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.

A Rope. Undulation ropes to be exact, courtesy of CalRopes. If you’re not sure what “rope undulating” is all about, watch these videos. It’s basically like a wind sprint for your upper body. Winner will receive a 40 foot 1.5″ manila undulation rope.

A Sandbag. Josh Henkin of Henkin Fitness knows sandbags. I’ve been using one of Josh’s fitness bags for over a year now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by my Worker Bees, and in one case was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA furniture, but that’s a story for another day. The winner will get a choice of one of the four sizes of ultimate sandbag (strength, power, burly, or challenge packages).

That’s the package. A spear, a mace, a sandbag, and undulation ropes. Now how you can win this Primal prize package…

The Contest:

Create and upload a Primal workout video to YouTube. Whether you talk and offer instruction, or simply film yourself playing in the park or working out in the gym is up to you. I’ll leave it wide open. The only requirement is that the video relates in some way to the Primal Blueprint Fitness philosophy. The more Primal the better (NOTE: This is different from the WOW video contest.)

To give you a little idea of the fun you can have with this one, last year people used toddlers for heavy lifting, recorded an entire day in the “Primal Life,” wrote their own Grok songs, created workouts for parents with no time, and check out last year’s winning video:

The video needs to be an original video made for the purposes of this contest. Please title the video “Primal Blueprint Fitness:” followed by your own sub-title.

Upload your video to YouTube and then email me the link. I’ll publish select videos on Mark’s Daily Apple at the end of the month. Include the words “Workout Video Submission” in the subject line of your email. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.

The Deadline:

September 26, midnight, PST. You’ve got some time on this one, so make a good one!

Who is Eligible:

Anyone in the world can enter, though some prizes will only be available to U.S. contestants. In the case of an international winner, substitute prizes of equal value will be shipped.

How A Winner Will Be Decided:

Video submissions will be posted on September 28. Myself and the Worker Bees will choose a list of finalists to be voted on by readers.

Fine Print:

MDA reserves the right to publish and/or edit any submission.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Awesome! I’ve already got some ideas in my head.

    Is there anything legal that one could do with a spear though?

  2. Nice workout video.

    I’m a big fan of bodyweight exercises as they can literally be done near enough anywhere, plus you don’t need equipment.

    It’s a a great natural way of exercising.

    All the best,

    Richard Huntley
    The Martial Fitness Guy

  3. I love the imagination shown in some of these primal workouts. How can working out be boring when so much can be done with Primal movements?

  4. Hehe! I think I have some ideas. I”ve tried twice. Third time must be best!
    Indeed great prizes!

  5. That is really cool that the folks have a blog to show people how to make their own equipment! It will be fun to see the videos people put together!

  6. that kid staring from behind the fence wondering wtf! hilarious. his poor sisters too! eek. not the kind of workout for me.

  7. I need to find a camera, I have had a couple of cool ideas to do just for fun, but now it’s competition time!!! let’s get it on!

  8. I have some great ideas, but need to find a camera too, unless I do a lot of still shots realy fast!

  9. Eeek. Their shoulders joints get a good yank when he’s picking them up.

    I love user submitted content. I don’t know how you guys come up with so many fun workouts and recipes.

  10. “Sandbags . . . was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA furniture”

    Furniture? Furniture?

    You actually have furniture!

    I thought you squatted around your computers among piles of leaves and animal skin.

  11. Looks great. I can’t seem to find any victims errh volunteers.

  12. Cold Steel also makes some great poly escrima sticks for those of you into the martial arts. They are heavier than the standard one and great for beating on a tire! Just be careful..they bounce

  13. The mace looks sweet, but perusing the StrongerGrip website I came across the “Gut Wrench.” That thing looks A-MAZING for primal resistance work.