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Paul Castaneda joins Eddie and Scott in studio for an interview that details weightlifting, elite meme creation, and the community at large. Paul is also a key force in the Outlaw Way programming and seminar movement.

Join in for another hilarious episode. LISTEN HERE. 


Logan Gelbrich




With what could possibly be the funniest episode of the year, the WODcast Podcast crew is joined by none other than repeat guest, Hunter McIntyre. Hunter is just coming off of a year filming a television show that took him, most literally around the world, taking part in obscure adventure races of all different sorts.

Quickly the group gets into hilarious, death defying stories of hypothermia, the limit of human capacity, and even poop. This one doesn’t disappoint.



Logan Gelbrich



Often times when I come to my gym, I like taking a moment to reflect on how lucky I am. It isn’t always a fully formed thought, but being at this special place with these special people, I have a short lived moment of bliss. It’s the kind of thing that makes you realize that you don’t take enough time to express gratitude for the little things in your life.

But today it isn’t about the little things. We don’t spend as much time as we should thanking each other in general. But even more so, we don’t spend enough time thanking those who sacrifice their lives for us.

I really have no idea what it means to be a member of our military, and so I’m not going to pretend like I do. But I know that there are a lot of people who face the most extreme dangers in our world every day so I can sit here, sipping on coffee, hanging out with my friends, with not a care in the world except for my workout tonight and my schedule tomorrow.

To the veterans. active duty members, and family members, here’s to you. Thank you for everything.

– Liv

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CrossFit Santa Monica affiliate owner and former Navy SEAL, Carter Gaffney, is the latest guest on the WODcast Podcast brought to you by ORIGINAL Nutritionals. Though the show is always filled with great laughs, this show includes serious and insightful jaunts inside the mind and training of a Navy SEAL.

Join Scott McGee, Eddie Ifft, Armen Hammer, and Carter for Episode 196.


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What’s your way in?

I don’t like when people tell me what to do. I never have, and I don’t think I ever will. And that’s not to say that I’m stubborn – I’m honestly a very cooperative and understanding person if people are open to conversation.


I just don’t take lightly to demands.


Because of this, I used to really hate athletics. I mean hate. I didn’t like having some elementary school gym teacher blow a whistle at me and tell me to run faster, I didn’t like when I was told to stop talking and pay attention to directions (uh… 4th grade relationships ALWAYS take precedence over kickball) and I particularly didn’t like being told that I wasn’t a “sports” person.

After a few years of getting the lowest possible ribbon in the presidential fitness test, my athleticism (or lack thereof) evolved into being the punch line for my best shticks. If I made a joke about being a slow runner or hating waiting in a dugout, I didn’t have to feel embarrassed that I never excelled in something that, actually, seemed pretty fun.

It wasn’t until I found something that worked for me that I started to consider myself an athlete. It was joining a club water polo team. There was something about being in the water that made the whole “exercise” thing seem that much more approachable – which is funny, because if I knew that I would in a few weeks I’d be treading water with a 25 pound medicine ball above my head for 10 minutes as a warm-up I probably would never have approached” that pool deck in a million years.

But I joined. And I know that part of it had to do with the fact that I met some of the most down-to-earth, talented, and joyful girls I would meet on that club team. But I think that part of it was just being in an environment where I felt comfortable to screw up and laugh about it – but not laugh it off. I would laugh, but then someone would believe enough in me, be it a teammate or coach, to take the time and help me modify a movement or skill.

This transition into for the first time in my life not only liking, but also, excelling at something so kinesthetic was a realm entirely new to me, and it allowed me to finally consider myself an athlete. The beauty of being an athlete is that if you’re an athlete once, you’re an athlete for the rest of your life. Because you know that you have the ability to do it. You just have to find your own way in. My back door was water polo. Recently, my re-entry into calling myself an athlete has been joining Deuce.

Do what’s right for you, and don’t give a shit how you get there. Just make sure you aren’t stopping yourself from doing something because you’re pretty sure you can’t do it. Chances are, you can.


So just DO it okay???


… please. That was a request, not a demand. : )


Have you achieved a goal by doing it your way? Let us know! Share your story with us on Twitter. @onutritionals || #PinkyUp

– Liv


Instagram: @liv.r_

Twitter: @oliviarussak




ON Partners with Delta Weightlifting Team

Sacramento’s first weightlifting gym, Delta Weightlifting, has been an ORIGINAL Nutritionals affiliate since the day they opened their doors. Now, we’re excited to announce that ORIGINAL Nutritionals will be an official sponsor of the Delta Weightlifting team.

In the short time the gym has been in operation, the Delta competitive element is already making waves. Stay tuned to see more great movement and competition!


