A personal note from Lindsey…
Before you go on to read Ravin’s interview, there are a few things that I would like to personally share about Ravin. Where do I even begin to tell you about my love for Ravin? Ravin is by far one of my favorite humans out here. He is one of the most giving, kind, cool, and hardest working folks I know. Long before we were lucky enough for Ravin to start coaching at SYCF, he started CrossFit in my early days of coaching the sport myself. The day that I first met Ravin, I had recognized him right away from when he had helped me at Midlothian BMW where he was working as a Service Manager. He had left a lasting impression from our interaction that day because he was so helpful and kind. The day he came in to the CrossFit gym was a few years after that interaction and I had still remembered him all of that time. It was the coolest discovery to learn that Ravin had come to the CrossFit gym as a part of his training as a competitive shooter in the 3-Gun sport (go ahead and google him to learn more about his accolades). It was apparent that CrossFit and Stockyard quickly became a big part of who Ravin was, and it was perfectly fitting when Ravin showed up to the gym one day being followed by a film crew highlighting him as an athlete and documenting his “average” day. Inside of the gym Ravin has always been a consistent and committed athlete from the very start. He has always been committed to becoming better, open and eager to accept coaching, and has worked very hard to continue to excel. His positive, growth-based mindset, and can-do attitude is one that I admire and I have seen this trait conveyed in his training as well as his coaching and his personal life as well. I have gotten to know Ravin well over all of these many years and I am grateful to say that I consider him one of my best friends. Enjoy Ravin’s story…oh, and I have included the link for Ravin’s interview and video for you too!
What is your “WHY” in being a Stockyard CrossFit Coach?
I have two reasons for being a SY CrossFit coach - first, being a coach helps me to be a more well-rounded athlete. Coaching allows me to dive more deeply into the nuances of CrossFit movements and how all of those pieces (such as body position, timing, etc.) come together to form the bigger picture. Second, coaching the members of our gym community allows me to positively influence people's lives. I know that CrossFit has had a very positive impact on my life; being able to nurture that positivity in other people is a big driving force in what I do.
What do you love the most about Stockyard?
Our community at Stockyard CrossFit is the glue. I've been in a lot of different gyms over the years and Stockyard CrossFit has a very uplifting community and we accept and meet people where they are. We want to help them achieve their goals both mentally and physically.
What do you love the most about being a Coach at Stockyard?
I love the gift of being able to offer my perspective within the Stockyard community and influence our culture. Not only do I get to interact with all of our amazing members, but I get to actively help them reach their goals both in and out of the gym. That's a very unique opportunity and one that I don't take for granted.
What have you found the most rewarding in your coaching journey? What has brought you the
One of the most rewarding parts of coaching is when you see the "light bulb" turn on for an athlete. Sometimes it's just inspiring that athlete to have confidence in themselves so that they know they are capable of things they may not have thought they could do before; sometimes an athlete just needs to find out how far they can really push themselves, or be cued in a way that they understand.
What have you found to be the most challenging thing(s) as a CrossFit Coach?
The most challenging part of being a CrossFit coach is to know that someone can accomplish something but they don't have the confidence in themselves to achieve that goal. So much of what we do within the walls of a CrossFit gym is mental; the strength doesn't just come from our bodies.
What inspired you to start CrossFit?
Athleticism has always played a big role in my life being a professional shooter. Being able to move quickly, efficiently, with a relatively low heart rate is key to shooting successful stages. CrossFit was the perfect "next step" in my fitness journey when I discovered it back in 2013.
Who is/was your biggest influence in your own fitness journey?
The two biggest influences in my fitness journey have been Lindsey Burnette and Ryan Bauer. They both have been constant sources of motivation to always be better and have always kept the bar for excellence high.
What has been your biggest accomplishment at SYCF? This can be a multi-part answer that
tells from the perspective of both you as an athlete and you as a Coach.
One of my biggest personal achievements is developing self-awareness. There are a lot of different aspects of being self-aware - I have learned to be in tune with my body positioning, listening to my body on any given day or during a workout, and interpreting the messages my body is sending me. Maybe most importantly, I am aware of my internal thought process so that I am better able to determine if I've really hit a wall or if I'm just momentarily struggling and need to keep pushing. By being self-aware, you are able to more fully enjoy the journey and avoid burnout.
What is your favorite CF WOD?
Anything involving a sled!
What is your least favorite CF WOD?
Anything with thrusters.
What is your diet/nutrition like?
Pizza... I do try to keep a good mix of protein, vegetables, and carbs. However, I definitely don't deny myself sweets if that's what I'm craving (in moderation). I love Twizzlers.
What supplements do you take?
I always have a protein shake within 30 minutes of finishing any workout. I also drink lots of water throughout the day.
Do you have any other significant habits that you believe attribute to you being a healthier you?
I believe that getting good quality sleep definitely helps with recovery; I usually get 8+ hours per night. You also shouldn't neglect your mobility work.
Do you have any personal records that stand out to you or that you are very proud of?
Coach Mercy and I were able to win our division at the Richmond Superfit Games in 2017 - that was a very proud moment. I've also been able to use my CrossFit skills in a shooting/athletic competition called The Tactical Games, where I've been able to place within the top 5 in the Elite division.
Tell us some things about your life outside of the gym...(I know the answers to these...so let’s tell
those who don’t).
I have a passion for the shooting sports and was a professional shooter for Remington Outdoor Company for over 5 years. I was a nationally ranked pistol shooter prior to shooting 3-gun. I've worked in the automotive industry for 16+ years now and am an active member in my church, Clover Hill Assembly of God. I'm also a newlywed, having just gotten married to my amazing wife Katherine in October.
Pets? Kid(s)? Family? Where are you from? What is your favorite sport? What is your favorite
thing to do (other than cfit?) What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite holiday?
I was born in New York City and moved to Midlothian when I was 12 years old. My wife and I have a rescue pit bull, who's named Lizzie but we call her Bubs (she's spoiled rotten). When I'm not at Stockyard, you can find me recovering hard at home with my wife and dog, watching Netflix cuddled under some blankets. My favorite movie is anything John Wick or Mel Brooks, and my favorite holiday is Christmas - cuz Jesus!
I believe that fitness is a lifestyle, and an attitude of excellence. You don't just want to be better physically - you want to be better mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. This translates into every aspect of your life. The journey isn't just to become a fitter version of you, but to step outside of your comfort zone and to become a BETTER you.