Contest Video: Primal Blueprint Upper Body Workout

As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest reader Albrecht submitted his interpretation of Primal Blueprint bodyweight exercises (the current theme). He is in the running for a cash and prize package worth $400 and has a one in four shot of winning. If you’d like to be featured on Mark’s Daily Apple for a chance to win Primal gear read the Primal Blueprint contest details and submit your video (fitness or recipe), real life Primal story or Primal recipe soon!

I’d add a cautionary note to this video. Before you start doing backflips and throwing bodies around please make sure you know what you’re doing. It sure looks like fun but I’d hate for anyone to get injured in the process.

If you liked Albrecht’s Grok On! workout shirt you can get your own here!

Check back tomorrow for a Worker Bee culinary creation of a reader’s Primal recipe submitted as part of the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Contest (current theme: beef).

Have a fantastic Primal weekend, everyone!

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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. You know. You inspired me to go on itunes and get that Fela Kuti song from the last video you put up.

    I might attempt some of these crazy moves, but even better, I’ll ask the readers to do it…safely of course.

    The out come of all of this should be interesting though.

    I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

  2. Slightly complicated for the novice. A pushup/chinup bar and “The Perfect Pushup” would accomplish many of the upper body workout.

    Does yoga count as a body weight sport and Primal form of exercise???

    1. doing it on a rope trains more muscles because you have to push and you have to hold it in the right place. even if you can do lots of pushups, when start doing them on a rope, dont have a rock below you 🙂

      i would count yoga a primal and bodyweight but thats one of the sports i am realy bad at.

  3. Fantastic video. You have a lot of faith in your rope to be OK with the rock under your face during the pushup! That’s a good sign.

    1. I am using that rope for my slakline, if it holds there it should hold me 🙂

  4. Nice vid, although it made me even more sad that it is already getting cold here in Colorado!

    I may have to go out and get some rope anyway, though.

  5. Albrecht,

    Great video! Hard exercises!

    Love the rock-n-roll movements at the end. They remind me of some other primal exercises, the ones you would need night vision to capture. 😉

    Thanks for sharing. And indeed, never forget to play!


  6. That was awesome! Although the whole rope thing seems a little complicated… Where do you live?

  7. The great thing about this video is that whether it’s with the straps or having fun in a group, well, it just looks like a great time. A work out with aggressive heavy music and getting “angry” while working out is fine every now and then, but just having a good spirit-lifting work out is what it’s really all about. Great video to show that.

  8. I want to add something on the play part. Mark is right, its not so easy. But you can start with easy stuff. Normaly people dont start doing Gymnastics, Acrobatics and so one when they are over 20. But i know several people (including me) who did it. Tom, the one from my last video (Workoutday), recently started doing gymnastics at age 30 and hes doing quite good. The hard part is to find a place and people to do it, but if you have the opportunity you should try it (and start slowly!! otherwise you will hurt yourself :))

  9. How did he clean and press the girl? Did he use some type of strap? If not, then the girl was getting a good workout too!

    1. He didnt use a strap. Theres a technic how you can do it, and yes the girl needs a lot of core strength. but he doesnt do it right on the video, you can see his hands slipping out on the top.

  10. Great site! It would be great if the videos were in YouTubes html5 format so those with an iPad can view them.