Kyla and Ricky “The power couple”
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
Ricky- I’m 32 years old and I grew up in East Bridgewater. I own a window cleaning company that keeps me busy from April thru December. During the winter months, I work in construction….I hate construction.
Kyla- I’m 31 years old and I work as a nurse in the operating room. I grew up in NH and moved down here when we got married. Ricky and I love being able to spend time together outside going to the beach or parks when it’s warmer. In the winter we like spending our time wishing it was warmer! Haha!
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
Ricky- Before CrossFit I worked out at planet fitness. I’m not what you would call a “motivated person” when it comes to working out, so I would only go to the gym for a couple of months at a time, and then take weeks off. There were days I would go to the gym and leave after 10 minutes because I was tired haha. I joined Bare Cove December of 2012. I’m at the gym at least 3-4 days a week since I started (unless on vacation or sick obviously). I look forward to going to the gym now!
Kyla- I had always enjoyed working out. I was running, taking Zumba, spin class, and lifting weights occasionally. But I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. Ricky and our friend Dan tried CrossFit in May 2012 for two months at CrossFit Hingham. I had never heard of it but I was really intrigued by the type of exercises they were doing and how intense it sounded. I started researching it more and was amazed by the stuff girls were able to do and how much weight they were lifting. I imagined it was kind of boot camp style. I felt like it sounded horrible and annoying to have someone yelling at you to keep going but I still wanted to try it. The following December we signed up for two months. I thought that’s all I would do. I was hooked right away. The class that convinced me to keep going was during on ramp we did our one rep max back squat. I was working out with Marlena. I was shocked when Mike kept saying “Ok add more weight.” My previous personal trainer couldn’t get me to do more than 75 or 80 pounds and that day I did 135! It was so empowering and exciting. I knew I couldn’t stop after two months. I’m so amazed at the difference between then and now. I’ve learned so much and have gotten a lot stronger physically and mentally.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
Ricky- Like I said, I’m not the the most motivated person when it comes to working out. What I like about CrossFit is we are all in it together. We are all there to do the same workout. The coaches push you and we are there to push each other as well. That’s the motivation I need to keep coming back.
Kyla- Our box is very positive, outgoing, and supportive. I like that people don’t take themselves too seriously and are always willing to help each other whether it’s a word of encouragement, advice, or helping you pick up after a really tough wod. I have some really close friends at RCFBC (Simmons sisters and Dan) 🙂 which makes it even more special to be a part of the community. I can’t forget to mention all the coaches who are amazing and all bring their uniqueness and strengths to help all the members be well rounded athletes! I’m glad I go at all different times of the day so I’ve been able to work out with different people and get to know the different coaches. It helps me feel more a part of the community.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Ricky- When I joined, my immediate goal was doing a muscle up. It was a few months before I tried to do one. The rings were set up one day and I asked Danny G how to get it done. I got one on my first try! I was psyched!
Kyla- Being able to do a strict pull-up! (I never could in school) and still working on getting better at butterfly/kipping pull-ups. Back squatting 195# and just got a recent PR of 100# snatch!
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
Ricky- I’d like to be able to do 10 or more muscle ups in a row, deadlift double my body weight, overhead squat my body weight, do a HSPU on the rings, get good at handstand walks, and I got my L1 back in October so I would like to eventually try coaching
Kyla- Mental toughness is always a challenge for me. I want to continue to push myself and stay positive in the process. I would like to Get stronger. Mike LeJeune has told me “to get strong, you need to lift heavy.” So I keep pushing myself! My goals would be to get RX hand stand push ups, link pull-ups more efficiently, and of course get a muscle up!
6. How does CrossFit play a role in your every day life?
Ricky- It definitely has helped me when it comes to the way I do everyday things. For instance, during the winter months, I do construction for work. I’m picking up lumber with better form than I used to. I eat better than I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat junk, but not as much as I used to. As far as relationship wise, it is awesome to be able to work out with Kyla regularly.
Kyla- Ricky (and concerned family and friends) might say I’m a little obsessed with it… But it is definitely a major part of my schedule. I always plan at the beginning of the week when I can go and make sure I fit in 4 classes a week. Which means going to a 5:30am sometimes! I plan my food on Mondays and do a huge food prep to help us make good choices. I’m so glad Ricky and I are doing this together and that a lot of our close friends are too!
7. What movement(s) would you like to see in the upcoming 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games – Open?
Ricky- Muscle ups, rope climbs, dumbbell snatches, and toes to bar
Kyla- Overhead squats and wall balls
Kyla and Ricky have accomplished some amazing goals in the gym. 2014 will only bring more accomplishments and hard work! I must add they are very photogenic! 🙂