Athlete of the Month: Shaun Ryan

Male Athlete of the Month 

What were you doing before CrossFit Wilsonville?
I worked out at home following the Beachbody programs…yep I really wanted the beachbody. This 1st time I walked into a Crossfit box I was immediately like wow! Really loud music and people knocking out pull-ups like they were taking a walk. I was only checking it out because my beautiful wife thought I would enjoy it. Well now I’m hooked!
 
What kind of animal would you consider yourself during a WOD?
I had no idea so I took a online quiz…Not sure I did it right, it told me that I would be a Hamster. “You are energetic and very curious of all that goes around you!” I left out all the fluff.
 
What is your favorite and least favorite movements?
My favorite movement would be pull-ups… A year ago I couldn’t do 1 un-assisted now I can string a few together.
My least favorite would be squat snatch…I can make that one look real ugly!
 
What is your Pre and Post WOD routine?
I work out pretty dang early so my pre-workout routine included black tea sipping while driving in from Gresham listening to sports radio.
Post workout I like to do a cool down 500m row and then stretch for 10-15 minutes.
 
What is your biggest accomplishment since starting CrossFit?
At first I would say that my biggest accomplishment would have been learning how to perform the Olympic lifts. However, after this year’s open I would say those 5 workouts! I have never been able to perform a ring muscle up until 15.3. It didn’t count, but man that was awesome! Plus last year during 14.2 I could not get out of the 1st 3 minutes and scaled the weight and performed pull-ups instead of C2B this year 15.2 132 reps all RX.
 
What is your favorite WOD?
I don’t really have a favorite WOD but I love doing chippers…Filthy Fifty, Fight Gone Bad etc…
 
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit?
Listen to your coaches they are there to help you get better. Take your time with the movements and spend lots of time working on mobilization. Wear long socks so your shins don’t hate you, go light and scale as long as you need to, and have fun! If you’re not having fun you are not doing right. Support your peers and again have fun cheering laughing crying etc…Don’t worry about your time, the soreness will go away…that’s what they keep telling me.