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...

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Month: September 2010

WOW: Dash, Lug and Burp

During the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge I’m encouraging people to join forces, forge support groups and get Primal en masse. This is why this month’s Workouts of the Week (WOWs) will be all about playful (and sometimes competitive) workouts you can do with a partner or a group.

So grab a friend or spouse, try out this week’s WOW and then report back with your results.

And if you have your own ideas for a Challenge WOW submit it here for a chance to win a Primal prize. Grok on!

8 cycles for time:

50 Meter Sprint
50 Meter Carry
Max Burpees (with Pushups and Jumps)*

This workout is designed to be done with a partner. See the “How-to” section below for instructions.

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Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize:

Hold your fist-pumps of glee until the end, because I’m giving away an arsenal of equipment for this one…

A Spear. That’s right, an actual spear you can spear things with. You’ve seen Grok jumping with one. Now you can. The technical name is an Assegai Spear, and it comes courtesy of Cold Steel (with a leather sheath included). Cold Steel makes a wide variety of brutal weapons tools, like those crazy war clubs from the Last of the Mohicans. If you’re in the SoCal area, they’ve got their own Challenge going on later this month.

A Mace. Just as deadly useful as a spear, the winner will receive a plate loadable mace, courtesy of Stronger Grip. BONUS: Enter the code “MDA20” when ordering from for a 20% discount. And for those of you who aren’t into winning or buying stuff, the owner of Stronger Grip also runs a blog for folks who like to build their own equipment: DIY Strength.

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What Are Mark’s Daily Apple Readers Eating?

Three days ago I asked you to email me your meal pics. I only gave you a day. Only 24 hours. And in that time I received over 600 pictures of meals. And not just pics. Many people included recipes, some even included ste- by-step photos, starting with the chicken laying the egg they’d later omeletify. A big thank you to everyone who sent in a photo. I’m truly amazed by the participation level for this contest, and I hope it keeps up for the rest of the challenge.

A big congrats to the winner Michael who cooked himself a rib eye smothered in peppers and onions, and a sweet potato with coconut oil, cinnamon and an avocado.

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Contest: Name Your Meal, Win Fat

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

The Prize:

Fat is good. And it comes in many forms. Today you can win two delicious types, coconut oil and ghee.

What’s ghee? It’s rendered butter with the milk proteins and solids removed, and Pure Indian Foods makes the good stuff. They’ve been featured in the NY Times. Their ghee is organic, grass fed and today’s winner gets two 14oz jars of it plus a 6-jar sample pack of herbal and spiced varieties.

BONUS: If you use the code “marksdailyapple” when ordering from Pure Indian Foods online, you will receive a 5% discount.

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How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Crisp and caramelized on the outside, but never burnt. A first bite that melts in your mouth as the savory, perfectly seasoned flavor of beef hits your palate. The rich, smoky aroma of animal fat dripping onto an open fire.

That, my friends, is a perfect steak. You don’t have to make reservations at an expensive steakhouse to reach this sort of steak nirvana. It can be yours any night of week in your own kitchen by following a few simple and painless steps.

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Contest: Give Advice, Win Books

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

The Prize:

A Primal Library. A collection of handy books to fill out the shelf of any newcomer or Primal veteran. Included are:

The Primal Blueprint – A pastoral drama that explores the tension and frustration of unrequited love between a farm hand and an aristocrat during times of… just kidding. It’s my book!
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook – And so is this one!
Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes seminal work on the take down of the old “calories in, calories out” approach to health.
The Garden of Eating – Presents a practical plan for obtaining the health-building benefits of an alkaline, produce-dominated diet that includes pastured-animal products. Includes 250 delicious, family-friendly, grain- and dairy-free recipes.
Sugar Shock – The ultimate handbook for yanking out the sweet tooth. And if you’re looking for some serious schooling on curing your sugar addiction, check out Connie Bennett’s 6 Week Online Course.
The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook – Yes, there’s a giant cake on the cover of this one. But fear not, Grok Stars, Elana (of Elana’s Pantry) does some truly wondrous and Primal stuff with almonds inside the cover.

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