Logan Gelbrich


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What makes you ORIGINAL? series: Nate Harris, ORIGINAL Athlete

The ORIGINAL Nutritionals team is excited to launch our “what makes you ORIGINAL” series. This series is aimed at celebrating individuality, innovation, health, fitness, movement, and joy in our local and global community. Keep an eye out for profiles of athletes, scientists, doctors, and community members in the future. Our first blog is courtesy of Nate Harris, our most recent ORIGINAL athlete writing about how “#JiuJitsuSavedMyLife” 



It’s a hashtag I put on all Jiu Jitsu related social media posts. Some may see it as just a catchy tagline, but for me it is an authentic declaration of gratitude. Now, I’m not saying I was literally on the verge of death, or that when I magically ended up in my first Jiu Jitsu class I was set forever on a path towards prosperity and happiness, but… well, no, I am saying that.  My reality was not far off.

Before Jiu Jitsu, my diet was comprised of whatever was fastest, easiest, and tastiest with zero regard to the effects that anything I ate had to my body. I also drank heavily and smoked cigarettes. I was decidedly slovenly, not salubrious.

So it comes as no surprise, given my sloth, that it was vanity that prompted me to join the gym in the first place.  I was tired of being the fat guy so I started working out and quit smoking just to look good and maybe get some girls. When one of the fighters at the gym encouraged me to try a Jiu Jitsu class, I thought, “Ya know, learning a martial art might be pretty cool.”

It was maybe my 2nd or 3rd class when I had the realization that, yep, this was going to be something I would be doing for the rest of my life. My coach, Tait, once told someone, “I think Nate had come to 3 classes when he started to walk just a little bit differently through the world.” He was right.  I’d begun to discover a confidence and purpose that I had not had before.

I’d say it was after my 2nd tournament that the switch was made from being a Jiu Jitsu hobbyist (albeit a very passionate one) to a legitimate competitive athlete.  In this tournament I not only achieved my first win, but I won four matches.  Getting a taste of what it felt like to win prompted me to have a different reason WHY I trained, which led to a change in HOW I trained. Everything had to be methodical, especially diet. For those unaware, when you compete in a Jiu Jitsu tournament, you are placed in a weight division and, of course, everyone wants to have the size advantage so everyone cuts as much as they can to get into as low of a weight class as possible and still be able to perform. (The irony being that you end up having to lose a bunch of weight just to compete against people your own size.) I got EXTREMELY fortunate in having Tait Fletcher as a coach who taught us how to cut weight safely and intelligently. Eating a bunch of junk and trying to sweat out 20lbs in the last couple of days is most definitely going to affect your performance in a drastic way. Our bodies are machines and we must take care to make sure they operate at the most optimal levels.

My first step towards eating to perform was going on a strict paleo diet for 30 days. When I started, my thoughts were along the lines of, “Ok, it’s gonna be really hard but I’m gonna be able to work harder, recover faster, and be more shredded. Sweet!” And ya know? All that happened. What else happened, though, which I didn’t expect, was that my mood was better, my energy was higher, and the anxiety attacks that used to be a daily occurrence were now completely gone. It may seem obvious now, but recognizing in such a visceral way that the stuff I put in my body affected me physically AND mentally/emotionally was a crazy concept.

Over the years I’ve continued to learn, experiment, and evolve in how I eat and train. I don’t say “I eat paleo” because I’m far from perfect in my diet (I’m definitely guilty of having a weakness for corn chips), but “primal” is the blueprint for how I eat and live. My life is now free from foods that are overly processed, refined, or just straight up fake. There hasn’t been room for alcohol for 3 years. Every day starts with a shot of fish oil. Every cup of coffee is blended with MCT oil.

I started eating right to be a better athlete, and I am now profoundly grateful that my training has led me down the path of becoming a better person – I’m healthier, I’m more disciplined, and I’m always surrounded by a supportive community. Thanks to Jiu Jitsu, I found health and, with it, a better life. At the age of 21, I was told that due to my family history I’d probably have my first heart attack in my 30’s without a change in my habits.  It was a daunting prognosis and I didn’t look forward to a life battling a slew of ailments.  Now, I look forward every day to grappling with life. I look forward to growing older because I know I’m never going to stop learning and improving my health, fitness, and athleticism.

So I can say, with all sincerity, that #JiuJitsuSavedMyLife.


– Nate Harris

IG: @nastynateharris



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Episode 195 Featuring Weightlifting Coach Sean Waxman

There are fewer people more formally educated and experienced in weightlifting than Sean Waxman. This episode covers the usual spectrum of issues from largely unimportant jokes to serious nuggets of fitness wisdom.

Armen technologically joins Eddie and Scott who take return guest, Sean Waxman, through the paces. Sean isn’t just a brilliant coach, he’s a fun, captivating voice, as well. LISTEN IN.


Logan Gelbrich


We heart fat!

I heart fat.


Growing up with an amateur (soon to be officially professional!) chef as a father allowed me to learn a lot about cooking, food, and flavor profiles. I would proudly call myself a foodie, maybe even a food snob, as I can always find a delicious meal and explain the most prominent flavors in the dish as well as the underlying ingredients that might have just made it that much better. A sprinkle of oregano, a dash of fish sauce, a hint of fennel – all small things that, in my experience, have taken a dish to the next level.


