Athlete Profile

Athlete: Ron Gellis

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Southern California
CrossFit Purpose
162 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad260
Sprint 400m1:10
Run 5k25:20
Clean & Jerk185 lb
Snatch137 lb
Deadlift320 lb
Back Squat240 lb
Max Pull-ups45


Played high school & college soccer. From mid 20's-50's ran 20 marathons, countless 1/2 marathons and 10 & 5ks. Did many Olympic and sprint-triathlons. Avid underwater photographer prior to discovering CrossFit.


How I Eat

I am a hybrid between Paleo, Zone and cheat. My very supportive wife prepares a very zone compatible breakfast every morning which includes a fresh veggie/fruit juice, about 12 oz. I have nuts in between meals. She also prepares a salad with 4 ounces of chicken, fish or meat for lunch. On weekends I try to prepare a weeks worth of chicken and meats on my smoker grill. Every Friday night, our cheat meal, we cook a thin crust pepperoni pizza on which I add extra pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. It has been a long standing tradition. However, when competitions near my cheating also disappears.

How I Train

I train at CrossFit Purpose with individual coaching by Coach Brian Thomason. x3 week. I otherwise train in my garage gym.

My Athletic Background

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

My first day of CrossFit was 05:30 August 13, 2008 at CF Laguna Beach. Once I caught onto the website, I remember staying up till midnight waiting for the next days WOD to be posted like a kid staying up for Santa. The sad irony was I was 60. I trained there with the Letchford's and a variety of other great coaches while there. After a year I switched to a new box that opened 20 minutes closer to home, CrossFit Next Level Performance with Lamarr Smith who coached me for 4 years. I am presently coached by Brian Thomason from CrossFit Purpose. I have taken the L-1, the coaches prep course CF Kids and Oly Lifting Certs. I want to eventually take the L-2 course and of course pass. I have competed in the 2010 Masters Regional, 2011 Open placing 4th; 6th at the Games; 2012 Open 3rd, 5th at Games. Very grateful to say I have qualified for the 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 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 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. That is the benefit of having my coach, Brian Thomason do my programming.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

Started August 13,2008 5yrs. 8 months


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