Athlete Profile

Athlete: Ron Gellis

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Southern California
CrossFit Anaerobic
170 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad260
Sprint 400m1:10
Run 5k25:20
Clean & Jerk185 lb
Snatch137 lb
Deadlift320 lb
Back Squat255 lb
Max Pull-ups45



How I Eat

I try to eat paleo-zone. I have a sweet tooth that exists.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I record my workouts

I train at CrossFit Anaerobic and in my garage gym. Try to get 5 CF workouts in and run 3 miles on Sunday's.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

I played soccer in high school and college. From my mid twenties to mid fifties i ran 20 marathons, countless 1/2's and shorter distances. I also did many Olympic and sprint triathlons. I have taught scuba diving for over twenty years as an avocation and prior to CF put the same focus on my underwater photography as I now put in CF.

My Experience With CrossFit

I have taken the L-1, L-2, CF Kids, weightlifting and powerlifting Courses. I have competed in the 2010 Masters Regional, 2011 Open placing 4th; 6th at the Games; 2012 Open 3rd, 5th at Games. 2013 CrossFit Games with a 16th place finish in the Open. I finished 15th at the 2013 Games.. I finished the 2014 Open in 11th Place, 12th 2014 Masters Qualifier (disqualified on video); 2015 recovering from knee injury. What I love most about CF is how it restored, protects and preserves my health as well as being part of the great CF community.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I strictly schedule my rest days

I generally do 3-on 1 off /2on/1 off. I try to do 2 workouts a day 3-4 times per week, my style. The morning workout in my garage is a session aimed at form, speed and strength improvement. As competitions near, the intensity of my workouts increase. I try to keep it all enjoyable so I don't burn out, but paradoxically, at some point, if your enjoying it you're doing it wrong. I am in it for the long haul so I try not to make it so consistently aversive that I don't want to do it anymore.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Started August 13, 2008


Athlete Coverage

Ron Gellis, 65, is competing in his third year at the CrossFit Games. Here, he discusses how much he loves CrossFit and competing in the Masters competition.  Gellis sits in 13th place after the...
Video, Posted Wed, 07.24.13
Southern California will send 10 men and 8 women to the Masters Competition at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.   The SoCal Regional has come and gone, and the top fittest men, women...
Article, Posted Tue, 07.16.13
Josh Bridges is back and topping the Leaderboard in SoCal this week. On the women's side, Kristan Clever not only dominated the region, but sits in first place worldwide. The burpee: a...
Article, Posted Mon, 03.11.13