Something that my dad always told me was to keep the “good stuff.” The “good stuff” is just, simply, fat! Fat was the difference between a juicy steak and a dry steak, a rich stew and a “meh” stew, a killer burger and that pack of 45 patties you can buy at Costco for 15 bucks.


And yet, it was always this “good stuff” that I was taught to avoid in health classes, by my doctors, and even by nutritionists. Fiber was the key to all health, and if I ever had periods in which I felt I was being unhealthy, fat was the first to go. Avocado, egg yolks, bacon (I mean come ON), sometimes even meat altogether (not to disparage my vegetarian and vegan friends – it was just that for me, it meant Kraft Easy Mac instead of a chicken breast). Our culture’s skewed perception of what it means to be healthy – outward aesthetics – dictated choices that may not have been the best for me internally. We spend so much time worrying about how we look, that we forget the WHOLE point of food is to fuel our bodies! I can pretty much guarantee you that the first caveman didn’t sit my the side of some lake, look at his reflection and grunt “I need to bulk up, bro.”


Back then, they ate to survive, Lucky for us, we’re a little bit more evolved than those folks, so we can eat to thrive. We can eat for our brains, our hearts, our joints, – but we can also eat for social reasons, for comfort, for art, even! Do whatever you want, eat whatever you want, but I hope that you can hear about ways to fuel your body in ways that help you perform at your best possible level, in any arena of life that makes sense to you. Keep around the good stuff, there’s a reason it’s so good.


What’s your “good stuff”? Tell us all about it. @onutritionals || #PinkyUp

– Liv


Instagram: @liv.r_

Twitter: @oliviarussak


It's pays to be a winner. Two lucky @wholelifechallenge participants are walking home with these bad boys! | @thefitnesscoalition #CleanAthlete

It’s pays to be a winner. Two lucky @wholelifechallenge participants are walking home with these bad boys! | @thefitnesscoalition #CleanAthlete

Trust your gut

How do you feel?


Isn’t that a nice question to hear? From your doctor, your partner, friends, coworkers, parents, children. It’s nice to feel noticed, and to then have your feelings hopefully validated by someone who cares.

Let me ask you this, though: when was the last time you asked yourself how you feel? I don’t mean when was the last time you felt something or had an opinion (I am posting this on social media, after all, so chances are we’ve all expressed some opinion today), but I mean really taking the time to sit down, take a breath, and ask yourself “how does this make me feel?”

A common trend in pop psychology is mindfulness, which is a pretty well-named practice if you ask me. It basically is an empirically supported method to do what so many of us try to do in our daily lives – be present. A lot of people use it in yoga or meditation, but it has also been used in treatment settings for basically every single mental illness you can think of. And most of the time, it’s effective.

Why do I bring up mindfulness? Because I want to stress that it’s important that we all take time to ask ourselves how we are feeling. And I don’t just mean emotionally – I mean from every nook and cranny of our bodies.

You have a problem at work – how does that make you feel? It might make you feel angry, but does your anger also find a home in your body? In your stomach, your chest, your fists? You go through a breakup or experience grief or loss – how does that make you feel? You might feel sad or confused, but you might also feel physically empty, drained, or sluggish. These feelings are all real, and we owe it to ourselves to treat each feeling we have with respect.

Trusting my body has been one of the single most important metrics that I have grown to follow in regards to my personal health and nutrition. It has taken me some time to realize that, for example, dairy and grains put a lot of strain on my stomach. I started having pretty severe stomach pain during the fall of 2014 and had a hunch that it may be due to diet. So I went to a doctor and got blood tests. Nothing. Not lactose intolerant, not gluten intolerant, nothing. But the pain persisted for almost a year until just a few weeks ago when I started the whole life challenge. The whole life challenge is a wonderful challenge that helps users track sleep, activity levels, mood, and nutrition over the span of 8 weeks. Part of the nutritional aspect is following a paleo strategy. I pretty much stopped having stomach pain altogether, with a few exceptions being a trip to Vegas, a best friends birthday, and various other occasions here and there. I was happy to take part in celebrations (have your cake and eat it too type scenarios), but I noticed that as soon as I ate foods with added sugar, grains, and dairy, that the pain came back.

But why? I didn’t test positive for anything?

But here’s the thing – I didn’t stop and ask myself how I was feeling. I didn’t allow myself to be autonomous with my doctor and ask for real advice for what I was really feeling.

I’m glad that I took the opportunity to shift my lifestyle enough that I noticed drastic changes in how my body was feeling, because it made me realize that I can and should take more ownership over how different foods make me feel. And I happen to think that this is a pretty bad ass way to tackle most uncomfortable situations in your life.


There’s a reason they say “trust your gut.”


Tell us how you’re feeling on Twitter. @onutritionals || #PinkyUp

– Liv


Instagram: @liv.r_

Twitter: @oliviarussak


To MOVE is to LIVE! | #CleanAthlete

To MOVE is to LIVE! | #CleanAthlete