September 2017 Athlete of the Month

 In Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Ryan Hayes for being selected as the September 2017 Athlete of the Month!  Ryan has put in a tremendous about of work to get better at his weakness since his start at Mission. You can find him early to class stretching to improve his mobility and you can always find him after class as well for a great chat. He goes the extra mile to improve, whether it be taking an extra Olympic lifting course or studying Mat Fraser stats!  Ryan for those reasons and many more, he is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit: April 2016 (On Missions 5-year Anniversary)
Favorite WOD: My first one…but since I cannot remember what it was, DT has all the best requirements: weights, skill, planning and engine.
Least Favorite WOD: Griff. Literally nothing but running…even backwards.
Favorite Lift: Snatch. Mine is a early stage work in progress, but when this lift is done correctly it is just awesome to watch.
Least Favorite Lift: Weighted Overhead Lunge. Nothing good comes from these.

Story: I really appreciate being selected. There are so many athletes in Mission that push themselves beyond what I am capable of and drive me to push even harder every day. In that crowd this is a big honor.My first experience with CrossFit was on Mission’s 5-year anniversary. My wife (Katie) and I pulled up to the parking lot and could not even find a space it was so crowded. I can recall wanting to turn around right then, but we went inside, met Junior, and have not looked back since. I remember completing the warm up and thinking that we must be almost done: I was wrong. I cannot even remember the rest of the workout, but after recovering I knew that I would be involved with CrossFit forever.

I have lifted weights in some fashion for most of my life, specifically focused on powerlifting, and I continued this through my time in the military. After leaving service I let work and school get in the way of working out, but I kept taking on new challenges looking for something to fill the void of pushing myself to achieve new goals. I had heard of Crossfit for some time, and was a fringe watcher as the sport grew, but was not sure it was the right fit. I mostly just felt not ready. I always knew that I would enjoy it, but I thought I would have to be in great shape before taking on Crossfit. I was wrong again, and wish I had started years ago. The scalability of the movements combined with the outstanding programming at Mission and the most excellent coaches allow for everyone to be successful. The competition side of the sport offers a goal that can be chased one day, one workout at a time.

I have no doubt that Mission is the best box in the area. Maybe the best period. For the reasons named above, but also because of all the athletes. Every class is full of people trying to do their best and cheering each other on. I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone and cannot wait to high five after a difficult WOD, or give a hard time to someone who missed a few days. I literally just hit my best hang snatch the other day, after missing the lift twice, because Ignacio said “I should just do it,” so I did. It is the people and the coaches that make Mission great. I travel a lot for work and visit a different box every day I am out of town and can honestly say the combination of Coaching, Programing and People make Mission the best period (I am sure Matt Fraser said the same thing when he visited and probably wishes he could work out with us everyday).

I look forward to each new challenge. Each day I am excited to see what the WOD will be, even if it includes lots of running, because no matter what else is going on in your day the WOD will make you forget. Thank you to all the coaches and athletes who make Mission awesome. Stay classy, be excellent to each other and always remember “Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.”

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