Allison and Ryan have been at CFS training together for the past year.
CFS has enjoyed watching them get stronger and most recently make changes to their diet that have dramatically changed their appearance and overall performance in the gym. This newly wed couple worked together to keep each-other on track with diet and their hard work shows. Attaining a goal is much easier and even fun when you are in on it with a friend and partner. We hope to see continual growth and commitment from Allison and Ryan. CFS is lucky to have this awesome couple as apart of our gym and family.
Congrats to the newly wed couple- Ryan and Allison Forsman (only facebook official name change)
Ryan and Allison’s Q&A:
What is your first and last name?
Allison Lodge Forsman (my name change is only facebook official – that counts, right?)
Downers Grove, IL
What is your Age?
What is your occupation?
When did you first start CrossFitting?
October 2012/February 2013
What is your Favorite WOD? How about your favorite Benchmark W.O.D.?
I like anything with running and double unders. No favorite benchmark WOD yet.
I like the longer WODs; I feel like they are more challenging to me and really leave me sucking wind. I don’t have a favorite benchmark yet, haven’t done enough of them.
What is your least favorite WOD?
Anything with thrusters
Anything with double-unders when the sub is mountain climbers
Tell us about your sports and fitness background.
In high school I played field hockey and softball and got into long distance running in college when I decided to opt out of college field hockey. I mostly ran half marathons but did run a few Boston Marathons (for charity). When I moved to Colorado in 2008 I trained with a running group and got my first legit marathon PR. Then I got injured.
I played football and baseball in high school. I’ve always enjoyed multi-joint movements like squats and hang-cleans and also box jumps and agility drills. I played water polo in college, I swam competitively when I was little and was a lifeguard in high school and college.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
Ryan actually suggested Crossfit for me. I didn’t know what to do with myself when I could no longer run and he knew of some friends who had started crossfit and loved it. Our first wod was on a rainy Saturday. I remember meeting Nicolle and she instantly recognized me from our running group. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming that first day. I remember we did rowing and wall balls. I don’t remember how I felt afterwards but I must have felt ok because I let Nicolle talk me into joining elements the following Tuesday.
I got exposed to CrossFit from seeing the 2011 Games on TV. Allison wasn’t running anymore and I found CFS online. We went to a Saturday class together so she could learn about it. I remember the WOD had wallballs involved and Nicolle ‘critiquing’ me. I’m also pretty sure Galo and Nick were there that day and them introducing themselves before class started.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
Before Crossfit I was definitely “skinny fat.” I thought I was in great shape because I ran 6 days a week and did some sprint training. I really didn’t think too much about what I was eating and figured it didn’t matter because I wasn’t gaining weight and was working out. Then I started Crossfit and realized I was wicked out of shape! The first few months at the gym I didn’t change my diet. I started at the gym in October 2011 and heard Nicolle was doing the Whole 30 challenge after the New Year. I decided to try it after the annual holiday gorge. Ryan and I have kept the new “diet” going since then, cheating on weekends (when Ryan lets me) and special occasions.
I’m much leaner than I’ve been in a long time. My overall fitness has improved and I’m much more aware of what I eat…and drink. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked out with this level of intensity; I’d say I was pretty comfortable with most of the movements when I started, but not with the emphasis on time.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced since taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
When I started crossfit I just thought I would get in better shape. I never expected to get so toned or completely change my diet. I didn’t have any weight loss goals but ended up dropping 2 pant sizes! I just feel healthier in general.
I’m a pretty picky eater now. Before I started CrossFit it wasn’t unusual for me to have ice cream for breakfast and a frozen pizza for dinner. I try hard to eat the right things in the right quantities throughout the day and the week. I’m much more focused on trying to create lifelong healthy habits that I can practice no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
I definitely won’t ever forget a few weeks ago when we went out for our benchmark mile run and ended up running a mile and a half.
The 2013 Open was definitely memorable. I really enjoyed the way the gym focused on setting personal bests and the seriousness everyone took. I also really enjoy the general day-to-day interaction with others in the 5am class I mostly attend; I’m always impressed by what happens before 6am on a workday.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Just go at your own pace. The first few classes are always a little intimidating.
Pick a schedule you can commit to. I know I’ve benefitted from being consistent in my attendance and getting to know others who attend the same class times I do.
What’s your short and long term goals?
In the short term, I’d love to finally get pull ups. Long term, I just want to get stronger and better.
In the short term I want to continue to improve in all areas. I’d really like to improve my snatch and techniques in the other complex lifts. Long term I want to create a lifestyle I can continue for many years to come.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love to bake and will make an excuse whenever I can to be in my kitchen. I also like to ski, bike, and watch Boston sports, oh, and hang out with Ryan and our dog Mocha.
I like being outside as much as possible. I enjoy biking, snowboarding, cars, motorcycles, and beer and food too.