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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPISODE 200 FEATURING NAVY SEAL, CROSSFIT GAMES COMPETITOR JOSH BRIDGES

Our friends at the WODcast Podcast have produced their 200th episode! To make things more epic, their guest was the talented and elusive, Josh Bridges.

Bridges is a US Navy SEAL who, in his downtime, has made his way to three CrossFit Games events. During this episode Scott and Eddie sit down with Josh to discuss all things CrossFit and, of course, plenty of other shenanigans.

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Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

EPISODE 198 FEATURING FROGMAN CHALLENGE’S PAUL CASTANEDA

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

@functionalcoach