Ryan Finchum is representing Sworn for the month of March! Ryan and his wife, Tamar, have been a part of our Sworn family since the very beginning. CrossFit is the first consistent athletic program that Ryan has participated in and credits that in part to the variety and challenges that it provides. He is motivated by the great feeling of being physically fit and healthy. Ryan’s attention to detail and hard work has paid off in his training and he has made great progress these past 2 years. He will be competing in the CrossFit Open for the first time this year and is excited to see how he stacks up against others out side of our gym. Good luck Ryan!
CS: Tell us about your personal life.
RF: IT consultant – Finchum’s Computer Services…I have clients all over Indianapolis that I help with various computer/network-related issues they may have, residential and small business…I’ve been doing it full time since 2008.
My wife is Tamar and she has been Crossfitting with me since Sworn opened. We have 3 children, Abigail (5), Ephram (3), and Ilarion (10 mo.).
CS: Tell us about your athletic experience including time cross fitting.
RF: I didn’t play sports or do much beyond the mandatory gym classes I had to take in high school (I recall there being more running than there needed to be and very little of anything fun). College was just what little exercise I could figure out myself, but was never consistent or with any goal in mind. I had interest in the weight room, but never had the proper motivation from anyone to visit regularly or make it appealing. After college, I would visit gyms from time to time but always felt overwhelmed by the options or underwhelmed by the lack of guidance. Crossfit gave me direction and goals to strive for. It has paid off physically and emotionally. I’ve pretty much been coming three days a week for almost 2 years now with no end in sight.
CS: What is your favorite move/wod?
RF: Olympic lifts, esp. the snatch. I’m a pretty technical person and I love the technical aspects of those lifts and how much is involved in the second or 2 it takes to execute them. It’s also very gratifying to see your numbers go up as you train and compare them with people even outside of Crossfit circles.
CS: What is your least favorite move/wod?
RF: Any gymnastic move (handstand walks, muscle-ups) and burpees coupled with thrusters. Screw that noise.
CS: How has CrossFit changed your life?
RF: It has given me an exercise program I can stick with. It doesn’t get boring or repetitive. It allows me to always have something to improve upon or be challenged by. It has allowed me to grow in mental toughness I couldn’t appreciate before (or until I actually experienced it). It has given me direction and something I can be proud to say I do. It makes me feel better and be better at life.
CS: Tell us about your open experience and why you think anyone considering should jump in?
RF: This year will be my first open I’m officially participating in. Last year I just did the workouts and watched the leaderboard outside of being on it. The workouts were tough, esp. 14.5 (burpee/thruster ladder), but it was fun to see how I compare to others around the world and to see how quickly or how many reps the best in the world can pull off. It’s pretty insane sometimes to think how much work they actually do in, for example, a 5 minute AMRAP.
I’d say the best part of the open is the global participation and seeing how you stack up against others. It’s a way to see how you perform against people outside your box. It’s also a way to see how you can challenge yourself going forward. The workouts they hand out can be unknown benchmarks you didn’t realize you should be working toward.
CS: What is your greatest Crossfit accomplishment and future goal?
RF: Accomplishment: Increasing all my lifts when we do scheduled PRs. It’s fun to see how far I have increased in strength thanks to the programming, whether it be a 300lb back squat I didn’t realize I could do or a 170lb snatch that surprised me.
Goals: Moving forward I’d like to continue increasing my strength or volume on the major lifts (Oly, back/front squats, bench press, deadlift). I recently almost pulled off a 225lb Clean PR. Shooting for 300/400/500 bench press/back squat/deadlift seems attainable.
CS: What motivates you to stay fit?
RF: The mirror and feeling terrible before when I wasn’t fit 😉
CS: What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting CrossFit or new to CrossFit?
RF: I feel like a lot of people are turned off by the “extreme” nature of Crossfit when I tell them what I do for exercise. It’s as if they are intimidated by the things we do in the gym and what’s expected of us. If you are serious about your health and fitness and want to exercise in some productive way and not lose interest after a month or two, Crossfit is perfect! It’s constantly varied so you’ll never get bored. Everything is scalable so you’ll never have to do anything that is beyond your abilities. People who do it come in every shape and size, so you’ll have people who are just learning and people who you’ll look up to (and strive to beat). You have to start somewhere; it might as well be somewhere that people want to help you achieve your goals with a long-term vision in mind.
CS: What is something we don’t know about you?
RF: I can click my tongue very loudly. Think: like a firecracker.
CS: If you were not in the gym you would be ?
RF: Wrangling children, then continuing a Netflix marathon (Breaking Bad is the flavor of the month).