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Help Us Send DELTA Weightlifting to Nationals

We’ve created uniform tees for men and women in a effort to raise funds for DELTA Weightlifting‘s travel expenses to compete in nationals. Proceeds from every shirt will go directly to the team. Delta Tee back-01

There is both a men’s and women’s cut. The shirt dons the DELTA Weightlifting logo on the sleeve and are in DELTA colors.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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James Sides Podiums in Snowmass

Team ORIGINAL’s James Sides is a former Marine and current adaptive athlete on the Paralympic Snowboard circuit. His weekend in Snowmass, Colorado ended with him on the podium.

Adaptive Spirit is an organization dedicated to supporting the US Paralympic Ski and Snowboard teams, where athletes like James can compete against the best in the world and inspire entire populations.

Great job, Jimmy!

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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EPISODE 208 FEATURING STRONGMAN ROBERT OBERST

Join Scott McGee and Eddie Ifft as they play host to one of the strongest people on the planet. Robert Oberst hold the American log press record and is a finalist in the World’s Strongest Man competition. The personable thirty-one year old talks about the oddities of his fans, his history as an elite level football player, and travels abroad to compete against strongest athletes in human history.

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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A brief exploration of what we deem “healthy”

I developed a mantra during my sophomore year of college that has helped shape my view of the world socially, professionally, and philosophically. It goes like this: “people behave rationally within their own realities.” I came up with this not-so-revolutionary phrase as a result of being involved in a schizophrenia research lab. Being in an environment that closely examined the etiology and experience of schizophrenia altered my idea of how we explain reality to one another.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and debilitating mental illness that is incredibly disabling and widely misunderstood. While we have medication that can help treat symptoms, once someone develops the disorder, they enter into a lifelong battle of how to manage it. One thing that was important for me was understanding why people with schizophrenia often behave in ways that seem strange to other people: not getting out of bed for days, not leaving their house, mistrusting lifelong friends, family members, spouses. And it all appears to occur “out of nowhere” often around the ages of 18-24. When I began to delve into both qualitative and quantitative research, I was exposed to more of what it is actually like to live with schizophrenia, and all of a sudden, these strange behaviors started making sense in context of the thoughts that lead to them.

Would you trust your best friend if you were 100% convinced she was plotting against you? Would you leave your bed if you felt that you were not in control of your own behavior? Would you feel comfortable walking down the street if it appeared that everyone you walked passed was staring at you?

It occurred to me that there was something biological altering what these people believed to be reality. So, within that altered reality, they behave rationally.

I use this example because this mantra has helped me navigate any kind of stressful interpersonal situation possible from family, friends, colleagues, to strangers. And every where in between. I also think its important to understand in the context of fitness and nutrition. If someone’s world tells them that health means monitoring only their mental health, that that is health to them, then that’s what health is to them. You can’t argue with that. If someone’s world tells them that obsessively counting calories and not nourishing themselves all for the goal of maintaining a certain physique, then that’s what health is to them. It’s honestly crazy how passionate and almost enraged people become when their paradigm of health is challenged. But, when you consider how much people attach it to their sense of belonging and perhaps even their own identity, it starts to make sense.

So my charge is two things: 1) welcome people into your world. You might have come across things that they aren’t aware of that is helpful for them. 2) However, you might learn something from them that works best for your body. So before you immediately question the validity of another person’s lifestyle, maybe do something as simple as asking them why they do it or where they learned about it.

I figure we might as well open ourselves up to another person’s world at the risk of missing something that could have been a game changer.

– Liv

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*NEW* ORIGINAL Protein – Goat & Cow Options

Big news! We’re proud to announce not one, not two, but three new products for all you clean athletes. We have clean label whey proteins that honor the ORIGINAL Nutritionals mission of providing the best basic, pure, essential nutrients for athletes.

  • Hydro-Iso Whey: This cow based whey is ultra-pure which minimizes lactose. This fast digesting protein is the highest potency protein when it comes to muscle protein synthesis in the first three hours. This option clears the stomach quickly to prevent bloating and allows for continued training efforts. Also, the hydro-iso option has high BCAA and Leucine content.
  • High Lipid Whey: This cow based whey is an ORIGINAL Nutritionals favorite as we are strong advocates for full naturally occurring fats. This product maintains key milk lipids. Furthermore, the MCTs and phospholipids are vital in cell and membrane support. The texture on this protein is awesome and it can be a resource for ketogenetic athletes and low carb athletes.
  • Goat Whey. This fast digesting and fast absorbing protein is completely non-bovine and is a revolutionary option for men and women that can be less allergenic than cow’s whey. This option includes high levels of BCAAs and Leucine, as well as better potassium content.

These three options are on sale now and are completely free of added sweeteners, fillers, and junk. It’s just the good stuff. These are unflavored so you may mix shakes to taste. Look for flavored options soon!

