Member Spotlight- Ryan Olson

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD/workout?

I had seen that years Games on ESPN and wondered what this CrossFit thing was. Did a 3:15 p.m. CrossFit class with all teenagers. It was 5 RFT of run 800m and then 10 squats with a 75lb barbell. I got smoked by all the teens with a 16:30 something time. I had a lot of trouble walking that whole week!

When did you first come to Core Fit N Motion / Crow River CrossFit?

Stopped in for a class way back in 2009 at the old downtown Delano location.

How many days do you work out at our facility? What classes do you normally take (times and specialties)?

I try and make a heavy week 5-6 days and a recovery week 2-3 days around my work schedule. I usually do the 5:30 p.m. CrossFit class with Kirsten and love the Saturday 8:15 Barbell class followed by the 9:30 Saturday partner WOD.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to Crow River CrossFit?

The community and Gym family is what keeps me coming. I know I will be held accountable and my fellow Crossfitters will hold me to the standards. Plus a smiling face and a fist bump after a hard WOD is priceless.

What accomplishment are you the most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)?

Finding a solution to my low back pain was huge. Now I can lift heavier and can see gains like never before. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be strong at home or work.

After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal?

Ribeye steak with sweet potatoes, onion, mushrooms and green beans all cooked in my big cast iron pan!

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit and Kettle Bells?

I like to ride my motorcycle with Kirsten. I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities in any season. I love to travel to the mountain’s and just camp with my wife and boy’s.

What do you do for a living?

I work as an EMT for Allina Health in Wright County. Needless to say, Crossfit has helped me preform a very stressful and physically demanding job. Great example of this was two weeks ago I had to pick a patient off the floor who was in extreme pain and could not stand. He weighed 170 lbs and was unable to move his lower right leg. I had my Paramedic partner stabilize the effected leg and I told the patient I was going to pick him up by the belt and to hold onto my right forearm while I lifted him onto the cot. I assumed a good squat with my chest up, Lats engaged, head up and I power cleaned him up with a 90 degree rotation onto the cot with minimal pain inflicted to the patient or my low back! BOOM! Crossfit is designed for functional movements and that is exactly what I needed that day to preform my job.

What is one goal that you are currently working on?

Cleaning up my diet to lose at least 20 lbs. of fat from my belly. I love carbs and beer but, I want that Bar Muscle Up!



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