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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 8

Phew! This has been a bit of a marathon, but I’ve loved every minute of it. In fact, it’s felt like a great excuse to hang around a mentor of a coach and a business man for eight days. I’ve learned a ton, we got to spread the gospel, and I even had a blast doing it.

‘Day 8′ would be finished with a visit to CrossFit South Bay. The ‘Strength Wagon’ would be unloaded one last time. The gym was incredibly nice, and we were able to host the clinic on the turf outside in the sunshine.

Luckily, for us and for CrossFit South Bay one of the attendees and their coach is a friend by the name of Liefia Ingalls. She’s an actual strongwoman competitor. In fact, we both competed in the the most recent California Strongest Man event together. She won, and she sealed her spot at the top of the podium with a first place finish in the stone loading event. In that way, I used her for our movement demo!

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We finished this night like we did every other night with a few beers and good laughs.

I’d like to thank Rob Orlando for tagging along with me and trusting me to set this whole thing up. It wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors either, Nuevo Cerveza, Caveman Coffee Co., Fitmoo, Hybrid Athletics, DEUCE Gym, and, of course, ORIGINAL Nutritionals!

That’s a wrap, folks!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 7

There was no rest for the wicked this Sunday. We were up and at ’em early to get to Torrance to visit our friends at Code 3 CrossFit starting at 9AM. We had to grab ice along way to keep the world’s best cold brew coffee from Caveman Coffee and beer from Nuevo Cerveza nice and cold for everyone.

We broke out our routine with this group and I was super excited to see some familiar DEUCE Gym faces in the crowd. We did our usual CrossFit Total for an ice breaker. From there we transitioned into teaching the stone load and took on a sixty second stone loading event. For the third event, we switched things up and did a fun medley. Here’s what it looked like:

In :75..

6 Sandbag Front

100′ Yoke Zercher Carry 

Max Circus Dumbbell Presses

I had a blast rapping with Code 3 Athletics owner, Daniel Wu, afterwards. I admire and respect him a ton and we’ve been swapping ideas for years. After we loaded up the ‘Strength Wagon,’ we headed back to Venice for a quick lunch and a nap.

Rob wanted to work out so we tried what would become the longest workout in our training lives up until that point. The short story is CrossFit Strongman Seminar Staff member, Rhoddy Davies, turned thirty-six recently and he decided he wanted to move 36,000 kilos in a birthday-inspired workout. Rob and I took on this beast: Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 5.11.30 PM

Complete 90 rounds for time of:

1 Bench (225lbs)

1 Squat (265lbs)

1 Deadlift (390lbs)

We finished just in time to start the WODcast Podcast on time, which we were this week’s guests. Needless to say, I went through the spectrum of human emotion during that barbell marathon, but by the time the show came around we were back to our usual selves.

Our late night celebratory meal would be an epic one. We decided to dine with local Top Chef, DEUCE athlete, Antonia Lofaso’s, restaurant Scopa Italian Roots. We ate and drank like kings and toasted to a successful trip.

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 6

I’m not entirely sure where Day 5 ends and where Day 6 starts, but Day 6 was home to the full CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course back home in Venice Beach. DEUCE Gym played host to twenty-seven participants. Rob and I woke up from what seemed like a nap, getting in at 3:45AM and up at 7:30AM for the seminar.

Rob took the lead on the seminar and I backed him up. We had resident pro, Emily Russak, and DEUCE Gym ‘Coach’s Prep’ participant and CrossFit 626 coach, Julian Gonzalez-Becerra, as interns on this one. In addition, Jordan Gravatt was behind the camera to capture the seminar for some CrossFit HQ content.

It’s rare that Rob and I both teach a seminar together so, despite the sleep deprivation, this was a fun one.

After the seminar we took our traditional group photo (where everyone looks like coal miners after a day of training in the yard). From there we walked to Clutch Venice for some beers and BBQ. Ronda Rousey defended her UFC title that night, which we watched at the house, but not before I fell asleep twice in front of the TV.rousey

After her knock out victory some thirty-six seconds in to the fight, we quickly got ready for bed. Rob wasn’t impressed when I told him tomorrow’s gig was a “day game.” We’d be ready to roll at Code 3 Athletics at 9AM the next morning..

Two to go!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@funcitonalcoach

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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 5

 

What we weren’t saying, but we were both definitely thinking, was that this drive is kicking our ass and we broke it up in to two halves. That night immediately after the seminar, we’d have to race the full distance from Fairfield to Venice Beach in one effort, in the middle of the night, and be ready to wake up for the full CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course the next day.

In the middle of our drive, Rob pulled the Kia Soul off the highway into a seemingly nondescript ranch area. Immediately, though, I recognized the hill. We were at Castro’s ranch. Home of the 2008 and the 2009 CrossFit Games. This for any CrossFitter is hallowed ground. For Rob is was a war zone of beautiful memories as a competitor.

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The clinic was held at The Fitness Coalition in Fairfield, CA. The modest sized gym knocked it out of the park with enrollment. We had a blast with 43 participants taking on the ultimate ice breaker; the CrossFit Total. Then, we talked about stone loading and finished the day with a sandbag carry/front squat event.

