| | | | PA Radio – Episode 105: Rob Orlando

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Today is a great day.  Our two special guests are Rob Orlando of Hybrid Athletics and Logan Gelbrich of Deuce Gym and Original Nutritionals.  If those two names sound familiar it’s because they are basically the Devit0-Schwarzenegger combo of the CrossFit Strongman Specialty Seminar.  Similar to our very own CrossFit Football, these coaches travel the world in an attempt to introduce the masses to lifting awkward shit.

No atlas stone goes unturned as we dive straight into how Rob got started in this racket and his first impressions of Logan: a young noob with an ego and subsequently, a torn biceps tendon.  Find out how Logan was able to shape his gym around the philosophies and practices that he learned from Rob at his first Strongman seminar.

And, you hear strongman but apparently it’s all about the ladies.  That’s right.  Rob explains how and why the seminar is geared towards the female population.  Then comes the science:  how many strongman injuries have these guys seen over the years?  The number is going to surprise you.  Find out why the misconceptions swirling around this sport are actually just a bunch of bullshit.

Do you like getting stronger?  Of course you do.  Well, if you’ve never tried the “Cold Bar” method, as explained by Rob in this episode, prepare to have your mind blown.  This is taking the linear progression to a whole new level.



Be sure to head to www.CrossFit.com to sign up for a CrossFit Strongman seminar ASAP. Want to up your Strongman training game?  StrongmanWOD and Hybrid Athletics are your resources for workouts, training blogs, and equipment.

No training and recovery is complete without the fuel to keep your machine running happy and healthy.  Be sure to check out Original Nutritionals!

Don’t forget that these guys are hitting the road soon! Rob and Logan are planning their epic road trip around the CrossFit Games so follow them on social media to find out how you can slings kegs and drink beers with two professional badasses.

Next week we welcome Jim Laird of www.GYMLaird.com  This former roomie of Jim Wendler talks Powerlifting, training, meditation, and why 90% of his athletes are female.  He must be doing something right.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. forrestrohde on May 28, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    While I may lag a decade or so behind in technological prowess (Luke was supposed to get back to me on what “hashtag” means), I am only two episodes behind on the PA Podcast, on a consistent basis.

    So, if I could maybe like, you know, uh, comment or whatever on like, communication style, or, you know, like, how people speak, and, you know, transfer information, or, like, share with one-another, or whatever…

    Rob has charisma and a great philosophy, and imparted things unto me in 8 hours that became a permanent part of my training and coaching vernacular. His seminar is 8 hours of pivotal learning, combined with 8 minute demonstrations of why it doesn’t take 40 minutes to “condition.”

    All that to say, I appreciate Cali diplomatically directing the conversation back to Rob, when needed.

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