We bring you a new addition to the CrossFit Seven blog, “Saturday Classics”, where we highlight our members and classic CrossFit videos. Our first post will feature our fearless leader, Ryan Shupe.

Amie: What is your fitness background?
Ryan: I was a collegiate athlete, professional tennis player, parkour runner, and have been running, jumping, climbing, lifting since I was a little boy.

What’s your CrossFit story?
I discovered CrossFit in 2007, found it by googling phrases like Crazy workout or Ultimate workout. I really wanted to try PX90, but I decided CrossFit was a better fit for me.

What was the first WOD you did?

LUCKY You! How many rounds did you do?

11, I think. My current PR is 29 or 30 rounds.

What do you like to do when you are not at CrossFit?
Spend time with my family, friends and drink a lot of coffee.

Do you follow a particular diet? What do you like to eat?
I’m about 85% Paleo. I like chips & salsa, pizza, ice cream.

What’s the story on dynoball? Who’s the reigning champion?
Dynoball is the story! It will never die. There used to be a man that came around a while back but his lack of dedication, motivation and committment proved too much for him to handle. Last I heard, he retired and now lives in a trailer.

Does this man live in one of the trailers down the street? I don’t know…he’s a little like Bigfoot. A lot of people claim to see him, but we are not sure if he really exists. If you hear a strange grunting sound when he lifts something heavy, that may be him.

Can Max Effort bench press more than you? Of course! Have you seen how much bigger his arms are compared to his legs? He’s grossly unproportional – bench press is pretty much all he can do.

Are lifting shoes really that big of a deal? Yes, I cannot lift without them.

What is your all time favorite CrossFit video?
Probably the Mikko Salo documentary video. (Which is available at www.crossfitjournal.com, if you have a subscription. If you don’t please enjoy the classic video below, OPT does Helen.)

Post thoughts to comments, as well as your favorite CrossFit video.

Saturday Classics

3 thoughts on “Saturday Classics

  • January 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    listen closely and you can hear nicole tell him to get his chin over the bar and then yells, "YEAH." great stuff.

    ryan – let's not forget that max effort is also the world heavyweight champion of verticle barbell resting on foot.

  • January 17, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Thank you for helping me this morning when I missed the box. Dr Whitfield gave me some stitches and everything is great. Sorry you had to see a meltdown. See you when we get back from skiing!
    Sara C

  • January 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Sara, you were fine. I incurred the same kind of injury while carrying a large pot of boiling hot chocolate up a rocky trail on a moonless night with no flashlight. Hurt a LOT. Still have the glory scar. I'm sure yours will make you look even more cool.

Comments are closed.