ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to our November Athlete of the Month, Terry Rydz!

Terry Rydz

Terry’s effort and dedication since joining a year ago have incredible to watch. A mainstay at Barbell Club each week, his hard work there and in classes has paid off. With a steady mix of encouragement, anger, and bribes from Coach Owen, Terry’s form has improved by leaps and bounds and he has set numerous PRs over the last few months. His work away from the barbell has been equally impressive, particularly when addressing his weaknesses. Terry’s dedication during and after class to work on his gymnastics have resulted in him crushing kipping pull-ups in recent WODs and getting his first HSPU. His progress over the year has been phenomenal and we cant wait to see it continue.

Beyond that, Terry is an amazing part of our Hierarchy family. The positive energy, comradery, and kindness he bring to each and every class is unparalleled. If you’ve been in class with him, you know what we are talking about. Moreover, we talk about CrossFit a lot in terms of strength and fitness, but at Hierarchy we want it to be more than that. We want it to be a place to be yourself, a support network, and to have being there be best part of everyone’s day, and Terry makes that ideal a reality and we cant thank him enough.

Read on below for some fantastic Q&A, and congratulations again to Terry on being Athlete of the Month!

When did you start CrossFit?
Just a little over a year ago.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I will answer this in the form of two truths and a lie.
1) My front two teeth are fake.
2) I was a runner-up to be a contestant on Nickelodeon’s “Guts”
3) I was robbed by monkeys.

What were you doing before CrossFit?
Preparing for winter.

How did you find CrossFit?
I was peer pressured into joining by a bully twice my size who was already going to Hierarchy. Out of fear I won’t disclose who this bully is, but her name rhymes with Beva.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
My shoulders are jello and I can’t feel my legs, but that’s ok because I felt like hobbling around with t-rex looking arms this week anyways.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
To win Crossfit. However once I learned that is not a real thing, my goals became to get better at gymnastics and Olympic lifts.

Have you achieved any of those goals?
Yup! Learned how to kip, got all sorts of pull ups as well as HSPU, and getting closer to capturing that mythical beast known as a muscle up. Also, Barbell Club has helped a ton with my lifts!

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
First question, um what is this life outside of the gym you speak of?

In all seriousness though, CFH has drastically helped me improve my fitness, which of course translates into all aspects of life. More importantly though, the people at CFH are fantastic and its been great to become part of the community both in and outside the gym.

Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
A ton. Each new PR is a rush and confirmation that everything is paying off.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Hierarchy?
Work out next to/with someone who is way better than you. You will get great advice during strength training and have someone to try and keep up with during metcons, which helps you keep pushing forward. #Xylena #Iwillonedaycatchuptoher

Favorite WOD (Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)?
Anything with handstand push-ups. I’m not saying I’m good at them, they’re just fun.

Least Favorite WOD?
WODs with front lunges. Because being able to walk is not overrated.

Favorite Lift?
Snatch, all day everyday.

Least favorite lift?
Thrusters. I believe they qualify as physical and psychological abuse.

Something you might not know about me is…
I’m bald.

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