Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

Tell Me More
Stay Connected
March 07, 2009

Weekend Primal Health Challenge

By Mark Sisson

Just so you know, the workout and recipe posts I publish aren’t just for show. They’re meant to inspire and inform, and although I know most of you take them to heart, I suspect a lot of people take mental notes while reading them without ever actually trying them out (it’s only human, after all). While the actual workouts are grueling and the prep work for some of the recipes takes time, the real difficulty for most people lies in mustering the resolve to get up and just DO it. “It’s the weekend” (So? Fuel up for the coming week.), “It’s such a nice day” (Exactly! Get outside and enjoy it!), or my favorite, “I’ll work out tomorrow” (Even you don’t believe that.) – excuses are a dime a dozen. But making excuses becomes far more difficult if you actually get up and try the workouts and eat the food. You’ll realize living Primally isn’t bad at all; that it’s actually a rewarding lifestyle that allows you to eat great food and get great results (I guess listening to your genes and thousands of years of evolution will do that).

With that in mind, I have a simple proposition for you.

Instead of taking today off as a rest day or a “cheat” day, how about trying a mini-Primal challenge?

Pick one of our workouts and complete it – no half-assing it, either… this is a formal challenge!

Walking Workout
Bodyweight Workout
Prison Workout
Kettlebell Workout
Slosh Tube Workout
Sandbag Workout
Sprint Workout
15-Minute Workout
Ultimate Frisbee
Clubbell Workout
Upper Body Plyometric Workout
Lower Body Plyometric Workout

If you’re injured, you’re allowed to take it easier.

Next, fuel up. Pick a Primal recipe, make it (or get your better half to help if you’re clueless), and eat it.

Pepper Recipes
Game Meat Recipes
Primal Comfort Food
Primal Chili (you might want to get this started before you work out)
Thanksgiving Redux
Thai Coconut Soup
Son of Grok’s Famous Primal Pizza
Mackerel, Halibut, and Egg Recipes
15 Minute Primal Meals
Stir-Fry Adventure
Primal Iterations of Classic Salads

Or browse through our recipe archives.

Sounds pretty easy, right? It is, with the right mindset.

Are you up for the challenge?

Subscribe to the Newsletter

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

Leave a Reply

8 Comments on "Weekend Primal Health Challenge"


Sort by:   newest | oldest
8 years 6 months ago

hmm…I just hit the weights hard yesterday and upped my weight on deadlifts and clean n press….and I can’t really move today….so I’m gunna have to fail the first part of the challenge while I lay here most of the day…but I’ll try the second half….the recipes will be a little ad-libbed being a college student with no kitchen…but ill try

John Sifferman - Real World Strength Training

Just finished my 2nd clubbell training session today…

Morning 15 lb clubbell practice – swipes, mills, hammer swings, torch presses, arm circles, lateral leverage presses.
Afternoon 45 lb clubbell training – swipes, swings, cleans to order, clockwork squats

Enjoying primal living daily!

John Sifferman
Fitness Professional

L. Wans
8 years 6 months ago

If you lack equipment and want to get ‘primal” check out this video for some inspiration. It dovetails into what Mark has shown us here on his blog, “be useful in training to be useful in life”. In any case, it’s a beautiful video so enjoy!

Thank you to Mark and everyone for your inspiration.


Danielle T
8 years 6 months ago
I’ve been sick, bronchitis and/or asthma, and a trek on cross-country skis Fri. night through the frozen snowy woods after work–although good for my soul (bobcat and elk tracks in the powder!)–did not help the lungs. So I had to lay low today. I took advantage of the time to deal with bills and chores, freeing up tomorrow for lap swimming and gym climbing or mtn biking, depending on the weather and my lungs. Also I prepped food for “vegie bombers,” a variation of girl scout pocket meals, vegies and meat in sauce roasted in foil on the grill. I… Read more »
Chris - ZTF
8 years 6 months ago

I loved the post on spontaneous workouts while going for walks. I will often jump up on a tree and throw in a few chinups or have a random race when going for a long walk in the park with friends. Another good tip is to bring a ball along and just chuck it to each-other, throwing is a very primal movement!

8 years 6 months ago

Mark, I’m in LOVE!! I’ve been going primal and the weight is dropping off and my energy is through the roof. I just wanted to say thanks! I’m keeping my friends and clients updated on my blog and I have not doubt that they’ll be going caveman with me soon!!!!!

8 years 6 months ago

I would have done but I have spent so much time reading blogs instead

8 years 6 months ago

I am so bad for thinking that I have to have everything PERFECT every day or I feel that all is lost. I’ve got to get better at ‘just doing it’. Thanks for the encouragement.