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Crush Games 2015 COMPLETE!

ORIGINAL Nutritionals was blessed to sponsor the 2015 Crush Games. After being asked to collaborate in the creation of the Samson Games, a strength athlete specific event ancillary to the CompFit competition, we decided to load up the ORIGINAL Nutritionals crew and head out.

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The three day event was massive. Numerous divisions made up the CompFit event from women individuals, men individuals, teams, and scaled. In addition to the CompFit event, the Crush Games introduced the Crush 5K with countless runners hitting the pavement for the race. Thirdly, the Samson Games tickled the power athletes with powerlifting and strongman events.

I was blessed enough to share the space with the one and only John Welbourn. Though Rob Orlando couldn’t make the trip, it was an honor to be included with those guys.

The ORIGINAL Nutritionals booth was a hangout spot for some of the event’s brightest stars and numerous friends and family from the fitness community. Who’s coming next year?!


Logan Gelbrich


ranger up

Episode 191 feat. SEAL Ray Mendoza & Ranger Michael Baumgarten

The latest WODcast Podcast brought to you by ORIGINAL Nutritionals featured two exemplary service members. Former Army Ranger, Michael Buamgarten, and former Navy SEAL, Ray Mendoza, sat down with the WODcast crew to discuss life in the military, their training, and life after service.

These two are also launching a new TV show on the History Channel that features real vets and real combat stories in a raw, powerful new series. Look for their show Veteran’s Day.


Logan Gelbrich



The Story Behind Coco Java Nut Butter

When you look at the product mix, these little packets of nut buttery goodness doesn’t seem to be the next logical step in product development. Furthermore, the ORIGINAL Fuel protein line that we’re launching seems like it’d come well before ORIGINAL Nutritionals would get into the food business.

Don’t forget you’re dealing with an unconventional (borderline rogue) brand here. We aren’t making cookie cutter products for cookie cutter retailers.

Coco Java Nut Butter was my attempt at providing a rebuttal to in-race “Gu” energy gel products often seen on the endurance sport scene. Almost always, these products are a chemistry experiment of sugars and who knows what else. Not only does the ingredient list on these products look like the semi-finals for the National Spelling Bee, the major driver in their effectiveness is a rise in blood sugar.

Unfortunately for athletes, if they can use their “Gu” successfully without devastating consequences by way of bowl movements, they often become a slave to their insulin levels. Eat a “Gu” too soon in a race, and you’ll have to continue to ingest these until the race is over to avoid a sugar crash.

Coco Java Nut Butter isn’t just for endurance races and athletes, but sure does a good job as a substitute. With all real food ingredients, it’s easier to digest and less potentially harmful on longterm health. In addition, fat dominate fuel doesn’t require walking the thin line that is blood sugar crash.

Plus, it tastes incredibly good.. almost too good!


Logan Gelbrich


strength wagon


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


strongman code 3


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


deuce seminar


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





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.


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


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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


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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


LB strongman


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.


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