February 2017 Athlete of the Month: Ryan Fardell
Ryan is a long time member of CrossFit 416, and continues to put in hard work when he is not protecting the streets as a Toronto Police Officer. We were lucky enough to sit down with Ryan to get to know him a little more.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do when you aren’t at CF 416?
I was born and raised in Toronto. Outside of the gym I enjoy snowboarding, travelling and heading to cottages in the summer. Luckily, I get lots of time away from work, which allows me to get away a fair bit.
I recently travelled a large portion of interior BC in an RV, snowboarding at multiple resorts. That was a great experience.
How were you staying active before you decided to join 416?
Before becoming a member at 416, my gym routine, for the most part, was pretty average. I was member at a regular, boring old gym, and did a pretty basic cardio and weight routine. I really can’t imagine going back after multiple years at 416.
I originally found out about 416 through a friend at work and have been hooked ever since. I have been a member since the original gym. The main thing that keeps me coming back is the coaching and fun atmosphere. Both the coaches and members constantly keep me motivated, and have assisted in improving my overall fitness.
If you could go back and give yourself advice prior to your first class, what would it be?
If I could go back to my first class and give my self some advice it would definitely be to focus more on mobility, stretching, foam rolling, lacrosse ball work, etc…, both pre and post workout. its amazing how much it helps with injuries and better function during any physical activity.
What is your favourite movement?
The deadlift is the lift I enjoy most.
And your least favourite?
Double unders, I have horrible coordination and can only string together a few at best if I’m lucky.
If we could create a Hero WOD named “Ryan” or “Fards”, what would it be? Movements, rep schemes, rounds, length of time, etc. all variables are yours to unleash your programming creativity here.
Deadlifts, front squats, Push Jerks @ 135
What are you most proud of accomplishing in life thus far?
My proudest accomplishment would be becoming a Police officer. That took lots of hard work, patience and dedication.
What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to? Why? Where are you planning on going next?
My favorite place I have travelled to would be St. Anton, in the Austrian Alps. The snowboarding and the partying there is unreal. My next destination will likely be somewhere hot with a beach.
What are three things we would definitely find in your fridge?
Beer, chicken and steak
If you could play DJ during a class, what would you like to play?
Likely lots of 70’s, 80’s or 90’s rock – Metallica, Sabbath, Motorhead, Guns ‘n Roses etc.
What is your most embarrassing childhood/teenage infatuation/trend/fad, etc. that you wholeheartedly prescribed to?
In my early high school years, I wanted to be just like Eminem. Extremely embarrassing looking back now.