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The Align Podcast: Episode 122

While podcasts seem to be a dime a dozen these days, this conversation stood out for me. The founder of Align Therapy, Aaron Alexander, came by DEUCE Gym and got a look at what sights there are to see on a busy afternoon in the yard. Shortly there after we walked down to my house for a sit down in the back yard over some tea. We recorded the episode at the end of a long day and it was even interrupted by a police pursuit (you read that correctly), so naturally I worried how it would come out.

After revisiting it, the conversation flowed beautifully from movement quality, namely in CrossFit, to decision making, risk analysis, and the objective implications of pursuing your passions. I invite you to listen to this episode of the Align Podcast. You won’t be disappointed.

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

 

ON Presents: Active Life Podcast

It’s with great pleasure that I get to share a conversation I had with Dr. Sean Pastuch with you. It was the first full length episode of his new podcast, The Active Life Podcast.

On this episode we discussed the years leading up to the creation of ORIGINAL Nutritionals, DEUCE Gym, and the book I’m working on. Naturally, we got into some ideology and organizational culture elements. We even talk specifically about developing coaches and how we do that at DEUCE Gym.

I am confident this will be an enjoyable listening experience for you. Enjoy!

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

A Training Day: Spain’s Hall of Champions

While I was just forty-eight hours away from wrapping up my keynote talks with gym owners from around Europe, I felt like keeping my mouth shut was the best approach when I walked into Oviedo’s Palacio Municipal weightlifting spainde Deportes. I was a visitor in hallowed ground. I’d follow my leader, Alberto Garcia, past the figure skaters practicing in the center of the arena, and then past the rhythmic gymnastics room. He’d open a door, next to the boxing room, into a scene out of a every weightlifting documentary that should be made but hasn’t.

The authentically worn equipment has character and reminds you again that being a champion is about the training, not the glamour. An off number of sparse forgotten dumbbells collect rust behind a simple mirror. The room is all about the three platforms that are the focus of the center of the room. While there are enough mismatched barbells and plates, there aren’t any extra. There are no power racks, branded refrigerators, or t-shirts for sale. While I did see a dusty record player, there was no music.

This is Spain and more champions than we both can count came from this modest, backroom gym. My training partner today, “Berto,” is nineteen and while practicing his English, he explains the seven year old boy in the photo taped on the wall is him. In fact, he’s in a number of newspaper clippings that have made it on the wall, along side contemporary weightlifting legends like Lidia Valentin. Berto is a quiet, unassuming phenom. He’s been training since he was seven with his renown coach, who’s athletes are no strangers to podiums on the highest stages of international competition. He, of course, is a local police officer, who helps weightlifters on the side put up big numbers. Berto’s number speak for themselves and he’s rarely boastful. In fact, the strongest assertion he makes about his goals is how often he coincidentally wears his favorite sweatpants with “TOKYO” emblazoned on the side. While these aren’t official 2020 host of the Olympic Games merchandise, Berto wants you to connect the dots yourself. I did.

From the US, we hear about the grandeur of European weightlifting, but seeing it it person is something remarkable. The results are incredible. For context, Berto has been able to train weightlifting for free since the age of seven and his totals are internationally competitive, and his younger sister, Nere, could be even better. Kids in America don’t take up weightlifting before the age of ten, sure, but as I walk around this classic weightlifting dungeon, I can’t help but think of all the parents paying hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars each month for club teams and one-on-one lessons in basketball and baseball. That’s a full months salary for FullSizeRender 88many parents in Spain.

Furthermore, the resources made available at my gym, DEUCE Gym, to hundreds of weekend warriors that will never have the weightlifting success Berto had before his thirteenth birthday. Our equipment trumps the equipment these athletes are using to claw their way to an Olympic Games. Yet, they do the work. As we finished our snatching session, I took a moment to appreciate how beautiful Berto’s movement was, especially against a backdrop that would get poor Yelp! reviews back home. Nonetheless, he knows his gym is perfectly good enough to be a champion.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

 

Inside the BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar

With several weeks to decompress, I’m excited to share some insight to the first ever BIRTHFIT Coach Seminar in Los Angeles recently. The three day course is the first of its kind, especially in depth and volume of material surrounding the birth experience as it pertains to movement practice.

Now, I’ve seen this seminar from concept to reality from a behind the scenes perspective. Lindsey, or Dr. Lindsey Mathews DC as she’s known professionally, is my fiancé and she created BIRTHFIT from a deep rooted connection to her own life experience as a child and her practice as a renown healer and movement coach. The frustration surrounding the lack of control that a baby has in his/her welcome party to the world combined with the all too common un-empowered birth experience normalized in the United States made way for BIRTHFIT, an educational resource for both men and women surrounding arguably the most impactful, most critical, most natural expression of life.

Over the course of three days, we drank water from a firehose of information. Foundational anatomy and physiology led into one of the most progressive things I’ve seen. With influence from Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), which uses the universal development of human movement as scientifically observed in babies, Dr. Erica Boland DC rolled out the BIRTHFIT Functional Progression as a means to pre-abilitate and rehabilitate movement disfunction, and even address diastasic recti and pelvic floor issues. What we’ve learned is that while these conditions are common, they are not normal.

