Thursday: Member Spotlight (and another bday wod!)

It’s been an awesome week so far Volts & Vixens. 3 ‘fun’ birthday workouts so far (including one of 33 reps per movement for yours truly), another for Coach Jose, and Wednesday’s Barbell loaded training for the Cheetah, aka, Stefan. Well now it’s Thursday, and not only do we have an awesome Benchmark WOD for the day (check it out below in the programming section), but it’s a birthday WOD for Monster Dan! Be sure to tell Dan happy birthday when you see him tonight, he might be a little shy over it…but don’t let that slow you down!

And….it’s Member Profile Time! Last Thursday we shined the spotlight on Bryan Felix and his awesome improvements since joining High Voltage. Today we’re dropping the B and turning the light on his brother and ITP Level 2 member, Ryan Felix!

Ryan has been training with us for just over a year, and has really refueled his competitive fire since starting with us. He’s taken on so many challenges we’ve set up for him, and taken on each one with his Full Effort! He’s joined Team High Voltage and repped up well in his first competition at the WOD Gear Games this summer, and has followed it up by doing the Winter ‘Next Level’ Series. But he’s not all about breathing fire – he’s recently completed our Level 1 Instructor Training Program and can now be seen on the floor helping all High Voltage newbies perfect their air squat and find the power triangle when they deadlift. So read up, and show some love in comments for Ryan – and be sure to ‘Get At Him!’

Describe your first work out  - and we’ve gotsta have the DEETS!

My first workout at CrossFit High Voltage was the baseline test and remember thinking this shouldn’t be hard and regretting that I ever thought that it was going to be easy. My first official group workout was at the end of that week and that was MURPH 2011. Following that was “Girls Week,” meaning each day we had a Benchmark workout and I remember thinking “Wow! Do we just test everyday? Holy cow!” So my first official week of CrossFit workouts was pretty rough.

Ryan getting after it!

When did you know something had to change before joining CrossFit High Voltage?

After years of training and being a multi-sport athlete, I got to experience a wide variety of training from powerlifting, some olympic lifting, and running by playing football, basketball and track and field. In 2010, when I stopped playing football I continued my football workout routine with some adjustments I added and would always get those strange looks at the gym. I also hated whenever I wanted to do olympic lifts I was unable to drop the weights, so that was frustrating. Trying to incorporate a good cardio portion to my workout was difficult because I was “too” tired from my main routine to do anything. Once my brother Bryan, Chad and Katie told me about CrossFit I knew I had to see for myself what it was all about and once I tried it I was hooked because I have always felt and seen better results when working out in a group environment and now finally being able to do olympic lifting and being able to drop the weights without having to strain my back. Man! I feel spoiled now.

Describe your most memorable CrossFit experience for us.

My most memorable CrossFit experiences would have to be the CrossFit Open, WOD Gear Games, NLI this past August, getting my first ring muscle up in January, and most recently passing my first of many Instructor’s Training Program Tests.

Can you tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join CrossFit High Voltage?

I can honestly say my health without any hesitation and my job. I feel like if I can physically and mentally put myself through those kind of workouts and can take on any task at work.

Ryan in competition at the WOD Gear Games this summer, representing Team High Voltage!

When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?

All the time; whenever I can’t make it to CrossFit High Voltage, I’ll do tabata workouts or break up 3 movements in into a certain rep scheme and program an AMRAP or time based workout. Especially now since I have a set of bumper plates and an olympic bar at home I can do powerlifting and olympic lifts in my garage if I feel like hitting another WOD.

Who is your most idolized fellow Volt or Vixen and why? Share the spotlight love!

To me I idolize the crew of all crews at CrossFit High Voltage and that’s “THE WOLFPACK” which consists of my brother Bryan, my girlfriend Andrea, and Chad and Katie Brewster. My brother because of the dedication I saw in him to get in better shape and lose 20 to 25 pounds, which he has done already pushes me to go harder and harder everyday. Chad because he was my teammate at WOD Gear games and is a beast at CrossFit High Voltage and is truly each and every day making a bigger name for himself with his awesome scores and lifts every workout he does and pushes me every class we do together to try and finish first. Katie because she is a beast knows it too. She was a teammate of mine at WOD Gear Games and I admire and love her dedication to CrossFit High Voltage. Oh yea, she kills every workout too. My girlfriend Andrea, who had never played an organized sport and never done any power or olympic lifting besides back squats and seeing her drastic improvements in now being able to do all the lifts and recently stringing together 10 double unders in a row could not make me any happier whenever she succeeds. Lastly, I admire everyone at CrossFit High Voltage, from the coaches to every member because this isn’t easy to do and everyone here is dedicated to working hard and it shows every single day.

What are some your favorite cheat meals and why?

Bisteque empanizado (breaded steak) white rice with black beans or a fat burger and FRIES (love them) and hot wings.

Ryan trying his best to stay ahead of his brother, Bryan!

How has getting in shape changed your professional life?

Getting in shape has changed my professional life in many ways because of the things I have learned at CrossFit High Voltage. For example, trying to get a ring muscle up wasn’t just one and done, it took time and persistence and that kind of attitude has translated to my job because I have been trying to transition over to another position at work and the persistence and constant practice has open the eyes of my bosses and they are seeing how dedicated and serious I take my work. Overall, that kind of personality got me to do ring muscle ups and will eventually allow me to get that other position at work.

What are some of your CrossFit goals for the next 365 days?

My goals for next year are: Complete the Firebreather Test and The Volt, back squat over 425, deadlift 500, power clean 300, and to one day coach at CrossFit High Voltage.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I have been CrossFitting for a year and 3 months now and couldn’t be any happier to member of CrossFit High Voltage.

Thursday’s Training: Dan’s Birthday WOD!

Level 1 CrossFit

Level One/Two CrossFit

All Levels CrossFit

Skill: Thruster and High Rep Technique A. Band Sprints A. Band Sprints
 WOD: “Jackie”

  • 1000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45/33)
  • 30 Pull Ups
WOD: “Jackie”

  • 1000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45/33)
  • 30 Pull Ups
 WOD: “Jackie”

  • 1000m Row
  • 50 Thrusters (45/33)
  • 30 Pull Ups

-Note: Team High Voltage members & competitors for upcoming NLI:

  • Row the 1k Hard! No pacing :)

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