#PinkyUp

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

 

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EPISODE 206 Feat. COACH KENNY KANE

Owner of CrossFit LA and former host of the podcast, Kenny Kane, joins Eddie Ifft, Armen Amirian, and Scott McGee for what could be the most heartfelt episode yet. Kenny and the boys discuss the State of the CrossFit Union and get updated on Kenny’s latest, which includes some exciting news, tragedy, and some major life moments.

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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Waterskiing to Success

There are a number of people around me that make me better. One of which is a dapper New Zealander who spends his time split between consulting businesses and climbing mountains. Clark is always a brilliant source of inspiration and helpful mentor to me.

Just yesterday we met for coffee and a meeting of the minds. Without any real agenda, we covered numerous topics of organizational culture, relationships, and business strategy during which Clark offered up a beautiful analogy.

“If you’ve ever been water skiing,” which I had so I perked up he went on to say, “you’ll know that before you get up, you’re being literally dragged through the water. It’s literally a grind just to stand up. Once standing up on your skis, however, the workload is much different. You can flow, carve, and the ride comes easy.” This experience is just like any other excellent endeavor.

Think of any important undertaking from business to sports, we all must go through that grind before we stand up. Once you’re up, if you’re willing to enduring that initial grind, you can reap the benefits of flow.

In many ways, the last few years of business I’ve started to feel this flow. Where everything used to be hard, people, opportunity, and grow in areas that used to be a literal water-dragging nightmare has become easy. My new venture into ju jitsu, however, is a perpetual pre-stood-up-water-dragging-torture-fest. White belts drag through the water, black belts flow.

If you’re attempting to do something remarkable, don’t be alarmed if you feel like you’re drowning. You’ve got to earn the fun and flow of standing up on the water.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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EPISODE 205 FEATURING DUSTY HYLAND & CHRIS PINEDO

Join comedian Eddie Ifft and Scott McGee as they play host to CrossFit Games competitor and coach, Dusty Hyland, and former B-Boy, Chris Pinedo. They’re in the process of creating a program based around the progression of CrossFit but the freedom of breaking and dance.

These guys cover the early days at CrossFit Mean Streets, Chris’ signature dance move, and even Eddie learns some moves!

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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EPISODE 203 FEATURING 2015’s BEST MOMENTS

Wow! 2015 is a wrap and it flew by. Our good friends at the WODcast Podcast have just real eased Episode 203 and it’s compilation of all the best podcast moments of the year.

Jokes, controversy, and trash talk abound. Here’s a recap on everything great in 2015 on the WODcast Podcast.

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

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Motivation and tangible goal setting

I am lucky enough to be able to spend time with smart people from different backgrounds, ages, races, genders, and professions constantly. Between working part time in a medical research setting and being part of a fitness community, at this time in my life I have a pretty eclectic sample of opinions coming at me from different directions. And most of the time, it’s in fun settings. This Saturday was no exception. Standing at a holiday party with the best people in the world, I got to talking to a dear friend about fitness, health, and aesthetics. The conversation started pretty normally – we scanned the venue and commented on how lucky we are to be in such a wonderfully supportive community, agreeing that what we like to call “social fitness” has to be the best and most important part of seeking a “healthy” life. I put “healthy” in quotes because that ended up being the crux of our conversation.

A lot of people come to a gym for aesthetic reasons. We can all agree that fitness is a good thing and that as long as the behavior persists, some would say it doesn’t really matter what idea it was born out of. Hell, one of our athletes just wrote about this a few weeks ago! And I’m not here passing judgment on anyone’s self-image or internal motivation to seek out a healthy behavior. What I can say through personal experience and hundreds of studies on fitness, body image, health seeking behavior, and any permutation thereof, is that what gets you in the door is not always the motivation that keeps you there.

Let’s put it this way. A friend told me that one time a good friend of him came to him saying he wanted to join a gym. When my friend asked why, his friend replied that he wanted to “get bigger arms.” “

“That’s it? Just bigger arms?”

“Yes.”

“So, what is big enough?”

Was it diameter? Was it circumference? Was it the amount of weight he wanted to be able to lift with his arms? Ultimately, this one, specific outcome, wasn’t actually specific at all. And the goal, while presumably attainable, was actually useless because there wasn’t a logical progression of work-to-outcome.

The problem with this kind of perspective that no one can really be blamed for having is that it paves the way for a person to measure their ability to achieve a goal on the way they physically appear. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned since joining Deuce gym it’s that looks can be incredibly deceiving.

And while, again, I am not trying to say that people should be shamed or stopped from caring about aesthetics or being proud of how they look in any form, I think it is important especially in this time of year to be cognizant of how we are told that the vehicle to our dreams is through aesthetics and not achievable, measurable goals.

And even more so, what would really happen if we suddenly reached our aesthetic goal? Will you really feel happier if you have abs? Is your thigh gap going to all of a sudden make you love yourself after 20 years of self-hatred? Will there suddenly come a day when you feel you have done it?

If that’s the case, then that’s awesome. Like I said, I’m not here to judge you or your motivation for anything you do. But if not, maybe take a second to re-examine why you are doing what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with.

– Liv