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The King of the Point for February 2017 is Ryan LaSante.  Ryan is a veteran CrossFit athlete that chose CJP as his house! He naturally pushes himself, always comes to class to improve on his technique and so easy to coach. We love how naturally strong Ryan is, but we are all in awe of how incredibly humble he remains in our community.

What brought you to East Boston?

A combination of working in the Seaport and moving in with my then girlfriend, now fiancé.

What drew you to CrossFit?

I’ve been active my entire life, playing soccer, running track and playing any sort of sport whenever I could. After moving to Boston I needed to find some way to get back into shape. One of my cousins and best friends had told me time and time again that I should really try CrossFit and that I’d love it. Of course I promptly ignored said advice for a long time. Eventually, though, I decided to go try it out, taking my first intro class. I walked out of the class and immediately signed up for the on-ramp class. I’ve been doing CrossFit for the past 4 or so years and still love it.

What was your expectation on your first day at CJP? How has your perception changed since that day?

My first day at CJP I was nervous. I didn’t really know what to expect. I had only really been to one other gym ever and had no idea how the community, workouts or gym would be like. During my first class at CJP, I realized that my nervousness was uncalled for. It was a VERY personalized class consisting of Deena and I with Meghan coaching us. They both were extremely welcoming and showed me what a wonderful community and wonderful people make up CJP.

Since that first class with just Deena and I, I’ve come to appreciate the heart and soul that Javy and Sandy put into not only the gym, not only the CJP family, but also the community. They and all the coaches make me excited to come to class, whether it’s doing gymnastics with Brian, getting tips on my form from Ryan, or having fun and working hard with Meghan. (Always at night, sometimes on Saturday morning…. depending on Friday night…)

What keeps you coming back to CJP?

The community and the people! They are incredible and truly make each and every one that comes into the gym feel special. There is no judgment; there is only support and encouragement. Each class I feel like I’m pushed to work harder, not because of the competition against others but because I see how competitive everyone is with themselves.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

My biggest improvements are also my biggest struggles still. Double unders… They’re the bane of my existence, but because of that they’re also what I’ve improved the most on. There are still times where I can’t string together 10 in a row, then the next day I can do 75 unbroken. It’s something that I struggle with every time I do them and am thrilled whenever I can string together 30 or more.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Power Cleans and pull ups. Power cleans are easily my favorite workout followed by deadlifts in a distant 2nd. Then, Pullups are just hard but feel good and feel rewarding.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Hmmm, I’m not sure maybe… Babar? A couple Halloweens ago I did an entire workout dressed up as Babar the Elephant… Burpees and kettlebells with some deadlifts in an elephant costume and suit.

If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say?

Do it. Take a chance and try it out. I know it can be intimidating, but if you give it a shot you’ll be grateful. I know that can be expensive but you can try it out and if it’s for you then you won’t mind the expense and if it’s not then you’ll know right away. I also would want to say that there’s no judgment. Whether you’ve been doing CrossFit for years or its your first class, everyone is just trying to do the best they can and cheer each other on to do their best too.