish I lived near all that forest! Awesome vid.

Chris
7 years 1 month ago

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!

Pamela
Pamela
7 years 1 month ago

Very cool!

Brett
Brett
7 years 1 month ago

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!

Mandy
7 years 1 month ago

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!

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

This was made in the autumn, November I guess. Now we also have a lot of snow and some freezing temperatures, so the outside trainings are a little cut back for a while. This picture [http://www.flickr.com/photos/41045065@N04/3900695429/in/set-72157622187434348/] was taken a year ago, now it`s even more snowy.

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago
Mike Cheliak
7 years 1 month ago

What a great looking “playground”. The workout looks like a monster as well. Well done!

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
7 years 1 month ago
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… Read more »
huntingnt
7 years 1 month ago

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.

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

Yes, you`re right about the location. That`s an interesting idea that I am looking forward to try. I also like nature photography, I have some of my best shots here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41045065@N04/sets/72157622187434348/

Jeff P (P stands for Primal)
7 years 1 month ago

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!

Andria
Andria
7 years 1 month ago

Too much fun!(not implying it looks easy, though). Hmmm… now I have to find someplace like that in Chicago!

Kent Cowgill
7 years 1 month ago

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!

Gary-A
Gary-A
7 years 1 month ago

I want that for my backyard! I’d be lookin’ much more fit if that were the case haha.

Doug
Doug
7 years 1 month ago

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.

Richard Shelmerdine
7 years 1 month ago

Wow its such a natural way to exercise. It looks amazing and fun to do.

Andy Meacock
Andy Meacock
7 years 1 month ago

Great video. One thing I’m guilty of is not doing much coordination work like the log walks. Very interesting vid. Thanks.

LisaG
LisaG
7 years 1 month ago

Truely Awesome video. I loved the workout and really enjoyed the surroundings.

Katie
7 years 1 month ago

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! : )

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

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 🙂

JV
JV
7 years 1 month ago

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 (www.darwinawards.com) if I trip on something and fall on my face while running with a tree lodged on my neck.
Thanks for putting this together.

austin tx personal trainers
7 years 1 month ago

Great video. It reminds me of my childhood and my time in the woods.

Jeff Sakamoto
Jeff Sakamoto
7 years 1 month ago

Great video Tom….although I’m quite certain that your neighbors must think you’re nuts! 🙂

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

I bet they are! 🙂

Tina
Tina
7 years 1 month ago

Hey Mark, what do you think about swim sprints??

Aaron Curl
7 years 1 month ago

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.

Nick Lo
7 years 1 month ago
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).… Read more »
Sinus Relief
7 years 1 month ago

Cool! You are awesome Tom!!! You rock! Stay healthy!

Villads
Villads
7 years 1 month ago

Forest – the PERFECT primal playground!! :o) Great vid!

Phil
Phil
7 years 1 month ago

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.. 🙂

derekm1111
derekm1111
7 years 1 month ago

Tom, what is the name of the song and band on your very inspiring video?

TomGreenwald
7 years 1 month ago

American analog set – the only one

TrailGrrl
TrailGrrl
7 years 5 days ago
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… Read more »
Usman
6 years 9 months ago

WWhoao, I can imagine Grok in this environment, seriously primal 🙂

Sergey
Sergey
6 years 9 months ago
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… Read more »
Zac
Zac
6 years 8 months ago

I thought this guy was wearing VFFs, but apparently he’s just wearing shoes? No wonder why his running around didn’t look right..
But still a really great exercise

nathan
6 years 8 months ago

That makes running look fun for a change.

Personal Fitness Trainer in Austin, TX

You seem to be a guy w/a real creative mind and practical sense – Thanks for the great articles and inspiration!

Tammy
Tammy
6 years 7 months ago

Reminds me of how children like to walk when hiking. They’ll say, “Race me up to the top of the hill!” and then they’ll walk along a log. And, then they skip down the road and back. And, so on.

Somewhere along the line, we seem to lose that “fun” of activity just for the joy of it.

Bill Wallace
5 years 10 months ago

Great! Now I HAVE to go an buy a National Forest! Way to go Tom! 😉

Nathalie
Nathalie
5 years 7 months ago

The only thing that should have been missing were his shoes… haahahha!
Get some vibram 5 fingers, or better yet, go barefoot, and this would be perfect!

LeRoy
LeRoy
5 years 4 months ago

Started Primal sprinting with my son in the bike trail near my house. Trying to expand to the whole family. We even posted a video on Youtube!

tradergirl
tradergirl
4 years 10 months ago

Great workout–the most fun and UN-boring one ever! Any chance you could let me know the band/song on the video? Loved it!

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