Ryan Fischer has off the charts fitness, numerous feats of physical strength, and experience in helicopter flying, Olympic skeleton, BMX racing, competitive CrossFitting, and hiking all over the world. His life is a set of circumstances that have developed him into a fulfilled gym owner. But his biggest strength is his drive and his work ethic, and Ryan is more than a competitor or gym owner.
This episode is more than what his bio says. This episode is about the man you think you know as Ryan Fischer. We had the chance to dive deep into Ryan’s life on a level you have never heard before. This episode goes beyond fitness as we reflect on where Ryan’s drive comes from, his relationship with his family, how he always knew he was different, what makes him happy, and where his unconquerable soul comes from. This isn’t an episode I took lightly. I wanted to offer a platform of reflection and growth through a respectful path of vulnerability and strength. This special episode was an honor for me to record. I humbly thank you for choosing this to listen to with a special thank you to Ryan’s mom, Kim.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Short story: The Cracked Pot
4:32 What is stronger? Your muscles or your work ethic.
10:36 To find your work ethic, does it need to found through physical effort? Moments that forced you to be strong.
A story of a Son.
13:43 I never really had that dad feeling and because of that I searched for different things to put energy into that couldn’t be bought. You cant get it any other way except for super hard work. If I did that, I created that and it made me feel good.
Finding out some big news at 18 that changed everything.
22:30 I remember always telling my mom that there was something about me that was different. I knew that I was going to be different. I always knew it.
23:00 First contacts with real dad.
30:30 Raising money for Olympics. The biggest check Ryan had ever received.
The $500 check.
33:20 The grandparents
37:40 Everybody has a struggle. Everyone has a deal going on. But there’s always room for a heart to heart conversation between a father and son. -SM
38:33 Do you think finding out made you a stronger person?
40:00 Reflection on life and relationships.
41:04 What do you think your mom is most proud about you? A conversation with mom.
(Ryan’s mom): He never followed the crowd. He stayed true to himself and his values.
Where does Ryan’s drive come from? And how his drive is a weakness.
49:30 What makes Ryan happy?
58:00 “Settling down” and relationships.
1:04:30* What is your inner conversation like during a workout?
Once everything starts to hurt, we just started working out. Let’s go to work.
Little cues to help push through the work out.
1:10:20 The Little Man Story
1:14:10 How memory retention works.
1:16:11 The CrossFit drive that transcends and the ripple effects.
Two things that define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.
Happiness vs Fulfilled
Planting the seed of gratitude is in someone else’s couch. -SM
1:28:09 Military dreams. How training to be a Nazy Seal led Ryan to CrossFit.
1:37:00 Wim Hof, Ice Baths, Float Tanks, Saunas
1:42:00 Being dedicated to action and non-action. How to destress.
Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation
1:48:14 What has hosting a podcast taught you?
2:01:15 Ryan’s online programming
You don’t see a moving truck behind a Hearse.