Consistency is your best friend or your greatest nemesis depending on if you are consistently doing the habits necessary to achieve your goals.
- Fastest American to run a marathon (2:04:58; Boston 2011)
- 2008 Olympic Trials Champion and Olympic Trials record holder (2:09)
- 325 lb bench
- 470 lb squat
- 505 lb deadlift PR at 180 lb body weight
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10 MINUTES WITH RYAN
Q: WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR TWENTY-YEAR OLD SELF?
Q: WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM FITNESS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?
The power of consistency, community, and a holistically balanced life.
Q: WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
I love seeing growth and improvement. I also love the simple act of going all-out on something.
Q: WHAT’S THE ONE WORKOUT YOU ALWAYS DREAD? WHAT’S THE ONE WORKOUT YOU ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO? WHY?
The Murph! So painful! I love deadlift days simply because I love the feeling of a lot of weight in my hands.
Q: WITH ANY NEW MODALITY YOU GET INTO, HOW DO YOU APPROACH IT IN ORDER TO MASTER?
Learn from the best. Do the research upfront so that I can learn from other's mistakes and not have to make them myself.
Q: HOW DO YOU EMBRACE THE “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY” MINDSET IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY?
I am always looking for "marginal gains." I try and improve my lifts by just 2.5 lbs a month which does't sound like much but it adds up after years and years.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE FAILURE? HOW HAS THAT SET YOU UP FOR LATER SUCCESS?
Definitely! So many failures to choose from! I ran my worst half marathon of all-time a month prior to running my best marathon of all-time. That failure turned something on inside me and I started feeling amazing after that and ran 2:04 in my next marathon.
Q: WHAT’S ON YOUR FITNESS BUCKET LIST?
I love adventures so I might try out an OCR race at some point but my main goal is to keep getting stronger and bigger.