| EP 349 – The Evolution of Ryan Fischer

Author / John

2 hr 00 min listen

Humble Beginnings, Happy Endings

For every year that goes by, Ryan Fischer [@ryanfisch] grows exactly one ab. This week’s guest entertains The Crew with a powerful backstory of his rise in CrossFit. The most poignant part of all…Ryan came to the realization that “there is so much more to life” than the sport of fitness. As an incredibly gifted athlete, he was able to hone his coaching skills and eventually open the world renowned Chalk Performance Training in SoCal. Learn more about Ryan’s evolution in training and his personal life and most importantly…how he’s able to maintain an ab surplus in these tough times.

Ryan Fischer is far more than the chiseled physique that meets the eye. He’s a gifted athlete, for sure, but he is really defined by his drive to achieve more. This is evident in his conversation with The Crew as he shares his story of humble beginnings to being a successful entrepreneur. But Ryan is not one to boast. He attributes his success to opportunities, influential people, and serendipitous moments in time. This episode the guys trade CrossFit stories in good fun and discuss the future of what once reigned as the sport of fitness. We also learn that Luke’s high school nickname was Limp Brisket and that Tex was once caught in a love triangle between a senior citizen and her Dominos Pizza Delivery boy toy. 

Empower Your Performance

Check out www.gymryan.com or follow him on instagram @RyanFisch. And if you happen to find yourself in Costa Mesa, do us all a big favor and say hi to the Walrus for us.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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