John “Wild” Ryle
Favorite CrossFit movement:
Squirming on the ground like a worm after a workout.
Favorite Workout Song:
Firework by KP (That’s Katy Perry)
Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD:
I lost a real good friend in 2011 who was killed in Afghanistan. He wasn’t a CrossFitter by a great athlete and I worked out with him and played football with him through high school. I put together my own Hero workout for him back in 2011.
Again, not an official “Here WOD”, but it is to me:
03 clean @ 215
08x back squat @ 215
15x dl @ 215
bear crawl 30m
Probably an Au Cheval burger with egg.
What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?
Besides the sweet yellow shirts, I have gotten so much from CrossFit, I felt it was my job to pay it forward. You probably can’t find a lot of the terminology I use in the CrossFit journal, but I felt (and still feel) that the experience I have from CrossFit is some of the best advice/teaching points I can share.
What has been your best coaching experience so far?
Seeing people PR is always awesome, even if I’m not coaching. I’ve been present for a few people getting their first muscle up and always think I’m happier for them than they are for themselves.
If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Eat better. For 2 years I did CrossFit everyday and ate like garbage. This was mainly because I had no idea HOW to eat right. The CrossFIt level 1 course taught me about the Zone diet and totally changed how I feel everyday. If you always hear people talking about “eat better!” but just don’t know how, I’m more than glad to share my experience and habits. I guarantee you it’s NOT complicated and likely will also save you money.
Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?
It’s all in the hips. One of the best lifting tips I ever received was my first day of being in a weight room in high school. You have to be aggressive with your hip pop in cleaning and snatching.
If “YOUR NAME” was a WOD, what would it be?
Smash a Push Packet
10 muscle ups
5 cleans @ 225
100 double unders
25 CTB Pullups
Squirm on turf for 7 minutes
What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve?
I’m not much a runner. I can smash a 40 yard dash. Anything more I struggle with (and frankly, hate). I’m trying harder to push myself in my runs. In the past I just fell into a pace and stuck there.
What CrossFit athlete do you aspire to be most like?