8.12.2015

CFC ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: RYAN GILSENAN




























  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started in August 2014, the day before my 41st birthday.  I dropped into a 4:30 p.m. class and noticed it was exceedingly hot.  The next, my birthday, I hit the 6 a.m. class and threw up in the parking lot – burpees.  That hooked me and I signed a year contract as soon as possible.  I have tried to make it five days a week.  
  1. Favorite Exercise or (WOD) Workout of Day?
Probably rope climbs and barbell snatches, cleans and deadlifts.  I’m not really competitive in anything except maybe rowing, but I like all of it anyway.
  1. Least favorite exercise or (WOD) Workout of Day?
Running with a fifty-pound kettle bell.  There’s just no good way to go about it.
  1. What’s the biggest improvement in your CrossFit game that you have seen?
I am much better at burpees, and pull-ups have come a long way.  I did ring rows last August, and yesterday did 45 pull-ups.
  1. What’s the biggest lifestyle/behavioral/health improvement have you seen from CrossFit?
Overall strength and stamina, and that has helped so much in both feeling healthy and well, and in playing ice hockey every week, on my team up at the Ice Palace….“Puck Dynasty” (first place!).  I also had chronic tendonitis in both knees for the past couple years.  All of the squats and thrusters in CrossFit workouts were very painful for the first five months or so.  I had to stand in a movie theater last fall because my knees hurt too much to bend them to sit.   Now, after a year of daily stretching, and lifting five days/week, I have no more knee pain.  It stopped altogether five months ago, even as I thought the pain might be permanent.  I attribute it to strength and mobility, and am thankful for both.  
  1. Coolest place you've ever CrossFitted?
Not much travel this year.  I went to CrossFit Murdock in Port Charlotte, Florida when there for work, and also CrossFit Murphy in western North Carolina.  Their cultures were predictably as different as their geography, but both were good.
  1. Future CrossFit goals?
They are totally undefined, apart from hoping to attend consistently and have fun with the friends I have made here.  I read last week about a 94-year old man in Minnesota who still plays ice hockey at his town’s rink.  As a defenseman, I would love to push people out of the crease for another fifty years, and take the puck coast to coast (peanut butter and toast).   
  1. Future life goals not related to CrossFit?
My wife Amy and I have four children, Liam (10), Conor (6), and twins Angus and Molly (2.5).  I think Amy and I share a common goal to provide them the best home life we can and raise them as well as we know how.  That’s really all that matters.  On the side, if our 60,000 bees continue to cooperate, my sons and I would like to corner the market and start a honey cartel, in which case we would also acquire walking canes and pinky rings.  We would also like to raise chickens, if I can get some zoning challenges sorted.
  1. What's your favorite part about being an athlete at CrossFit Charleston?
Bar none, the people.  It sounds trite, but it’s true.  This is a very special place.
  1. If you had a CrossFit nickname what would you want it to be? And why?
I don’t think such handles can be self-applied.  One has to stick it to you, usually based on something you do awkwardly.  So that leaves us a host of options.  Just ask my sister Meghan in Mt. P.  She’s got the goods.
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Warm Up: 2 cycles
200m Run/Row
12 Shoulder Taps
12 Single Leg DLs w/ KB

Strength/Skill: 21 reps of
1 Pull Up + 1 Toe To Bar

For Time:
50-30-10
Double Unders
Ab Mat Sit Ups
then...
20-15-10
Power Cleans (135/95#)
Wall Balls

"Gut instinct..."

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