The Ardent Team

Ryan Fulwider

Co-Founder & Coach

CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Gymnastics
Top 10 Finish in 2010 & 2011 Beast Series: 6 Races Including (3) 50k, 50 miler, 100K, 100 miler
Completed Over 30 Ultra Marathons
Collegiate Basketball

I fell in love with CrossFit UN-expectantly in the spring of 2010. I was an avid ultra-runner with high goals and aspirations of running far and fast. I had run many marathons and had graduated to running Ultras. I spent a lot of time racking up miles. That all started to change when I was getting hurt and not necessarily feeling “strong.” Who would have thought that I could run 100 miles but truly not feel in great shape? I began to look for a solution. That is when I stumbled across CrossFit and found an incredible balance. After months of studying and learning CrossFit, I continued to run the same Ultra marathons but without the miles of training that I have previously thought necessary and in even faster times. What was most incredible was my recovery time. I felt strong yet I still felt fast. All in all, I have fallen in love with learning and teaching CrossFit and helping other people experience the joy that comes with living a healthy and strong lifestyle. I absolutely love the focus on Olympic lifting and what that part of CrossFit can do for so many athletes. CrossFit continues to be a good outlet for me, both physically and mentally. I plan to continue till I can no longer move my body!