October’s Athlete of the Month - Ryan Duella

Athlete of the Month

Ryan Duella


Q. How long have you been training in CrossFit and did you exercise prior to joining JSACF?

A. I have been at JSACF for a 1 year and 2 months. Prior to JSA I had a “globo gym” membership that I would attend, and walk around from machine to machine. My friend Brett Nielsen would not stop talking about CrossFit to me, and challenged me to try it out.

Q. What changes have you made to make your life healthier since starting CrossFit?

A. Since I have joined JSA I have started living a healthier life style, and have kept to a consistent training schedule. I have started to at clean, and cut out all sugars. I still have a long way to go, but I am on the right track. I have also became a more relaxed positive person, and preach PMA!

Q. Tell us about what you do outside of the box!

A. When I am not at the box I am a career firefighter in Westfield (Union County), and the Fire Marshal of Belmar and Lake Como. When I am not at either job my fiancé Meghan, and I enjoy spoiling our rescue dog Piper. We also enjoy exploring craft breweries all over, and enjoy working on home improvement projects. as

Q. Since you have been at JSACF, we have witnessed your growth as an athlete. Brag a little.

A. When I finally gave in to Brett’s sales pitch I immediately became addicted to going to the box. I have definitely become stronger and my overall conditioning has improved dramatically (still a lot of improvement room). All the coaches have all been great and had a ton of patience. One thing I have improved on is my positivity, and consistency I tell myself daily “You either get better or you get worse; you never stay the same”.

Q. If you could listen to one song on repeat in the gym, what would it be?

A. Enter Sandman (Metallica); or Down With The Sickness (Disturbed)

Q. What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next 6 months? The next year?

A. My goal for the next 6 months is to keep improving every single day in every aspect of an athlete. I am looking to continue my battle with the jump rope/ rope climb, and the gymnastic type movements. (I will not let them beat me!)

Q. If there was a WOD named after you, what would it consist of?

A.”Man Bear”

500 Meter Row

21 Power Cleans -135 LB

10 Wall Balls

3 Rounds

Q. Do you have any favorite moments in the gym that you’d like to tell us about?

A. I would have to say that my favorite thing about the gym is that when I enter the through that garage door that nothing else matters other than getting through that workout. I could have had the worst day, and when I lace my shoes up the only thing that matters to me is bettering myself.

As a group, my favorite thing is the energy and positivity everyone has for every athlete. I feel that really pushes everyone to accomplish so much more.

My personal favorite moment was surprisingly placing third place in the scaled division in the in-house throw down.

Q. What advice would you give to a new person starting CrossFit?

A. No matter what your athletic history is listen to what the coaches have to say. They don’t speak to hear themselves talk. They are talking to help you improve to prevent injury and to make you be the best. Learn to be patient. Skills & movements take time. Just keep getting better and don’t get frustrated. Also, when you work out do not worry, or care about what anyone else is doing. The only competition is against yourself. The only way to find out what you’re really made of is to go beyond your comfort zone. Always remember keep going, and never quit.

Q. Please share a quote that strikes you as important in your life.

A. This is probably my favorite question. I am a huge quote person.

“Everyone comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. But its what you do at that moment that determines who you are.” David Goggins

I would like to close this by thanking everyone at JSA for creating such a positive fun environment. Skip & Paige, thank you for all the guidance, and continued support at the box, and outside the box!