FFOTB Presents: The Route 56 Challenge!

The following message is for motivated people only:

Functional Fitness on the Bluffs is proud to announce it’s second ever community challenge. This one is more comprehensive, longer, and has bigger stakes. Follow me here.. Imagine a framework that would support an undertaking for yourself so comprehensive that I probably couldn’t be done alone. This challenge will test more than fitness, it will place a microscope on how you live!

The Route 56 Challenge gets it’s name because the challenge is 8 weeks (56 days), and it is in many ways a journey to Elite Fitness and a lifestyle of health and wellness. I promise you that if you take this on, you will be in a completely different place at the end of this journey, and we are all in it together. 

This challenge is about lifestyle. Participants are taking part in a game with 3 elements… The Workout, Mobility, and Lifestyle Habits (nutrition and sleep). The challenge begins January 14th and will last 8 weeks (until March 10th). It will be difficult. It will change your life.

The winner of the challenge will demonstrate the most compliance to the game and improvement in the workout. Here’s how each section will be weighted:

Lifestyle Habits: 50%

Mobility: 25%

The Workout: 25%

Here is a brief breakdown of each section..

The Workout:

4 rounds for time:

10 Deadlifts (155/115)

15 Hand Release Push Ups

200m Run

To start the 8 week challenge, participants will do The Workout as a baseline. Then, 8 weeks later they will complete the same workout at the Challenge Finals to measure improvement. This will account for The Workout portion of the challenge.

Lifestyle Habits:

Each day before 1:11 PM, participants much log their points from the previous day. Daily logging will take place on the blog at www.FFOTB.com. Points logged after 1:11 PM will not be counted.

Participants earn a point for the following:

Nutrition Compliance: 1-Point

Hydration (64oz of water): 1-Point

Fish Oil: 1-Point

Sleep (8hrs): 1-Point

The rules of “Nutrition Compliance” are such that the participant earns the daily nutrition point if he/she consumes:

  1. NO added sugar or sweeteners
  2. NO grains
  3. NO dairy
  4. NO legumes
  5. NO alcohol

For the sake of stating the essence of the point system, only that which compromises the point system is listed. For guidance on how to eat for performance consult your coach.

This section of the challenge is the most difficult, the most ridiculed, and the most questioned. There is NO grey area, it is your responsibility to understand what you are putting in your body. Ignorance is no excuse. Ask questions.


To earn one’s daily Mobility point, he/she must spend 10 consecutive minutes mobilizing (or stretching). The areas of focus are up to the participant. The ten consecutive minutes must be accumulated AND logged online to receive the daily Mobility point.


Each participant will accumulate points for both the Lifestyle Habits and the Mobility sections of the workouts. And, their scores will be weighted at 50% and 25% respectively.

Scoring The Workout will be done by percentage of improvement. Percentage points of improvement will be weighted accordingly (25%).

It pays to be a winner.. literally. Cash prizes and gifts are on the line, as are unbelievably strong bragging rights. More on that later..

There will be more details and a meeting to follow. I hope this does, however, create some excitement for you. This is the perfect way to grab your life by the throat and do some things for yourself that would be quite improbable alone. As I often say about things I believe in… “Tell somebody.”

Logan Gelbrich


Thursday’s Workout:

5 rounds for time:

10 Deadlifts (135/95)

10 Over-the-bar burpees


  • Can I do this in Eugene?

  • There are a lot of “no-no’s” in the diet/nutrition category. What does one eat during this time? (and drink? if no alcohol!) Do you have menu/food ideas? And here I thought legumes would be a safe bet… ? 🙂

    If we can’t make the 1/11 meeting, can we figure it out online and/or otherwise?

    And if others are doing this challenge “remotely,” how do they participate in the workout component?

    Thanks… I think!? 🙂

    • FFOTB says:

      There are a lot of “no-no’s,” but keep in mind the no-no’s are listed because they describe the essence of the rule rather than outline the things one can eat.

      All of these questions and more will be answered at our informational meeting Wednesday at lululemon, but items that are up for grabs include meat, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts & seeds, etc. There are thousands of meal options. 🙂

      The meeting is not required, so if you need specific guidance you can absolutely reach out to a coach. I’d (or Danny) would be happy to meet for coffee to discuss or we can answer any questions you may have before or after class.

      To participate remotely, one must complete the workout prelim via video submission. The heart of the challenge is easy to participate in remotely. In most cases, however, we’d like the workout to be completed at FFOTB.

  • The above 50 crowd can definitely benefit from yoga, and their life experience can be an advantage on the mat

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