RYAN PAULSON
Coach

Growing up I always enjoyed working out and playing sports. I played baseball and a little bit of football and wrestling, but it wasn’t until high school that I discovered how much I enjoyed lifting weights. I didn’t really have a program I followed, I just did what my coach told me. It was a good amount of lifting and running on the track in the offseason.

After high school I didn’t go anywhere to play college sports so as you can imagine, I found myself in a little bit of a rut. I discovered something that I didn’t know in high school – that I needed something to push myself with. I wasn’t playing sports anymore and missed the camaraderie that came with healthy competition. I was also the typical 18 to 19 year old guy in that all I wanted to do was get big. So that’s exactly what I set out to do. In reality though, it was less muscle and more the “freshmen fifteen.” I knew something had to change.

Somewhere along the way I had discovered crossfit online. I’d see the occasional post about this crazy thing called crossfit, or the random video on youtube of somebody doing a workout called “Fran.” At the time I was still in the getting big mode and this didn’t seem to fit into what I wanted. Plus, some of the workouts only took like three minutes, what good could that do anybody? Deep down though, I think I was probably just scared to put myself out there and try something that I had never done before.

Fast forward about six months of doing the same thing over and over, spinning my wheels going nowhere, I decided it was time to do something. I always saw videos of this workout called “Fran” so I figured I would give it a shot. Some of the guys in the videos didn’t look too big and they had pretty good times, so I should be up there too right? I called up my buddy and had him come over to try it with me.

We had made this homemade pull-up bar and used some weights I had laying around. After taking over 15 minutes to complete a workout that some of the fastest guys could do in under 3, lying on my back unable to move, I realized I had found what I was looking for. It may have taken a couple days for my ego to recover, but once it did, I found a crossfit gym as soon as I could.

Ever since that time, I have fell in love with crossfit. It’s hard to put in to words everything it has done for me, so I have made it my goal to spread what I know to as many people as I can so that they can find out for themselves. It gives me something that I can push myself with every single day. I get the same camaraderie as I did when I was playing baseball growing up, and then some. And if you want it to, you can have some friendly competition. But here is the thing with crossfit that is unlike anything else I have ever done or experienced – those same people you are competing against, will be the same people cheering you on to help you finish your workout. The community we have here at Crossfit Iron Horse is unlike anywhere else. And that’s when you discover what all of this is really about. It’s not about what your time on the board is, or how much weight you can lift compared to others. It’s about becoming a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Mobility and Movement Certified

PERSONAL RECORDS

BENCHMARKS

  • Fran 2:48
  • Helen 7:48
  • Fight Gone Bad 350
  • Grace 2:25

STRENGTH

  • Squat 385#
  • Deadlift 465#
  • Snatch 205#
  • Clean and Jerk 245#