February Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Ryann Roberts

Many of you may know this month’s Spotlight Athlete of the Month as our “PT guy”, meaning the guy Peter or I will suggest you go see when your are sore, achy or simply down and out and need some TLC. Mr. PT Guy, aka Ryann Roberts, is not only the gym’s go to Physical Therapist but also one of our up and coming CrossFitters with his sites on the Games! Ryann joined our gym in March 2011 after hearing about this CrossFit thing from one of his own employees, Josh MacDonald. We aren’t sure why it took so long for Josh to get Ryann in the gym but we sure are glad. Here is Ryann’s story and if you see him in the gym-congratulate Mr. Feel Good on job well done both for himself and keeping our athletes string and healthy.

When Did you start CrossFit? I began CrossFit at the end of March 2011.

Why Did you start CrossFit? I was going to a global gym and doing the very minimum to get by and say I did something. I was bored and lacking motivation to work-out.

What kept you coming back/motivated: I kept coming back because of the constant challenges and changing routines. At CrossFit I do not have to think, I just do what is asked as hard as I can. The WOD’s are challenging and I continue to grow in my strength, endurance and skills. I also keep coming back because of the people – those who work there and those who work-out there. Everyone is so supportive and truly interested in bringing the best out in each other.

How long did it take you to go from Basics to CrossFit Prep? I was ready to move up from basics in about 2-3 months but did not make the move until the 4 month mark when Peter kicked me out of the free Saturday Basic’s class – and I was in Prep.

What is the best thing you have gotten out of doing CrossFit? The best thing I have gotten out of CrossFit is confidence – in my abilities, meeting challenges and the Paleo diet. I have lost 30 pounds and continue to feel better about myself. I am getting stronger and continue to hit PR’s monthly if not more often. I am doing skills I never thought I would do.

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? I never thought I would get a muscle up done. Though I crashed and burned on subsequent tries and I injured my shoulder, just getting a couple singles done was something I never thought I would even attempt.

What is one goal you have reached? Actually being able to perform double unders is one goal that I was able to reach at this point in my CrossFit journey.

And one goal you still hope to reach? My current short term goals are to get back on the rings and get muscle ups done again and be able to perform all the WOD’s at Rx; my long-term goal is to work towards qualifying for the 2015 Masters CrossFit Games!

How has your diet changed since starting CrossFit? After just two weeks of beginning CrossFit, I started the Paleo Challenge. I now eat 90-95% Paleo and love it – it is the easiest and most satisfying eating plan I have ever done.

How has the paleo diet affected your workouts/life? My life has changed dramatically since beginning the paleo life style. I have lost 30 pounds and kept it off, even on vacations. When I do cheat and have a thin crust pizza or something I feel sluggish in my workouts for the next few days; when I stay on track and do what I am supposed to I feel great with much more energy and explosive power.

Additional Comments: I love CrossFit! Specifically Fury! I love coming to the gym to perform the WOD, no matter how intense or crazy it sounds – being able to complete workouts that other people think are just plain crazy after spending my day eating a crazy “special” diet is very satisfying. I have run a sub 6 minute mile, learned to perform kipping pull-up’s and continue to work on my Olympic lifts. I have found the sport of fitness that allows me to push through barriers and dig down deeper than I ever thought I could or would. I thank all the trainers at the gym for taking the time to make me better. I am always amazed by the fact that every trainer at the gym knows every member in the gym – in the masters, basics, prep or the show. I feel that Fury has a great model for bringing people into the system at a basics level and training them in correct form and postures to get them ready for the actual CrossFit level classes. Thank you Peter, Aimee, Marcus, Kelly, Will and all the members I workout with on a daily basis that offer encouragement and insight.