Here we have competitor Ryan, age 20, Albuquerque, NM
Athletic background? I did gymnastics for 5 years, from age 8 to 13 and started coaching when I was 16. In high school I was on the swim team for 2 years and did pole vault my senior year.
How long obstacle course training? For 8 months now.
Why obstacle training? What started as an interest (from watching ANW) quickly turned into an obsession after the first day in the gym. It’s an incredibly fun workout and is challenging physically and mentally. I found that I was able to learn some obstacles quickly thanks to my gymnastics experience. Philosophically life is filled with obstacles, overcoming ones in the gym has increased my confidence in overcoming much more difficult obstacles in life.
Why compete? Motivation? Competing is an amazing hit of adrenaline and I want to push the limits to find out what I’m capable of. The community is fun and supportive of each other so I have gotten to know some great people even having only done one competition so far.
Favorite obstacle? Least favorite obstacle? Favorite obstacle: Salmon Ladder Least: Unstable Bridge
Personal interests (movies, hobbies, music, books, charities, etc.)? Personal Interests I love my job, being a gymnastics coach gives me the chance to influence kids in a positive way through something I’m passionate about. Hobbies include geeky stuff, I see almost every new superhero movie on premier night, I collect classic games and comics, also enjoy being outdoors; fishing hiking and camping and I want to try slacking (slack lines) this summer. I am very interested in psychology and philosophy which I am studying in college. Also eating pizza.
Something interesting about you? I have had the same best friend since first grade.
Motto or how you live your life? Words I try to live by “He is able who thinks he is able”
Piece of advice for obstacle course training? Advice? Don’t have much, I usually just try to learn as much as I can from other competitors. Visualize yourself succeeding and then stay in the moment on the course.
Social media info, pics, videos, other links? Instagram: ryanhughes1996 I always follow other ninjas back