August 2018: Ryan Fava


What is your favorite thing or things to do when you're not at CFS? 

I love to spend time with Tina, Family, Friends and doggies.  Especially outdoors with the wife and dogs in the Spring/Summer, Watch Football in the Fall and Snowboarding in the Winter.

What made you want to start CrossFit? 

I wanted to become a better version of myself and to do this, I needed to put myself through some uncomfortable workouts, but at the same time, have a group of great folks to do it with.  The group workout environment holds me more accountable to myself as well as being there for others.

What motivates you through a tough WOD? 

That Crossfit is for everybody, but up to the individual to bring intensity, purpose and drive to each workout.

What is your favorite motivational quote? 

This quote reminds me the impact of positive thinking.  

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't  -- you're right."   -Henry Ford

What is some advice you'd give to someone new to CrossFit Skunk or just started CrossFit? 

I would really emphasize form/technique in the early months. Ask questions and solicit feedback from our amazing coaches.  AND gaining bodyweight strength via Air Squats, Air Squats, Air Squats!! (jk, not really).  

What is something you've done at CFS that you never thought you'd do? 

I completed a modified version of the "Murph" workout.  Something I always wanted to do prior to joining.  

What are your CrossFit goals? 

Overall, be in better shape. Be a better husband, son, brother, uncle, coworker.  Truthfully, my initial goal was not to get hurt.  My 2nd goal was to attend 3 days a week.  My current goal is trying to get to the gym 4 times a week.

What is your most favorite or least favorite movement? 

Favorite, Bench press.  My least favorite is Snatch, only because it is incredibly challenging.  That being said, I look forward to the day where I can do one with a squat at the bottom.

What is your biggest accomplishment since starting CrossFit? 

As a founding member, I like to think I help to contribute to the atmosphere/culture we are building at CFSkunk.  The members have more to do with this than just me.   We have an opportunity to build this from the ground up and foster an environment where everyone is comfortable with one another, while still pushing/driving each other to do their best every time they set foot in the gym.

What have you learned since joining CrossFit Skunk?

I learned that I continue to surprise myself.  Some workouts seem impossible before and during the workout.  But those are the workouts that make you realize what you are truly capable of.   On the ride home, I l recall the workout I just did and feel a great sense of pride.


Debra Chase