2012: A Year in Review

*7:00 AM Class CLOSED for New Years*

Where has the time gone? We all tend to reflect on the year as we prepare for the New Year, and I’d hope that you all can look back on your time here, not matter how long or short that may be, and recognize some impressive gains. Do you remember yourself a year ago?

Where were you? What were your habits? What were you capable of?

Hopefully you can compare that year-ago-self to yourself today and see some contrast for the better. This entire community has come so far. Heck, this time last year our gym changed big time. Remember this?..

November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011

And, at the time we were all preparing to look at nutrition with a whole new intensity in infamous Route 56 Challenge. That challenge sparked a growth in this community that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen with regards to both commitment and performance. This blog had 52,000 views from 98 different countries in 2012.

The memories are incredible. A year ago this time, the 7AM class helped scrape Danny’s body off Ocean Avenue after his survived the wreck on his moped. Speaking of cars, we did the infamous “Life Skills” workout with Danny’s truck. Alternating team truck pushes and interval runs? I guess we always have been a “Fake Gym,” huh?

It was also around this time that we were celebrating my new ambassadorship with lululemon. This year we celebrate Danny’s ambassadorship. Looking back through the whiteboard photos of old, it doesn’t take long to notice a change in our students, too. For example, about this time last year the workout called for a one rep max squat clean before the meat of the training day. Here are the maximal lifts from that day:

  • Mel – 65#
  • Marek – 125#
  • Dad – 155#
  • DPatt – 155#
  • Sarah – 95#
  • Amanda – 85#
  • Peter – 135#

Last Saturday, Marek cleaned 155 pounds from the hang. Just hours before writing this, I watched Dad hang power clean 185 in a skill session. Not bad for something that we do once in a blue moon, right? The capacities of this community are growing astronomically, and you all should be proud.

Now, a year later the entire landscape of FFOTB has changed. We offer four different curriculums (GPP, Barbell, Endurance, and Women’s Only), we’ve added a coach’s training school, and a goal setting program that makes sh*t happen! One thing remains constant, however, and that’s the simple notion that you all make or break this thing. Our gym is YOU. Without the desire you all show day in and day out, we’d just be standing out on the bluff looking at kettlebells, twiddling our thumbs.

Congratulations on a job well done. Enjoy it tonight, because tomorrow we get back to work to be “Better than Yesterday.” Let us surpass any expectation in 2013!


Logan Gelbrich


Tuesday’s Workout:

4 rounds for time:
30m Run (15m course)
15 Double KB Cleans (53/35)
60m Run
15 Push Press (115/75)
90m run
(1:1 work to rest)

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