Ryan Hignell

Ryan Hignell

Owner / Coach

Deadlift: 525

Squat: 425

Snatch: 300

Fran: 2.08


CrossFit Level 1/2

USAW Certified Coach

Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting Seminar

OPT Assessment and Program Design.

About Coach

Been doing CrossFit since early 2008. While pursuing a degree at the University of Utah, I began coaching Crossfit. After Graduating in 2012, I wanted to share my experiences and passion for Crossfit with my hometown, so I drew up a plan to open North Rim Crossfit. While starting North Rim CrossFit, I spent another good portion of my time competing in CrossFit professionally. Qualifying for Regionals ever since 2010. After almost a decade I decided to hang up my competitive hat in 2017 to channel all my energy into my gym. Considering CrossFit has been a huge part of my life, it only makes sense that I met my wife, Shea, in the gym. Today, She and I pour our efforts into loving our members and cultivating a second home for all who walk through the doors.

Turning Point

My big turning point was from switching from a competitor to a coach / owner. I had originally opened the gym so I could workout and share my love for CrossFit. But, there came a time where I knew the competitive stuff was going to come to an end and I would have to put as much effort into running a gym than I did competiting. That change took me longer than I wanted. I kept finding myself wanting to just further my future and career versus taking a step back and watching other people go before me. It wasn't until 2020 that I finally let that side of me go. It took loosing something to realize fully what I had. And I wouldn't trade it for all the first place finishes in the world.

Motivation & Passion

I feel called to coach. Ever since I was young I found myself enjoying teaching people skills and sports movements. From skateboarding to doing backflips on the trampoline; each year I found myself coaching more and more until it created a career for me.

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