First, he’s got an amazing attitude and always comes to class with a big smile and ready to do the work. He’s very deliberate about what weights he chooses and how he attacks workouts, but not to the point where he sacrifices intensity (I’ve literally seen him puke twice from going so hard, which is very uncommon).
Second, he’s got a great sense of humor, even when the laughing involves me giving him a hard time about the Indian Clubs that he uses to improve his shoulder stability and mobility.
And third, his attention to detail and focus on the specifics of movements and why we’re asking him to do certain things to improve his efficiency. This focus and attention to detail is what has allowed him to make huge strides quickly, but also safely and we love seeing that from our athletes.
Congratulations Ryan, this is an honor that is well deserved!
When did you join Cróga?
After moving back to CA from Seattle, WA. My wife, Sierra, found the gym and tried it first. She loved it so I came in soon after.
What were you doing before for fitness?
What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
The first one that sticks out is Fran… I threw up… ?
What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
My favorite improvement has been in the technique work the coaches have been helping me with, from trying to learn double unders and butterfly pull-ups, to practicing better lifting form on deadlifts and snatches.
What days and times do you come to Cróga?
I’ve been a time-slot nomad so far in my Cróga career. I started at 7am, but have since switched to 6am and now 3:30pm. A nice benefit is that I’ve been able to meet more members that way!
What’s your favorite WOD?
Karen, love to hate those wall balls.
What’s your least favorite WOD?
Isabel or max calorie assault bike ?
“The Ryan” WOD! What would it be?
EMOM alternating heavy Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean and double unders.
What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Taking my shoes and socks off ?.
What do you love about CrossFit?
I love the variety: I always hated weightlifting at gyms in the past because it felt so same-y. It also helps that our coaches are excellent!
What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
Pre-workout OJ+protein and post-workout waffles.
What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2017?
Butterfly pull-ups in a WOD, for sure.
What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Cróga is the most welcoming gym I’ve been to yet, just swing by to meet Dave and crew and I’m sure it’ll be your next gym.