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June Male Athlete of the Month - Ryan Timpe!

in Athlete Of The Month by Coach John D'Ags

Fueled by the husbro, Ryan Timpe knows what he needs to do to hit that Rx button on a daily basis, and he is our June Male Athlete of the Month!


1.  When and where did you start CrossFitting?

I started CrossFit with CFNH in 2015. After too many false starts with gym memberships (and one shameful week of using Madonna's exercise DVDs), I thought the class structure would give me the motivation I needed. It was a slow start, but eventually everything clicked inside my head and I got into the routine of coming in regularly.

2.  How have your goals and/or motivations changed in the last year?  We're halfway through 2017, what are some of your goals for the rest of the year?

Now that I'm mostly comfortable with the technical movements, my overarching goal is to improve my form, especially toward the end of workouts when my body is tired.

My "fun" goal for the spring was to conquer the handstand push-up and I just completed by first HSPU WOD. I still have a way to go before I have consistent solid form, but I'm glad I no longer have to avoid them in workouts. My goal over the summer is to work through the progressions and get my first bar and ring muscle-ups.

I'm also hoping to get over any remaining hurdles preventing me from clicking the Rx button every day. That will require me adding another 10 or 20 pounds to my shoulder-to-overhead movements and finally embracing double-unders.

3.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?

Completing Murph with a vest this year was a big milestone. When I first started CrossFit, the basic idea of this workout was absurd to me since I couldn't do a single pull-up. I would have never imagined that two years later, pull-ups would be the least painful part of that workout.

4.  Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts?  What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?

Anthony (the husband/"husbro") does most of the cooking in our house, and he's great at coming up with healthy-ish and balanced meals. I don't follow any strict eating habits, but going a day without eating a bagel is considered a win for me.

Cheat meal would be a crunchwrap supreme and two chalupas (extra sour cream) from Taco Bell and a box of pinot grigio.

5. Design 2 WODs:  1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).

3 rounds w/ 3min rest - record time for each:
   3 rope climbs
   10 handstand push ups
   20 burpee box jumps
   30 push-ups
   40 pull-ups
   50 tuck-ups
   60 m bear crawl
Weakness WOD:
Ascending ladder. No time cap - just have to push through it.

   2 cal Assault Bike + 2 Wall Ball
   4 cal AB + 4 WB
   ... [6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16]...
   18 cal AB + 18 WB
   20 cal AB + 20 WB

  1 Burpee penalty for each dropped/missed/sloppy wall ball.

Kippin' ain't easy...

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?

I work as a statistical analyst for a tech industry consulting firm - we chop the world into many very tiny specific markets and determine which ones provide the best opportunities for our clients. I work from home on my computer most of the time, so frequent dog walks (I have an 80lb husky) and happy hours keep me sane.

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?

I volunteer at the Peabody Museum and give tours a few weekends each month. Once you get me talking about dinosaurs and fossils, it's difficult to shut me up.

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?

Work out with a friend (or make a CrossFit friend)!  My motivation and performance really started to improve after I began doing WODs with Mikey, and then again over these last six months after Anthony joined. The peer group makes it much more difficult to skip a day and much easier to add the extra weight or complete an extra round.

I also have a handful of Whiteboard rivals with whom I secretly compete. They are completely one-sided relationships, but help to keep the pressure on me.

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