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The 2010 Primal Challenge is Coming…

Success is much easier when your friends are cheering you on. And in a month, you’ll have an entire community right beside you as you take the plunge into Primal living. I’m bringing back the 30 Day Primal Challenge this September. For 30 days, MDA will transform into a hub of reader-generated content and activity, where you can read about how others are going Primal, watch videos of people cooking their favorite Primal meals, and start your own 30 Day Primal Challenge journal. Whether you’re new to the blog and still a little timid about the whole “ancestral health” craze, or a seasoned veteran with a closet full of Vibrams just looking to add some more Primal schwag to your collection, September is the perfect time to actively participate.

And yes, there will be prizes.

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The PrimalCon Primal Blueprint Fitness Challenge

The exciting grand finale of the fitness agenda at PrimalCon was the PBF Challenge at Oxnard Beach Park. Here participants conducted a timed high-intensity performance test consisting of a challenging, non-stop sequence of basic PBF body resistance exercises that work various large muscle groups to the brink of exhaustion. A protocol was given for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels, allowing participants to choose a challenge most appropriate for them. While the emphasis at PrimalCon was on welcoming all to a completely non-intimidating atmosphere (participants broke into sub-groups by self-reported fitness level for the Sprinting, Strength Training, and Play sessions), we did stage a friendly competition for each sex and fitness category at this particular event, and dispensed some cool Grok-logoed awards to the various winners at the closing brunch.

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New Year’s Resolution Contest Results

On January 1st, I asked readers to share their Primal Blueprint New Year’s Resolutions on video. Folks wrote poems, made their own Grok shirts, and even threw away all their sugar products on camera. Nearly 40 people submitted videos; below are a few highlights…

You can watch individual entries here on YouTube, or here on Vimeo.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated. It’s always a pleasure to add faces to the voices in the Primal community. I’d love to be able to give a grand prize to each and every participant, but this time around there is only one grand prize for one lucky winner. Without further ado, the winner of the contest is…

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Contest: New Year’s Resolutions

It’s 2010! Let’s get this year, nay, this decade off on the right foot. This will be the decade that you hone in on what makes your body tick. This will be the decade when you develop a lifelong strategy of health and wellness that works for you. This will be the decade when your smart choices about how you move, what you eat and what you think manifest themselves in a strong, lean and healthy body that would make Grok proud.

Believe it, commit to it and act on it.

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Contest: What Did You Learn This Year?

It’s December 31, the last day of the 2000s. It’s always fun, and often quite moving, at times like these to take a look back and remind ourselves how far we’ve come, to recall where and what we were and how and why we are different now. These exercises can seem a little cheesy, but I think they’re quite useful. Some change comes so gradually that you hardly recognize it’s occurring at all. With a little self-reflection you can acknowledge that real change has occurred, be proud of it and own it, and then commit to further personal growth.

I was inspired by this Mark’s Daily Apple forum thread. In it forum user bonesheal asked, “What did YOU learn this year?” Seeing that Mark’s Daily Apple may have played a small part in raising the consciousness of the people that responded makes the experiment that is MDA all worth it. I started MDA over 3 years ago now with the goal to, as I say, empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigatng, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be trued about health and wellness. I’m thrilled to see that people are doing just that. And I look forward to continuing to provide the resources and this forum for change.

At this time I’d like to echo bonesheal and ask, What did you learn this year? List and share your thoughts in the comment board.

I’ll be choosing one lucky commenter at random to win the Primal Holiday Package. This contest ends when the Primal Holiday offer ends – Dec. 31, midnight.

Check back tomorrow for an all new contest! Grok on!

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Contest: Guess My Body Fat Percentage

Before we get to today’s actual post, I have a challenge. At the risk of sounding like a carny barker, guess my body fat and win a Damage Control Master Formula. The winner will be the one who, before tomorrow’s post, guesses what the “gold standard” hydrostatic test showed my body fat percentage to be – to the nearest tenth of a percent without going over. (Submit your best guess in the comment board.) If several people guess the same number, we will draw a winner from that group. Malibu gym members are specifically excluded from this competition (’cause that’s where I had the test done). This photo was taken around the same time.

UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Find out who won the contest and learn the value of lab values by clicking here.

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Announcement: New Recipe Theme for the Cookbook Contest

Enter your best Primal Blueprint recipes for your chance to win prizes and be featured in the Reader-Created Cookbook
The new theme: Primal Soups!

We’ve received some delicious Primal breakfast recipes from readers:

Almond Banana Pancakes

No Oat Oatmeal… It’s Noatmeal!

Omelet Muffins

Frittata Aleta

All of these recipes will be featured in the Reader-Created Primal Blueprint Cookbook and the entrants have a chance to win an über cool Primal prize package.

If you’d like to participate in this contest send in your own favorite Primal recipes that relate to the current theme – Primal Soups. Click here for all the details.

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Contest Video: Bodyweight Basics

As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest reader Peter Nathan 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!

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: A Primal Breakfast).

Grok on!Subscribe to Mark’s Daily Apple feeds

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Announcement: New Recipe Theme for the Cookbook Contest

Enter your best Primal Blueprint recipes for your chance to win prizes and be featured in the Reader-Created Cookbook
The new theme: A Primal Breakfast
We’ve received some delicious Primal beef recipes from readers:

Korean-Style Short Ribs

Carne Asada

And we have a few more reader-submitted beef recipes in the pipeline, including one that will be published tomorrow.

All of these recipes will be featured in the Reader-Created Primal Blueprint Cookbook and the entrants have a chance to win an über cool Primal prize package.

If you’d like to participate in this contest send in your own favorite Primal recipes that relate to the current theme – A Primal Breakfast. Click here for all the details.

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Final Contest: Raising the Bar

The Prize:

Would you rather have a pull up bar or a dip bar? No need to pick, if you win you get both! Get excited, because Ultimate Body Press is donating their full package as the final prize of the the 30 day challenge. No need to drill pilot holes into your doorway, the pull up bar pops right onto the door frame. And no need to clear out your garage, because the dip bar easily stores in a closet. Push up rings are also included in the package, which can be used with either bar. You can also follow the Ultimate Body Press blog for tips on healthy living and workout gear.

The Contest:

You’ve made videos; you’ve told stories. You’ve taken pictures of your meals, your groceries, and your refrigerators. You’ve quipped, joked, and Grokku’d. You’ve tweeted, facebooked, and newslettered. And most importantly, you challenged yourself and grunted, sweated, and cooked your way through 30 days of that challenge. All in all, you’ve done plenty of work. So today’s contest is simple. Leave a comment on the video post above and you’re entered to win.

To reiterate, comment on today’s VIDEO post (This is Just the Beginning) for a chance to win. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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