Primal Speed Power Challenge

At Primal Speed we believe that speed and power is the foundation of all other fitness pursuits, but how do you know just how powerful you are? You do the Primal Speed Power Challenge!

The Primal Speed Power Challenge is a project we’ve created to help people understand where they are on the “power scale.” By participating, you’ll be able to find out where you stand while also contributing to a research project intended to enhance the lives of everyone who gets involved.


How the Primal Speed Power Challenge Works

The PS Power Challenge is a fun and challenging competition where you test your power levels in four events. All events are done individually making this an event where you can best your previous bests and continue to train for power enhancement. The four events are:


1) 50 Meter Dash

This will be done at your local park or track and will be done with normal light weight minimal shoes. As of now we will not allow spikes but in the very near future we will have an ELITE division where you are allowed to use sprinting track and field spikes and run on a track. For now normal shoes and a flat GRASS surface are fine.

Competitors will be tested and times individually. Times will be calculated by a stop watch. The person doing the timing will stand at the 50 meter finish line and will start the timer upon the first move of the arm. The clock will be stopped the instance the body passes the finish line. We recommend using orange cones at the starting line and finish line. To attain the accurate 50 meter distance it will be necessary to purchase a track and field measuring tape that measures up to 100 meters.

Here is an example: Click Here

Competitors will be given only once change to sprint their 50 meter dash.


2) Explosive Medicine Ball Back Toss

Stand with your back facing the starting line. With the medicine ball held between two hands, squat down while simultaneously bringing the hands and MB between the legs. Reverse the motion by standing up powerfully, extending the hips and tossing the ball as far as possible in back of you. Think of making a backward “C” with your body and spine. Grunting will help as you throw the MB for both distance and height. The goal is to throw it as far as possible.

The competitor will be given three chances to throw the medicine ball as far as they can. Their must be a starting line in which the competitor is not allowed to cross. If the competitor jumps over the line, the attempt will be called a FOUL and will not count. We recommend standing one foot in front of the starting line to give the competitor ample space to jump off the ground. There will be a person retrieving the medicine ball and more important noting the exact point where the medicine ball first hits the ground. You will MEASURE the distance between the starting line and the first point of contact. Each competitor will get 3 chances.

Men under 50 years of age must use a 15 pound Medicine Ball
Men over 50 years old will use a 12 pound Medicine Ball

Women under 50 years of age will use an 8 pound Medicine Ball
Women over 50 years of age will use a 6 pound Medicine Ball


3) Standing Broad Jump on

Competitor will get 3 chances to broad jump as far as possible. Pick a starting line and then consistently have people jump as far out as possible. Measurements will be taken from the starting line to the first point of impact with the feet, measuring from the heel. Please measure in inches.


4) Explosive Medicine Ball Rotational Toss

This event will test the rotational power of each competitor in both right and left rotational patterns. The competitor will be given three attempts per side to best their previous effort. Like the MB Back Toss Event, make sure to pick a starting line and make each competitor stand at least 1 to 2 feet in back of the starting line. Almost all people will naturally jump forward during the toss making crossing of the starting line rather easy. The attempt will not count if the athlete crosses the starting line. Measure accurately from the starting line to the first point of contact with their medicine ball initially lands.

Each competitor will get 3 attempts per side and will be allowed to rest up to 90 seconds per attempt.

Men under 50 years of age must use a 15 pound Medicine Ball
Men over 50 years old will use a 12 pound Medicine Ball

Women under 50 years of age will use an 8 pound Medicine Ball
Women over 50 years of age will use a 6 pound Medicine Ball


How to Set Up the Challenge

You must first find a park or track that will allow you to use their facility. You will need the following equipment:

Medicine Balls

One 15 Pound Medicine Ball – Men under 50 years of age
One 12 Pound Medicine Ball – Men over 50 years of age

One 8 pound Medicine Ball – Women under 50 years of age
One 6 pound Medicine Ball – Women over 50 years of age

Cones

2 to 4 colored cones to set up makers

Track and Field Measuring Tape – That measures up to at least 100meters (you will obviously only need to measure 50 meters). You also need to measure the distance for the Broad Jump and the Medicine Ball Tosses).


How to Submit Your Score

All competitors will go up on the Primal Speed website and are privy to discounted prices on future products, workshops and certifications. Winners will be calculated after all the competitors have sent in their scores. First place will score 1 point in each event, second place will score 2 points and so on. The goal is to score the fewest amount of points by placing as high as possible in each event. The winner of the Primal Speed Challenge will win a Primal Speed T-shirt and one month free the membership site for training information and programming on sprinting / power training.