Ryan - Member Spotlight May 2023

Read on to find out more about how we chose Ryan for our Member Spotlight, who inspires him, what he's thankful for & much more!
DeNovo CrossFit
July 9, 2023
Ryan - Member Spotlight May 2023

How did you discover CrossFit? 

Through my amazing company, C3 Real Estate Solutions. I was able to come 3 days a week when I first started with the company in 2020.

What draws you to DeNovo CrossFit? 

I have always been driven to be healthier since I moved to Colorado. I gained the Freshman Forty in college and started to have more of a focus on health after graduating. CrossFit pushes me to do exercises I would not push myself to do on my own and the coaches are better than I could have ever expected! I would say that I was in some of the best shape of my life before my baby was born in 2022 because of DeNovo CrossFit.

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in CrossFit and in life?

There is no certain workout that sticks out, but I feel my biggest accomplishment is that my back pain has been the least it has ever been since I injured it playing hockey in college. 

My biggest accomplishment in life is making a life for myself in Colorado. I moved out here with $800 to my name and now have a successful career and amazing family, friends & community in CO!

What athlete/s at DeNovo inspire you to be the best version of yourself each and every day? 

Not to continue to suck up even more to the coaches, but they are all my biggest inspiration at DeNovo. It took me a while to accept that I am not always going to be able to do the prescribed weights or number of reps for the women in many workouts. Seeing their dedication to their craft, career, health, nutrition and love for the DeNovo community is very inspiring. 

What is your pet peeve? 

I hate inefficiency, but I am learning that efficiency is not as achievable with a child. There is a lot of waste and constant shifting schedules, but it is teaching me to be more adaptable and patient. Hunter, my baby boy, is making me a better person!

What/who inspires you? 

Success & fulfillment in Life inspire me. I strive to be successful, but also enjoy my life the fullest. There are many people who inspire me, but the older I get the more I understand that everyone has different values and goals in life. Comparing yourself to others is a difficult thing to not do, but everyone is truly different.  

Favorite joke. 

Trying to think of one that is appropriate to post… I love going to comedy shows and one of the last ones I went to was Brian Regan so here is a short & sweet one from him. “I think the serving size of ice cream is when you hear the spoon hit the bottom of the container.”

What advice would you have for anyone who is nervous to join DeNovo? 

It is not a cult and it is not only for the fittest people on the planet. The coaches at DeNovo can do variations to any workout for people who may have an injury or issue that does not allow them to do the workout as written.

What do you enjoy doing outside of CrossFit, both for fun and professionally? 

Snowboarding is the best thing in the world to me. Surfing powder on top of a mountain cannot be beat in my opinion. Hockey is another passion of mine and I try to play at least once if not twice a week. My career allows me to meet new people all the time and I am a social butterfly so I enjoy constantly expanding my social network.

If we were sitting here one year from now, what would we be celebrating together? 

A goal I have in the next few years is to purchase a property in Fort Collins and convert my current home in Loveland to a rental, so it would be great to do that within the next year!

Favorite CrossFit movement? 

So many of my least favorites come to mind, but I enjoy getting better at bar muscle ups. I also did some of my first rope climbs ever this year and it was good (besides my bleeding ankle). 

What are you currently reading? 

Currently this questionnaire… but there are a few real estate books sitting on my nightstand.

What are you thankful for? My life!

I’m thankful for my family, friends, health and being a part of the DeNovo Community – first gym I have ever been a part of!

What the coaches have to say about Ryan:

Ryan, I remember doing Foundations with you back in November of 2020 and thinking how great of a fit you were for DeNovo. Since then, you have gotten stronger, stepped outside of your comfort zone and become a bigger part of the community. It was SO fun to see you do the Open this year and I love that you don't let things, like back flare-ups and new babies, stop you from continuing to show up and get the work done. You switched from a limited Corporate membership to an unlimited auto-renew membership because you knew how important consistency for you AND your family was and I just so look up to you for investing in yourself in that way. I also appreciate that you got us hooked up with the DeNovo Box Basics discount code! So thoughtful and sweet. And I LOVE that you have been challenging yourself to show up more and more each month. I'm proud of you and appreciate having you and your warm smile at the gym. Thanks for being a part of it for so long! - Coach Jenny

Congrats Ryan for being our May member spotlight! My favorite thing about you is your amazing attitude. No matter what, you are always in good spirits. You bring a very positive energy into the gym and people gravitate towards it. I have been so impressed with how you have figured out how to stay consistent in the gym even when life is crazy with work and family and all the things. You are an inspiration for anyone who says they don't have time to workout. You make it happen and you make yourself a priority. It is very inspiring and I hope that you continue to inspire people to make themselves a priority! Thank you for being SUCH a huge DeNovo fan and support. (and for hooking us up with shoe discounts!) - Coach Jorine

Congratulations, Ryan! You are one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. I so appreciate your acknowledgement every time you come into the gym. You always make a clear point to say hi to everyone and acknowledge the coach both before class and thank us when you leave. You have such an easy going, fun attitude. I know that things can get stressful with your son, work, etc. (we are human!) and yet, you never carry that with you. You are always so positive no matter what and I love having your presence in class. I also love your Facebook videos (particularly the one of you dressed up for our inch of snow, haha!) and you just make me smile. I’m sure going to miss seeing you on a regular basis. Keep CRUSHING the consistency at DeNovo. We love you! - Coach Paige

Ryan!! Congratulations on being member spotlight!! Ryan, you are one of the friendliest dudes EVER! You answer phone calls, go out of your way to say hello, and I’m pretty sure you knew my name before I knew yours! Ha. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you this past year. You’re kind and so generous. It’s been fun to work out with you and see how hard you push yourself to be better every day. Thank you for sharing about your life, family and being open and honest. What a great quality to have. I am so excited to see what your future holds at DeNovo and am glad you are here.- Coach Nikki

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