Ricky Redus: strong, quirky, polite.
He is strong – with a 301# snatch and a 385# clean and jerk, he is by far the strongest man at Jääkarhu, and one of the most promising weightlifters in the 95kg weight class. He is quirky – the king of the non sequitur. He might be one of the most polite young men I have ever coached. He won’t stop calling me “sir”.
RIcky has been with us for 8 months now, and in that relatively short amount of time has improved more than any coach could hope for. The first time we saw him handstand walk, he couldn’t make it more than a step or two without coming down. Compare that to Regionals 2015, when he *almost* went unbroken on the HS walk that CrossFit Jääkarhu would finish in 1st place overall. All of the events at Regionals we critical, but that 1st place finish would set us up for our podium result. At Regionals, Ricky definitely played above his abilities. He dialed everything in and peaked at just the right time. In every event, he surpassed our testing and expectations and was able to score points that got us to the Games.
Although he’s been a CrossFitter for years now, Ricky has never had the opportunity to train in a group as talented as this one. This environment has propelled Ricky to new heights. He has improved in every area that he’s needed to improve in, namely aerobic capacity, durability and gymnastics. The scary thing about Ricky is that he has so much room to grow. In my mind, he is still a “new” CrossFitter – his potential will not be realized for another couple of years.
He is a phenomenal mover – his positions are near perfect. He is athletic and learns quickly. He is naturally strong and still getting stronger. He has surrounded himself with teammates and a community that love and support him. He has made a Grid Team two season in a row and is a weightlifter at one of the best weightlifting clubs in the nation.
All of these things he has been able to do because of who he is as a person. Ricky has been raised well by his family – you can tell but the way he speaks, the way he acts and how he treats others. He is always thinking about the group and about what he can do to help, whether that be inside or outside the gym. He’s the kind of athlete you want to coach, and the kind of person you want to be friends with.
In a sense, Ricky “came out of nowhere” – we had not communicated with Ricky before he came to Austin and he was nowhere on our radar. We are lucky that Ricky found us and that he has become part of the Sleuth. In his next evolution, Ricky has started a barbell club at CrossFit Jääkarhu, and I look forward to many years of working with Ricky as both his coach and his coworker.
Thank you Ricky.
Week 50: 15.07.17
A. Clean and Jerk: Build to Heavy (not maximal) Single
30 minutes to warmup and prep, then
5 minutes to hit 3 singles
B. Athlete’s Choice
21 Bar MU
Coach’s Note: You can perform today’s conditioning either as an individual or as a team of two. If individual, the Rx weight on the deadlift will be 315/215#. If team, the weight on the deadlift will be 500#. If male/female pair, the weight on the male side will be 260#, the weight on the female side will be 205#. If male/male pair, the weight on each side will be 227.5#. If female/female pair, the weight on each side will be 152.5#. If in a pair, the bar MU must be synchro.