After some photos, a few beers, and a scramble to pack the car, we were off. Rob took the first leg and I finished up. With excess speeds, Pearl Jam radio, and super focus, we made it back in five hours and eighteen minutes. We walked up to my house at 3:40 AM. The all day seminar the next day would prove to come bright and early!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 4

Day 4 became a travel day of sorts. We were slated to have a clinic at CrossFit Amundson in Santa Cruz, Calif, however, the tragic death of Sergeant Scott Lunger affected the community so deeply, we opted to cancel. Sergeant Lunger was killed while on duty, and leaves two young daughters behind.

As a result, we traveled north around midday making a stop in San Luis Obispo to train at Bill Grundler’s gym, CrossFit Inferno. Rob designed a long workout to trudge through that looked like this:

Complete 20 rounds for time of:

1 Rack Thruster

5 Strict Pull Ups

Odd: 40 Double Unders/ Even: 10 Burpees

Rob used 265lbs on the thruster, while I used 225. He still crushed me. After our long workout, we headed up to Paso Robles to meet Bill for dinner. This meal was one of my favorite moments of the trip so far. Being able to sit there and listen to two original CrossFit legends give their thoughts on the 2015 Games, the history of CrossFit, and the changes we’ve seen.

I’m going to bed feeling like a lucky guy!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 3

After a late night at CrossFit Long Beach, we headed back to Venice for some shut eye. It felt like cheating the system that I could sleep in my own bed, but it felt good nonetheless. I woke up and made some coffee for Rob and I while we worked remotely on the porch on some emails and what not.

Around mid day we saddled up, this time with our film crew (Ewan from Thrasher Magazine and IPG, another DEUCE member, who does locations) for the drive up to Ventura. On the way up we stopped at In N’ Out for some quality nutrition. Little did we know that we’d be back for a second round of burgers and fries after the workshop because all other options would be closed.

The clinic took place at Westcoast Strength and Conditioning with a crowd of about twenty athletes. The group had a blast and brought lots of energy. One woman who was celebrating her birthday found herself in the final heat of the stone loading event alone. She had a performance break through experience in that minute and it was incredible to hear the energy focused just on here. What a birthday gift!

After the event we had a few beers and took some photos and hit the road. Thursday will be an off day because of the tragic death of a NorCal police officer killed in the line of duty. His funeral is tomorrow and was well known at CrossFit Amundson.

Next stop… The Fitness Coalition in Fairfield, CA.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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CA STRONGMAN ROAD TRIP: DAY 2

Waking up in a cool, dark hotel room felt good after a long night of coaching and socializing in San Juan Capistrano. The trip continued with a trek north. After a massive omelette and pancake breakfast, Rob and I road up Highway 1 through Laguna Beach for a quick stop at PowerAthlete HQ.

I’ve always wanted to stop in and see those guys and the office/private gym is as awesome as one would imagine. We had a blast catching up about the who, what, when, where of the seminar life and what could be next for both the CrossFit Strongman and the PowerAthlete camps.

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After a BBQ lunch and some good hipster coffee that our friend, Joey, from CrossFit Intersect showed us to, we arrived early at CrossFit Long Beach to set up. CFLB packed the house and we enjoyed some cold beers.

With a late 8:30PM start, we didn’t home till about 1AM. The rockstar sleep schedule starter kit is tough on us fitness dudes, so we’re off to bed.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

CA Strongman Road Trip: Day 1

Rob Orlando and I woke up after a weekend at the CrossFit Games ready to kick of seven days of strongman clinics and long car rides together. Each day for seven days, we’d make a new stop and a new gym to talk about strongman movements, lift heavy, and enjoy good beer and good coffee.

Yesterday was our first day. Once we got the rental truck loaded and haphazardly spray painted with the words “Go Heavy!” on the back we were ready to head south.

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We arrived at CrossFit No Boundaries to a slew of handshakes and hugs. For the next three hours we get down to business. Right away we broke the ice with the CrossFit Total. From there we did a short stone clinic in prep for a fun stone loading event. The night was capped off with a heavy yoke carry and tacos and beer.

Our next stop is Long Beach. Signing off from a random Starbucks! See you soon.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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ORIGINAL Nutritionals to Collaborate with 2015 Crush Games

We’re greatly honored to announce that I, in conjunction with ORIGINAL Nutritionals and DEUCE Gym, will be a “collaborator” for the 2015 Crush Games. The Crush Games is comprised of three separate fitness competitions. CompFIT will be a CrossFit dream. The second component the Crush 5K Race will test endurance runners in the Miami sun. And finally, the Samson Games, which we’ll be aiding in, will be a test of the capacity of the weekend’s strength athletes. Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 12.32.26 PM

Registration opens here and the event will take place in Miami, FL the weekend of October 2nd-4th.

We’ll be joining PowerWOD’s Jesse Burdick, Power Athlete HQ’s John Welbourn, and Hybrid Athletics’ Rob Orlando in the organization of the Samson Games. The event will feature five weight classes and a variety of strength, speed, and power tests.

Join us in Miami!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@funcitonalcoach