Ryan Woodcox

Member of the Month: Ryan Woodcox


Ryan Woodcox 




Milford, MI.

Member Since:

November 14th, 2016.


What was your athletic background, if any?

Playing street hockey and football outside as a kid and played football 8th-10th grade.

What do you do when you're not at CFA?

I love to rock climb, study technology, play video games, watch tv/movies, practice spanish, golf, snowboard.

Do you remember your first WOD?

After looking back on the facebook page (which took nearly 25 minutes of scrolling…) my first WOD was Omar but I don't remember it specifically. However, I do remember my first week being full of some of my least favorite movements. My second WOD had double unders and I could barely do the scaled singles. My 3rd WOD had more double unders, running and dreadful wall balls. During that week I had no idea how to do a power clean or a front squat and I remember how badly both moves hurt my wrists.

When did you realize that CrossFit is right for you?

An early indicator was after a rough first week, the Monday of my second week featured a WOD that I'll never forget: 150 burpees for time. I found a movement that I was able to crush and leverage my body type. There was a confused post-WOD moment of how did this "new guy" finish faster than all of us crossfitters?

Another indicator was when I did my first “open” workout: 17.1. I was super excited and my nerves were racing when the clock started. I remember being like 10-20 seconds into the workout and Josh having to tell me to slow down on my burpees or I was going to burn out, haha. It was fun to compete with myself and others around the world. After the open, it was clear that I was really going to have to work on the movements I hated. When I finally found myself excited to work on these movements and turn them into some of my favorite movements, I knew that crossfit was right for me.

What is your favorite or least favorite WOD/movement?

Least Favorite Movements: Double Unders and AbMat situps.
Favorite Movements:: Any gymnastics movement (T2B, C2B, RMU, BMU)
Favorite WODs: Angie/Murph

What is the one thing you have done at CFA that you never thought you would do?

Run a 5k.

What motivates you during a tough workout?

Trying to beat a PR of mine, and good music always helps.

What's are your favorite things about CrossFit?

The wide variety of movements we get to do that challenge your strength, technique and ability to work through the pain. The classes push me harder than I’ve ever pushed myself inside or outside of a gym.

What are your short term and long term goals?

Recently I’ve been working on my handstands and handstand walks. My long term goals would be to complete any future WOD at Rx.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit (before/after)?

So swole, bro. Haha, no, I’ve definitely gained muscle and trimmed fat. I get excited to wake up in the morning and have more energy overall. I’m by far the strongest and leanest I’ve ever been in my life. Crossfit with a clean diet is a killer combo.

Do you have any advice for people just getting started at CFA? 

Stick with it, you will learn the movements. Listen to the coaches, watch videos, watch the pros and the technique will come with practice. Also, when you feel like crap and don’t want to workout because you think you’re too sore, I dare you to try working out anyways. I do, and I always feel a hell of a lot better after working out than I do sitting around. Any time I’ve skipped a workout in the middle of the week it kills my recovery by an extra 1-2 days.

Quick Questions

Favorite Cheat Meal:


Favorite Musician:

In the gym: Logic (or any crazy spanish song)

Favorite Sports Team:

Argentina National Soccer Team

Favorite Tv Show:  

Breaking Bad


Favorite CrossFit Athlete (if any):

Josh Bridges, Mat Fraser


Coach's comment:

Ryan is much past due for CFA’s member of the month. He has come a long way from his start with us in November of 2016. He’s been one of our most consistent Bizstreamers & a regular at 7am. Not only has he gained a great amount of strength, but also a good amount of skill with gymnastics movements. He shows up each day ready to work hard no matter how sore his shoulders are. Keep up the hard work, Ryan!

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