In the month of February, we’ll be celebrating our CFDV couples! Look for couple profiles throughout the month.
How did you meet?
Christy: Brownies 23 East. I went to PSU with two of his best buds from high school and saw them out one fateful night and Ry Guy was with them. The rest is history. I’m sure his story is much different. Don’t believe a word he says!
Ryan: We met at the library. Wait, that can’t be right. A bar…we met at a bar. Christy went to Penn State with my buddies from high school. They ran into each other at the bar. Christy and I exchanged pleasantries. The next day Christy IM’d my friend to tell him that I was hot. The rest, as they say, is history.
When did you start coming to CFDV? Whose idea was it?
Christy: Well. I had a decision to make. Either I continue to listen to Ryan talk about it every single day of my life with him or I buck up and join him. I was so sick of him saying “Wanna know what we did today…?” the second he walked in the door. He never even gave me a second to respond, he always told me anyway, lol. I also knew I needed a new fitness routine after baby #2. Running wasn’t cutting it anymore.
Ryan: I have been coming for a little under 2 years. I was looking for a program/workout that would wipe the floor with me, and I found it at CFDV. It was either CrossFit or starting my amateur MMA career. I’m sure Christy is happy that I enjoy CrossFit.
What’s the best thing about CrossFitting with your significant other? What’s the worst?
Christy: The best thing is I don’t have to listen to him talk about his workouts because I am doing them too!! The worst is both of us being so sore that neither wants to get the kids in and out of the car.
Ryan: The best thing is that I am able to cheer Christy on during a WOD and show her how to perform all of the lifts. Ya know, really embarrass her. The worst is that Christy’s feelings get hurt when I decline her request to join my team during partner WODs. But, hey — I can’t have some rookie slowing me down when I’m trying to go beast mode on a Saturday morning.
How has CFDV impacted your relationship?
Christy: Ryan is an old wrestler who never misses a chance to be annoying and get me in some not so funny wrestling moves when I least expect it. Now I have some muscle to help me fight back! It’s also fun to work out together on Saturdays. That’s usually the only day we get to come together since I have to come during the week in the AM when there is babysitting.
Ryan: Before Christy started CrossFit, I would come home every day and explain the workout and demo all of the movements. It became somewhat of an ongoing routine that Christy grew tired of quickly. To spice things up, I began to demo the movements in my underwear. Now that Christy has joined CFDV, my daily recap of the WOD has become moot L. Note: If you try to demo a squat snatch with an imaginary barbell dressed scantily clad, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a number of hurtful remarks and general mockery.
Are you competitive with each other?
Christy: I am, and I get really frustrated when I can’t do something on the first try, which happens a lot with Crossfit. I’m obviously not beating him in Crossfit things yet but I DID beat him by 10 minutes a few years ago for the Broad Street Run, and I’ll never let him live that one down.
Ryan: I’m not competitive with her. There are so few things that she is better at than me, that I am more than happy to give up bragging rights. She smoked me at the Broad Street run a few years ago.
Name a time when you were most proud or impressed with your significant other.
Christy: In Crossfit – Watching Ryans bear crawl for the first time. Seriously. I have heard about this bear crawl for the past 2 years and finally saw it one Sunday morning when we were doing boot camp together. I literally almost fell over laughing. In life- Watching him be an amazing Daddy to our 2 little ones, and also working his butt off being a “business man.”
Ryan: Outside of carrying and producing our two kiddies (for which I will forever be in her debt), the countless times she has fearlessly attended to a UDI (Unidentified Drunken Injury) on a stranger at a bar at 2:00 AM by yelling, “Christy Loro, R.N., B.S.N! Please remain calm and tell me what happened.”
Complete this sentence: If my significant other were an animal, he or she would be a (blank) because (blank):
Christy: Clearly a bear, he’s fast as sh*t on all fours!
Ryan: Christy would be a parrot because she seems to repeat herself over and over again while speaking to me.
You vs. your SO in a wing eating contest: who wins and why?
Christy: ME. Hands down.
Ryan: Preface: Much like the blue jay ponders the ability to swim, Christy has always pondered consumption methods of the chicken wing. She would mutter, “Why must there be only one way to enjoy chicken wings? Why must we only EAT chicken wings?” There was one particular evening at a local hotspot amongst friends where Christy decided to quit pondering and take action. As legend has it, Christy was so distraught to find out that, after ordering 50 wings, the restaurant was fresh out of wings for the night. “Blasphemy!” she screamed. “Fine, then make me a Wing Sauce Martini, bleu cheese crumbles on the rim and garnish with a chicken wing bone.” After initial shock and dismay subdued, the bartender gladly accepted the request, nay the challenge, to concoct his first Wing Sauce Martini. The new cocktail was a great success, as the Wing Sauce Martini calmed the ball of rage that was Christy that fateful evening. Thought not on the drink menu, to this day if you ask any of the staff for “The Crazy Christy,” you will receive the most innovative drink the bar has to offer.
Answer: She would dominate me. I’ve seen her house 20 wings as an appetizer for breakfast.