Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My names Ryan Cumpsty, I’m an 18 year old living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I currently train and compete in CrossFit at CrossFit Roborean in Winnipeg. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 1 year and before that I played hockey, lacrosse, and rugby. I love being so active and living such a healthy life, I feel like being able to live life to the fullest is the reward I get for all the hard work I put in.
What motivates you to stay healthy?
I’ve always been a very ancy person and I hate sitting at home doing nothing, so when I was young I was in lots of sports and activities and as I got older and found CrossFit it kinda brought everything I had learned in all the other sports together. I think the best part about doing CrossFit and living so healthy is that I’m not doing all this to be an athlete, I’m doing this to be a better person, to make sure I can run with my kids in the future and to help me live life to the fullest.
What is your occupation/area of study? What inspired you to pick this?
I just finished high school so in the fall I will be starting a 5 year program to become an Industrial Arts teacher here in Winnipeg. I love using my hands to create things, along with the joy of helping others I think this will be the perfect fit for me. All through high school I was the goalie for the hockey team for my school and I really struggled with the mental aspect of the sport. The one person that helped calm me down and to just focus on having fun was the assistant coach/metalworking teacher at my school. So after having him help me like that I have wanted to help others in the same way, it also helps I just love making cool stuff.
What is something that you have done recently to help others?
I have given back to the lacrosse club that I played for growing up by volunteering as a coach for a peewee aged team.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your athletic background and what sports or type of fitness you do?
I’ve always been a very active kid, when I was young I joined hockey and lacrosse both which I loved, but lacrosse was always my better sport. In 2011 I made the provincial box lacrosse team for Manitoba which really helped develop me as a player. In 2016 as a 15 year I made the U21 team in Manitoba that played in a league with teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan. Other than lacrosse and hockey I played high school rugby, and a year ago I started CrossFit. Crossfit has become the sport that I feel all the skills I’ve taken from other sports, finally come together.
Do you have a life-changing experience related to your athletic background/experience that shaped your future self or future direction?
I wouldn’t say I have one specific moment that changed me as an athlete, joining my gym; CrossFit Roborean. It was probably one of the best things I could do for myself. Of course doing CrossFit has made me much stronger and much fitter, but what it has done for me mentally is indescribable. It has helped me become so much stronger mentally; before Crossfit I had really bad anxiety about lots of things in my life, so bad at points I just wouldn’t do things, I left a lacrosse team because of it, but now I have the mental strength to sit back and realize “everything’s ok, you’ve been through worse than this, you’re gonna get through this.” For me that’s why I go into that gym day in and day out because I know the longer I’m in the gym the healthier I’ll be outside of the gym.
What would you say to someone who is trying to start living a healthier lifestyle?
I’d tell them to stick to it, try it out for a couple months before you decide if you want to stick to it, accept the uncomfortableness of change and embrace it, because that’s a sign that you’re about to become somebody you love.
What do you think the world needs most at this time in history?
The world needs kindness honestly, people need to start being nicer to everyone around them. It isn’t one generation that needs to change or one group of people, it’s everyone from kids in school to the adults in our lives.
Do you set goals? Will you share those goals with us?
I do set goals, but to a certain extent. I try not to focus on one specific point because what happens when I get there? Nothing really changes, and what did I sacrifice to achieve these goals? My friends? My social life? Possibly an injury? Instead I will set a focal point, or something I want/think I want at the time, and something about enjoying the bumps that come in life. I have a mirror in my bedroom that I look at every morning, and I have two sticky notes on this mirror; 1. “Make it to regionals by the age of 25.” 2. “Enjoy every step along the way.”
What are 5 quick facts that your best friend would use to introduce you?
- I love Documentaries
- My favourite dinner is sushi
- I had my motorcycle license before my drivers license
- I still love LEGO
- I want a wiener dog when I’m older
Favourite… if you can list just one!
Podcast Channel: Brute Strength
Book: Catcher in the Rye
Movie: Good Will Hunting or Dead Poets Society
Snack Food: Sour watermelon gummies
Quote: “A lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep”
Athlete: Sam Dancer