CFF Coach Profile - Ryan Daniel
I caught up with up with our Golden Boy Ryan Daniel to learn a little more about him and what he does in and outside of the gym! This early bird has been with CFF since 2014 and he has been a great asset to our community ever since!
1. How long have you been doing CrossFit as an athlete?
2. How long have you been coaching?
3. What are your coaching credentials (level 1,2 3 etc and extra certifications)
CFL1, CF Power Lifting Seminar, CF Olympic Lifting Seminar, CF Endurance Seminar, OPEX Assessment & Program Design
4. What class times do you usually coach?
5:30 & 6:30 am once to twice a week.
5. What was your fitness/athletic background before starting CrossFit?
I participated in a variety of sports in high school, guided month long canoe trips in Northern Canada, ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, rock climbing, triathlons and ultra-marathons. I like to move, be outside and try new activities.
6. What is your day job?
I am the Residential Services Director at Luther Hall. Luther Hall is a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility that provides support to many ND and MN kids in need over the course a 9 - 12 month period of time.
7. What are your hobbies/interests outside the gym?
After learning a lot of new skills flipping a house, I am trying to get more into woodworking. My current project is making canoe paddles. Also, I love experiencing the outdoors with my 1 and a half year old, lab puppy, Nina.
8. Please share one of your favorite coaching memories.
That would probably be when the High School Boys Cross Country team I used to coach for, won the MN Class A state title.
9. When do you find time to workout?
During the week it's 5:30 AM or I attend rec activities with the kids while at work. On the weekends, I try and find fun ways to challenge my fitness by doing activities outside the gym.
9. What are your favorite CrossFit movements or WODs to coach?
I like workouts that push people to the point where the decision to take a break is more mental than physical. It is really fun to push athletes to turn the brain off and keep going.