CFLA Athlete Profile – Ryan Gorman

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“14.4 CrossFit Open Workout”

14 Minute AMRAP
60 Calorie Row
50 Toe to Bar
40 Wall Balls (20/14)
30 Cleans (135/95)
20 Muscle Ups
* Tie break times after the cleans and muscle ups*


“Franklin Hill 1,2,3”

3 rounds for total overall time:
Short (50m) – from 1st to 2nd light (right)
Medium (100m) – from 1st to 3rd light (left)
Long (150M) – from 1st to 4th light (right)
**All intervals start on the 3:00**

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Hometown: Marshfield, MA
Age: 24
Occupation: Product Line Manager for adidas Sport Headwear
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June 2011
When did you first start training at CFLA?: September 2013
Favorite WOD: Any barbell workouts
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with gymnastics

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I grew up playing sports my whole life. I started playing competitive club soccer at nine years old and always had a team-oriented attitude with anything I was involved with thereafter. Played soccer, basketball and lacrosse in high school and then played lacrosse collegiately. After school, I didn’t miss the sport as much as I missed the competition and camaraderie, and CrossFit brings out the best of both those worlds.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I can’t remember my first WOD, but I was doing it alongside my middle-aged co-workers who were kicking my ass. I was interning at Reebok going into my senior year and should have been in the best shape of my life—CrossFit was very humbling to say the least! When I started back up again in fall 2012, my first workout was Grace. I did it with 55 lbs and don’t even think I knew what the Rx’d weight was (or what Rx’d even meant).

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Before I started CrossFit full time in 2012, I was still carrying around a bit of college weight from graduating that spring (all you can eat dining halls were not my friend). Starting CrossFit back up, it was an uphill climb but I felt so much better with each day I went to the box. I’d have good workouts and bad workouts, but every day I made it to the gym was a win. I used to be one of those girls who thought the number on the scale was the only thing that mattered. I didn’t see a significant drop in weight which was upsetting even though I felt healthy and fit. Then, I went home to Boston for Christmas break and the reaction from my family and friends said it all. My body had transformed into a healthy physique and I learned to love myself not the number. Still, the hardest part for me is to reward my hard workouts with a clean diet. Moderation, moderation, moderation!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I am competitive by nature and CrossFit has been the ultimate way to fulfill that void post college, but that’s not all it has done for me. Moving cross country and working out of a home office, I didn’t realize the struggle I’d face with meeting new friends. CrossFit has been the reason I’ve grown to love LA. The people I’ve met through this sport have become some of my closest and dearest friends. CFLA has a special place in my heart!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Partnering with SWong for the Femme Royale competition and completing Isabel at Rx.

Any advice for people just getting started? Chip’s answer to this question really resonated with me. Don’t compare yourself to others in the gym. Use them as motivation, feed off their energy and push your own limits. Good chances are the person you are comparing yourself to has been CrossFitting for months, maybe years—a lot longer than you. It is unrealistic to expect you to compete at their level! But, I still struggle with this… Niki and LoLo I’m coming for you!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love being surrounded with good friends and family with whatever I’m doing. Since living in LA, it’s been great meeting new people, going to concerts, playing beach volleyball, trying new restaurants, playing coed soccer, and watching the Pats at Sonny’s in the fall to name a few.



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