We are very pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Parker to the CrossFit Santa Rosa coaching staff.
Ryan grew up just outside of Philadelphia and played team sports throughout his youth and Lacrosse into college. After competing in his first mountain bike race, he was hooked on cycling. That passion for cycling eventually led him to Boulder, Colorado where he was able to test himself against some of the best cyclists in the country. It was during his time in Colorado that he also began racing triathlons, and went on to compete in every distance including ironman.
Ryan walked into a CrossFit gym almost three years ago and never looked back. He loves the ability to maintain such a high level of fitness while improving strength – a foreign concept for a die-hard endurance athlete! At the same time, he discovered the Paleo lifestyle and has since become a huge advocate, encouraging dozens of his friends and family members to try it. Although he doesn’t rule out the option of racing endurance events again, he will never return to his long slow distance training, and high-carb/grain-based nutrition.
Ryan has a degree in Psychology from Penn State University and works part-time with “at risk” youth. He has worked in the fitness industry for the past 10 years. After managing some of the larger chain-gyms and feeling disconnected from what it was he loved about fitness, he started his own training business. Whether coaching aspiring triathletes and cyclists, or working with someone who is trying to lose a lot of weight and exercising for the first time, Ryan has always valued the opportunity to work as an advocate for people’s health. These days, he is passionate about CrossFit and sees it as revolutionary, not just because it’s the best conditioning program out there, but because of the community it creates. He loves introducing new people to this training methodology, and believes that CrossFit has the power to drastically improve a person’s life.