The course isn’t just lecture, either. We also spent time at a training facility where movement was taught, progressed, corrected, and cued. It was refreshing to see from the entire staff of doulas, coaches, and chiropractors that this wasn’t CrossFit for pregnant ladies. It was a movement practice, a mindset practice, a nutrition practice, and a chiropractic practice to prepare for birth, the greatest physical and emotional feat in a woman’s life. Screen Shot 2017-02-26 at 9.16.08 AM

My favorite part of the weekend wasn’t even taught by Lindsey. Melissa Hemphill, BIRTHFIT Regional Director – Colorado, led the mindset discussion with not just powerful psychology surrounding controversial issues like pregnancy, nutrition, postpartum depression, and even miscarriage. She gave specific tools to navigate the waters of the mind. I, and the other men and women in the room, were left asking big questions and getting big answers.

Of course, the weekend had an intangible that made the experience far from sterile. The group was inspired to navigate adaptive challenges along the way. There were breathing and meditation elements, squatting with barbells, tear jerking birth stories, Dr. Seuss quotes, and enough research to leave any mind overflowing.

While I may be biased, the seminar exceeded even my expectations and I know the sold out crowd would agree. This movement is covering not just the country, but the globe. If you have a chance to attend, come ready to learn.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

Book Review: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

After hearing the title tossed around some credible friends’ backyard pool workouts for several straight weeks, I finally picked up a copy of Christopher McDougall’s follow up effort to Born to Run, entitled Natural Born Heroes. It, too, proved to be a national best seller and chooses to use excellent story telling to prop up the power of naturalistic training habits and the untold potential of human performance. natural-born-heroes-640x1024

Where Born to Run stuck closely to its namesake with it’s compelling argument that not only should running hurt us less, that humanity evolved to do it and survived because of it. Natural Born Heroes claims, more generally, that the stuff of heroes wasn’t always as much the fiction of today as it’s built on foundational practices we’ve all but forgotten. He ventures back to the Greek island of Crete to retrace the steps of a handful of mostly average freedom fighters and their successful effort to perform an improbable clandestine mission to kidnap a German general and escape the island.

With skill sets that have garnered new found popularity, like parkour, ketogenic diets, CrossFit, and MovNat, McDougall claims the job was pulled of with readily available human capacities. You can’t read it and not want to train more naturally and clean up your fuel sources. Without explicitly mentioning the product, McDougall describes fat adapted performance that would love something like Coco Java Nut Butter.

Check out this adventure of a book. It builds slowly, but McDougall successfully wraps his arounds around a number of disciplines and brings them home in perfect sequence with one of the little known clandestine feats of World World II.

Pinky up!

 

Logan Gelbrich

[VIDEO] Beyond Strength: PR & Chill

We aren’t just talking the talk at ORIGINAL Nutritionals, since 2011 we’ve walked the walk, too. The video above is a piece our friends at Train Heroic has produced to give insight into a program I developed at DEUCE Gym that is shared and followed around the world called Strongman 202. Whether you have an interest in strongman sport or not is beside the point. The concepts in this video pay dividends in any application of strength and conditioning.

Watch and let me know how you like it. Thanks!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

Clean Athlete Nation Invades Barbell Shrugged

I’ve been on a big of a podcast streak! Here’s an excellent conversation from the internationally acclaimed crew at Barbell Shrugged. In this episode recorded at DEUCE Gym, we discuss everything from strongman training for a general physical preparedness program (GPP), developing coaches, and the state of affairs in the world of CrossFit.

These guys do a wonderful job creating creative content and it was an honor to be on the show. If you’d rather listen to the audio only click here. Enjoy!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

Clinically Pressed Podcast feat. Founder Logan Gelbrich

The Clinically Pressed Podcast is a progressive podcast that covers the spectrum of clinical practice, wellness, nutrition, and performance. With episodes ranging in numerous topics from treatment practices and training tips, you can surely find something to meet your fancy. On this episode, I was able to sit down with Dr. Kyle Boland DC to discuss the gamut.

On this episode this episode, we cover a career in baseball, general physical preparedness, adult development, DEUCE Gym, the ORIGINAL Nutritionals brand, and everything in between. Be sure to share the episode if you find it helpful.

Enjoy!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

Optimal Performance Podcast: 5 Reasons We Fall Short of Our Goals

While I’m not new to podcasts, my latest conversation with Ryan Munsey was one of my favorite on record. Ryan runs the Optimal Performance Podcast by Natural Stacks, or he does so when he’s not speaking at events or drilling into the science of performance, at least. His guest list is nothing to balk at, so I was honored just to be asked on the show. This is actually my second time on this particular podcast and my third official podcast with Ryan, but the best conversation so far.

The topics of conversation ranged from nabbing a local Venice thief, goal setting, coaching, and even public speaking. Whether you’ve got a commute or some quite time on your hands, I’d encourage you to give this episode a listen from top to bottom. It’s worth your time!

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

Team ORIGINAL: Three to Strongman Nationals

Next week marks the beginning of Strongman Corporation’s National contest to crown the strongest of people of their gender and weight-class. The event will be held in Quad Cities, Iowa and includes five feats of strength.

Athletes are tasked with max repetitions of a heavy axel deadlift, max presses with a giant circus dumbbell, and a yoke carry for time on ‘Day One’. ‘Day Two’ will culminate with each athlete taking their best shot at max distance Hussafel stone carry and a keg/atlas stone loading event.

We’re pleased to announce that in conjunction with our friends at Caveman Coffee Co., that we’ll be supporting three athletes from DEUCE Gym, who’ve qualified for the event. Emily Russak, California’s Strongman Woman – Middle Weight, Josh Goldstein, and I will take our strengths to the competition in Iowa waving the Caveman and ORIGINAL flags!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach