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This week we check in with one of our 5:30pm regulars, Ryan Young! — Crossfitting since: January of 2016 — A little about yourself: Well I’ve spent most of my life in Wisconsin, as I grew up in New Berlin, went to Madison for college, and moved back and am currently living in the Tosa Village with my girlfriend. While from Wisconsin, my parents are from Chicago and as my dad says they “raised me right” as a Chicago sports fan. As many of my fellow 5:30 class members know, I am always down for some friendly Chicago/Milwaukee sports banter. I’ve always been pretty active and love playing almost any sport. I continue to chase my childhood dream of making the NBA, as I play pickup ball every Tuesday with a bunch of 30 to 50 year olds, but for some reason no team has called me for my services, yet… Other than that, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially when we are all together at our cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Lastly, my girlfriend and I will be first time Puppy Parents in February, as we will be getting a golden retriever puppy. We are very excited for Rori’s arrival! — How did you get into CrossFit? Pretty typical story in that I was starting to see my results plateau at the local gym. In hindsight, I realized that part of the problem is that I’d find myself doing a set, then checking my phone to change songs, send a text, or check out the score of the Cubs game, then back to the next set several minutes later. I started to read about CrossFit and thought it would be something I would enjoy. Luckily, I live near BCF and it was the closest CrossFit gym to me, so I figured I would check it out. I remember being nervous walking in the first day, as I didn’t know anyone. Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed was the music blasting (which I love) and the class was pushing themselves through the WOD. It was then that I realized I was in the right place. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? The physical health gains are obviously one of the great benefits of CrossFit, but one area that I think has been beneficial to me is the mental health benefits it can have.